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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kerry Lawson (email@example.com ); 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.