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IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION: COVID-19
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The province has a launched a new non-medical information line for ​British Columbians who have questions about COVID-19: 1-888-COVID19. Phone lines are open 7 days a week from 7:30 AM to 8 PM, and information is available in more than 110 languages.​

September 2020

BCCDC: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings​

Government of BC News: Enhanced mental health programs support a safe return to school​


May 2020

Fraser Health Region letter, Safe Return to School: ​Safe Return to School in the Fraser Health Region_May 27.pdf

The District has created a safety plan to inform the community on procedures, protocols and other information they may need to know to assist in maintaining safe access to schools. SD43 COVID19 Health and Safety Plan.pdf


APRIL 2020

MARCH 24, 2020 - Useful Links Provided by Ministry of Education

Past Updates

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  • MARCH 17, 2020 - Letter from the Minister of Education Rob Fleming Announces Suspension of K-12 Classes [+]


    Letter from Ministry of Education Page 1.PNG

    Letter from Ministry of Education Page 2.PNG


  • MARCH 13, 2020 - Superintendent and Deputy Minister of Education Letters [+]

    ​To: All Parents/Guardians of School District 43

    Re: Spring Break and COVID-19 Update

    As the world continues to react to the rapidly changing situation we are experiencing with the emergence of COVID-19, we wanted to take a moment to share the latest information available to us with our SD43 families.

    We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and are communicating regularly with health authorities and adhering to the recommendations of our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Ministries of Health and Education and the Government of Canada.

    The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and Minister of Health announced new directives and measures
    March 13, 2020: (also see attached letter from Deputy of Education Minister, D. Scott MacDonald​)

    • The PHO advises that closing schools is not appropriate or advised at this time. Health Minister Dix added that public health officials will be working with stakeholders in the education sector during Spring Break to continue monitoring the pandemic and B.C.'s response to it.
    • The PHO is advising against all non-essential travel outside Canada, including to the United States.  She adds that if individuals do travel outside of Canada, they are asked to self-isolate and stay away from school or work for 14 days upon return.

    Travellers should also understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly. People who are continuing with their travel plans should check the latest travel notices and advisories on the Government of Canada's website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

    British Columbians should continue to closely monitor their health. If you have any symptoms of a cold or influenza, even if they're mild, stay away from others. If you have been to areas where there has been known transmission of COVID-19 or around individuals that have had a confirmed diagnosis, call your health care provider, 8-1-1, or public health. Always tell health care providers about recent travel if you become ill after returning to Canada. 

    Currently there is no plan in place to extend Spring Break and the intention is to open schools on Monday, March 30. Should this change for any reason, SD43 is prepared to notify families and assist public health authorities in response plans. In the meantime, the district continues its commitment to maintaining high standards of cleanliness in schools and the replenishment of hygiene products. Custodial staff have undertaken efforts to focus on 'touch points' within schools in the preceding months and this practice continues. 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. In any location that has reported an unconfirmed or undiagnosed illness, extra sanitization has been initiated out of an abundance of caution.

    The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly but the district remains committed to sharing the most recent updates from health authorities and the Ministry of Education. Please see the attached message from the Office of the Deputy Minister of Education, D. Scott MacDonald.

    Here are some useful links to assist you in staying informed:

    In this time of uncertainty, we must continue to keep ourselves calm and informed, follow the advice of health professionals and cooperate in our efforts to address the COVD-19 pandemic and health crisis.   

    Sincerely,

    Patricia Gartland

    Superintendent/CEO

    Superintendent's Letter to Parents re Spring Break Mar 13 20
    Deputy Minister of Education's Letter to Parents & Staff Mar 13 2020

    218644 Parents_Guardians_Staff Chinese Outgoing.pdf

    218644 Parents_Guardians_Staff Punjabi Outgoing.pdf

  • Cancellation of All Rentals in SD43 Schools and Facilities [+]

    ​As a Community User Group in a Facility operated by School District 43 please carefully read the following:

    Following our announcement of March 12, 2020, and the declaration that the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of COVID-19 from a crisis to a pandemic and the increasingly rapidly developments in BC, across Canada and in Washington state, I have made the decision to cancel all school facility rentals until further notice and at least for the next four weeks effective midnight Monday March 16, 2020. This includes school spaces such as classroom, gyms and recreational spaces, spiritual use and theatres.  Daycare and child care operations are not affected at this time.

    We are seeing an increasing level of community use facilities being closed down to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the risk to others.  It is appropriate for SD43 to take the lead to limit exposure to our students and staff.  SD43 has always had robust cleaning protocols in place and during spring break our cleaning program will continue to ensure schools are at the highest levels of cleanliness when spring break ends and our students and staff return to work.

    We are all in a very difficult situation and by all cooperating and working together can mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19.  The school district continues to work closely with Fraser Health Authority, the Ministry of Education and other Medical Health officials. We are committed to doing our part to keep our community safe. 

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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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