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The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In partnership with public health officials, Surrey Schools is closely monitoring the current situation with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide updated information as it becomes available.
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April 3, 2020: Message to Surrey Schools parents, students & staff from Surrey Schools on Vimeo.
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Communications to students & parents:
March 17 letter from Supt. Jordan Tinney regarding suspension of in-class instruction
Communications to staff:
March 19 memo to staff from Supt. Jordan Tinney
Update April 2, 2020
Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 55 new
cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1121.
Note: 641 people have now fully recovered that’s a 57%
recovery rate. All daily joint statements from the Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Office are posted here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health
Also, the Ministry of
Children and Family Development, created this information bulletin, “Province helps essential service workers find child care” that includes an update
for K-12 parents, too.
The Ministry of Education has launched Keep Learning - https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/, so families can 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. Note: Teachers and schools will have primary responsibility for continuous learning.
The Ministry of Education has also released a Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs) document in regards to "Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system". This document will be helpful for students and families.
* The Province has created a dedicated phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19. This includes the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing, as well as access to support and resources from the provincial and federal governments.
British Columbians can reach service representatives seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Information is available in more than 110 languages.
PHO's order on people returning from travel
PHO's order on mass gatherings
More information on updated testing strategy & self-isolation
Recommendations on protecting yourself & your community
COVID-19 pandemic preparedness & planning materials
BC Centre for Disease Control
Surrey Schools and COVID-19
On March 23, all school district playground structures were closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and encourage social distancing. Play structuresfields and courts have been taped off and signs posted.
On March 20, the District Education Centre and other district buildings and offices that are typically open during spring break, were closed to the public until further notice. Staff who are able to work remotely are doing so, while others required to be in shared spaces are using safe distancing. Members of the public requiring assistance can call 604-596-7733.
On March 17, the provincial government suspended all in-class instruction for all BC schools indefinitely. While Surrey and White Rock students had already started the two-week spring break period, the district also cancelled all facility rentals and spring break camps and programs. Surrey Schools has been working diligently to develop a plan to continue instruction, as per Ministry of Education expectations, outside of the regular classroom environment. This plan will facilitate the continuation of learning, including options for e-learning and at-home learning.
On March 10, Coast Meridian Elementary received a communication that a member of the school community tested positive for COVID-19. In response, the district closed the school for one day (March 11) to disinfect the entire school. The school was re-opened March 12.
On the weekend of March 7-8, Fraser Health notified the Surrey School District that a member of the Sullivan Heights Secondary community was a confirmed case of COVID-19. The same weekend, the district was also notified by Fraser Health that an individual, who was diagnosed with COVID-19, had recently been in Serpentine Heights Elementary as part of a community use rental. The district initiated a deep clean protocol in both schools over the weekend in preparation for classes on March 9.