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Changes to some COVID Safety Protoocols in Schools & New Health Check App

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Changes to some COVID Safety Protoocols in Schools & New Health Check App
by Tammy Cowley - Friday, 5 February 2021, 10:27 AM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Yesterday, the Minister of Education, the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, and the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced changes to some safety protocols in schools.  In their joint address, they re-emphasized that schools continue to be safe places where virus transmission remains low throughout B.C. and where the provincial safety protocols already in place are working well.  Dr. Henry stated that these changes to some safety protocols have been introduced to fine tune our practices to ensure that our learning and working spaces reflect the most current scientific understanding about the COVID-19 virus. 

MASKS: Please note that elementary students are not required to wear a mask in schools or on school buses. Elementary students’ mask use is based on personal or family/caregiver choice, and this choice will continue to be respected. 

Elementary staff, however, must wear a mask when on a school bus and when  inside and outside of their learning group (cohort) except when: 

  • Sitting in (or standing at) their seat or desk/workstation in a classroom or learning space
  • There is a barrier in place
  • Eating or drinking
  • When outside

NEW MOBILE HEALTH CHECK APP: Implementation and further communication of the new protocols will occur over the next few weeks. Starting Monday, February 8th, families are encouraged to download and use daily this new mobile Health Check App.  (The link is also posted on the front page of our school website.)

Thank you to all parents/visitors who continue to:

  • practice 2 metre physical distancing on school grounds during pick-up and drop-off 
  • contact the office @ 250-658-5315, prior to entering the school for any reason
  • wear a non-medical mask when they are inside the school 

With gratitude for your ongoing support of these important health and safety measures,

Mrs. Mary Lynn Heron, Principal