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Education Week 2020
Education Week is an annual celebration hosted by the Richmond School District. It is a time to celebrate teaching excellence and student achievement while highlighting individual, classroom, school and district accomplishments.

Education Week also provides an important opportunity for the Richmond community to appreciate the public education system.  

Numerous sponsors support this event and contribute to a feeling of inclusiveness that is vital to this celebration. It is through these partnerships that a true sense of community and civic pride in the City of Richmond can be shared.

We hope that you attend a few of the events and take part in the excitement. Education Week is truly a celebration of public education!

To view the complete schedule of events visit
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Ministry of Health - Novel Coronavirus - Feb 14, 2020

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia:

“Today we are announcing a new case of COVID-19 in B.C. A female in her 30s is presumed positive, based on local testing. Samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg for final confirmation. She lives in the Interior Health region and recently returned from China.

“Interior Health is actively investigating. Her close contacts have been identified and are being contacted. The patient is in isolation at home.

“This brings the total number of cases in B.C. to five. One is presumed positive. Four, located in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, have been confirmed positive by the NML and remain in isolation. Public health teams are providing ongoing care and support to all five individuals.

“As of Feb. 14, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has tested almost 500 people for COVID-19. The testing numbers are posted each Friday on the BCCDC website. In B.C., we have selected testing criteria with an intentionally low threshold to ensure a wide range of people are eligible for COVID-19 testing.

“The risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time. We continue to monitor the outbreak closely and will notify the public if the measures in B.C. change.

“The strength of our public health care system is best demonstrated when people show respect, tolerance and compassion toward one another.

“We want to express our deep appreciation for the countless health-care providers – from public-health teams to our nurses to those responsible for housekeeping services – for their steadfast commitment and diligence to mobilize and address the risks of COVID-19.

”We also extend our appreciation to members of the public, who have come together to help one another and support their neighbours and fellow community members.

“We acknowledge and express our thanks to the ongoing work of the media, which has been key to bringing high-quality health information to the public.”

“Together with our federal and provincial partners, we ask people who have recently visited or who have been in close contact with someone who has recently visited the Hubei province in China, to call public-health officials and self-isolate for 14 days.

"The most important measures to prevent all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, remain cleaning your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and staying home and away from others if you become sick.

"Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider, local public health office or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages."

Learn More:

For more information and latest updates on COVID-19, follow the BC Centre for Disease Control on Twitter @CDCofBC or visit the website:

Provincial health officer's Jan. 29, 2020, statement confirming 2019-nCoV (COVID-19):

For the Jan. 28, 2020, joint statement on 2019-nCoV (COVID-19), visit:

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Vancouver Coastal Health - Novel Coronavirus - Feb 7, 2020

​Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Re: Update on Novel Coronavirus 

We are writing to give you updated information on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a new virus causing respiratory illness. The highest number of infections continues to be reported from Hubei Province, China. There have been a small number of cases of 2019-nCoV in B.C. which are being very closely managed. The risk to British Columbians remains low. 

Our knowledge of this virus continues to grow and we are using new information to adjust our public health recommendations. We are now aware of early evidence that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. During this time, they can reduce the chance of spread by limiting contact with others. 

Public Health advice for students and families 

  • Students now returning from Hubei Province, China should consider staying home for 14 days after leaving Hubei. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough. 
  • Students who have returned from Hubei Province in the last two weeks and have been already in the school system do not need to stay home from school but should continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. 
  • Students who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with 2019-nCoV should consider staying home for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever and cough. 
  • Students who have been in other parts of mainland China (outside Hubei Province) do not need to stay home from school and should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough for 14 days. 

Those who develop symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. 

The Ministry of Education continues to be in close contact with public health officials at all levels of government and ask the public not to make assumptions about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.

Students required to stay home should not worry about missing school. They will have opportunities for distance learning or catch up once they return. 

Advice for Students and Families Considering Travel: 

Students and families considering travel to and from China are encouraged to consult the Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice on the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism site regularly. Recommendations change as new information becomes available. 

Advice on School Events, Outings and Field Trips

It is not necessary to cancel school events, outings or field trips to public locations. However, the Government of Canada has advised to avoid non-essential travel to China. 

Advice on masks from Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry: 
When sick, wearing a mask helps to prevent us from passing on illnesses to other people. But if you are not sick, wearing a mask may not prevent infection, especially for children who may not be able to wear a mask properly. People wearing a mask may also touch their faces more often, potentially increasing the risk of having the eyes, nose or mouth come into contact with viruses. For this reasons we are not recommending masks for people that are not sick.

Some parents wonder if a child who is returning from an affected area of China should wear a mask to school. Since the main way the virus is spread is through coughing and sneezing, this isn’t necessary for healthy children. Wearing masks in public, with a goal of preventing spread of illness, can be a way some communities show respect for others. While we do not recommend wearing masks for healthy children, it is important that any children who do wear masks are treated with respect and not fear. 

Reducing the risk of coronavirus, colds and flu 
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. 
  • If a sink is not available, alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled using a wipe and then ABHR is effective. 
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow. 
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick and away from others so you don’t pass it on.
A new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions
from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Service is available from 7 a.m. to midnight

Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of
coronavirus should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Lysyshyn MD MPH FRCPC
Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer
Vancouver Coastal Health

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Ready Set Learn 2020

You and your pre-school aged child are invited to a free concert with Will Stroet! Events take place January to March and will also include fun activity stations!

Morning Events 9:30am – 11am:

January 22 – Woodward, 10300 Seacote Rd.

February 5 – Grauer, 4440 Blundell Rd.

February 12 – Thompson, 6211 Forsyth Cr.

February 19 – Lee, 9491 Ash St.

February 26 – Byng, 3711 Georgia St.

March 11 – Whiteside, 9282 Williams Rd.

Afternoon Events 1pm – 2:30pm:

January 22 – Diefenbaker, 4511 Hermitage Dr.

February 5 – Bridge, 10400 Leonard Rd.

February 12 – Cook, 8600 Cook Rd.

February 19 – Blundell, 6480 Blundell Rd.

February 26 – Mitchell, 12091 Cambie Rd.

March 11 – Hamilton, 5180 Smith Dr.


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MacNeill Grade 7 Parent Information Night and Open House Jan. 22

MacNeill Secondary will be hosting its parent information night and open ho use on Thursday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Feature Presentations:

  • Drama Performances
  • Outdoor Incentive Learning
  • Music Program Performances
  • Dance Team Performances
  • Jr. Boys Basketball McMath @ MAC 5:30 PM Sr Boys Basketball McMath @ MAC 7:00 PM

Ongoing Displays:

  • Photo Booth Demonstration
  • Art – 2D & 3D Paintings & Sculptures
  • Trades- CO2 Car Racing & Belly Tank Go Karts
  • AP Course Information
  • Japanese Crepe Café
  • French Commercials
  • Business Ventures
  • Humanities – Visual Projects
  • MacNeill Learning Center
  • Outdoor Incentive Academy Information
  • SWIS and RASS Information
  • MacNeill Student Council

Open House Poster 2020-FINAL.pdf

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