Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you are likely aware, new information was provided yesterday by the Provincial Health Officer and Minister of Health regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please see the attached letter to parents from the Deputy-Minister of Education. In addition to this letter, I would like to provide further information that is specific to the Richmond School District:
Non-essential travel outside of Canada:
We realize that many families have made spring break plans which involve travel outside of Canada, however, we are hopeful that as a community, we will all make decisions to help protect our families, our neighbours and others who may be vulnerable. We strongly request that anyone returning from outside of Canada comply with the Provincial Health Officer’s self-isolation protocol of 14 days. We all have a role to play in protecting our children, our families and staff members. Please notify your school principal if you are going to be returning to school from outside of Canada after spring break so the appropriate steps can be taken to support your child.
As a result of the Provincial Health Officer advising against all travel outside of Canada, the school district has taken the following steps which are in effect until the end of June:
Anyone returning from outside of Canada will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to school,
All field trips outside of Canada have been cancelled,
All student exchanges and visits to Richmond public schools are being cancelled or rescheduled,
All staff work-related travel outside of Canada for conferences and professional development have been cancelled.
Any new student registrants arriving from outside of Canada will be required to self-isolate for 14 days before attending school.
Closing of schools:
At this time the Provincial Health Officer has not made the decision to close schools. However, the great majority of students and staff in the Richmond School District will be starting a two-week spring break tomorrow. As we are in a rapidly evolving situation, district senior staff will continue to be in contact with public health officials and the Ministry of Education during spring break. If the decision to keep schools open following spring break changes, parents will be contacted as soon as possible.
Community gatherings of more than 250 people:
Until otherwise advised by health authorities, schools will not hold assemblies or other events with more than 250 participants present. Additional care will be taken to ensure that there is adequate space between students during all sizeable gatherings. We will continue to assess planned events between now and the end of the school year and as further information becomes available, decisions will be made and communicated to parents.
The District will take the opportunity to further increase our daily cleaning protocols of all school sites over spring break.
In addition to the regular daily cleaning of schools, extra sanitizing, disinfecting and cleaning will continue to be conducted. For the past month, sanitizing of schools has also been taking place on the weekends. Over spring break, sanitization will be increased while most schools are closed. Every effort is being made to maintain as clean and as safe an environment as possible for our students and staff.
We will continue to take direction and receive advice from public health officials. Parents are encouraged to continue to seek information from the Vancouver Coastal Health website and to check the school district website for updates. I continue to be hopeful that we will all come together as a community to support one another and ensure that we each do whatever we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, their families and our staff.
Superintendent of Schools
我们了解到，不少家庭都安排了在春假期间出境加拿大旅行计划。作为社区的一员，我们所做的任何决定都应将家庭、邻居以及其他较易受感染的群体的利益放在首位，进行慎重考虑。 我们要求所有从加拿大境外旅行返回的人士严格执行省卫生厅长官提出的14天自我隔离方案。 每一个人都有责任保护我们的孩子、家庭以及教职员工的安全。如果您将在春假后由加拿大境外的旅行地返回加拿大，请立即告知孩子学校的校长，以便学校对之后如何帮助您的孩子进行合理工作部署。
除非卫生局官方另有指示，学校不会召集超过250人参与者的聚会或活动。 在相当数量的学生聚集在一起时，我们也会格外注意并确保学生之间保持适当距离。我们将在掌握进一步信息的基础上，继续对已计划好的活动（从目前至学年结束的各项活动）进行评估， 做出最终决定并通知家长。
学区将利用这次机会，在春假期间对所有的学校校园增加每日清洁程序。 除了学校的日常清洁工作，我们会采取额外的清洁消毒措施。 在过去的一个月里， 我们一直坚持在周末为校园进行清洁和消毒。 春假期间，虽然大多数校园会关闭，但我们仍然会增加消毒次数。 我们所有的努力都是为了达成一个目标：竭尽所能为学生和教职员工提供洁净和安全的学习工作环境。