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Message from the Superintendent - Novel Coronavirus - Feb 7, 2020

Message from the Superintendent - Novel Coronavirus - Feb 7, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

I am writing to provide an update regarding the novel coronavirus. As you know, the situation is

extremely complex, and the perspective of health authorities has continued to evolve each day. The

Richmond School District receives updates and guidance from health authorities and the Ministry of

Education, and these updates have been shared on the school district website. Today we received a

letter from the Provincial Health Officer, which is attached to this message.

 

As you will see in the Provincial Health Officer’s letter, she has recommended that students or staff

returning from Hubei Province, China should consider staying home for 14 days after leaving Hubei. It is

important to note that this revised position does not provide the school district with the authority to

require parents to keep their children at home. Ultimately, individual parents will make decisions about

their child’s attendance at school.

 

With that being said, the district will continue to monitor student attendance as well as new registrations. If a school administrator has reason to believe that a student or their family may have recently travelled to Hubei province in China, direct contact will be made with the family for further discussion. The family will be  encouraged to remain at home for the 14-day quarantine period. If, for some reason, this protocol is not followed, the district will work with local health authorities to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

 

Health authorities remain focused on risk reduction and the district is committed to supporting this

approach. We ask that schools and families focus on reducing the risk of coronavirus, colds and flu by

following the steps outlined in the attached letter. The district continues to supplement ongoing cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing of schools out of an abundance of caution. We also know that there are many conversations happening in classrooms about the importance of proper respiratory hygiene, as well as factual information about the coronavirus itself.

 

In my previous letter, I spoke about the importance of maintaining an inclusive, respectful and welcoming approach. I would like to thank all the staff members, parents and members of the community who have continued to ensure that our students feel safe and welcome in schools. I am proud to see the best of the human spirit being demonstrated by both the adults and students in our school communities as we have come together to face this challenge side by side.

 

Moving forward, we will remain in contact with the Ministry of Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the

Ministry of Education, and will provide updates to our community as they become available.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Robinson

Superintendent of Schools

 

尊敬的家长和监护人:

 

我现通过此信为您提供有关新型冠状病毒的最新信息。如您所知,由于目前情况极为复

杂,公共卫生部门的观点也每天都在随之变化。列治文学区已根据由卫生部门和省教育厅

发布的更新和指导,将最新消息公布在学区网站上。今天,我们收到了省卫生官员的公

告,随附于此信。

 

省卫生官员在她的公告中建议从中国湖北省返加的学生或教职员工应考虑抵加后留在家中

14 天。需要您特别注意的是--此经过修订的立场并没有赋予学区要求家长将子女留在家

中的权力。家长将最终决定孩子是否上学。

 

尽管如此,学区将继续密切关注学生出勤及新生注册情况。如果学校的校长或副校长有理

由相信某个学生或其家人最近可能去过中国湖北省,学校将会直接联系该家庭并鼓励其家

人留在家中隔离14 天。如果由于某种原因该原则及步骤未被遵循,学区将与当地卫生部

门合作以确保所有学生和教职员工的安全。

 

卫生部门仍将重点关注如何降低风险,列治文学区也致力于支持这一举措。我们要求学校

和家庭遵照所附公告中列出的步骤、集中精力降低感染冠状病毒、感冒和流感的风险。学

区出于谨慎的考虑,将继续对学校进行清洁、消菌和消毒。我们知道,目前教室里学生们

的很多讨论话题都强调保持呼吸系统卫生的重要性以及有关冠状病毒本身的实情。

 

在上一封信中,我谈到了保持包容、尊重和欢迎的态度的重要性。我要感谢全体教职员

工、家长和社区成员,是你们的持续努力确保了我们的学生在学校感到安全和受到欢迎。

 

我非常自豪地看到,在我们并肩面对挑战的时刻,我们学校社区中的成年人和学生都展现

出了最好的人文精神。

 

展望未来,我们将继续与省卫生厅、温哥华沿岸卫生局和省教育厅保持联系,一有最新消

息将随时分享。

 

谨致,

 

Scott Robinson

Superintendent of Schools (教育局长)

 

Published:
Tue, 2020/02/11 - 12:18pm