Provincial COVID-19 updates as of April 3

Update April 3

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1174.  Note: 673 people have now fully recovered that’s a 57% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today - https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Watch Education Minister Rob Fleming answers questions submitted by Global BC viewers. The segment, called “Focus BC,” will air on BC1 throughout the weekend and next week and is posted on the website  - https://globalnews.ca/national/program/focus-bc

Check in daily for UPDATED - Frequent Asked Questions “Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system” - https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools

Update March 31

Tuesday, The Ministry of Children and Family Development, released this information bulletin, “Province helps essential service workers find child care” that includes an update for K-12 parents. More at the following link https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0017-000599 

Update March 27

NEW! The Ministry of Education launched Keep Learning - a resource for families to find ideas for everyday educational activities, links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn and how to ensure their wellbeing while they’re at home https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ Teachers and schools will still have the primary responsibility for continuous learning. More details in the following news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0026-000580 

Also released today is a joint letter for Parents from Minister Fleming and the BCCPAC. Follow the link for the letter communicated in English, French, Chinese, and Punjabi: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools 

Update March 25

The Ministry of Education released a Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs) document in regards to “Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system” - this doc will be very helpful for students and families. Here is the link: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools

Premier Horgan and Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced they are using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus. They announced a series of ministerial orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government for the duration of the provincial emergency. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PSSG0020-000568. Scroll down to the bottom of this NR and see the backgrounder with a new list of essential services in B.C.

Update March 17

Under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Education has suspended in-class instruction in all schools until further notice https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/218690-covid-letter.pdf

Letter to Families

Useful Links

Additional Resources
 
Comox Valley Schools, in consultation with Island Health Authority who oversees all health matters in our District schools, has developed a number of messages to help staff address parents and families on matters and concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak and to understand the current risk it poses to our school communities. As new information becomes available, we will continue to post updates and resources on our Health and Safety page online. 
 
We have compiled frequently asked questions to help address concerns from families and staff. FAQs are found at this link https://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/news/article/809516 
 
An infographic, Coronavirus at a Glance provides simple steps to follow, including best practices, travel smarts and seeking current developments and information.
 
As a reminder, any student, staff or volunteer working in schools who is concerned that they may have been exposed to,or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, contact your primary care provider, local public health unit or call 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC). Parents and guardians will always have the discretion to keep their child(ren) home from school if they feel more stringent measures are necessary to protect their family.
 
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