March 13, 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
On Wednesday, COVID-19 was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), and we’ve seen a sweeping set of societal and cultural changes that directly impact our personal and professional worlds. Today, I have sent a letter to all staff about what the implications are for us as a district. I wanted to follow up with a letter to parents and guardians so you know our planning and our communications given that spring break is upon us.
As you can imagine, our top priority is to continue to provide excellent educational programs for our community. I am proud of our district, our schools, and public education in British Columbia. Schools are, in many ways, the heart of our community and I am deeply reminded of that through the events of this week.
In the past 24 hours we’ve seen strong guidance from government and health leaders in many regions of the world to further prevent potential exposure and spread of the coronavirus. Here in British Columbia, our Provincial Health Officer (PHO) announced new directives and measures to help protect our communities. Specifically, the Public Health Officer and government are advising:
- British Columbians should avoid all non-essential international travel, including to the United States.
- Anyone who travels outside Canada is being asked to stay away from school or work for 14 days upon return.
- Event organizers should cancel any gathering larger than 250 people
In our letter to our staff, we have stated that for the health of our schools, students and families and for the broader role we play in our communities, it is critical that we all follow the directives of public health.
Given our proximity to the United States, many of you will have made international travel plans for spring break. If families willingly travel outside of Canada against the advice of the Provincial Health Officer, then we are urging students and parents to stay away from school for 14 days upon their return. The Provincial Health Officer is asking all British Columbians to comply with this travel ban as part of our civic duty to stem the spread of COVID-19 and we are hoping that all families will help us in our fight to stem the pandemic.
You may have also heard talk of school closures or an extended spring break. The Provincial Health Officer advises that closing schools is not appropriate or advised at this time. There currently are no plans to extend spring break. Public health officials and the Ministry of Education will be working with school districts during spring break to continue monitoring the pandemic and to consider any further measures that may be required.
The World Health Organization in declaring a pandemic has stated that it will take a collective resolve by each of us to manage through these times. We know the above messages have a substantial impact on not only ourselves, but all our families and the broader community. We also know information is changing daily. Thank you for your patience and please continue to monitor our website for additional information as it emerges.
In closing, please stay healthy and we hope you do indeed manage to have a restful spring break.
Superintendent of Schools/CEO
March 30 First Day back after Spring Break
March 30 Portable Classes move into new wing!
April 3 New Addition Open House 8 – 8:45 am
April 8 PAC meeting 6 pm
April 7 Parent Info Evening @ Hall’s Prairie re: Douglas Elem.
April 9 Class and Panorama pictures
April 10 Good Friday holiday – classes not in session
April 13 Easter Monday holiday – classes not in session
April 20 Parent Info Evening @ Sunnyside Elem. re: Edgewood Elem.
April 20 Book Fair this week
April 22 Grade 6 immunizations
May 1 Pro D – classes not in session
May 4 Variety Show Auditions this week at lunch
May 18 Victoria Day holiday – classes not in session
May 21 Variety Show at 12:45 pm for parent audience
May 25 Pro D – classes not in session
For the latest news from the school district regarding the coronavirus please visit the district website – click here.
Dear parents and guardians,
Spring break is almost upon us, and it is a fast changing and unusual time. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. The Director-General of the WHO talked of a collective “resolve” to do what we can together to change the course of the pandemic. With that in mind, we are sending this letter to families who are deciding to travel internationally during spring break. It is not just your travel that you need to consider, it is the potential impact upon your return.
First and foremost, we hope that you are monitoring the Government of Canada’s Travel Health Notices. There is vital information on that site, and clear reminders about what you need to consider when travelling to different countries or embark on a cruise.
Next, we are very fortunate that spring break is near. This means that we have a two-week buffer that allows things to hopefully slow down in our community. However, the down-side is that once spring break is over, and people return from around the world, there will be no buffer on the horizon and it’s very possible that we could still be in a period of escalation.
With these things in mind, we are asking you to be vigilant on a few fronts. Once again, as always, the best ways to avoid transmission are (From Health Canada):
- Avoid spending time in large crowds;
- Avoid contact with sick people;
- Follow public health advice;
- Wash hands with soap and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm if you sneeze or cough;
- Use tissue and dispose of it as soon as possible; and
- If you become sick, avoid others.We look toward a time when the pandemic is behind us. Whether you travel or stay close to home, we hope that the break brings the rest and relaxation that the coming of spring signals. We also hope you don’t mind us sending you these reminders so that we can all do our collective part to stay safe and stay well.Sincerely,
Superintendent of Schools/CEO
Catchment Boundaries for Edgewood Elementary or Douglas Elementary
We sent home notices yesterday informing the families who will become part of the Edgewood or Douglas Elementary community in the coming school year.
On Tuesday, April 7th there will be a Parent Information Evening at the Hall’s Prairie Elementary School gym from 6 – 7:30 pm. On Tuesday, April 20th there will be a Parent Information Evening at the Sunnyside Elementary School gym from 6 – 7:30 pm. At these sessions we will be sharing information regarding Edgewood and Douglas Elementary, and the transition for next fall. We will also provide an overview of some of the work happening this spring and next fall to get ready for the school.
Click here for the Edgewood Elementary School blog and click here for the Douglas Elementary School blog. Both blogs include an area to ask questions. In order to help us plan for the evening, we are that you please forward any questions you may have so we can include answers to these questions in our presentation, or do our best to answer these questions during the evening.