All staff and students in British Columbia’s middle and high schools will be required to wear masks in areas where physical distance cannot be maintained, according to the provincial government.The Education Ministry said on Monday that masks will be needed in high traffic areas like buses and in common areas like hallways,
A press release from the ministry says students and staff will still need to physically move away from people outside of their designated learning group, even if they are wearing a mask. Schools have guidelines to ensure that different learning groups do not congregate in the same areas.
Students who cannot wear masks for medical reasons will be exempt from the new health mask guidelines.
The province says it is providing additional funding to help school districts purchase up to 1.5 million masks – enough for every public school staff member and student to have at least two masks.
The press release also states that Canadian Shield, a manufacturer of personal protective equipment products in Ontario, is donating an additional 54,500 face shields for kindergarten to grade 12 schools in British Columbia.