New Daily Health Check list Adopted

Under the advice of the Ministry of Health & Education, the daily health check list which parents have asked to do each day has been updated, and School District is adopting the new check list for Tuesday, October 13th.

Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory notes, “A number of symptoms have been dropped from the revised list, as these were determined to have little or no statistical connection to the frequency of positive COVID-19 tests.”

He adds, “Some districts went to the new form right away. We did decide to delay for a couple of weeks as some parents and staff were attached to the previous list, and we wanted a just little more time for stakeholders to hear and digest the provincial messaging”.

Our schools and the Parent Connect interface will be using the updated check lists starting on Tuesday. Parents and guardians are asked to review this information daily and respond appropriately.

The new check list is as follows:

If you answered “YES” to any of the above symptoms, and they are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies), your child should NOT attend school.

If only one symptom (excluding fever) is present: your child should stay home and can self-monitor/be monitored for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom continues past that window or worsens, seek a health assessment. If the symptom improves, your child may return to school when they feel well enough.

If your child has a fever, or if two or more key symptoms are present: seek a health assessment. A health assessment can include calling 811 or a
primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner – the assessment will determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended.

2. International travel
Have you returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days?

3. Confirmed Contact
Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have a case of COVID-19?

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3, or if you’re worried about new symptoms you’ve identified, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 to determine if you should seek testing for COVID-19.

After a period of illness, when is it safe to return to school?
If a COVID-19 test has been recommended, follow the guidance provided by the health professional you’re working with (guidelines also listed in BC
Centre for Disease Control link below). If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, your child can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough to do so.

PDF version of form available here

SD83 would like to make our parents and communities aware that any notification and tracing of COVID-19 would be done by the health experts at Interior Health.

Interior Health has many resources on their website which parents may wish to view including:

Trusted Information about COVID-19

A list of public COVID-19 exposures in Interior Health

A list of school exposures

Protocols for school and district administrators to follow if there is a confirmed cases have been detailed by the Ministry of Education. Click here to view.

Ministry of Education Management of Illness and Confirmed Cases

Information from the BC Centre for Disease Control

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION DURING COVID-19

We are all doing our part to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to students being back in school.  If your child will not be riding the bus, we ask that you call the Operations Department at 250-832-9415 or email operations@sd83.bc.ca to advise.  It is very important that all drivers have an up-to-date passenger list at all times.

Below are instructions for students to safely ride their school bus during COVID-19.

  1. Students who are sick will need to be kept home. Students who develop symptoms while at school will not be permitted to return home on a school bus and should be picked up by a parent or guardian. We are not able to transport students who are ill or showing symptoms.
  2. Parents will be responsible for their child’s safety at the bus stop. Parents must remain with their child K-5 until the bus departs in the morning and then again meet their child at the bus in the afternoon.
  3. To ensure that your child is as safe as possible, please review safety procedures before riding the bus:
    1. Line up with limited contact when waiting for the school bus.
    2. Always follow the driver’s instructions.
    3. When loading onto the bus, go to the furthest available seat unless the driver instructs otherwise.
    4. When unloading the bus, wait until the seat in front has moved before you get up to go, ensure physical distancing is observed.
    5. When space is available students will be seated in the window seat away from the aisle.
    6. When possible bus routes will utilize a strict seating plan that reflects cohort and family groupings.
    7. No eating or drinking (except water) on the school bus.
  4. School Buses will not be accepting unregistered riders which includes after-school friends coming home with a bus student. Alternate transportation will need to be arranged in those cases.
  5. Students from grades 6-12 will be required to wear masks while riding the school bus as directed by the Ministry of Education.
  6. Your child will receive an updated ‘Procedure and Code of Conduct for Bus Students’ form from their bus driver. Please review front and back of form with your child and return the signed bottom portion to the bus driver as soon as possible.

In order to keep students and staff as safe as possible, we will require bus students to follow the above rules very closely to avoid the risk of losing their busing privileges. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping everyone safe.

**PLEASE NOTE:  Your child’s school bus driver has the option to wear a surgical mask while driving their bus as well as a face shield/safety glasses when the bus is stopped, and although this has become normal practice for some, please prepare your child for this change in their bus driver’s attire.

As this is an ever changing environment, Ministry needs may change as the school year progresses.