K-12 Masking Mandate

Posted: Oct 4, 2021

Late last week, the PHO and the Minister of Education announced additional safety guidelines for students in British Columbia. Beginning on Monday, October 4th, K-12 students are required to wear masks in all indoor areas. This expands the age requirement for mandatory masking in schools to include children 5 years of age and older.

So how does this apply to Excalibur, an organization dedicated to dance education for children? According to official sources, we are meant to partially adopt this new policy:

  • Masks are still NOT required in dance classes during periods of physical activity. Unlike traditional public school classrooms, our dance studios remain the safest spaces in the facility. Physical distancing is easily maintained, sanitization is targeted, and studio staff control the flow of students entering and exiting. The province maintains that individuals are not required to wear a mask while exercising or participating in sport. That said, a mask is still strongly recommended within the classroom, especially during periods of rest.
  • All individuals (5 years of age and older) are now required to wear a mask when entering the facility. Masks must be worn when outside of the classroom, at all times. This applies to lobbies, hallways, common areas, change rooms, the Dance Shoppe, and the office. Though our dance studios are large and able to safely accommodate numerous students, other areas within the facility are less spacious. Physical distancing can be difficult in some places and masks will help to reduce any potential risk.
  • Students 3 and 4 years of age are technically exempt from the educational masking mandate, but masks are still strongly recommended when entering the facility and when moving around outside of the classroom.

The usual medical and logical exemptions apply, as noted on the official government website.

In an effort to keep our staff and clientele safe, we continue to update and evolve our COVID-19 protocols as dictated by official guidance. As always, thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and continued cooperation.

Wednesday 17-Feb-16 09:37:59 PST