Information for school district community regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Information for school district community regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

August 12, 2020: Orientation week ensures a safe, ready and welcome return to school
July 29, 2020: Plan to safely bring K-12 students back to class full time

Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provide an update on the provincial Plan to safely bring K-12 students back to class full time.

June 25, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

News release: Nearly 200,00 students returned to classrooms in June and Minister Fleming appoints a steering committee to work through the summer and prepare for 2020/21 school year. Read the release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/22508

 

June 24, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced, through a statement, 14 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,849 cases in B.C.  The statement will be posted soon on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 23, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 13 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,835 cases in B.C.  The statement will be posted soon on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Please note: The statement will also include the latest modelling that is being released this afternoon.

June 22, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced three days of data with 32 new cases of COVID-19 (10 cases on Saturday, six new cases on Sunday and 16 new cases today) for a total of 2,822 cases in B.C.  The statement will be posted soon on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

B.C. Grad Video Series

You can watch all of the grad videos posted so far on a playlist called “For B.C.’s Class of 2020” on the B.C. Government YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osX1J-IzfzY&list=PLbER4Sxdn0R73_2b60oJ65w-i5QazqO6a

June 19, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced, through a statement, seven new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,790 cases in BC.  The statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

New: The BC Centre for Disease Control has updated its website with the most recent information on school safety and child care safety protocols. Please see  http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/childcare-schools​ 

June 18, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced eight new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,783 cases in BC.  The statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom shortly: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 17, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced, through a statement, 19 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,775 cases in BC.  And 2,422 people have now fully recovered. The statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 16, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 11 new cases (one of these cases is epi-linked) of COVID-19 for a total of 2,756 cases in BC.  And 2,416 people have now fully recovered. The statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom soon: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

June 15, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 36 new cases over a three day period (14 new cases Saturday, 16 new cases Sunday and six new cases Monday) for a total of 2,745cases of COVID-19 in B.C.  The statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

B.C. Grad Video Series

Please Watch Minister Fleming’s Twitter and Facebook social media platforms to see the grad video of the day. Videos will be showcased till the end of June and will include local celebrities; including singers, actors and sports players from throughout the province – the videos all share a special message for our 2020 B.C. graduates.

 

June 11, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 14 new cases for a total of 2,694 cases of COVID-19 in BC.  A total of 2,344 people who tested positive have recovered. There has been a data correction from the previous update. The statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom shortly: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 10, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced, through a statement, 12 new cases for a total of 2,680 cases of COVID-19 in BC.  A total of 2,328 people who tested positive have recovered.  There has been a data correction from the previous update. The statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 9, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 9 new cases (one new epi-linked case was announced) for a total of 2,669 cases of COVID-19 in BC. A total of 2,319 people who tested positive have recovered. The statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom shortly: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 8, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 29 new cases over a three-day period for a total of 2,659 cases of COVID-19 in BC.  There has been a data correction from the previous update. The joint statement is will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

June 5, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced, through a statement, one new case for a total of 2,632 cases of COVID-19 in BC.  One case from yesterday’s total was removed due to a data correction. A total of 2,272 people who tested positive have now fully recovered. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 4, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced five new cases, that have tested positive, of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,632. A total of 2,265 people who tested positive have now fully recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 3, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 22 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,623. A total of 2,243 people who tested positive have recovered. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

June 2, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus
  • Read the Ministry of Education Information Bulletin on the return of in-class instruction in BC: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0037-000999
  • Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced four new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,601. A total of 2,229 people have now fully recovered. The joint statement will soon be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

June 1, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Please watch Dr. Henry’s message to teachers and staff as more children went back to classrooms today: https://youtu.be/Aieq1MWFHXA

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 24 new cases of COVID-19 in BC over the past two days (nine new cases Sunday and 15 new cases today), bringing the total number of cases to 2,597. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 29, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

For teachers: Please watch this video message for you from the Provincial Health Officer: https://youtu.be/F2QXvp579Bs​

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced four new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,562. The joint statement has been posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31. 

May 28, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced nine new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,558. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 2,153, which is an 84% recovery rate. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31. 

May 28, 2020: Letter from Education Minister Rob Fleming and Andrea Sinclair

Dear parents/guardians,

Please see the attached letter to families from Education Minister Rob Fleming and BCCPAC President Andrea Sinclair:

Letter to families from Education Minister Rob Fleming and BCCPAC President Andrea Sinclair

 

May 27, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced nine new cases in BC, through a statement, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,550. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 2,144, which is an 84% recovery rate. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 26, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 11 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,541. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 2,122. A joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31.  

May 25, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

British Columbia’s 61,000 Grade 12 graduates, along with kindergarten to Grade 11 students, will be the guests of honour at a special virtual graduation and end-of-school celebration. The WE Celebrate: Class of 2020 event will showcase some of B.C.’s best-known singers, athletes and performers. When: May 26 at 10 a.m. (Pacific time). Where: WE’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WEmovement/ or WE’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/wemovement

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 12 new cases over a two-day reporting period (five new cases Sunday, seven new cases today) in BC, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,530. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 2,102. A joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 22, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix announced, through a statement, 18 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,507. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 2,042. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31.  

May 21, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 12 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,479. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 2,020. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Tomorrow, Friday, May 22 at @1pm on CTV, Silken Laumann and her volunteer organization Unsinkable Youth, are hosting an event with students that celebrates and uplifts youth during this COVID lockdown. Learn more: https://weareunsinkable.com/youth-event/

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31, 2020.  

May 20, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 21 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,467. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 2,001. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0026-000917

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31.  

May 19, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 2 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,446. (From May 16 to May 18, 16 new cases were announced). The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,975. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey

May 15, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Premier Horgan, Minister Fleming, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry and Minister Chen updated British Columbians on the optional, part-time return to school for K to 12 students to begin on June 1st. Please see more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0026-000890

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 15 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,407.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,908. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 14, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 15 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,392.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,885. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 13, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 16 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,376.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,859. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 12, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 7 new cases in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,360.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,832. The joint statement is posted at the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 11, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 23 new cases (9 cases from Saturday/Sunday and 14 cases today) of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,353.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,719. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Useful links:

May 6 – B.C.’s Restart Plan news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0026-000826
May 6 – As part the Restart Plan news release, the province outlined the Ministry of Education’s five-stage approach to supporting students, families and staff in a backgrounder: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BG_Parks_and_Sites_and_In-Class_Learning.pdf
Check out the Good News in Education webpage: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools/goodnews

May 8, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,315.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,579. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0026-000847
 

May 7, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 33 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,288.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,512. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health online newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Also released today, see a joint statement for Child and Youth Mental Health Day with Minister Darcy, Minister Conroy and Minister Fleming: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MMHA0026-000829

May 6, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Premier John Horgan, joined by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, announced BC’s Restart Plan this afternoon. Here is the news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0026-000826

As part the plan, the province has outlined the Ministry of Education’s five-stage approach to supporting students, families and staff. Here is the backgrounder (scroll down to Page 3 to see Education): https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BG_Parks_and_Sites_and_In-Class_Learning.pdf

Also today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 23 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,255.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,494. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health’s online newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0026-000825

May 5, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, announced 8 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,232.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,472. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

May 4, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases over two days (34 on Sunday and 19 Monday) of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,224.  The PHO also shared new modeling on the possible trajectory of the virus in BC. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom page: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Check out the “Good News in Education” webpage: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools/goodnews

May 1, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 33 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,145.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,357. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Watch NEWS 1130 on Facebook Live this Saturday, May 2nd at 1:00 pm. Minister Fleming and Dr. Henry will join Legislative Reporter Liza Yuzda and Breakfast Television’s Thor Diakow to take questions and speak directly to kids. You can watch here: https://www.citynews1130.com/event/covid-questions-from-kids/?fbclid=IwAR35q0JBZSqszMJ-08iU6FrVfM46sqzU3QtmyLpAuO1CFVCAzapMeJpBEuM
 

 

 

 

Apr 30, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,112.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in BC is 1,322. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 29, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 34 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,087.  Note: To date, 1,305 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement is posted at the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 28, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 2,053.  Note: To date, 1,231 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 27, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 50 new cases from Sunday and Monday (39 cases from Sunday, 11 cases from Monday) of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,998.  Note: To date, 1190 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

On Tuesday, April 28, Minister Fleming and Stephanie Higginson, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, will provide an update on the many activities underway in the education system while in-class learning is suspended for most students. Fleming and Higginson will make brief statements before answering questions from reporters.

On Sunday, April 26, the Ministry of Education put out a news release to support LGBTQ2S+ students during the pandemic:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0020-000755

 

Apr 24, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,853. Note: To date, 1,114 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000756

Check out the new “Good News in Education” webpage highlighting remarkable stories of students, educators, parents, staff and communities who are going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic as they find new creative ways of learning and teaching. New stories will be added every week. Visit the page.  

Apr 23, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,824. Note: To date, 1,092 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Tonight at 7:15 p.m., there will be a Virtual Town Hall meeting for the Interior – Fraser Health Region. (Note* This will be the last virtual town hall for the health authorities.) The virtual townhall will be live-streamed on the B.C. government Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Apr 22, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 71 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,795. Note: To date, 1,079 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Read the Ministry of Education news release on school district meal programs: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0032-000734

Apr 21: 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,724.  Note: To date, 1,041 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

Apr 20, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 52 new cases (29 from Sunday, 23 today) of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,699.  Note: To date, 1,039 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Ministry of Education News: Education assistants find new ways to help students

Ministry of Education News: Technology loans giving more children the opportunity to learn at home

 

Apr 17, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

The Ministry of Education, released a news release today about new, free virtual educational programs for students, parents and educators that support social and emotional well-being: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0029-000709

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 43 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1618.  Note: 966 people have now fully recovered, which is a 62% recovery rate. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000707

 

Apr 16, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1575.  Note: 983 people have now fully recovered, which is a 62% recovery rate. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000707

Apr 15, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 44 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, bringing the total number of cases to 1,561.  Note: 955 people have now fully recovered, which is a 61% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 14, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Minister Fleming released an Op-Ed (Education Week in extraordinary times) in the Vancouver Sun today: https://vancouversun.com/opinion/rob-fleming-educators-are-taking-their-creativity-and-compassion-to-a-whole-new-level/

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 27 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1,517.  Note: 942 people have now fully recovered, which is a 62% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 9, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Read Minister Fleming’s Letter to the Editor in the Alaska Highway Newshttps://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/opinion/letters/collaboration-and-school-spirit-in-the-time-of-covid-19-1.24115665

The Ministry of Education, in partnership with New West and North Van SDs, presents News You Can Use about teachers who are getting creative in the way they are connecting with students: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0028-000672

Upcoming media on COVID-19 : Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix will be participating in a Global BC News Town Hall tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (also airing on BC 1):  https://globalnews.ca/news/6792103/global-bc-town-hall-coronavirus/

Apr 8, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 45 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1336.  Note: 838 people have now fully recovered, which is a 63% recovery rate. Here is the link to where the joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 7, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1291. Note: 805 people have now fully recovered (a 62% recovery rate). Here is the link to the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0124-000641

Apr 6, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 63 new cases over a two-day period (26 new cases from Sunday, and 37 new cases today) of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1,266.  Note: 783 people have now fully recovered (a 62% recovery rate). Here is the link to the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0124-000641

Apr 3, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1174.  Note: 673 people have now fully recovered (a 57% recovery rate). The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 Education Minister Rob Fleming answers questions submitted by Global BC viewers. The segment, called “Focus BC,” will air on BC1 throughout the weekend and next week and will be posted on the website later this afternoon: https://globalnews.ca/national/program/focus-bc

Apr 2, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 55 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1121.  Note: 641 people have now fully recovered (a 57% recovery rate). The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Apr 1, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1066.  Note: 606 people have now fully recovered (a 57% recovery rate). The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 Zoom collaboration tool now available for K-12 continuous learning: The ministry has secured and funded licences for the application Zoom for all K-12 public and independent schools in B.C. This will allow consistent access for educators who choose to use it, giving them more ways to communicate with students and parents: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0027-000608

Mar 31, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 43 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1013.  Note: 507 people have now fully recovered that’s a 50% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Also, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, released this information bulletin today, “Province helps essential service workers find child care” that includes an update for K-12 parents too: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0017-000599

Mar 30, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 86 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 970.  Note: 469 people have now fully recovered. Here is the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0115-000594

Mar 27, 2020: Letter from Minister of Education and BCCPAC

Dear parents/guardians,

Please see the March 27, 2020 letter from Rob Fleming, Minister of Education and Andrea Sinclair, President of BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.

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Mar 26, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 66 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 725.  Note: 186 people have now fully recovered from COVID-19. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today, Premier Horgan and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced they are using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus. They announced a series of ministerial orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency.

Here is the news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0020-000568. Scroll down to the bottom of this release and see the backgrounder with a new list of essential services in B.C.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education released a Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs) document in regards to “Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system.”  

Mar 25, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 42 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 659.  Here is the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0107-000563

Mar 24, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 145 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 617. The joint statement can be found on the Ministry of Health newsroom here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Mar 23, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 48 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 472.

100 of the 472 cases are considered recovered. The joint statement can be found on the Ministry of Health newsroom here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Mar 20, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 77 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 348. Here is the joint statement:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0097-000531

Mar 19, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 40 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 271. The joint statement will be posted later this afternoon, on the Ministry of Health newsroom here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Town Hall: Global BC is hosting a town hall live at 6:30 pm tonight. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry will take questions from the public. More information can be found here: https://globalnews.ca/news/6692817/bonnie-henry-adrian-dix-coronavirus-questions-global-town-hall/

Mar 18, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today B.C.’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth declared a provincial state of emergency in to support public health efforts to combat COVID-19 and to ensure resources can be coordinated and distributed between all levels of government and further ensure people have access to necessary goods. Please see media release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0017-000511

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 45 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 231. The joint statement will be posted later this afternoon, on the Ministry of Health newsroom here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

YESTERDAY Education Minster Rob Fleming  – announced the immediate suspension of in-class instruction until further notice. Please see Minister Fleming’s letter to parents and staff: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/218690-covid-letter.pdf

Mar 17, 2020: Letter from superintendent Sylvia Russell

Dear families,

This afternoon, the provincial government announced that it would be indefinitely suspending all in-class instruction for BC’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 learners. This means that schools will NOT be opening after spring break for regular daily instruction. This temporary measure is being put in place to help keep students, staff, families and wider community safe as the province responds to the COVID-19 outbreak.

I know you will have many questions about what this announcement will mean for you and your family.

I have attached for you a letter from Minister Fleming, in which you will find additional information about this decision. In the letter, Minister Fleming stresses that every student will receive a final mark, that all students on track to graduate this year will graduate, and that the province is working with post-secondary institutions to ensure the transition for our grade 12 graduates is supported.

The letter also outlines a number of key directives for school districts. School districts are expected to:

  • begin planning for continuity of learning;
  • develop plans to maintain some level of service for children whose parents are performing essential services;
  • address the question of important services like school meal programs and childcare services operating on school grounds.

Our school district has already begun some of this planning work as a part of our Pandemic Response Plan. We will provide you with additional information as soon as these plans are more fully develop and will continue to update you through the parent portal and the school district website at https://www.sd42.ca/coronavirus-district-response/.

For information about COVID-19, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19.

I know these are challenging and uncertain times, but I am confident we will get through them together. Thank you for your patience as we work through this evolving situation.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Russell
Superintendent of Schools

Mar 17, 2020 Letter from Minister of Education Rob Fleming

Under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Education has suspended in-class instruction in all schools until further notice.

Read the Minister’s letter to all parents, guardians and school/school district staff:

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Mar 13, 2020: Letter from superintendent Sylvia Russell

Dear families,

Before we head into spring break, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some important school-related updates on the novel coronavirus.

I have attached for you a letter from Deputy Minister Scott MacDonald that highlights a number of the important announcements made yesterday by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

School Closures

First, Dr. Henry advised that school closures are not necessary at this time. Over the next two weeks, therefore, school districts in the province with a different spring break schedule than ours will remain open, as will our balanced calendar school Kanaka Creek, which will start its spring break holidays on March 30. All other schools in our district will start their break Monday, March 16 and reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020 as scheduled. If there are any updates or changes to these plans, I will immediately inform you.

The decision to close schools because of the coronavirus is not a local school district decision. Instead, such a decision would be made by the Provincial Health Officer. As Deputy Minister MacDonald notes in his letter, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and education stakeholders will be having ongoing discussions over the next two weeks. We will provide you with any updates as they become available.

Non-Essential Travel

Second, Dr. Henry strongly advised against all non-essential travel out of the country, including to the United States. She also asked that those who do travel out of the country self-isolate (stay away from school or work) for 14 days upon return to Canada.

If your family does decide to travel out of the country, I ask that you please comply with this important directive so that we can continue to keep our schools and communities healthy. Remember to advise your child’s school of the absence as you normally would.

Community Gatherings and Events

Finally, Dr. Henry directed that all community gatherings and events planned for 250 or more people be cancelled or postponed. As such, we have asked our schools to postpone any planned concerts, performances or assemblies.

These are unusual and challenging times, and we must all work together to keep our communities healthy and safe. Please consider carefully the Provincial Health Officer’s advice and take all the necessary precautions. We will continue to post all COVID-19 updates to the district website at https://www.sd42.ca/information-community-coronavirus/. Updates specific for the Fraser Health region will be posted to the district website, school websites, and sent to you directly through the parent portal.

I wish you and your family a healthy and restful spring break.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Russell
Superintendent of Schools

 

Mar 13, 2020: Deputy Minister's letter to parents, guardians and staff

Letter for parents, guardians and staff from Deputy Minister of Education D. Scott MacDonald:

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Mar 12, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 7 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 53. Here is today’s statement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0077-000484

The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) announced new directives and measures today:

The PHO advises that closing schools is not appropriate or advised at this time. Health Minister Dix added, public health officials will be working with stakeholders in the education sector during spring break to continue monitoring the pandemic and B.C.’s response to it.

The PHO is advising against all non-essential travel outside Canada, including to the United States.  She adds that if you do travel outside of Canada, then you must self-isolate and stay away from school or work for 14 days upon return.
Gatherings and events larger than 250 people, should not be held or should be cancelled.

Workplaces are urged to think about ways to create space for people, to accommodate social distancing and develop solutions to allow staff to work from home
 

SCHOOL CLOSURES 

Decisions about school closures should made by public health officials in cooperation with school districts and the Ministry of Education. All schools should be following the school closure guidelines and protocols currently in place. Pandemic Response Framework and Planning Guidelines: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/healthyschools/pandemic_response_framework.pdf

While there have been a small number of school closures in B.C. this week, medical health officers have not advised that those steps are necessary.

Mar 10, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

On Tues. March 10, announcing 7 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 39. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

TRAVEL Advice from the Provincial Health Officer – updates in bold

At this time, it is not necessary to cancel planned events, outings or trips to public locations in B.C. and Canada and to most places in the world. However, travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly.

People who are planning travel should check the latest travel notices and advisories on the Government of Canada’s website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

Cruise ships continue to be high-risk environments for transmission. The federal government has recommended that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

People arriving in Canada from Hubei Province, China and Iran and Italy are asked to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days and monitor closely for symptoms of illness. If any symptoms arise, connect with your primary care provider, local public health office or call 8-1-1. 

British Columbians should monitor their health while they are travelling and after they return. If you have any symptoms at all of a cold or influenza, even if they’re mild, stay away from others. If you have been to areas, particularly where we know there has been transmission of COVID-19, then call your health care provider, 8-1-1, or public health. Always tell health care providers about recent travel if you become ill after returning to Canada. 

Mar 10, 2020: Letter from the superintendent on spring break travel

Dear parents/guardians,

Since we are soon heading into spring break, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some important reminders about travel in the current context of COVID-19, as provided by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam.

If you are planning an international trip with your family this spring break, please remember to monitor the Government of Canada travel site for the latest travel advisories at www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. Dr. Henry notes COVID-19 is currently found in 80 countries, and advises there should be both a careful assessment of and a low tolerance for international travel. Dr. Tam, in the meantime, advises Canadians to avoid all cruise ship travel.

Those with underlying health issues should reconsider trips at this time.

Please also keep in mind that the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly. If you are going to travel abroad, consider registering with the Government of Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration. This free service enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest, and also allows government to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home.

Finally, Dr. Henry is asking all travellers returning from Iran and China to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to Canada. All other travellers who are returning to, or visiting, B.C. from outside Canada should monitor themselves and their children closely for symptoms. If symptoms arise, returned travellers should limit their contact with others and call 811.

The school district will continue to publish all COVID-19 updates to the district website at https://www.sd42.ca/information-community-coronavirus/. Any updates we receive from Fraser Health, we will also send directly to families through the parent portal.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Russell
Superintendent

Mar 9, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Today and over the weekend a total of 11 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total to 32. The Provincial Health Officer announced today that one person, a man in his 80s, has passed away. Of the total 32 cases, four people have fully recovered, three people are in hospital in acute care, and the 24 remaining  cases are recovering, in good condition, at home.

See joint statement from Monday March 9, announcing five new cases, and the first death from COVID-19 in B.C.: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0068-000423

And joint statement from Saturday March 7, announcing six new cases of COVID-19: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0064-000413  

 

Surrey School District

On the weekend, Fraser Health notified the Surrey School District that a member of the Sullivan Heights Secondary community is a confirmed case of COVID-19. This person was asymptomatic during their time at the school; so the risk to the school population is minimal.

The district was also notified by Fraser Health over the weekend that an individual, who was diagnosed with COVID-19, had recently been in Serpentine Heights Elementary as part of a community use rental. Because the school community was not in contact with the affected individual, Fraser Health has advised that that the risk to our school community is low.

The district initiated a deep clean protocol in both schools over the weekend in preparation for classes on Monday.

The risk to the public is low and those who need to be aware of possible exposure have been contacted.

TRAVEL Advice from the Provincial Health Officer

At this time, it is not necessary to cancel planned events, outings or trips to public locations in B.C. and Canada and to most places in the world. However, travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly. Cruise ships continue to be high-risk environments for transmission. Today the federal government has recommended that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

People who are planning travel should check the latest travel notices and advisories on the Government of Canada’s website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

Information about COVID-19, including advice and guidance to schools, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID19_schools_childcare_guidelines.pdf Please routinely check this site and its resources. 

Mar 6, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

B.C. announces its BC Pandemic Coordination Plan in response to COVID-19, a worldwide public health outbreak. There have been 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., four people have recovered, one person is in hospital in critical condition and the other 16 cases are recovering, in good condition, at home.

B.C. is adding four additional COVID-19 testing labs. The province has struck a Deputy Minister’s Committee, which includes Ministry of Education Deputy Minister, Scott MacDonald, that will report to a special Cabinet Committee on government response to protect and contain the outbreak. Please see statement from Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0012-000404

The Pandemic Coordination plan is publicly available and can be found here: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID19_schools_childcare_guidelines.pdf

 

TRAVEL Advice from the Provincial Health Officer

At this time, it is not necessary to cancel planned events, outings or trips to public locations in B.C. and Canada and to most places in the world. However, travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly.

People who are planning travel should check the latest travel notices and advisories on the Government of Canada’s website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

Information about COVID-19, including advice and guidance to schools, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseasesconditions/coronavirus-(novel)

Please routinely check this site and its resources. 

Mar 5, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

B.C. announces 8 new  confirmed cases of COVID-19 for a total of 21 in the province. Six of the new cases were linked to travel (or are close contacts of people who had travelled) to Iran. One case is a visitor from Seattle, Washington. One person was a community case on the Lower Mainland with no international travel.  Please see joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0062-000393

SCHOOLS – PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER ADVICE

Any consideration of school closures would be determined by public health officials in consultation with the Ministry of Education, school districts and schools and would be specific to any impacted school. There are plans in place for those kinds of measures should they become necessary.

In a Mar. 3 joint statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises: “Schools should be increasing cleaning and hand hygiene, educating students on respiratory etiquette, in addition to putting mechanisms in place to support students who may be away for extended periods.”

TRAVEL – PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER (PHO) ADVICE

The PHO advises COVID-19 is currently found in 80 countries and people should carefully assess and have a low tolerance for international travel. The PHO also advises people with underlying health issues should reconsider trips at this time. 

Mar 4, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

B.C. announces 13th  confirmed case of COVID-19, a woman in her 80’s who is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Vancouver General Hospital. She had recently traveled to India and Hong Kong  Please see joint statement from Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0060-000380

SCHOOLS – PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER ADVICE

In a Mar. 3 joint statement, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry advises: “Schools should be increasing cleaning and hand hygiene, educating students on respiratory etiquette, in addition to putting mechanisms in place to support students who may be away for extended periods.”

TRAVEL – PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER ADVICE

In a Mar. 3 joint statement, Dr. Henry advises: “British Columbians with upcoming travel plans should continue to monitor the Government of Canada travel site for the latest travel advisories: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

“Travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly. We are asking all travellers returning from Iran and China to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return home to Canada. All other travellers who are returning to, or visiting, B.C. from outside Canada should monitor themselves and their children closely for symptoms and if any arise, limit their contact with others and call 811. This is an important way to reduce the possibility of transmission of illness to others.”

Useful Links

KIDS and COVID-19 QA: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#For–schools–and–childcare
CBC Kids along with the PHO produced a kid-centric Q and A video about COVID-19: https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/watch-coronavirus-facts-versus-fiction
Mar. 3, PM joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0058-000370
Mar. 3, AM joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0056-000365
Mar. 2, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0054-000361
Feb. 25, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0048-000330
Feb. 24, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0043-000320
Feb. 20 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0041-000304
Feb. 19 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0039-000294
Feb. 14 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0036-000284
Feb. 6 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0025-000236
Feb. 4 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0023-000222
Feb. 3 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000210
Ministry of Health response plans: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
Novel Coronavirus Q&A from HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus
BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210

 

Mar 4, 2020: Letter from the superintendent
Letter regarding spring break international field trip cancellations

Dear families,

I am writing to you regarding the school district decision to cancel the field trips we had scheduled for spring break. These cancellations included two trips to Japan, a trip to Italy, a trip to Europe, as well as a trip to New York.

We know that a great deal of planning goes into these trips, and that our students and staff truly look forward to them. We also anticipated that the decision to cancel the trips would be upsetting news for many of our families. I can assure you that senior staff took all this into consideration when making this difficult decision.

The school district recognizes that there are always some risks associated with school trips and with international travel in particular. The Board of Education also recognizes the inevitability of such risks and provides staff with guidance through Procedure 8901.2 on how to mitigate them. One of the requirements for mitigating potential risks is to prepare a detailed safety plan that considers student safety should the region become destabilized. Unfortunately, because of the many unknowns associated with this global health emergency, senior staff was unable to complete a full risk assessment or prepare a detailed safety plan for the scheduled trips.

The list of countries and regions affected by COVID-19 continues to grow every day, which means that any international trip can potentially be affected. Some of the scenarios the school district had to consider included the possible infection and/or quarantine of students/staff while out of country, as well as the provision of adequate supervision for all other students on the trip in such a scenario.

While individual families can assume higher levels of risk, as a school district we cannot expose our students and staff to high levels of uncertainty that cannot be reasonably mitigated with a safety plan. Although we deeply regret the disappointment these cancellations may cause, we want to stress that the safety of students and staff is always the primary consideration in any decision the school district makes about school trips.

School district procedure on all level 2 field trips requires travel insurance that includes a full cancellation refund. Your school will be following up with you regarding the reimbursement process in the coming days.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Russell
Superintendent

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March 3, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus

Update March 3, 2020 at 6 pm

B.C. announces 10th, 11th and 12th cases, all adults with recent travel history to Iran who are recovery in homes in the Vancouver Coastal or Fraser Health regions.  Please see joint statement from Health Minister Dix and Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0058-000370

Update March 3, 2020 at 3 pm

B.C. announces 9th confirmed COVID-19 case, a man in his 50’s who lives in the Fraser Health region and who recently returned from Iran. Please see joint statement from Health Minister Dix and Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0056-000365

TRAVEL

Along with encouraging proper hand hygiene and staying home when unwell, the PHO also advises travellers (spring break, school trips etc.) to conduct risk assessments in advance and consider postponing trips to impacted areas – while noting that impacted areas are changing as COVID-19 continues to evolve. Please find all current health-related travel notices here: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices

EVENT PLANNING

Event planners are asked to do a risk assessment. While the PHO advises there is no reason to cancel events in B.C., she cautions participants to consider their personal risk and if they have been to Iran or China or in close contact with someone who has been to COVID-19 impacted areas, along with anyone with underlying health conditions should avoid mass gatherings and the PHO further advises anyone who is not feeling well, not to attend public events.

GREETINGS

The PHO asks people refrain from customary greetings such a handshaking, hugging and kissing during the remainder of flu season.

KIDS and COVID-19

For parents and educators, CBC Kids along with the PHO produced a kid-centric Q and A video about COVID-19, please feel free to share with your school community. CBC Kids/ COVID-19 story: https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/watch-coronavirus-facts-versus-fiction

Please note provincial recommendations on travel-related, self isolation:

  • The Provincial Health Officer is advising people who have been to China and Iran in the last 14 days, or who have been in contact with someone who has, to call public health officials and self-isolate for 14 days.
  • The Provincial Health Officer is also advising that anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.
     

Useful Links

Feb 28, 2020: Novel coronavirus update from Fraser Health

Novel Coronavirus Update

We are writing to all school districts to give you updated information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a new virus causing respiratory illness. Fraser Health is working closely with provincial partners and school districts as we manage and support cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region. We want to assure the public that people who may be at risk of COVID-19 exposure were contacted by public health officials. There are no new cases of COVID-19 in our region.

We are aware there are alleged personal details about people involved circulating on social media which may be causing unnecessary concern among families. As previously announced, our public health teams are supporting two people who have tested positive with COVID-19. We are also supporting their close contacts, who are all in isolation at home. While we will not be identifying specific schools or hospitals visited by people with COVID-19, we remind people the risk to the public is low and those who need to be aware of possible exposure have been contacted. If we had any concerns that we were not able to find all those who had a potential exposure we would post the information publicly.

For more information on COVID-19, please see: www.bccdc.ca. Anyone concerned about respiratory symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

In the meantime, we are reminding everyone to follow proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:

  • Proper hand-washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow.
  • Stay at home when you are sick

Sincerely,

Dr. Ingrid Tyler

Medical Health Officer, Medical Director
Healthy Schools Program

Feb 26, 2020: COVID-19 Guidelines for BC Schools

Dear parents/guardians,

On Monday, February 24, 2020, all school districts in the province received guidance from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control regarding recommended measures for preventing and controlling respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, in schools and childcare settings.

Please see the document below for a summary of these recommendations, information on how the recommendations are being implemented in our school district, and guidance on the steps you can take at home.


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Feb 26, 2020: Update from the superintendent on COVID-19

Dear parents/guardians,

As you know, on February 21, Fraser Health provided school districts in the Fraser Valley with an update on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Since the release of this update, many different concerns have begun to circulate online in the region.

Although school districts cannot speak about specific schools or specific individuals, I want to reassure you that the Fraser Health Authority reports there is no public threat at schools in the region or anywhere else in the province. Whenever there is a public health matter, school districts work closely with health authorities to keep students and staff safe.

This week, all school districts in the province received additional guidance from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control regarding recommended measures for preventing and controlling respiratory viruses (including COVID-19) in schools and childcare settings. We will be providing you with a summary of these recommendations shortly and will also let you know how they are being implemented in our school district and what steps you can take at home.

We understand that you may have many questions and concerns regarding the novel coronavirus. We are in regular communication with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Fraser Health, and will continue to provide you with the very latest information provided by health authorities. We will continue to send these through the parent portal and to post them to the school district website at https://www.sd42.ca/information-community-coronavirus/.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Russell
Superintendent

Feb 24, 2020: Update on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

On Feb. 24, Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a joint statement announcing B.C.’s seventh case of COVID-19 – a man in his 40s – a close contact of the sixth case who lives in the Fraser Health region. Please see more: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0043-000320

Please note provincial recommendations on travel-related, self isolation:

The Provincial Health Officer is advising people who have been to Hubei province in the last 14 days, or who have been in contact with someone who has, to call public health officials and self-isolate for 14 days.

The Provincial Health Officer is also advising that anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.

Useful Links

Feb. 20 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0041-000304
Feb. 19 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0039-000294
Feb. 14 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0036-000284
Feb. 6 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0025-000236
Feb. 4 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0023-000222
Feb. 3 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000210
Ministry of Health response plans – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
Novel Coronavirus Q&A from HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus
BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210

Feb 21, 2020: Update from Fraser Health on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update has been provided by Fraser Health:

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Feb 7, 2020: Update from Ministry of Health on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

See the February 7, 2020 update below from Ministry of Health on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are writing to give you updated information on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a new virus causing respiratory illness. Families may be concerned about the risk to their families. The highest number of infections continue to be reported from Hubei Province, China. There have been a small number of cases of 2019-nCoV in B.C. which are being very closely managed. The risk to British Columbians remains low.

Our knowledge of this virus continues to grow, and we are using new information to adjust our public health recommendations. We are now aware of early evidence that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. During this time, they can reduce the chance of spread by limiting contact with others.

Therefore, we now recommend that:

  • Students or staff returning from Hubei Province, China consider staying home for 14 days after they left Hubei. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough. Parents should assist children as needed. Those who develop symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.
  • Students or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with 2019-nCoV should consider staying home for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever and cough. Parents should assist children as needed. Those who develop symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.
  • Students or staff who have been in other parts of China (outside Hubei Province) should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough for 14 days. Parents should assist children as needed. Those who develop symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

The Ministry of Education continues to be in close contact with public health officials at all
levels of government and asks the public not to make assumptions about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.

Advice for Students and Families Considering Travel:
Students and families considering travel to and from China are encouraged to consult the Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice on the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism site regularly. Recommendations change as new information becomes available.

Advice on School Events, Outings and Field Trips
It is not necessary to cancel school events, outings or field trips to public locations in B.C. and
Canada and to most places in the world. The Government of Canada has advised, however, the public should avoid non-essential travel to China.

Advice on masks from Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry:
When sick, wearing a mask helps to prevent us from passing on illnesses to other people. But if you are not sick, we do not know if wearing a mask will prevent infection, especially for children who may not be able to wear a mask properly. People wearing a mask may also touch their faces more often, potentially increasing the risk of having the eyes, nose or mouth come into contact with the virus.

Some parents wonder if a child who is returning from an affected area of China should wear a mask to school. Since the main way the virus is spread is through coughing and sneezing, this isn’t necessary for healthy children. Wearing masks in public, with a goal of preventing spread of illness, can be a way some communities show respect for others. While we do not recommend wearing masks for healthy children, it is important that any children who do wear masks are treated with respect and not fear.

Reducing the risk of coronavirus, colds and flu

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled using a wipe and then ABHR is effective.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow. 
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Regular household cleaning products are effective against most viruses.
  • Stay home if you are sick and away from others so you don’t pass it on.

A new toll-free phone number (1 833 784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Service is available from 7 a.m. to midnight EST.

Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, the coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Jan 30, 2020: Novel coronavirus update

The Ministry of Education has provided the following information regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak for school districts to share with their communities. 

January 30, 2020 – School District updated messages:

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency; however, the B.C. Provincial Health Officer is advising that the risk is low within British Columbia and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.

The Ministry of Health has advised and confirmed that asymptomatic individuals returning from affected regions do not need to be isolated at home or kept home from school.

We can assure you that we are in regular communication with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and our local health authority to make public health decisions, and to ensure students and employees are kept informed and safe.

We will continue to be in close contact with public health officials and, with that in mind, would ask that you do not make assumptions about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.

HealthLinkBC website https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus

 

Advice for Students and Families Considering Travel:

Students and families considering travel to and from China are encouraged to consult the Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice on the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page regularly, as recommendations may change over the course of your travel as new information becomes available.  No matter where students and families plan to travel, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that they consult Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page, as this is the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information. This web page provides important advice to help travelers make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad.  Students and their families should always tell their health care providers about their travel history if they become ill after returning to Canada.

Advice on masks from Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry:

“The thing about masks is we know that they are very important in certain situations. If I’m sick, my wearing a mask keeps my droplets in. It does help prevent transmission to other people. That’s why we ask somebody who’s sick, who’s going to an emergency department, for example, if you have a cough or respiratory symptoms, we ask you to put on a mask and clean your hands. Where it’s not known is how effective wearing a mask in the community is when you are not sick yourself. The masks may give you a false sense of security. The most important thing that you can do in the community is to wash your hands regularly.”

Reducing the risk

The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, employ the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
    Stay home if you are sick.
  • A new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the novel coronavirus. Service is available from 5 a.m.  to 9:00 p.m.

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Jan 29, 2020: Novel coronavirus update

The following update has been provided by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education:

On January 28, BC Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry announced that the first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in BC. Further details are available HERE.

The Ministry of Education will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health, local health authorities and other levels of government to ensure students and school district employees are kept informed and safe. There is ongoing monitoring throughout BC, nationally and internationally, and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.

The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu should be employed:

  • Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Please note: When it comes to decisions concerning public health, school districts take their direction from the Ministry of Health and local health authorities. The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District is in regular communication with the Ministry of Education and public health; we will continue to provide any updates as they become available.

Jan 25, 2020: Fraser Health update on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Fraser Health has provided the following update on novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to share with our school communities: 

Re: Novel coronavirus

Fraser Health Medical Health Officers are monitoring reports of the novel coronavirus (named 2019-nCoV), first identified in Wuhan, China. While there have been cases identified outside of China, all of these individuals are known to have recent travel associated with the Wuhan area. 

Currently, there are no confirmed cases in Canada. Public Health officials are working together to ensure that any unusual illness in arriving travellers is being appropriately screened.  Physicians have also been requested to notify Public Health of any illness of concern in patients who were recently in the Wuhan area.

The School District has been advised that the risk to the general public, including school-age children, is very low.  Medical Health Officers continue to monitor the situation closely, and will provide further advice and information as it becomes available.  

At this time, reports indicate that, similar to influenza, this virus is spread when a sick person coughs or sneezes. Many of the reported cases are only showing mild symptoms and are well enough to stay home. As with influenza, elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to develop severe disease and require hospitalization.

In the meantime, we would remind everyone to follow proper hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are sick.

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