In response to continuing developments, the B.C. Government has recently circulated additional information that directly pertains to international spring break travel and the Novel Coronavirus.
The B.C. Ministry of Health is strongly advising against all international travel outside Canada, including the U.S. For those that do leave the country, the Ministry advises individuals to stay home from work or school and self-isolate for 14 days. All individuals are encouraged to carefully monitor themselves for symptoms. If any arise, they are to immediately limit their contact with others and call 811.
As such, we strongly recommend that parents cancel or postpone plans for their children to travel overseas at this time, and 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 us and the school principal if your students will be returning to school from outside of Canada after spring break so that the appropriate steps can be taken to support him or her.
Policies established by local and international governments, airlines or other businesses regarding travel may further change as new information or cases emerge over the next few weeks. Students and parents should be prepared for major disruptions that can affect travel plans and their ability to return to Canada, and could potentially result in further complications or additional costs with medical insurance, homestays, self-isolation requirements, or other unforeseen consequences.
As of March 16, all students and the majority of staff in the Richmond School District will begin a two-week spring break. The Provincial Health Officer has not made the decision to implement a school closure following the break, but we will inform you as soon as possible if any changes to this decision arise.
Message from the Superintendent - Novel Coronavirus - March 13, 2020:
Message from the B.C. Deputy Minister of Health - Novel Coronavirus - March 13, 2020: https://www.sd38.bc.ca/_layouts/15/download.aspx?SourceUrl=%2FLists%2FAnnouncements%2FAttachments%2F186%2F218644Parents_Guardians_StaffOutgoing.pdf
In addition to the Richmond School District No. 38 homepage as well as local and national government agency websites, please also consult the following sites that we monitor on a daily basis:
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/vancouver-coastal-health-statement-on-coronavirus
Global Affairs Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
As with all things in our district, please contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns. We will also be providing another update prior to the end of the break. Until then, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy Spring Break.
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