Dear International Students, Parents, Custodians and Agents,
The Coquitlam International Education program thanks you in advance for your support and understanding as our teachers, support staff and school administrative teams work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction. We are hopeful that the re-introduction of ‘school’, as different as it will look, will contribute to our sense of community and normalcy in an abnormal time. We know learning outside the classroom will look very different but feel confident we can work with you to help your children continue to learn and grow.
The decision to suspend in-classroom learning was made on Tuesday, March 17, under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer. This action was necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of all people residing in British Columbia. More information about this is provided in the links at the end of this message.
We know that many of you are worried about the health and safety of your children and your family. Please know that we at School District 43 (Coquitlam), take those concerns very seriously. The School District is developing plans in this rapidly changing situation that are consistent with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s community-based measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These plans also follow the guidelines, listed below, established by the BC government to inform our decisions:
- Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families of all employees.
- Provide services to support children of essential workers.
- Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
- Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.
The regularly planned Spring Break has now come to an end (March 27) and in-class instruction was originally scheduled to resume on March 30. As per the Provincial Education Ministry announcement, all in-person classes are now suspended indefinitely. However, teachers will be continuing learning for students remotely and students will finish their courses or grade. Students will be contacted by their teachers by Friday, April 3rd. Commencing the following week continuity of learning should occur.
If you do not hear from teachers or your school, please reach out to them to ensure they have your correct email contact information.
Regarding grade 12 students, graduation and transition to the next grade level, the most recent communication from Minister of Education Rob Fleming indicates:
“Every student will receive a final mark, and all students on track to move to the next grade will do so in the fall. For grades 10 and 11 students, graduation assessments will be postponed. Every student eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.”
“As announced on March 20, 2020, international students who held a valid study permit or had been approved for a study permit when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020, will be able travel to Canada by air or land. They will be exempt from air travel and border restrictions. This exemption is to accommodate students who are in the middle of their course of study or who have just been approved to study in Canada but were outside Canada when the travel restrictions took effect.
Like all travelers, including Canadian citizens and permanent residents, international students who are exempt from air travel restrictions will undergo the necessary health checks and must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.”
We encourage you to closely monitor the IRCC website and the Government of Canada’s travel website. We leave this important decision up to families and support you in whatever decision you decide is best for your family.
IMPORTANT: If you have left the country and returned home, please ensure you let the Coquitlam International Education Department and teacher(s) know (if you have not already done so). Please email Ms. Jean Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you have arrived home safely.
If you have any immediate concerns, please email your school administration and teachers.
Principal, International Education
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)
Document links are provided to give you access to relevant information.
- School District 43 (Coquitlam) website: https://www.sd43.bc.ca/Pages/default.aspx#/=
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- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions about K-12 Education for Students and their Families
- COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information