COVID-19 Updates

During these unprecedented times, the Chilliwack School District will continue to work diligently to support our students and families, and provide our school community with current and reliable information regarding COVID-19.

Our commitment to you is to share information in a timely fashion to ensure clarity in communication. Below you will find a curated list that includes links to information and updates we have shared on behalf of the Ministry of Education, and copies of our correspondence with parents and guardians.

Email questions to: townhall@sd33.bc.ca


January COVID-19 Update 

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we navigate the latest information in relation to the pandemic. Please see below for some important updates, including district contingency plans to ensure that learning is supported for all students in the event of a functional school closure due to staffing shortages. With the high transmissibility of the Omicron COVID‐19 variant, it is anticipated we will have higher than average infection rates and sickness levels in our workforce and student population. Please note that all schools have been planning and updating their continuity of learning plans and enhancing their school’s safety plans this past week.


Changes to contact tracing for COVID-19 in K-12 settings


The Omicron variant spreads rapidly and has a shorter incubation period compared to previous variants. As a result, contact tracing is a less effective measure in the timely management of COVID-19. Consequently, Public Health is no longer able to contact everyone who tests positive. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should follow advice from the BC Centre for Disease Control, including:

As Public Health is not contacting every person who tests positive, school exposure letters will not be issued by Public Health for individual cases. In the event of a declared outbreak, Public Health will issue a public notification.


Functional Closures and Process

A functional closure is the temporary closure of a school determined by the School District due to a lack of available staff to provide the required level of teaching, supervision, support, and/or custodial to ensure the health and safety of students. While every effort will be made to deploy all available resources to cover staff absences, there does exist the possibility that at some point, we will experience a functional closure of a school.


The district will communicate information regarding a school functional closure the same day it determines that staffing levels are insufficient to operate the school safely. Parents/guardians will be requested to keep their students home the next day (Day 1), and staff will communicate with parents/guardians and prepare for online/remote learning. Online/remote learning will take place the following five school days (Day 2 to 7), while staff absence levels are reviewed with anticipation of returning to face-to-face instruction on Day 8. Note that in the event of a school functional closure, each school will communicate information regarding the functional closure to the school community.

More information on functional closures...


Enhanced safety measures for schools


Enhanced measures have been added to school safety plans to prevent and limit COVID-19 transmission in school settings. It remains important that staff and students continue following public health measures, such as good hand hygiene, staying home when sick, wearing a mask that fits well and covers both the nose and the mouth, and getting vaccinated. Parents are encouraged to review the reusable mask care recommendations to ensure their students care for their masks.
During yesterday’s press conference, the Ministry of Education announced that K-12 schools will have access to rapid antigen tests. The Ministry will be providing directions to districts regarding distribution and guidelines for the use of rapid antigen tests in a school environment.  The Ministry is also in the process of aligning the K-12 Daily Health Check app with updated public health guidance. In the meantime, parents/guardians, please continue to use the BC COVID-19 Thrive app for daily health check information.


Please be reassured that with the implementation of the enhanced safety measures and our continuity of learning plans, we can continue to maximize face-to-face learning opportunities for the students in the Chilliwack School District as well as support all students in the event of possible school closures. We once again thank you for your support and look forward to our continued work in this new year. Welcome back!


2021/2022

January 14, 2022 -  Fraser Health Letter to Parents/Guardians 

January 10 Return to school

January 8, 2022 - Return to School Letter from the Superintendent

December 31, 2021 - Return to School Letter from the Superintendent

Reusable Mask Care Document

Daily Health Check Document

December 2021 Travel Restrictions

November 8, 2021 Chilliwack Board of Education Statement Regarding Vaccine Mandate

November 2, 2021 Public Health: A Review on Staff Vaccine Mandates

October 1, 2021 Provincial government expands its provincial health and safety measures to mandate masks for all students in B.C. 

October 4, 2021 Promontory Heights Elementary Community School Reopening 

September 22, 2021 Promontory Heights Elementary Community School Move to Online Learning

September 10, 2021 Back to School Letter from Fraser Health

August 27, 2021 School Start-up Letter from Superintendent