Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19

On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Education suspended all in-classroom instruction indefinitely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. ​To provide our school communities with the latest information, we have created a list of frequently asked questions. This list also includes the FAQs sent out by the Ministry of Education on March 25, 2020. The FAQs on this page will be updated regularly as we receive additional information and clarification.

You can browse our FAQs by category using the tabs below, or search for your specific question in the field below.

If your question is not on the list, you can submit it through the “Submit a Question” tab at the bottom of this list. We are listening. Your question(s) will be reviewed by staff and the FAQs will be updated within 24 to 48 hours.

If your question is not answered yet, it is because details are still being worked out. We will be updating this FAQ regularly as more information becomes available. 

School District No. 42
School District No. 42

Yes. Late phase of kindergarten registration is open from February 26 to June 21 on the parent portal. Learn more about the kindergarten registration process here:

For registration at all other grade levels, please contact your catchment school. Use the school locator tool to find your catchment school. 

Kindergarten registration takes place online through the school district parent portal. The Late Registration Phase runs from February 26 to June 21. Learn more about the kindergarten registration process on the district website at 

To register your child for kindergarten on the parent portal, go to

No. The school year calendar will not be extended, as indicated by the provincial government announcement about the resumption of in-class instruction on a part-time basis.

Our secondary schools are moving forward with planning to hold the 2020 commencement event once the Provincial Health Officer lifts restrictions on the size of gatherings. We will look for ceremony dates that fall close to holidays when students who are away for studies or work are more likely to be home with their friends and families. The work on virtual ceremonies is already well underway and these will continue as planned.

Read the letter from superintendent Russell to 2020 graduating class families.

Everyone entering our facilities will be required to complete a risk assessment questionnaire. Individuals who are sick or at risk of being sick will not be allowed access.

As recommended by Provincial Health Officials: promote and practise social/physical distancing; stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation; wash hands often; cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbows; avoid touching face with unwashed hands; avoid travel outside Canada; self-isolate for 14 days if returning from travel outside Canada or were exposed to COVID-19; and contact your primary health provider or Health Link 811 if you have questions about your health.

There can be more than 50 students and staff in a school at any given time if they are not all in one area at the same time and are actively engaged in social/physical distancing (i.e. 2 metres apart). We will work with the Medical Health Officer to ensure appropriate protocol is in place.


No. The school year calendar will not be extended, as indicated by the provincial government announcement about the resumption of in-class instruction on a part-time basis.

At this time, our administrative and operational sites (District Education Office, Maintenance Department, Riverside Centre) are closed to the public until further notice, but our staff will continue providing services.

For assistance, please call 604.463.4200 or email

SD42 school playgrounds opened on June 1. Playground users should continue to follow all public health guidelines, including maintaining two-metre (six feet) physical distancing and washing or sanitizing hands before and after play.

School District No. 42

The school district is currently working to finalize its restart plan for the fall. Parents/guardians will be updated shortly through the Parent Portal and the information will also be posted on the district website. Read the latest Ministry of Education news release for more information about back-to-school operational guidelines and timelines:\

Fall registration information will be posted to on August 17, 2020.


Yes. Let your child’s teacher know that your child requires a device to support remote learning.

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District No. 42 is offering Summer Learning options for July 2020. For more information, please visit

Students should discuss with their teacher(s) what steps need to be taken to remove the incomplete. Final grades for students will be based on work completed to date as well as the assessment of participation in learning opportunities that will occur over the coming months.

Please advise your teacher of any technology needs or limitations so that these can be addressed/accommodated.

The school district has developed a document for students, advising how to access Office 365 (including the Microsoft Teams feature). This document includes information on how to obtain usernames/passwords.

The decision to suspend in-class instruction was made by the Provincial Health Officer. Teachers will be reaching out to families during the week of March 30 to plan for alternate program delivery, which * may * include online learning. 

The March 27, 2020 superintendent’s letter to families (sent through the parent portal) included an attachment with a list of all SD42 online resources. If you are not on the portal and did not receive this document, please contact your school principal and request a copy.

Please contact your school principal to get more information about available resources.

We do not believe there will be an impact, however, it’s best that you check with your college or university.

School District No. 42
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