Proactive measures taken in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows schools
The safety of students and staff is always our top priority. During Stage 3, all district schools and facilities will operate under the strict guidelines developed by the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Click here for a copy of these guidelines(updated July 31, 2020).
Click below for a copy of our approved return-to-class and safety plans.
The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends the following to help prevent infection and the spread of COVID-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean your hands as long as they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, use a wipe and then ABHR to effectively clean them.
Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow when you sneeze or cough
Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Do not share food, drinks, utensils, etc.
Stay at home when you are sick
Minimize your contact with others through physical distancing by keeping about two metres apart when outside your home
If you have fever, a new cough, or are having difficulty breathing, call 8-1-1
Ministry of Education online resources for students to support social, emotional well-being and mental health
The BC government has created free virtual educational programs for students, parents and educators to support social and emotional well-being as part of navigating the new world of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free, virtual WE Well-being program was recently launched as part of the new WE Schools @home program. Accessible for grades K-12 in both English and French, the program is aimed at youth who are experiencing anxiety and social isolation. It places a special emphasis on WE Well-being online learning, including social-emotional learning and resiliency.
Foundry Ridge Meadows offers young people 12-24 access to health and social services. As of April 20, 2020, young people and their families will be able to access youth-focused virtual clinics offering counselling, peer support, primary care and family support through voice calls, video and chat.
Kids Help Phone – The website has access to support for children and youth 24/7 by text, phone, or live chat. In addition, there are resources regarding emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Y Mind – The YMCA of British Columbia’s Y Mind program helps young people cope with stress, worry and anxiety. Young people 13-30 can sign up for six-week programs online for free starting early May 2020.
Parent Peer Support Family Smart Parent In Residence, Jeannie Harnett (email@example.com)
Kerry Lawson (firstname.lastname@example.org ); 778-868-2404 – Family Support Institute of BC (specific to families whose children have extra support needs)
The BC Ministry of Education has created a new website that offers a collection of resources for parents and caregivers to help support their children learning at home.
This is a central place where families can find ideas for everyday educational activities, annotated links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn and how to ensure their well-being while they are at home.
Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District teacher librarians have curated a wide range of free online Remote Learning Resources for parents and students. Access these Remote Learning Resources through the Library tab on your school’s website. Or, click here to directly access the Remote Learning Resources.
Looking for fun, educational and interactive online activities kids can do from home or in the classroom? Here’s a list to get you started – from virtual museum tours and yoga to coding classes, and more.