​​​SD8 Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

School District 8 (Kootenay Lake) continues to focus on health and safety with return to school

This week the Ministry of Education, together with BC’s Provincial Health Officer, released updated communicable disease guidelines for the 2021-2022 school year.

In alignment with this Ministry of Education’s plan, the SD8 Communicable Disease Prevention Plan - COVID-19 is now in place and has been posted on the district website. This plan provides important information on how our education community is responding to COVID-19 so that our K-12 students can participate in full-time, in-class instruction.  

“The health and safety of our students and learning communities remain as a top priority in our planning” says Superintendent Trish Smillie, “and we are excited to welcome them back to a safe and inclusive setting in September.”

Some of the safe strategies for our schools include:

  • requiring the use of masks for all students (Gr 4-12), K-12 staff and visitors
  • daily health screening for students and staff before coming to school
  • a stay-at-home protocol for those who are sick
  • hand hygiene requirements for students and staff
  • enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in schools and on buses
  • requiring staff or students to isolate if they have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 
  • Cohorts and strict physical distancing is no longer required

We encourage you to review the plan and key documents listed at https://sd8.bc.ca/covid-19 for more detailed information.

The Provincial Health Officer, the Ministry of Education, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and Interior Health determine appropriate health and safety measures to promote safe and inclusive school environments.   SD8 will continue to comply with all health orders, including the authority for Medical Health Officers (MHO) to introduce additional regional measures specific to communities or regions where transmission rates are higher.

Provincial guidelines are intended to support school district employees, students, parents, caregivers and school community members to be informed and understand their roles and responsibilities in maintaining and promoting safe and healthy schools.

The health and safety of our staff and students has always remained our top priority. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are grateful to our parents, students, and staff for their support in response to COVID-19 procedures in SD8 schools.  

Thank you for demonstrating the kindness, patience, and courage that our students must see as we move forward and learn together. 

For more information:
Trish Smillie, Superintendent of Schools

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.