RETURN TO SCHOOL SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WITH IMMUNE SUPPRESSION

Updated: August 22, 2020

According to the Provincial Health Officer and the Centre for Disease Control, most children who are immunocompromised can return to in-class instruction where safety measures are in place. Protective self-isolation is only recommended for children who are severely immunocompromised as determined on a case by case basis. 

The advice from the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control for parents/caregivers of students with complex medical conditions or underlying risk factors, or who are immunocompromised themselves, is to consult with their medical health care provider to determine the level of risk regarding their child’s return to in-class instruction. If it is recommended that the parent/caregiver seek an alternative to in-class instruction for their student, and if they do not wish to register their student in a distributed learning program or homeschooling, they will be need to get a doctor’s note indicating the need for accommodations due to health-related risks. 

Parents/Caregivers with immune suppression concerns either for themselves or their student should contact their school to review the process for accommodations and to develop a collaborative plan with the school/district. Please contact your school administrator and/or the Director of Instruction of Learning Services, Jan Proulx, at 250-782-8571 or japroulx@sd59.bc.ca.

For more information on immune suppression, see the following:

BCCDC Guidelines for Children with Immune Suppression

BCCDC Guidance for Families of Immunocompromised Children in School and Group Gatherings

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