Health and Safety

The health and safety of all students and staff is paramount in SD62. We all have our part to play during the return to school to make sure we keep our schools and people healthy.

Parents, guardians and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of the common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school. Staff and other adults must assess themselves daily for symptoms prior to entering the school. If a child has any symptoms, they must not go to school. If staff or any adult has any symptoms, they must not enter the school.

We encourage you to take a look at the following information:

Quick Health and Safety Guide 

SD62 Communicable Disease Prevention Plan (January 4, 2022. V. 3)

Daily Health Checklist

Ventilation in SD62 

All heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the School District #62 (Sooke) are operated and maintained to their standards and specifications, so they continue to work properly and are consistent with Occupational Health and Safety and WorkSafeBC standards.

These systems are regularly inspected, and concerns from schools/sites are promptly investigated by our Facilities department.

Where equipment can accommodate, Merv-13 filters are used. Where manufacturer's specifications do not accommodate MERV-13, the district continues to install MERV-8 filters. We have also upgraded building automation systems to remotely monitor and control outside air, CO2 levels and quickly ascertain a problem with an HVAC system to respond in a timely fashion to address.

In addition, to optimize ventilation, we have implemented the following protocols at all sites:

  • Increased the volume/exchanges of fresh air being supplied into all buildings by expanding the 'occupied' hours;
  • Reduced the CO2 set point from 900 ppm to 700ppm; and
  • Increased the minimum outside air damper position from 10% to 20%.