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.