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School District 42 COVID-19 Updates

School District 42 COVID-19 Updates

Updated March 3, 2021

On this page, you will find all information and announcements for the Fraser Health region and the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows school district community.

Review the updated Daily Health Check (Translations: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), French, Punjabi), do the K to 12 Health Check on the Ministry of Education website or download the K to 12 Health Check Mobile App

For further information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Current school exposures in Fraser Health region

A list of all current school exposures is available on the Fraser Health school exposures webpage. The list is updated daily.

Exposure events are taken down once the two-week monitoring period has passed.

COVID-19 school notification process

If a student or teacher receives a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, Public Health follows a rigorous protocol:

Contact tracing is initiated to determine how the individual was infected and who they were in close contact with.

Public Health identifies and notifies close contacts who may be at an increased risk, and advises them to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

Only Public Health can determine who is a close contact. Learning groups, friends or other connections may not be determined to be a close contact.

Public Health staff works closely with the school and school district throughout the case and contact management process to maintain close communication with the school community.

If your child’s school receives a notification of exposure:

A notification does not mean your child has been exposed to COVID-19. 

If you do not receive a phone call or letter from Public Health, your child should continue to attend school. You can monitor your child for COVID-19 symptoms daily using the BC COVID-19 Health Assessment Tool.


School district notification process:

When the school district receives an early notification from Fraser Health, it immediately advises the school and shares the notification with families. All notifications are shared the same day they are received.

As of February 19, 2021, Fraser Health will send one or more letters, as described below:

  • Notification letter
    When a case has been identified and involves an individual who was in a school during their infectious period, a notification letter will be distributed to the school community. Receiving this letter does not mean you or your child has been exposed.

  • Self-monitoring letter
    If a case is linked to one or more classes, a self-monitoring letter will be issued to the affected classes or cohorts of the person who attended school while potentially infectious. The intent of the letter is to provide heightened awareness around monitoring for symptoms beyond that of the daily health check. Unless an individual has or develops symptoms, they can continue to come to school.

  • Self-isolation letter
    Individuals or groups who are identified through contact tracing as being at higher risk due to proximity to the case or the nature of the exposure will receive a self-isolation letter. Students who receive a self-isolation letter should remain at home.

Notifications are sent through the parent portal. Families who are not registered on the portal will receive the message by email from the school administration. In cases where students are required to self-isolate, Fraser Health will contact families directly. Contact management will be completed within approximately 48 hours.

Letters to families from the superintendent
SD42 Restart Plan

The safety of students and staff is always our top priority. During all stages, 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 the SD42 Restart Plan

WATCH: Fraser Health Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Find videos of answers to frequently asked questions about returning to school during COVID-19 on the Fraser Health website.

Tips and resources for talking to kids or students about COVID-19

Below is a clickable list of resources available to help parents/guardians and educators talk with children about COVID-19: 

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.

Learn more about the WE Well-being program: https://www.we.org/en-CA/get-doing/activities-and-resources/wellbeing/

Fore more:

Learn more about the WE Schools @home program: https://www.we.org/en-CA/our-work/we-schools/at-home/

EASE at Home offers helpful tips for parents, like how to teach children calming breathing techniques or use structured games like scavenger hunts to build routine in a way that’s fun: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease

The Ministry of Education’s Erase strategy was expanded to include mental health: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase

For more information about available child and mental-health supports and contact information, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/mental-health-intake-clinics

The Ministry of Education has launched Here2Talk, a free 24/7 mental health support for post-secondary students Download the app: https://here2talk.ca 

The Ministry of Education has also created virtual opportunities for LGBTQ2S+ students to connect. Read the press release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0020-000755

Other resources:

 

Community Resource Guide

MCFD Community Resource Guide – Ridge Meadows

Food Security
Low-Cost Free Food Ridge Meadows April 2020

Financial Support
Federal: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individuals
Provincial: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/covid-19-financial-supports

Parent Peer Support
Family Smart Parent In Residence, Jeannie Harnett (jeannie.harnett@familysmart.ca)
Kerry Lawson (klawson@fsibc.com ); 778-868-2404 – Family Support Institute of BC (specific to families whose children have extra support needs)

Family Navigation (i.e. help to access various agencies/resources)
Natalie Binns (familynav@parented.ca ); 778.726.1826 – Family Education and Support Centre
Child Care Resource and Referral (MRPM Community Services)

Online Parent Education

The Family Education and Support Centre is offering online support groups and programs for families.
Visit https://www.familyed.bc.ca/ for more information. 

Online groups for children under 6
FraserValleyLibrary – YouTube (virtual storytimes)
Facebook Page for Family Place Community Parenting Centre (Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Community Services)
Supportive Parenting – Westcoast Family Centres
Healthy Parenting Group – Westcoast Family Centres

Counselling Support
Indigenous CYMH supports and resources 
SOGI supports and resources
Cythera
Kids Help Phone
Ridge Meadows Foundry (Offers young people 12-24 access to health and social services.)
Child and Youth Mental Health (MCFD) intake clinic – Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; phone first at 604.466.7300
Pathways
Wellness Together Canada

Links to other COVID support
City of Maple Ridge: http://www.mapleridge.ca/2408/COVID-19-Information
City of Pitt Meadows: https://www.pittmeadows.ca/node/6459
Fraser Health COVID-19 page: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/COVID19#.Xp9LwNo1s2w
Access to Virtual Doctor and COVID Screening: https://www.divisionsbc.ca/ridge-meadows
United Way: Hi Neighbour Program for those who are self-isolating or essential service workers
Community Network Dropbox Links:
Resources for Service Providers
Resources for Parents

Educational resources for parents/guardians

Open School 

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.

Read the press release

Visit the Open School BC website. 

 

SD42 Remote Learning Resources 

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.

 

Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL)

The Fraser Valley Regional Library’s digital resources can be found under the Digital Content tab on its website. Here is a link to the consolidated list: https://www.fvrl.bc.ca/databases.php.

Those who don’t already have an FVRL card can now sign up online for an eCard and get instant access to all FVRL digital content:  https://onlineregistration.fvrl.bc.ca/. Daily virtual programming can be found on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ReadLearnPlay.

 

Activities for kids

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. 

Physical Literacy

Cosmic Kids Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

GoNoodle (movement and mindfulness videos): https://www.gonoodle.com/

Just Dance: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0Vlhde7N5uGDIFXXWWEbFQ

Zumba with Dovydas: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOjZigyo_fg2V7JdGwePSwg

Kidz Bop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHd2s_saYsQ&t=126s

 

Space and Science

Storytime from Space: https://storytimefromspace.com/

NASA image and video library: https://images.nasa.gov/

Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens: https://www.si.edu/kids

Coding with LEFT: https://www.left.io/kids-coding

 

Virtual Tours of Museums and Art Galleries

Vancouver Art Gallery: https://bit.ly/2MkwyDs

National Museums of Canada: https://www.historymuseum.ca/exhibitions/#online-exhibitions

Art Gallery of Ontario: http://boxwood.ago.ca/

 

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