WWS’ COVID-19 School & Health Updates
Please know that WWS is in constant communication with the Ministry of Education and we are all working together to try to make this transition time as smooth as possible.
As a school in B.C, we adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from the Provincial Health Office and the B.C. Ministry of Education which has been providing regular updates on reducing the risk of transmission of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as well as the suspension and re-activation of in-class school learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rubeena Sandhu, Head of School
Recent updates from WWS & School Guidelines
Last updated May 22, 2020.
Whistler Waldorf’s Phased Return to School
Part time re-opening in June is required by the Ministry of Education and fast approaching! We are eagerly anticipating seeing teachers and students on our campus again and look forward to continuing to support others from a distance.
New Policies and Procedures for returning staff/students
WWS has added two new documents on our Parent Information Page as guidelines and information sheets for faculty, staff, families and students that will soon return to school in June. Here they are also outlined below:
NEW! Covid-19 Facilities & Hygiene Procedures – These new procedure guidelines outline how WWS will be mitigating and managing students’ with respect to hygiene and facility use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW! Covid-19 On-site Policy – This new policy is to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to ensure a safe working and learning environment for Whistler Waldorf faculty, staff, families and students and to ensure clarity relating to on-site attendance.
Recent links from BC Schools re: Covid-19
Last Updated May 15/2020
- Minister of Education discusses K-12 restart plan – May 15
- BC’s Restart Plan Including BC school news – May 6
- More online resources for mental health – April 17
- FAQs for Continuity of Learning K-12 – April 1
- Joint letter for Parents from Ministry & Education/BCCPAC – Mar.27
- Minister of Education letter about indefinite school suspension – Mar.17
- B.C. School Update for Spring Break Travel Recommendations – Mar. 13
- Provincial Recommendations for School Administrators (updated) – Mar. 5
- FISA BC Update & Links to Independant schools – Mar. 3
- Coronovirus FAQs for Children & Students from B.C Health – Feb. 28
- B.C. Public Health Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs (revised) – Feb. 23
*Given the complex and rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to visit Vancouver Coastal Health for the most detailed and up to date information on COVID-19 in B.C.
COVID-19 Online Health Resources for Parents/Students
Articles on How to Talk to Kids about the current situation:
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (CommonSenseMedia.org)
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak (Time.com)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Parenting)
- Facts versus Fiction for Kids on Coronavirus Issues (CBC)
- Students and staff who are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) must stay home from school. If your child is not feeling well, we ask that you keep them home so that they can rest and recover. As always, remember to inform the school of the absence.
- Prevent and control respiratory viruses with a consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Good respiratory etiquette includes covering the mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues in a plastic-lined waste container, followed by hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is the washing of hands with plain soap and water, which is effective at removing visible soil as well as viruses.