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Message from the Superintendent - Novel Coronavirus - Jan 29, 2020

January 29, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing about the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Schools have received many enquiries from parents who are understandably concerned about their children's health and I felt it was important to communicate directly with our families and staff.

The Richmond School District has been working closely with provincial and local health authorities to ensure that accurate information is available and that appropriate steps are being taken by the district. Public health officials continue to make it clear that the risk of this virus within B.C. remains low and all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection.

We know that there are significant amounts of information about novel coronavirus available online, particularly through social media. Unfortunately, much of that information is not accurate and is causing unnecessary fear in our community. It is critical that as we make decisions, we do so with information that is current, accurate and based on medical science. Please refer to the most recent updates from Vancouver Coastal Health www.vch.ca and the BC Centre for Disease Control www.bccdc.ca.

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 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. until January 29 and from 7 a.m. to midnight starting January 30 (Eastern Standard Time).

Health authorities have also made it clear that the best defense against any cold and flu virus is proper respiratory hygiene. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. The school district is committed to ensuring that soap dispensers in school washrooms are kept well-supplied and that surfaces that students touch frequently are cleaned on a regular basis. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been ordered for the main entrance to every school in our district as an additional precautionary measure. Please understand that these are all preventative measures designed to keep students and staff healthy and are in no way indications that parents should be concerned about sending their children to school.

We do ask that if your child is displaying any signs of a cold or flu, such as coughing and sneezing, that you keep your child at home. Some parents have asked that schools require students who have recently arrived from China to stay at home for a minimum of two weeks. It is important to note that schools do not have the authority to make public health decisions such as requiring students to remain at home for health reasons. If any steps were to be taken in relation to a public health concern, it would be at the direction of the Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.

The Richmond School District prides itself on its inclusive, respectful and welcoming approach. During this difficult time, it is important to remind ourselves that now, more than ever, we need to remain united as a community, doing whatever we can to care for not only ourselves, but for each other.

Moving forward, we will remain in contact with the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Ministry of Education, and will continue to provide updates to our community as they become available.

Sincerely,

Scott Robinson
Superintendent of Schools  


尊敬的家長和法定监护人,

我这次书写的内容有关新型冠状病毒的近期爆发。学校收到了许多家长的询问,我们可以理解家长们对孩子的健康感到担忧,因此我认为有必要直接与我们的家庭和员工直接沟通。

列治文学区一直与省和地方卫生当局密切合作,以确保可获得准确的信息,同时也确保学区采取适当的措施。公共卫生官员继续明确指出在卑诗省感染这个病毒的风险仍然很低,并且采取了所有必要的预防措施以防止感染扩散。

我们知道,网络上有大量有关新型冠状病毒的信息,尤其是通过社交媒体广传的。不幸的是,许多这些不准确的信息正在引起我们社区里不必要的惶恐。在做出决策之际,使用最新、准确且有医学依据的信息来进行决策是至关重要的。请参考温哥华沿岸卫生局 (Vancouver Coastal Health ï¼‰www.vch.ca å’Œå‘诗省疾病控制中心(BC Centre for Disease Control) www.bccdc.ca 的最新更新。

卫生当局还明确表示,预防任何感冒和流感病毒的最佳方法是适当的呼吸卫生。这包括在咳嗽或打喷嚏时用肥皂和水适当洗手并用纸巾遮住鼻子和嘴巴。学区致力于确保学校洗手间的皂液器供应良好,并定期清洁学生经常接触的物体表面。校方已为列治文地区的每所学校的主要入口订购了洗手液分配器,作为一项额外的预防措施。请您明白这些只是保持学生和教职员工健康的预防措施,绝非意味父母需啊担心孩子上学。

我们要求家长,如果您的孩子体现任何感冒或流感症状(例如咳嗽和打喷嚏),请您将孩子留在家中。一些家长希望学校要求刚从中国抵达加国的学生至少留在家中两周。这里需要注重的是,学校无权做出由于健康因素考量要求学生留在家中这种有有关公共卫生的决定。如果需要要针对公共卫生问题采取任何措施,这种决定会由省卫生厅和温哥华沿岸卫生局予以指示。

列治文学区对其包容,尊重和热情的取态引以为傲。在这个困难时期,有一件事情极为重要,那就是要提醒自己,现在,比以往任何时候都更加需要保持团结,作为一个社区, 尽我们所能照顾好自己并照顾彼此。

接下来,我们将继续与省卫生厅,温哥华沿岸卫生局和省教育厅保持联系,并将及时为我们的社区提供更新。

此致:

                               敬礼!

 Scott Robinson

 å±€é•¿ï¼ˆSuperintendent of Schools)

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