Daily Archives: March 18, 2020

 

Daily Provincial Health Update

Earlier today, the B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency to support the province-wide response to COVID-19.  The state emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, and allows critical federal, provincial and local resources to be delivered in a coordinated effort.

Yesterday, the Provincial Health Officer announced requirements for social distancing in public establishments – minimum of one to two metres between workers and customers – which required the immediate closure of bars, pubs and night clubs. Restaurants and cafes that can accommodate the minimum social distancing standards may stay open, otherwise they must close or shift to take-out or delivery models.

The Provincial Health Officer continues to reiterate federal recommendations to avoid all non-essential international travel and self-isolate for 14 days following return from international travel (exemptions are in place for workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people).

March 18 Joint Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health statement:  https://news.gov.bc.ca/21833

 

For parents and guardians, a new government website has been launched with up-to-date non-clinical information on COVID-19.  British Columbians can also use the new provincial phone service by calling 1-888-COVID19, available seven days a week from 7:30AM to 8PM, with information in over 110 languages.   Specific public health questions re COVID-19 should be directed to your local health authority for response.

 

Federal Updates

The Prime Minister of Canada has announced $82 billion in funding to help Canadians and businesses as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The funding includes $27 billion in direct supports to impacted workers, homeowners, low-income families, post-secondary students, Canadians experiencing homelessness, and Indigenous communities, and $55 billion to support businesses through tax deferrals.

In addition, restrictions have been established on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border. Travelers will no longer be permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism.

 

Useful Links:

For more information on the updated testing strategy and self-isolation, visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing-isolation

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit:
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

For the COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials, visit:
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.

For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit its website:
http://www.bccdc.ca/

To make an appointment to donate, download the GiveBlood app, call 1 888 2-DONATE (1 888 236-6283) or book online: https://blood.ca/

 

 

 

 

Letter to CMSD82 Employees re COVID-19 Important Information – March 18, 2020  (PDF Format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Employees,

Thank you for your patience and understanding during a very challenging and complex time.

As the world deals with the rapidly changing situation around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to take a moment to address some important information and school district related procedures pertaining to COVID-19.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and adhering to the recommendations of the BC Provincial Health Officer, the Ministries of Health and Education and the Government of Canada. The Provincial Health Officer has advised British Columbians against all travel outside of Canada including the United States. In an effort to help minimize the spread of the virus or “flatten the curve” in reducing the impact on the health system, it is everyone’s civic obligation to comply with these critical recommendations.

The Provincial Health Officer has further advised that those citizens who travel out of the country, including to the United States must self-isolate (stay at home and avoid contact with others in accordance to the BC Centre for Disease Control) for 14 days upon return to Canada.

School district employees who choose not to follow the Provincial Health Officer’s recommendation and travel out of the country, including the United States, will be required to self-isolate upon their return to Canada for 14 days. In this instance, the employee may need to access their vacation or unpaid leaves of absence available to them. Information relating to Employment Insurance pertaining to employees affected or impacted by COVID-19 is available by accessing the following link:

Employment Insurance Information Relating to COVID-19

It is important to note that employees have obligations under the Workers Compensation Act to ensure reasonable steps are taken to protect their personal health and safety as well as others within the workplace. These basic expectations apply to all employees during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The following link provides information regarding the Workers Compensation Act as it pertains to COVID-19 and the workplace:

Workers Compensation Act Relating to COVID 19 and the Workplace

The school district is working on finalizing plans for employees in light of the joint announcement by the Premier, Minister of Education and Minister of Finance held yesterday, March 17 regarding the immediate suspension of in-class instruction until further notice in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, further information from the provincial and federal governments is required to finalize plan details. To that end, we may not be in a position to answer your questions immediately, therefore, we ask employees to email their inquiries to hr@cmsd.bc.ca. Email responses will be provided in a timely manner, once the required government information is received, and plans are finalized.

These are unusual and challenging times, and we must all work together to keep our students, staff, families and school communities healthy and safe. Please carefully consider the Provincial Health Officer’s critical recommendations and take all the necessary precautions.

We will continue to post COVID-19 updates to the school district’s website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to the school district’s Twitter feed @CoastMtnSD.

Your support and cooperation is greatly appreciated as we continue to keep our focus on the health and safety of you and your family.

 

Sincerely,

Kiran Bath
Acting Human Resources Director


Message to Parents, Guardians & Staff

 

Message from the Acting Superintendent of Schools to Parents, Guardians & Staff – March 18, 2020 (PDF Format)

 

Dear Parents, Guardians & Staff,

I want to begin by thanking everyone, students, staff and families for their efforts and understanding during this extraordinary time. The health and safety of all students, staff, families and our school communities is our top priority. Coast Mountains School District (CMSD82) in consultation with the Provincial Health Officer, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, is monitoring the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation on a daily basis.

I write to you today in follow up to the joint announcement from B.C.’s Premier and Ministers of Education and Finance of yesterday afternoon, March 17 regarding the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis.  In an unprecedented move, the provincial government announced the suspension of in-class instruction at all B.C. schools as part of a province-wide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. A letter from the Minister of Education that followed yesterday’s joint announcement is available to you by accessing the following link:

Minister of Education Letter to Parents, Guardians & Staff – March 17, 2020

The province-wide measure, applies to all public and private Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools until further notice. The Premier noted that daycare facilities should continue to operate as normal.

This decision by the Minister of Education was made under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer and supported by all the educational partners and stakeholders in the system.

CMSD82 along with other school districts and the Ministry of Education are planning for continued studies as this situation unfolds. At present, there are more questions than answers and the situation is developing rapidly. The school district is working diligently to get these answers as soon as we can. We will gain more information and clarification during additional conference calls scheduled today and tomorrow with the Ministry of Education.

The District Leadership Team is finalizing the school district’s plans around health, safety and instruction. Our team has been planning since last week in anticipation of this announcement. We want to let you know that our team is working towards finalizing and putting plans into place.

We will be seeking more information and clarification from the Ministry of Education regarding our educational expectations. We will be rolling out specific education plans for students once finalized, and we will be communicating these plans with staff, parents and guardians. We ask everyone to be patient as we better understand the provincial context and what it means for our school district.

It is important to note that the continuity of learning plan will not be ready to roll out on March 30. The District Leadership Team will require time with our staff, after their Spring Break vacations, to plan and provide in-service around technology required to offer engaging education for our students.

Please do not publicly speculate with students, parents and families about plans for March 30 onwards recognizing that this would be done with the best intentions. We want to ensure consistent communication from the school district.

I am also encouraging people to trust only reliable sources of information and to refrain from passing on information which may not be accurate.

Our staff across the school district, who are on a well-deserved Spring Break, will also be apprised of the plans for the continuity of instruction upon their return on March 30.  We wish to respect their time away allowing them an opportunity to rest and spend time with their families.

An information letter regarding school district-related procedures for employees regarding COVID-19 will be issued today by our Acting Human Resources Director. We do not have all the answers today pending guidelines and direction from the provincial/federal governments. We are in a fast moving situation.

Please continue to monitor our school district website and our Twitter feed for updates.  We will share all relevant information as soon as appropriate to do so.

For now, I strongly encourage you and your family to practice social distancing while enjoying probably one of the most interesting Spring Breaks in history. With every challenge, comes many things positive.  Find the positive in this ever-evolving, unprecedented and challenging situation.  It’s there.  We just have to look for it. We are all in this together!

Please stay safe and healthy, and check in with us regularly on our website at www.cmsd.bc.ca or Twitter @CoastMtnSD.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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