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A Caring and Responsive Approach
Cariboo Chilcotin School District recognizes the challenging situation that we currently find ourselves in. We are working hard with our administrators and teachers to build a plan to support the continuity of learning for all students. This plan will include keeping the safety of both students and staff at the forefront and following the lead of Dr. Bonnie Henry on how to achieve this. There will be many questions about how we will be achieving this goal and they will be forthcoming in the following days and weeks.
In responding to general questions we are following four guiding principles of the Ministry.
- Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families and all employees.
- Provide services to support children of essential workers
- Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
- Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students
Q: Is Covide-19 an air born virus and by air born does it “hang” in the air for a period of time?
A: The World Health Organization is clear that COVID-19 is not airborn ,”because these droplets are too heavy to hang in the air.” Further, Dr. Eleni Galanis also supports this in a short video.
Q: What are the School District’s health and safety protocols for protecting employees?
A: The School District is committed to a healthy and safe environment for all staff and students. To ensure this, additional cleaning protocols have been put in place to ensure work areas are thoroughly sanitized daily and throughout the day. Plans are being developed to ensure that social distancing between staff and students in schools occurs. In order for social distancing to occur, all staff must be aware of their space when interacting with each other.
Q: The Provincial Health Officer mandated that there shall be no gatherings of greater than 50 people. How does this rule apply to schools?
A: The PHO’s order is meant to prevent large groups of people from gathering in close quarters with one another. There may be more than 50 students and staff in a school at a given time if they are not all in one area and are actively engaged in social distancing.
Q: When will learning opportunities be provided for students?
A: SD 27 will be taking the first week following Spring Break to assess the needs of our students and to work with staff to develop continuity of learning plans. As plans develop at either the District level or the school level they will be shared with staff and students.
Q: In the term, “essential worker” who is defined?
A: Although there is no definition for “essential service worker”, the term considers individuals who are considered critical to preserving life, health and societal functioning. This includes emergency responders, front-line health care workers, and critical infrastructure and supply chain (grocery store workers, pharmacists).