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​Update: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  • The B.C. Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry has just announced that the first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in B.C. A man in his 40's who is isolated at home.
  • The Ministry of Education will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health, local health authorities and other levels of government to ensure students and educators are kept informed and safe.
  • Local health authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
  • The Provincial Health Officer was clear, that close contacts to the first case of novel coronavirus are not showing symptoms and are being monitored closely. The person who has novel coronavirus is in isolation and all public health protocols have been followed.
  • There is ongoing monitoring throughout B.C., nationally and internationally - we will continue to communicate when there are developments.
  • The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has more information on its website about coronavirus.
  • The BCCDC recommendations to reduce the risk of exposure are the same as fighting colds and flu:
    • Wash your hands frequently (it's the single most effective way of reducing infection spread)
    • Practice other good hygiene habits: don't touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow)
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces
    • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation)
    • Stay home if you're sick
    • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation​



FHSig-slog-sq-A-RGB.jpgFraser Health Medical Health Officers are monitoring reports of the novel coronavirus (named 2019-nCov), first identified in Wuhan, China. While there have been cases identified outside of China, all of these individuals are known to have recent travel associated with the Wuhan area.

Currently, there are no reports of cases in Canada. Public Health officials are working together to ensure that any unusual illness in arriving travelers is being appropriately screened. Physicians have also been requested to notify Public Health of any illness of concern in patients who were recently in the Wuhan area.

The School District has been advised that the risk to the general public, including school-age children, is very low. Medical Health Officers continue to monitor the situation closely, and will provide further advice and information as it becomes available.

At this time, reports indicate that similar to influenza, this virus is spread when a sick person coughs or sneezes. Many of the reported cases are only showing mild symptoms and are well enough to stay home. As with influenza, elderly people and those with underlying health conditions are more likely to develop severe disease and require hospitalization.

In the meantime, we would remind everyone to follow proper hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes proper hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are sick. ​

​For more information, please visit British Columbia Centre for Disease Control website on novel coronavirus

General Info:

Health Canada - novel coronavirus​

World Health Organization - novel coronavirus

  

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BC's new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation (VSRR) came into effect on July 1, 2019. It supports the gathering of immunization records by Public Health. The regulation applies to all students in all schools within the Province's jurisdiction, including those that are home-schooled. It does not apply to children attending schools in First Nations communities. 

Further information and details may be found in the complete letter from Fraser Health: ​FH Letter to Parents Jan 22 2020.pdf

  

SD43 invites the community to read the latest Superintendent's News and Events Report to the Board presented at the Board Meeting on January 21 , 2020 by clicking here.

Superintendent's News and Events Report to the Board contain information on news and events, and the many successes and achievements of our schools, students, teachers, administrators, staff and more

The latest editions are posted online after each regular public board meeting.

Click here to see previous editions.

  

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School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) graduation rates are consistently above the provincial average and Board of Education Chair Kerri Palmer Isaak commented, “Once again, we celebrate the students of SD43 and their achievements. Six-year completion and graduation rates that are above the provincial average are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students and staff – congratulations!". ​

Six-year graduation rates are based on the number of students who receive their diploma within six years of enrolling in Grade 8. For resident students in SD43, 95.2% are graduating within the six-year time frame, up slightly from last year's rate of 94.6%. The provincial average of 89.3% is up slightly from 88.7% in 2017-2018. Gains for SD43 were most significant for students that are English Language Learners, moving from 88.5% in 2017-2018 to 93.2% in 2018-2019 and Indigenous Students who are up from 72.4% to 73.4%. School District 43 results are consistently some of the highest in the province, especially for such a large district.

​Meanwhile, a global education study places Canadian students among the world's top six. The findings are part of the 2018 Program International Student Assessment (PISA) which is a global yardstick of education systems taken every three years by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a grouping of the world's richest economies. A record 600,000 students in 79 countries took part in the survey assessing reading, math and science. Teen students from a sampling in China took top honours.

“We are exceedingly proud of our completion rates in School District 43 and pleased Canadian students have been recognized as high achievers internationally by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development" said Superintendent Patricia Gartland in light of the PISA results. Ms. Gartland went on to say: “SD43 has always strived to encourage students to be global citizens and to prepare them for active participation in the global economy."

A particular strength for the Canadian education system noted in the OECD report is that the it delivers a high-quality education across the entire system. This means children from all socio-economic ranges have tremendous opportunity to achieve and have equitable access to educational opportunities and post-graduate success. One measure of such access is reading level. Canada, for example, has students with an average reading level that is higher than the OECD average while the connections to socio-economic status and lower reading performance were limited. School District 43 recently conducted its own equity scan to help identify high-priority learners within our local system. Identifying high-priority learners early in their educational journey greatly increases their future success in school and beyond.

You can read the full PISA 2018 report on the OECD website here: https://www.oecd.org/pisa/PISA%202018%20Insights%20and%20Interpretations%20FINAL%20PDF.pdf

  

January and February can be a little rainy and dreary.  Let's spice it up a bit with some wishful thinking...…… Warmth and sun!  Friday January 31 is Tropical Day - or Hawaii theme.  Dress prepared for the beach - show some team and school spirit.  We will be announcing the most beachy class at days end.​

  

​BC's new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation (VSRR) came into effect on July 1, 2019. It supports the gathering of immunization records by Public Health. The regulation applies to all students in all schools within the Province's jurisdiction, including those that are home-schooled. It does not apply to children attending schools in First Nations communities. 

Further information and details may be found in the complete letter from Fraser Health:

Parent Guardian Letter for VSRR.PDF

  

SD43 Superintendent of Schools Patricia Gartland welcomes all students back to school. Read more here: Superintendent's Welcome Letter

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