As of March 31, 2021, BC has broken its daily COVID-19 case record, 1,013 new infections. Similar spikes in everyday infections have also occurred all over Canada and around the world. With the third wave of COVID-19, many governments worldwide have enacted lockdown restrictions, similar to those at the start of the pandemic. Young people around the province ask the BC government to halt in-person instruction at secondary schools to restrict the spread of COVID-19 further. While schools have implemented social distancing guidelines at schools, they are rarely enforced. There is constant inter-cohort mixing during lunchtimes and outside of school. In some schools, masks mandate are loosely enforced.
The third wave is expected to significantly impact younger people, a group with almost no say in how they wanted in-class instruction in the COVID era. Many students worry about bringing COVID to their household and potentially infect their loved ones. BC students feel frustrated as officials seem frustrated as their concerns have often been overlooked, often outright ignored. This has been the case back in January, when no government official made any effort to acknowledge the petition's existence, started by a student, to extend the winter break, citing concerns of a post-winter break spike. More recently, an anonymous group of students at SD71 (Comox Valley) petitioned their district to make a temporary switch to online learning; in response to the petition, the district set up a virtual meeting to address concerns regarding the COVID outbreak in the valley. When officials were asked about students' health, they often proceeded to blame the students, portraying us as a large group of people violating health guidelines, when it is a small group of students who are spreading the virus as a result of their non-compliance with social-distancing rules. BC students are asking the government to acknowledge our concerns instead of blaming us.