UPDATE February 12, 2020
Parent Guardian Letter 2019-nCoV – February 12 2020
UPDATE February 3, 2020
School District 8 – Kootenay Lake is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection. Re: Buses, Schools –such as, additional cleaning measures to assist in limiting the spread of colds, flu, and other infections.
At schools, staff are modelling and reminding students re: good hygiene practices with students to prevent the spread of illness. Regular washing of hands and coughing/sneezing into your elbows are recommended.
In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website. http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
You can also continue to check our website https://www.sd8.bc.ca for updates. To date, none of our students or supervisors are symptomatic.
We have sent out the Ministry of Education updates, with lots of additional information.
Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media and through email to the Board office. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources only.
Increased media coverage of the coronavirus situation may cause some children or youth to be concerned about this situation and they may be directly or indirectly impacted.
Children or youth may experience varied reactions to this type of situation, including trouble sleeping, concentrating or listening.
They may become more irritable, sad, angry, or worried as they think about what is happening around the globe.
To ensure the emotional well-being of our children or youth in this concerning situation, supports and counselling will be available to students as needed.
Please contact your school principal to arrange for this.
Remember, in School District 8 – Kootenay Lake, “We focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.”
Like other public school districts around the province, we have many visiting students from other countries. They are all welcome. We treasure all our children in School District 8, including those visiting. We lead with kindness and love.
Wishing you all a wonderful February..
Dr. Christine Perkins | Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer
School District 8 Kootenay Lake
811 Stanley Street, Nelson, B.C. V1L 1N8
UPDATE January 30, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update
The B.C. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced on January 28 that the first case of novel coronavirus has been confirmed in B.C. This was communicated out to school districts and independent schools in a special edition of the Deputy Minister’s Bulletin sent on January 28.
The Ministry of Education understands that school district and independent school staff, students and communities may have questions about coronavirus. Please know that the Ministry is in regular communication with the Ministry of Health and provincial and local health authorities to make public health decisions, and to ensure students and school/district staff are kept informed and safe. The Ministry will continue to be in close contact with public health officials and, with that in mind, would ask you to ensure that no assumptions are made about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.
Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources. In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.
As well, a new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. Service is available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST until January 29 and from 7 a.m. to midnight EST starting January 30.
Reducing the Risk
The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, individuals employ the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu:
• Wash one’s hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water (it is the single most effective way of reducing the spread of infection).
• Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch one’s face/eyes/mouth with one’s hands and cover one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of the 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 sick.
Advice for Students and Families Considering Travel
Students and families considering travel to and from China are encouraged to consult the Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice on the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page regularly, as recommendations may change over the course of your travel as new information becomes available.
No matter where students and families plan to travel, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that they consult Government of Canada Travel and Tourism page, as this is the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information. This web page provides important advice to help travelers make informed decisions and travel safely while abroad.
Students and their families should always tell their health care providers about their travel history if they become ill after returning to Canada.
UPDATE January 28:
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/bulletin/20200128/special-update—coronavirus.pdf updated information on the coronavirus coming from the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Health can be accessed through the district website as well.
We know some of our families may be feeling some concern over the recent news of the coronavirus. As a school and district we are leaning on the Interior Health authority and Ministry of Education to stay informed.
The latest news from Interior Health states:
“There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Interior Health, and we are working with our provincial partners to monitor the situation as it progresses. Interior Health would only speak if there were confirmed cases, however the BCCDC can offer additional background. Information on coronavirus http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus”
As with the cold and flu season, the best methods for preventing the contraction and spread of the corona virus is to follow proper hygiene etiquette including proper hand-washing with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and staying home if your are sick.
Please contact Interior Health or the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control if you have medical questions.