March 23, 2022 Update

JABC is following the shift in the provincial COVID-19 response to a sustainable, long-term COVID-19 management strategy focused on immunization, self-management, and specific actions to protect those most at risk of severe infection. When invited to do so, JABC will continue to coordinate the delivery of in-person volunteer-led and volunteer-supported programs in school classrooms and communities.

Effective immediately, JABC Volunteers will no longer be required to complete the JABC Volunteer Agreement to ensure proof of vaccination, acknowledge the risk of illness, and agree to health and safety protocols.

Following the guidance of the BC Centre for Disease Control, JABC strongly recommends that volunteers who interact with children be fully vaccinated. Also, we remind JABC Volunteers that B.C. School Districts and independent school authorities have the ability to create policies and procedures on a range of measures related to employee and workplace well-being and health and safety, including a vaccine policy. We ask that JABC Volunteers continue to follow protocols and adhere to Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and regional restrictions.

When schools return from Spring Break, masks will no longer be required for students, staff and visitors. The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for everyone and this choice should be supported and treated with respect.

JABC will continue to evaluate and modify program delivery methods to ensure alignment with all B.C. Government COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines.

February 10, 2022 Update

Changes as of March 1, 2022

At JABC, we continue to acknowledge and support the B.C. Government COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 settings along with those specific policies put in place by B.C. School Districts to serve students, educators, and the community.  

Effective March 1st, JABC will return to providing in-person volunteer-led and volunteer-supported JA programs. When invited to do so, JABC will coordinate with the host educator to provide programming that is delivered in-class and in-person by a screened and trained volunteer.  As before, JABC Volunteers will be required to complete the JABC Volunteer Agreement prior to entering the classroom, follow protocols specified by the district/school, and adhere to PHO and regional restrictions found here: 

COVID-19 Safe Schools   

COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12  

Additionally, JABC will continue to provide programs virtually to ensure JA educational programs are delivered when in-person volunteering is not permitted/available. As guidelines change, JABC will continue to evaluate and modify its program delivery methods. 

December 22, 2021 Update

With the developing spread of Omicron across British Columbia and to ensure the continued safety of all program participants, JABC is temporarily suspending in-person volunteering.

Those volunteers who are scheduled for in-person volunteering in January will be contact by JABC to arrange a shift to virtual volunteering. Alternatively, volunteers will be invited to reschedule to a time later in the school year.

Once classes resume following the holiday break, JABC will re-evaluate and will continue to follow all Public Health Orders and including regional restrictions along with school district and host organization guidelines.

August 31, 2021 Update

At Junior Achievement in Canada, we prioritize the health and safety of volunteers, youth, and the communities we serve. Therefore, we encourage all volunteers, to the extent possible, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to considering an in-person volunteer opportunity, in addition to following applicable public health guidelines and measures required to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, we also respect the authority of local school boards and administrations, or other organizations hosting programs, to ultimately determine who may be granted access, regardless of a person’s vaccine status. 

At JABC, we acknowledge the B.C. Government’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 settings, outlining the protocols for safe operations of our schools this fall.  

When invited to do so by a school district, school, or host organization, JABC in person volunteers must adhere to the most up to date provincial COVID-19 PHO and regional restrictions found here: 

JABC in-person volunteers are required to complete the JABC Volunteer Agreement prior to entering the classroom this Fall 2021. An updated Agreement may be required in the future.

Complete JABC Volunteer Agreement

In addition, JABC in-person volunteers may be required to follow unique protocols within a specific school/district or host organization. The JA program host (i.e. classroom teacher) will provide details of such protocols in advance. They may include: 

  • Proof of vaccination  
  • Completion of an online consent 
  • Daily health check before entering the school 
  • Contract tracing information collection at the school office 
  • Physical distancing, following traffic flow markings, designated entrance/exit 
  • Restricted use of shared items and touched surfaces 
  • No handshaking 
  • Hand washing or sanitization when entering and exiting the school  

Throughout the school year, JABC will provide programs virtually, inviting volunteers to join a participating class of students via video conferencing. As guidelines change, JABC will modify its program delivery methods.  

Thank you for your continued support.