Updated February 26, 2021
Covid-19 has changed many things around the world and in BC, we are thankful for the guidance of the Ministry of Education, the BCCDC and WCB in allowing us to have a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
BC is currently in Stage 2 of the Covid-19 pandemic response. In this stage, we are able to provide in-person instruction for all of our students as schools are considered a “controlled” environment by public health. This is because:
• Schools include a consistent grouping of people.
• Schools have robust illness policies for students and staff.
• Schools can implement effective personal practices that can be consistently reinforced and are followed by most people in the setting (e.g. diligent hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.).
• Schools can implement a variety of health and safety measures (e.g., enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices, using outdoor space for learning activities, grouping students and staff in learning groups to limit in-person interactions, implementing staggered schedules, etc.)
We have a comprehensive safety plan, in accordance with all the guidelines for everyone’s safety. In summary, this plan includes:
Stay Home When Sick
- Parents are requested to do a daily health check of their children at home for symptoms.
- If unsure of whether your child should attend school or when to call 8-1-1, use this tool: K-12 Health Check (gov.bc.ca).
- Staff will screen themselves for symptoms each morning.
- If a student or staff member begins to show symptoms at school, they will be provided with a mask, and isolated in a spare room until they can be sent home.
- Students should clean their hands before they leave home to take the bus, when they leave school prior to taking the bus, and when they get home.
- Hand hygiene will be required upon entry/exit of the building, when transitioning from area of the school to another, before/after using any shared items, before/after eating and after using the washroom. Sanitization stations are placed at all entrances to the building and in each classroom and common area.
Respiratory & Personal Hygiene
- Cough and sneeze into their elbow, sleeve, or a tissue.
- Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene.
- No sharing of food, drinks, or personal items.
- Only personal items that are necessary, should be brought to school (e.g., backpacks, water bottles, reusable food containers)
- Items brought regularly to and from school should be limited to those that can be easily cleaned (e.g. reusable food containers) and/or are considered to be low risk (e.g. clothing, paper, etc.).
- Re-usable masks have been given out to Two re-usable masks will be provided for each student and staff member. Masks will be worn whenever members of different cohorts are in proximity to each other within the building. Scheduling
Physical Distancing & Minimizing Physical Contact
- Students and teachers (wherever possible) are assigned to one of two learning groups. K – Gr 6 are in one group, Gr 7 – 12 in another. The few staff who work with both cohorts will primarily keep their physical distance from the students. Where this is not possible, the adult will wear a mask while interacting with the students.
- Visual reminders for physical distancing are provided for students and staff.
- Gr 7 – 12 students and all staff will wear masks except when:
- sitting in (or standing at) their desk/workstation
- there is a barrier in place;
- eating and drinking; or
- Parents and visitors are allowed in the building by appointment only.
- Bus transportation for students will include a seating chart, which will include seating next to siblings and students in the same learning group. Gr 5 – 12 students will wear masks.
Cleaning & Disinfection
- Regular cleaning & disinfecting will take place daily. Additional disinfection of high touch areas will happen once more during the school day, both in the classrooms and in the shared spaces.
Additional details can be found within our Covid-19 Health & Safety Policy.