(Quadra Elementary School)

Students and the general public will be able to access playgrounds and sports courts at public schools across Victoria beginning this week.

The Greater Victoria School District announced in a release on Monday that they will be reopening playgrounds and sports courts on June 12.

‘Sports courts’ include tennis courts, basketball courts and tetherball courts.

“We are conditionally reopening our playgrounds and play courts after receiving guidelines from our public health authorities,” Greater Victoria School District superintendent Shelley Green said in a media release.

Students will be instructed on how to safely engage in outdoor actives during the pandemic, according to the district’s website.

The general public is also being asked to follow existing health and safety protocols in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

According to the district’s website, they’re asking people visiting the playgrounds to follow these guidelines:

  • Sick children must not enter the playground
  • A physical distance of two metres (six feet) between parents and guardians should be maintained
  • Children should clean their hands before and after using the playground
  • Avoid overcrowding
  • Avoid touching your face

Playgrounds and sports courts in the Greater Victoria School District originally closed to the public on March 21 in response to COVID-19.

SD61 is comprised of 27 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and seven secondary schools.