Coronavirus (COVID-19) School District 42 Response

Coronavirus (COVID-19) School District 42 Response

Updated July 31, 2020

On this page, you will find all information and announcements for the Fraser Health region and the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows school district community. For general COVID-19 updates, visit https://www.sd42.ca/information-community-coronavirus/

Read the July 31, 2020 Letter from superintendent Sylvia Russell

For further information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

 

all covid-19 announcements

Letters to families from superintendent Sylvia Russell
Letters to families from Fraser Health
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.

SD42 COVID-19 Safety Plan and Handbook for Staff

COVID-19 prevention

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

For more information and additional resources, visit http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/prevention

Tips and resources for talking to kids or students 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 #COVIDBC

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:

  • 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.
  • The Family Education and Support Centre is offering online support groups and programs for families.
  • 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. 
  • Video: BCSS’ Kids In Control “Caring for You” – Feeling Restless? Shake-It-Out! 

 

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/

 

Our vision
Our vision is for every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their potential.
Our mission
Our mission is to support all individuals in their development as successful learners, and as respectful, caring and responsible members of society.