New Mask Requirements

Dear parents and guardians,

You may have already read the district communication indicating that all students in grades 4-12 will now be required to wear masks at school and that it will be encouraged for all students K-12. I’ve provided a link that outlines more information.

For our school, where students are not used to wearing masks indoors, teachers will spend the next few days helping students to adjust to this change. We suggest you send your child to school in a clean mask, and with a spare mask, that they are used to wearing. Schools will have disposable masks available if students forget their mask. Please click the following links for a video and poster containing a reminder of how to wear a face mask.

In order to give our families some time to find masks that will work well and fit comfortably for each child, we plan to begin this practice fully on Tuesday next week after the Easter Break. In the mean time, students will be encouraged to wear masks if they have them sooner. We will be providing masks for any students requiring or requesting them beginning on Tuesday.

Students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers will continue to look for opportunities to move their classes outside.

Once again, we appreciate your continued support in helping us to keep everyone safe during these difficult times.

Sincerely,

Glen Overgaard, Principal

SD83 New Daily Health Check

Under the advice of the Ministry of Health & Education, the daily health check list which parents have been asked to do each day has been updated, and School District #83 is adopting the new check list.

1.    Key Symptoms of Illness

Does your child have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Nausea and vomiting

2.    International Travel

Have you returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

3.    Confirmed Contact

Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above symptoms, and they are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies), YOUR CHILD SHOULD NOT ATTEND SCHOOL.

If only one symptom (excluding fever) is present: your child should stay home and can self-monitor/be monitored for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom continues past that window or worsens, seek a health assessment. If the symptom improves, your child may return to school when they feel well enough.

If your child has a fever, or if two or more key symptoms are present: seek a health assessmentA health assessment can include calling 811 or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner – the assessment will determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended.

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 to determine if you should seek testing for COVID19.

RETURN TO SCHOOL

After a period of illness, when is it safe to return to school?
If a COVID-19 test has been recommended as part of a health assessment, follow the guidance provided by the health professional you’re working with.

If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, your child can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough to do so.

For more information, please go to https://sd83.bc.ca/2020/10/09/school-district-no-83-adopts-the-new-daily-health-check-list/.