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SD43 Plans for September & FAQs

​​​​​B.C.'s Back to School Plan web​​site  provides a comprehensive overview and it is recommended parents review this information​. View the BC Back to School video on Youtube (30 seconds). 

School-specific information, including time tables and site-specific protocols may be found on individual school websites - links are available here.

Stage 2 Health and Saftey Protocols: K-12 for Parents 

Based upon COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 School Settings –Advice from the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and WorkSafe BC
UPDATED: September 23, 2020

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Daily Health Check

Parents and caregivers are required to perform a daily health check with their child(ren) at home prior to attending school. The BC Centre for Disease Control has updated its recommendations in regard to the daily health check requirements. 

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The Daily Health Check is also available in the following languages:



Farsi     |    French  ​|  Korean   |  Spanish  

  • 01. SD43 Learning Options: District Overview [+]
    SD43 Return to School Options infographic.jpgTeaching & Learning: We are striving to provide flexible learning opportunities that support our students.


    Parent Options
    As we prepare for 2020–2021, we know that our students need access to high‐quality instruction. In-class instruction is available and safe for students and staff as it aligns with the Provincial Health Officer’s and Ministry of Education’s guidelines. We do also recognize that in‐class instruction might not be appropriate for all families, depending on their personal circumstances and well‐being.

    During these challenging times, School District #43 acknowledges that individual needs and circumstances for students and families might necessitate considering alternative or other learning options. Below is a listing of the options available in the district. While capacity is limited in our programs, we are working to provide alternative for students.

    In the case of Distributed Learning/Homeschooling options, please be advised that your child's spot at their home school cannot be held for them for the duration of this school year. You may choose to return to your home school this school year if space allows. Should you want to return to your home school for the 2021-2022 school year, you will need to contact your home school principal by April 2, 2021. Students currently registered in a language-based program of choice will need to assure they maintain the language skills for the program they are registered in. This may require a language assessment upon your return to the program for the 2021-2022 school year.

    The following Learning Options are available to discuss with your school principal:

    School-Based Gradual Transition Supports (K-8)
    We understand that some families are concerned about the restart of school and want their child to return to face to face instruction but need some time to gradually return their child to school. 

    While we would like to all students to meet their classroom teacher on Monday, September 14th and to be in attendance, we understand some families may want more time or will be more comfortable with a slower, more gradual start. While schools are unable to provide the same level of flexibility as they did in June (all school-based teachers will be working with students face to face 5 days a week), we do want to provide families the flexibility to start at a pace that matches their family’s needs. 

    School principals will work with families to provide a gradual restart for this September as families require.

    The school district is dedicating resources to develop some grade-level learning supports and tutorials that schools can send home to support their child while they transition back into in-class learning. While the materials will not be teacher-specific or necessarily in pace with your child ‘s classroom teacher, they will help support a child’s learning. 

    Parents will need to be able to support their child’s learning while they are at home. Your child will retain their school-based classroom placement; and, on the days and times that your child attends school, they will participate in the classroom/learning group. The amount of parental time needed to support your child is proportional to the amount of time your child attends classes. 

    The goal will be to increase your child’s classroom time as families’ situations evolve. While this is a short-term solution, it does provide families more time to transition back to regular school or to make other educational arrangements that better match their family needs. 

    Supports would be mostly in English and based on the B.C. Ministry of Education curriculum. Therefore, parents in language-based programs would need to ensure that their child’s language skills regarding the program of choice they are in, are fostered while they are learning at home. A gradual return will not impact a child’s language skills but a long-term prolonged absence from a program of choice would require families to reassess enrolment in a program of choice, as language acquisition is the core foundation of the program. 

    Parents would work with their school principal and classroom teacher to develop a timeline for their return. Families would need to inform the principal of this approach and their desire for a gradual return to maintain their classroom placement. 

    This approach is not a remote learning program but is rather a way to support a student’s self-paced return to regular in-class instruction. 

    These curricular supports will take time to establish but we hope to have things up and running in mid-September. You would however still inform your school principal now of your plans so we could begin planning.

    Distributed Learning: Encompass K-9
    The Encompass K-9 program has currently reached its enrolment capacity. Families interested in the Encompass learning option can be waitlisted for the program by calling the Encompass office at 604-945-7311. Please be in contact with your school's principal to discuss the options available to your child including the School-Based Transition Support program at your home school.

    School District #43 is currently trying to expand its Encompass K-9 capacity for enrolment. When supported transitions at the school level do not meet a student’s needs, distributed learning is a potential option. The program is largely dependent on at-home support with limited face-to-face contact with teachers. It is an online program grounded in the BC Curriculum. We provide programming in English only and not in Programs of Choice (French Immersion, Montessori, Mandarin, etc.). Students registering in this program will no longer be registered in their home school as Encompass becomes your home school.

    Distributed Learning: COL 10-12
    Online learning for grades 10 -12 is an option for students who need flexibility to learn from any location or at times that work best for them. Coquitlam Open Learning (COL) is currently working to expand capacity.

    Teachers are available for support when requested, though the teacher may or may not be available for real-time support.

    Students can sign up for individual classes as a supplement to those they’re enrolled but cannot sign up for courses still in their schedule at other Coquitlam high schools. We can offer full-time online learning; however, we start students with 2 courses at a time and add more either when courses are completed or when students are showing success in both courses and desire a third course. Students enrolling in our expanded COL 10-12 learning option as an alternative to in-class learning at school will be unable to cross-enrol in both programs.

    We encourage students to complete courses on a schedule planned with teachers. We recommend a pace faster than 10 months, but we make accommodations as needed. Teachers and academic advisors from our online learning program are available to discuss scheduling options.

    Access to digital devices and internet connection is required. Loans of district computers may be possible on a case-by-case basis.

    We will work to add spaces in course based on our ability to resource them.

    Homeschooling
    Parents may choose to homeschool. Homeschooling does not involve a student’s school and is the sole responsibility of the parent. Importantly, choosing to homeschool means remaining registered at your neighbourhood school for Ministry tracking purposes. The school, however, provides no instructional support. Homeschooling is not:
    • supervised by a BC-certified teacher
    • required to meet provincial standards
    • inspected by the Ministry of Education

    Homeschooling is an alternative method of teaching offered outside the B.C. educational system. More information can be located here.

    Hospital-Homebound
    Parents with children who are medically diagnosed with immunosuppression may qualify for hospital-homebound support. During Phase 2 of the BC Restart Program, families who provide documentation from a specialist/physician affirming immunocompromised status are eligible for hospital homebound. Immunosuppression is a medical diagnosis. Information from the Ministry of Health and BCCDC regarding immunosuppression can be located here:

    SD43 Learning Options Parent Info.pdf

  • 02. SD43 Return to School: Elementary [+]

    Schools are getting ready to welcome students back in a safe and controlled manner.  The Ministry of Education announced that BC schools will open in Stage 2 where students are encouraged to attend daily as schools will not be able to provide the remote learning options that we did in June.  The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 10th.  You can read more here.  On Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th staff will be reviewing and implementing safety procedures within the school.

    The Ministry also has a site with information for parents: BC's Back to School Plan

    We have worked under the guidance of public health authorities and the Ministry of Education to develop a plan so that students and staff can learn and work together safely. We are ready to welcome your child back to school.  We will strive to keep learning as the focus, but school will look different as health and safety are critical factors in our planning.  Below is a brief summary of some of the actions taken to safely restart school this September.

    Health and Safety

    • Daily health screening check for students (by parents) and staff before arriving at school.
    • Students who are ill (cold, flu or showing Covid-19 symptoms) must stay home.   If a child becomes ill during the school day, they will be isolated from their Learning Group/class and the parents contacted to come and pick up as soon as possible.
    • Families arriving from outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days before entering school.
    • There will be enhanced cleaning protocols especially focused on high touch points (doorknobs, faucets, etc.)
    • Teachers will be encouraged to take their class outside more frequently.
    • A staggered schedule may need to be adopted to promote physical distancing at drop off/pick up; and recess and lunch times.
    • There will be no large gatherings (assemblies, special events, open house) at this time. 
    • Elementary students are welcome to wear a mask, but it is not mandatory at this time.
    • No sharing of food or drink. 
    • Parents and visitors must make an appointment to meet with staff.  There will be limited access to the building by parents and visitors.  All visitors must sign in for the purpose of contact tracing.  Virtual meetings will be an option for staff and parents.
    • We also ask parents to also practice physical distancing (staying apart 2m) when on school grounds.  This is for your safety and good modeling for our students. 

    Learning Groups

    • A Learning Group is defined as a group of students and staff who remain together for an extended period of time and who interact primarily with each other. 
      • In the Coquitlam School District, the Learning Group will include your child's classmates and any staff assigned to work with the students on a regular basis, like your child's teacher. 
      • Within the learning group, while there will be less opportunities to physically distance, physical contact will be discouraged. 
      • The learning group will stay together.  Students will learn, eat and play together.
      • Class size limits have not changed, therefore a kindergarten class will have no more than 22 students along with the staff who work regularly with the classroom; a primary class with no more than 24; and an intermediate class with no more than 30 students in the group.    
      • The Ministry of Education has stated that Learning Groups cannot exceed 60 people at elementary school.  Therefore, our Learning Group sizes are well under the provincial limits outlined in Stage 2.  In most cases our Learning Groups will be kept well below 60.
    • Morning, recess, lunch and afterschool schedules and routines will be adjusted to keep Learning Groups apart as much as possible.
    • If children interact with students or staff from other learning groups, they will be expected to practice physical distancing wherever possible and not engage in physical contact.   In some cases, specialist teachers who work with children from different learning groups (ie. Learning assistance or English as a Second Language) will wear a mask if physical distancing is challenging.
    • Parents and students will learn who their child's teacher and Learning Groups/class is before school begins on Monday, September 14th.   We expect Learning Groups to be finalized and students attending full days beginning September 14th.

    Educational Programming

    • Our school will be focused on in-class instruction during stage 2.
    • Students will spend most of their educational time in their classroom, as there will be reduced movement of students between learning spaces. 
    • Student well-being will be guiding educators in planning and supporting the successful return of students to school.
    • Students with disabilities/diverse abilities will continue to be supported by the goals outlined in their IEP.
    • Regular health and safety practices (frequent hand washing) will take up some instructional time.
    • There will be an adjusted Welcome to Kindergarten schedule.  Further information will be communicated soon.
    • Students will continue to receive report cards.
    • Parents of children who are medically diagnosed as immunocompromised by a physician should  contact your school principal by Tuesday, September 1st.  The following links are provided for your reference:

    http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-IS-Children-FAQ-BCCH.pdf

    http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Professionals-Site/Documents/COVID19-easing-social-distrancing-IS-children.pdf

    School Specific Information such as start times and protocols are available on school websites. Links to individual schools may be found here.​

     We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Thursday, September 10th.  Following is the district plan for elementary students on Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th:

    • Thursday, September 10th:  Students attend school for a welcome and enrolment count.  Duration:  10-15 minutes.
    • Friday, September 11th:  Students will attend safety orientation sessions.  Duration:  60-75 minutes.  Schedule to follow.
    • Timelines will be communicated separately based on the gradual entry plan for Kindergarten students

    Further information regarding the times that students will attend on Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th​ will be directly communicated by school principals .  Staff will be reconnecting with children and completing an important health and safety orientation with them.

    We need to know how many students are returning to school or what your plans are if you are choosing an alternative educational plan.  There is important information in the survey.  It is critical that you complete the survey to provide us this information.  If you are choosing an alternate educational program, such as distributed learning or homeschooling, we cannot guarantee that your child can return to our school if you re-evaluate your plans later in the year.  Please contact your school principal if you are undecided.

    If you know someone who has school aged children and has moved into our neighbourhood, please encourage them to contact (phone or email) the school as soon as possible to arrange registration.

    Please note that the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education may decide to move to different stages in response to COVID-19 situation in British Columbia and we will inform you should this occur, advising next steps.​

  • 03. SD43 Return to School: MIddle [+]

    Schools are getting ready to welcome students back to school in a safe and controlled manner.  The Ministry of Education has announced that BC schools will open in Stage 2 and students are encouraged to attend daily as schools will not be able to provide the remote learning options that we did in June.  The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 10th.  You can read more here.  On Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th staff will be reviewing and implementing safety procedures within the school.

    We have worked under the guidance of public health authorities and the Ministry of Education to develop a plan so that students and staff can learn and work together safely.  We are ready to welcome your child back to school.  We will strive to keep learning as the focus, but school will look different as health and safety are critical factors in our planning.  Some of the many actions taken to safely restart school this September include:

    Health and Safety

    • Daily health screening check for students (by parents) and staff before arriving at school.
    • Students who are ill (cold, flu or showing Covid-19 symptoms) must stay home.   If a child becomes ill during the school day, they will be isolated from their Learning Group/class and the parents contacted to come and pick up as soon as possible.
    • Families arriving from outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days before entering school.
    • There will be enhanced cleaning protocols especially focused on high touch points (doorknobs, faucets, etc.)
    • Teachers will be encouraged to take their class outside more frequently.
    • A staggered schedule approach may need to be adopted to promote physical distancing at drop off/pick up; and recess and lunch times.
    • There will be no large gatherings (assemblies, special events, open house) at this time. 
    • Masks are expected in hallways and common areas at the middle level.  The only exception is for staff and students with a medical condition that precludes them from wearing a mask.
    • No sharing of food or drink. 
    • Parents and visitors must make an appointment to meet with staff.  There will be limited access to the building by parents and visitors.  All visitors must sign in for the purpose of contact tracing.  Virtual meetings will be an option for staff and parents.
    • We ask parents to practice physical distancing (staying apart 2m) when on school grounds.  This is for your safety, the safety of staff and students and is good modeling for our students. 

     

    Learning Groups

    • A Learning Group is defined as a group of students and staff who remain together for an extended period of time and who interact primarily with each other. 
      • In the Coquitlam School District, the Learning Group will include your child's classmates and any staff assigned to work with the students on a regular basis, like your child's teacher.
      • Within the learning group, while there will be less opportunities to physically distance, physical contact will be discouraged.   
      • The learning group will stay together.  Students will learn, eat and play together. 
      • Class size limits have not changed therefore grade 6-8 classes will have no more than 30 students in the group.   
      • The Ministry of Education has stated that Learning Groups cannot exceed 60 people at elementary and middle school.  Therefore, Learning Group sizes will be under the provincial limits outlined in Stage 2.
    • Morning, recess, lunch and afterschool schedules and routines will be adjusted to keep Learning Groups apart as much as possible.
    • If children interact with students or staff from other learning groups, they will be expected to practice physical distancing.   In some cases, specialist teachers who work with children from different learning groups (i.e. Learning assistance or English as a Second Language) will wear a mask if they cannot maintain physical distancing.
    • Parents and students will learn who their child's teacher and Learning Group/ Class is before school begins on Monday, September 14th.  We expect Learning Groups to be finalized and students attending full days beginning Monday, September 14th.

    Educational Programming

    • Our school will be focused on in-class instruction during Stage 2.
    • Students will spend most of their educational time in their classroom, as there will be reduced movement of students between learning spaces.
    • Student well-being will be guiding educators in planning and supporting the successful return of students to school.
    • Explorations teachers will continue to offer programming, but this will look significantly different.  Students with disabilities/diverse abilities will continue to be supported by the goals outlined in their IEP
    • Regular health and safety practices (frequent hand washing) will be part of the educational program.
    • Students will continue to receive report cards.
    • Parents of children who are medically diagnosed as immunocompromised by a physician should contact me by Tuesday, September 1st.  The following links are provided for your reference:

      http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-IS-Children-FAQ-BCCH.pdf 

      http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Professionals-Site/Documents/COVID19-easing-social-distrancing-IS-children.pdf

    School Specific Information such as start times and protocols are available on school websites. Links to individual schools may be found here.​

     

    We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Thursday, September 10th.  Following is the district plan for elementary students on Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th:

    • Thursday, September 10th:  Students attend school for a welcome and enrolment count.  Duration:  10-15 minutes.
    • Friday, September 11th:  Students will attend safety orientation sessions.  Duration:  60-75 minutes.  Schedule to follow.

    Students will be provided with a mask and will be asked to wear it when in common areas.  If a student already has a mask, we ask that they wear it to the safety orientation.

    Principals will be sending out further information regarding the times that students will attend on Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th

    We need to know how many students are returning to school or what your plans are if you are choosing an alternative educational plan.  There is important information in this survey.  It is critical that you complete the survey to provide us this information.  If you are choosing an alternate educational program, such as distributed learning or homeschooling, we cannot guarantee that your child can return to our school if you re-evaluate your plans later in the year.  Please contact your school principal if you are undecided.  

    If you know someone who has school-aged children and has moved in to our neighbourhood, please encourage them to contact (call or email) the school as soon as possible to arrange registration.

    Please note that the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education may decide to move to different stages in response to Covid-19 situation in British Columbia and we will inform you should this occur, advising next steps.​

  • 04. SD43 Return to School: Secondary [+]

    ​Schools are getting ready to welcome students back to school in a safe and controlled manner.  The Ministry of Education announced that BC schools will open in Stage 2 where students are encouraged to attend daily as schools will not be able to provide the remote learning options that we did in June.  The first day of school for students is Thursday, September 10th.  You can read more here.  On Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th staff will be reviewing and implementing safety procedures within the school.

    We have worked under the guidance of public health authorities and the Ministry of Education to develop a plan so that students and staff can learn and work together safely. We are ready to welcome your child back to school.  We will strive to keep learning as the focus, but school will look different as health and safety are critical factors in our planning.  Some of the many actions taken to safely restart school this September include:

    Health and Safety

    • Daily health screening check for students (by parents) and staff before arriving at school.
    • Students who are ill (cold, flu or showing Covid-19 symptoms) must stay home.   If a child becomes ill during the school day, they will be isolated from their Learning Group/class and the parents contacted to come and pick up as soon as possible.
    • Families arriving from outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days before entering school.
    • There will be enhanced cleaning protocols especially focused on high touch points (doorknobs, faucets, etc.)
    • Teachers will be encouraged to take their class outside more frequently where appropriate
    • We may need to adopt a staggered schedule approach to promote physical distancing at drop off/pick up  
    • There will be no large gatherings (assemblies, special events, open house) at this time. 
    • Students will wear masks in high traffic and common areas such as hallways. 
    • No sharing of food or drink. 
    • Parents and visitors must make an appointment to meet with staff.  There will be limited access to the building by parents and visitors.  All visitors must sign in for the purpose of contact tracing.  Virtual meetings will be an option for staff and parents.
    • We ask parents to practice physical distancing (staying apart 2m) when on school grounds.  This is for your safety, the safety of staff and students and is good modeling for our students. 
    • Masks are expected in hallways and common areas at the secondary level.  The only exception is for staff and students with a medical condition that precludes them from wearing a mask.  
    • All students will participate in a safety orientation during Week One

    Learning Groups

    • A Learning Group is defined as a group of students and staff who remain together for an extended period of time and who interact primarily with each other.   
      • In the Coquitlam School District, the Learning Group will be your student's classmates and any staff assigned to work with the students on a regular basis, like the class's teacher.
      • Within the learning group, there will be less emphasis on physical distancing but physical contact is discouraged. 
      • Secondary schools are being organized in quarters:  Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 (8-9 weeks in duration)
    • The Ministry of Education has stated that Learning Groups cannot exceed 120 people at secondary school.   In many instances, our learning groups will be significantly smaller.
    • A typical student schedule will have 2 courses per quarter, at times 3.  One course will take place in their Learning Group and the second will occur in a physically distanced environment twice per week and remotely for the remaining days of the week.  Courses outside the Learning Group will be smaller in size.
    • If students interact with students or staff from other learning groups, they are to practice physical distancing or wear a mask.   In some cases, specialist teachers who work with students from different learning groups (ie. Learning assistance or English as a Second Language) will wear a mask if they cannot maintain physical distancing.

    Educational Programming

    • Our school will be focused on providing in-class instruction during Stage 2 as well as remote learning as assigned to each student's schedule
    • Student well-being will be guiding educators in planning and supporting the successful return of students to school.
    • Electives will continue to be offered and will appear on students' quarterly schedules.  Instruction and programming could look significantly different depending on the curricular area as we endeavor to meet health and safety guidelines.
    • Students with disabilities/diverse abilities will continue to be supported by the goals outlined in their IEP
    • Regular health and safety practices (frequent hand washing) will be part of the educational program.
    • Students will continue to receive report cards.
    • Parents of children who are medically diagnosed as immunocompromised by a physician should contact me by Tuesday, September 1st.  The following links are provided for your reference:

      http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID-19-IS-Children-FAQ-BCCH.pdf

       http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Professionals-Site/Documents/COVID19-easing-social-distrancing-IS-children.pdf

    School Specific Information such as start times and protocols are available on school websites. Links to individual schools may be found here.​

     

    We look forward to welcoming students back to school on either Thursday, September 10th or Friday September 11th. We will provide you with the time and day your child is to attend in a follow-up e-mail.   Students will attend a safety orientation session of approximately 60-75 minutes during this time.  *Students will be provided with a mask and will be asked to wear it when in common areas.  If a student already has a mask, we ask that they wear it to the safety orientation.  

    Students will begin their classes on Monday September 14, 2020.  I have included a copy of our new timetable that shows the change from a semester system to the quarter system.  All students will attend in block 1 and will be with their Learning Group Cohort for the quarter.  Please see above under Learning Groups for additional information on the quarter system.

    We need to know how many students are returning to school or what your plans are if you are choosing an alternative educational plan.  It is critical that you complete the survey to give us this information.  This survey has important information in it.  If you are choosing an alternate educational program, such as distributed learning or homeschooling, we cannot guarantee that your child can return to our school if you re-evaluate your plans later in the year.  Please contact your school principal if you are undecided.

    If know someone who has school-aged children and has moved in to our neighbourhood, please encourage them to contact (call or email) the school as soon as possible to arrange registration.

    Please note that the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education may decide to move to different stages in response to Covid-19 situation in British Columbia and we will inform you should this occur, advising next steps.

  • 05. COVID-19: Do a daily health screen & stay home when sick [+]

    Stay Home When Sick

    The BCCDC guidelines for schools are firm. If a student, staff member or any other adult has any symptoms of a cold, influenza, COVID-19, or any other infectious respiratory disease, they must not enter the school.

    Students, staff members and any other adult must stay home and self-isolate if they have: 

    • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days
    • Identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak

    This includes the children of essential service workers.

    Daily Health Screening

    Parent & caregiver responsibilities

    Daily screenings start at home. Ask these questions:

    • Does your child have the symptoms of a common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease?
    • Has your child been outside Canada in the last 14 days?
    • Has your child been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak?

    If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you must keep your child at home, self-isolate, and seek care from a health-care provider.

    School administration responsibilities

    Ensure staff and other adults know they are responsible for assessing themselves daily for symptoms prior to entering the school.

    Clearly communicate with parents and caregivers that they are responsible for assessing their children daily before sending them to school.

    Testing Students Before a Return to School

    At this time, it is recommended that only people with symptoms or people otherwise identified by a health professional should be tested for COVID-19. This includes children.

    Testing can also result in false positive and false negatives for the following groups:

    • Asymptomatic people
    • Those who are very early on in the illness
    • Those who may be incubating the disease​

    What if someone in my household or bubble has COVID-19 symptoms?

    • Students or staff may still attend school if a member of their household has cold, influenza, or COVID- 19-like symptoms, provided the student/staff is not sick
    • It is expected the symptomatic household member is seeking assessment by a health-care provider

    What if my child has allergies?

    • Students and staff who experience seasonal allergies, or other COVID-19-like symptom that are related to an existing condition, can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms as normal
    • ​If you notice a sudden change in the severity or type of symptoms your child normally experiences, you may want to keep your child at home and seek advice from a health-care provider

    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 06. Learning Groups - more information [+]

    A learning group is a group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school quarter, semester or year and who primarily interact with each other. Learning groups were recommended by the Provincial Health Officer to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. 

    For example, a learning group could be made up of:

    • A single class of students (20-30)
    • Multiple classes that sometimes join together for activities like physical education (PE) or music
    • A group of secondary school students with the same courses in the same quarter or semester

    Learning groups can also include staff, like:

    • Teachers
    • Specialist support staff
    • Education Assistants (EAs)

    Learning groups provide a range of benefits for students including more in-class learning time, increased peer interaction and support, and decreased feelings of isolation.

    Why Use Learning Groups?

    Compared to other public settings, schools have a relatively consistent set of people accessing the building. Learning groups further reduce the number of interactions between students and staff.

    • This helps with contact tracing and limits interruptions to learning if a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in a learning group​

    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 07. What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a learning group or at school [+]

    If a student or staff member develops symptoms at school, protocols are in place.

    • If a student or staff member develops symptoms at school, they may be given a non-medical mask and will be separated from their classmates or colleagues
    • The individual's parent or guardian will be contacted to discuss next steps
    • Custodial staff will clean and disinfect the areas the person used
    • Schools will immediately inform public health of a potential case
    • Public health will then:
      • Reach out and identify any potential cases
      • Get in touch with close contacts
      • Recommend 14-day isolation if necessary
      • Provide follow-up recommendations if necessary
    • Schools will provide learning support to students required to self-isolate
    • Together, schools and public health officials will determine if suspending in-class learning is necessary

    You will be notified if your child has been in contact with a COVID-positive person. If that happens, your child is required to self-isolate.

    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 08. Health Guidelines: Practicing hand hygiene [+]

    Rigorous hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of illness.

    • Wash hands with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • You don't need antibacterial soap for COVID-19
    • The temperature of the water do​esn't matter, though most find warm water to be the most comfortable
    • Have regular opportunities for staff and students to practice hand hygiene
    • Help younger students with hand hygiene as needed

    If there isn't a sink (like when students and staff are outdoors), use portable hand-washing sites or alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

    If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water are best. If they're not available, use an alcohol-based hand wipe followed by alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.

    Review information on hand hygiene in a school setting from the BCCDC.


    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 09. Health Guidelines: Wearing a mask [+]

    ​Middle and secondary students and staff members will be given a mask when they return to school in September.

    Under the updated health and safety guidelines, masks are required for all staff and all students in middle and secondary school when they are in high traffic areas like hallways and anytime they are outside of their classroom or learning group and they cannot safely distance from others.

    • Students will have the choice to wear a mask in the classroom
    • Staff will have the choice to wear a mask when interacting within their learning group
    • Everyone must treat each other and those wearing masks with respect

    Even when wearing a mask, staff and students will still be required to maintain physical distance from people outside of their learning group.

    • Exceptions will be made for ​students and staff who cannot wear masks for medical reasons

    Elementary school students are not required to wear masks.

    If a student or staff member develops symptoms while at school, they must wear a mask while they are preparing to go home. Review COVID-19 mask use information from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).


    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 10. Health Guidelines: Practicing physical distancing and Controlling traffic flow [+]

    Reducing the number of close, in-person interactions helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    • Keep a​ safe distance from others. The BCCDC recommends at least two metres

    People in a learning group don't need to stay two metres apart but they must limit physical contact. Classrooms will be set up to promote spacing between students where possible.

    • Outside of a learning group, including extracurricular activities, middle and secondary students and all K-12 staff must keep a health​y distance, 

    Physical Distancing Strategies

    • Add barriers when students can't maintain two metres between two or more people and when people interact with a high number of individuals (like at a front reception desk or in a cafeteria)
    • Spread students and staff out to different areas when possible
    • Stagger break and transition times
    • Incorporate individual activities
    • Remind students to keep their hands to themselves
    Controlling Traffic Flow

    Use floor markings and posters to show traffic flow throughout the school.

    • ​This may include one-way hallways and ​designated entrance and exit doors

    Schools must keep the same number of exits and ensure they adhere to the fire code.


    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 11. Health Guidelines: Using shared items [+]

    In elementary schools, adapt group activities to limit physical contact and reduce shared items.

    • ​Limit use of frequently-touched items that can't be easily cleaned
    • Clean and ​disinfect laminated materials daily if multiple people touch them

    Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces at least twice every 24 hours, including:

    • Door knobs
    • Light switches
    • Toilet handles
    • Tables, desks and chairs used by multiple students
    • Keyboards
    • Toys

    Avoid sharing all food and drinks, including homemade foods like birthday treats or bake sale items.

    • If they show up at school, keep them from being shared

    Students should label all their personal items and not share them.

    There is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted on textbooks, paper, or other paper-based products.

    • Schools can share books or paper-based educational resources with students


    B.C.'s Back to School Plan

  • 12. What cleaning procedures and precautions are taking place in SD43 facilities? [+]
    Custodial staff have undertaken efforts to focus on ‘touch points’ within schools in regard to cleaning protocols in the preceding months. This means desks and surfaces that are touched or interacted with are ‘high priority’ for cleaning. This is standard practice for cold and flu season but is​, of course, of extra importance during the current COVID-19 situation. Controlled access to school buildings and interior spaces has allowed for increased cleanliness and maintenance. 

    Health Guidelines: Cleaning the school

    Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least twice every 24 hours (once during the school day).

    This is in addition to a general school cleaning, which should happen at least once a day.

    Cleaning Strategies

    • Clean and disinfect any surface that is visibly dirty
    • Use common cleaning and disinfectant products
    • Limit frequently-touched items that aren't easy to clean
    • Empty garbage containers daily
    • Clean and disinfect laminated materials daily if multiple people touch them
    B.C.'s Back to School Plan
  • 13. Are SD43 facilities available for rentals? Are day and child care operations included? [+]
    We are now offering rentals however, this will be on a renewal basis only. Unfortunately, no new rental requests are being accepted at this time.  

    The status of rentals will be reviewed on a regular basis depending on the current COVID-19 situation. 

    Day and child care operations are not affected at this time.
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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

550 Poirier St, Coquitlam BC
V3J 6A7
604-939-9201 604-939-7828