As communicated by the BC Centre for Disease Control, schools are considered controlled environments. This is because schools include a consistent grouping of people, there are robust illness policies for sick students and staff and there is an ability to implement effective personal practices that are followed by most people most of the time in the setting (e.g. diligent hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.). This makes them different from public places like retail stores and public transit.
I would like to take this time to thank our community for supporting our school/controlled environment by:
- calling ahead, prior to entering the school @ 250 658 5315 (cleaning protocols are in place following parent/visitor access to the building and we appreciate being able to plan cleaning with custodial for everyone's safety)
- avoiding access to the school after dismissal, as custodial staff are busy sanitizing for the next day from 3:00 p.m. onwards (all exterior doors will be locked by 3:10, except for the front doors which will remain open for office hours until 3:30)
- wearing a mask at all times in the school
- wearing a mask at pick-up and drop-off times outside, if you are not able to maintain 2m physical distancing with staff, students or other parents
The following links for a video and poster contain reminders of how to wear a face mask, if you would like to review with your child.
Mrs. Mary Lynn Heron