Daily Archives: March 20, 2020
A Message for CMSD82 Parents & Guardians:
In light of the provincial government’s announcement on March 17, 2020 suspending in-class instruction at all BC schools to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we share this quick survey with parents/guardians to collect information. Further information regarding the continuity of learning for our students, or what school will look like, will be communicated to parents/guardians after Spring Break. Additionally, we seek information from parents/guardians involved in essential service work and whether they have child care arrangements in place.
Parents/guardians can access the following link to complete the survey:
The survey will be open to parents/guardians for completion until 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 23.
Kindly note that we have posted the Parent/Guardian Survey to all school websites, shared with our District Parent Advisory Committee, all School PAC Executives and First Nations Education Coordinators. We have also posted the survey to school Facebook pages and distributed via school email parent/guardian distribution lists.
Thank you in advance for your time in completing this survey and sharing your feedback.
Please stay safe and continue to follow the preventive measures recommended by the Provincial Health Officer during this global pandemic.
Acting Superintendent of Schools
For parents and guardians, a new government website (click on link to open) 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 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with information in over 110 languages.
Specific public health questions re COVID-19 should be directed to your local health authority for response.
During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus. As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.
Here are some tips and resources to help:
- Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
- Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly; it’s okay if you can’t answer everything.
- Follow their lead: Invite your child or student to ask questions and share their perspective: Invite them to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus and express how they feel.
- Check yourself: Feeling anxious? Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
- Focus on actions you can take: Emphasize safety precautions everyone can take to help keep themselves and others healthy: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
- Stick to routine: Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
- Keep talking: Tell kids/students you will keep them updated as you learn more. Let them know the lines of communication are going to be open and as you learn more, you will share the information with them, too.
News and information about the spread of COVID-19 around the world is coming at us quickly. It can be hard to keep up and if you are keeping up on the latest, it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on.
Access the following link to view the resource from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions for tips and information to help with stress management.
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
- Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
- BC Centre for Disease Control – Information on COVID-19
- HealthLink BC – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)