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Please note we will not be answering specific questions that relate to individual circumstances. At this time, we appreciate your patience as we navigate through our rapidly changing situation. Thank you. 

Information pertaining to the June 1st return to in-class instruction and school buildings is contained under Question 1.

  • 01. How will students return to school in June? What can we expect? [+]

    ​The Ministry of Education has released information regarding "a coordinated and measured phased-in approach" to resuming in-class learning. Please read the following BC Government's Ministry of Education News Release for more information:

    BC Government News Release: Measured Approach to phasing in a return to learning in classroom

    The following document provides information specific to SD43 and includes information useful to parents/guardians as they consider a return to in-class instruction. 

    Parent Survey Q and A English

    Translated Documents

    Parent Survey Q and A Traditional Chinese

    Parent Survey Q and A Simplified Chinese

    Parent Survey Q and A Farsi

    Parent Survey Q and A Korean

    Parent Survey Q and A Portuguese

    Parent Survey Q and A Russian​​​​

    The SD43 Guidelines for parents/guardians and children outlines instructions and information on school building access and drop off/pick up, as well as protocols that have been put in place to facilitate a safe return to in-class instruction. 

    SD43 Guidelines Parent an​d Child - June 2020 English

    Translated Documents

    SD43 Guidelines Parent and Child - Traditional Chinese

    SD43 Guidelines Parent and Child - Simplified Chinese

    SD43 Guidelines Parent and Child_Farsi

    SD43 Guidelines Parent and Child_Korean

    SD43 Guidelines Parent and Child - Portuguese

    SD43 Guidelines Parent and Child - Russian

    Online remote learning will continue for all students and parents/guardians may choose to keep their children home without consequence. 

    Please note that all StrongStart programs are closed until further notice.

    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

  • 02. Are district sports courts, fields and playgrounds open? [+]
    At this time, sports courts, playing fields and playgrounds have been re-opened but it is important to maintain physical distancing measures and limit interactions with those outside your "sphere of contact", when possible.

    Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are now allowing casual use of school fields and sports courts for recreation and exercise provided appropriate protocols are used. This new practice also allows for the use of fields and playgrounds for students and childcare operations.​

  • 03. Are there available childcare support services for essential workers? [+]

    SD43 is able to provide for children in K-6 of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Essential Workers who have no other options for childcare. Childcare is available at specific school sites.  Space and capacity is limited.

    Please refer to this list of Essential Workers.

    ​If you require childcare support, please contact your child's principal.​

  • 04. How will students continue their education when in-class instruction has been suspended? Ministry of Education FAQs [+]
    SD43 staff have worked hard to provide educational opportunities for students. Most students are taking part in remote learning with some students receiving additional supports in schools. Supervision has also been arranged for the children of essential service workers, as needed. 

  • 05. Are there more parent/guardian resources available? [+]

    ​For parents and guardians, a new government website has been launched with up-to-date non-clinical information on COVID-19. British Columbians can also use the new provincial phone service by calling 1- 888-COVID19, available seven days a week from 7:30AM to 8PM, with information in over 110 languages. Specific public health questions re: COVID-19 should be directed to your local health authority for response.

  • 06. 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. 
  • 07. Are facilities available for rentals? Are day and child care operations included? [+]
    The rental of all school district facilities has been discontinued until further notice. This includes school spaces such as classrooms, gyms and recreational spaces, spiritual use and theatres.  Day and child care operations are not affected at this time.
  • 08. What are the SD43 guidelines for schools in planning for Grad 2020?

    The health and safety of all students and staff is always a top priority and SD43 will always follow and adhere to the advice of provincial health officials and our local health authority in matters of public health.

    Our focus areas are:

      • Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families and employees.

      • Support children of essential workers.

      • Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.

      • Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.

      • There will be limited and controlled building access to ensure we are following all necessary health protocols. School principals will communicate further about access to schools.

      • ​ Everyone is expected to follow the social distancing and hygiene protocols directed by the Provincial Health Officer.

  • 09. Who is planning Grad 2020? Who do I contact with questions? [+]

    ​Planning to celebrate graduation takes place at the school level and parents, guardians and students are encouraged to speak to their principal or vice principal. For matters that are not resolved at the school level, you will be referred to a School District staff member, likely an assistant superintendent.​

  • 10. What support is available for students as they adapt to revised Grad 2020 plans?

    ​Validating and acknowledging this loss is an important first step.  Knowing that support from teachers (including counselors), principals and vice principals is also important to keep in mind. Parents, guardians and school staff can do a great to help the Grads of 2020 identify their feelings (and clarify them), teach them about grief, and help them find meaning in the context of this loss.  This article may be helpful in communicating with your child: How to Help Teens Handle the Loss of Proms and Graduations​.

  • 11. Will Grade 12 students graduate? Will children pass their current grade? [+]
    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. The only graduation assessment required for current Grade 12 students is the Grade 10 numeracy assessment. The Ministry of Education will ensure Grade 12 students who have not yet completed this assessment and who are otherwise on track to graduate are able to meet this graduation requirement. The ministry will also work with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and with post-secondary institutions on admissions and the smooth transition of graduating students in this extra-ordinary year.

         - Minister of Education Rob Fleming, Letter to Parents, Guardians and Staff, March 17, 2020

School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

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