WWS’ COVID-19 Updates*
*Most recent update: April 6, 2021
Stay at Home When Sick
In September, BC CDC provided the following COVID-19 clarification for how to evaluate for new sickness symptoms:
Students and staff should stay at home when new symptoms of illness develop. The key symptoms to watch for are fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of small or taste, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- If the parent indicates that the symptoms are consistent with a previously diagnosed health condition and not unusual for that individual, they may return to school.
- For mild symptoms without fever, monitor at home for 24 hours. If symptoms improve, they can return to school without further assessment. If symptoms include fever or if after 24 hours symptoms remain unchanged or worsen, seek a health assessment (call 8-1-1, see a primary care provider or go to a Covid-19 testing centre.)
Parents will be required to fill out an agreement form (before the start of the school year), acknowledging and agreeing to perform daily health checks at your home. This is to lessen the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak during the school year.
Parents must agree to review the guidelines of Daily Home Screening for their child(ren)’s health each day that their child(ren) attends school as per the details below.
Do not send your child to school if you suspect he or she may be ill, and has exhibited any of the following signs or symptoms:
- An elevated temperature of 100 degrees or more during the last 24 hours.
- Vomiting within the last 24 hours.
- Repeated episodes of diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
- Chills, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and/or lingering headache.
- A significant amount of nasal discharge, particularly if the discharge is yellow or greenish in color.
- A persistent cough.
- A significant sore throat.
- An earache.
Parents also have the responsibility to alert the school as to the reason why they are keeping the student home. In Early Years, students are required to stay home for a minimum of 24-48hrs (depending on the illness) and to also have a medical note (depending on the illness for their return).
Here is our WWS Ongoing Sickness Policy (revised February 2021) for your information.
Anyone who is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will be notified directly by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and asked to isolate for 14 days from their last date of possible exposure. If you do not receive a call, your risk of exposure is considered to be low; VCH does not recommended that you self-isolate and you can continue with normal daily activities.
Continued daily self-monitoring for common cold, influenza, or Covid-19 related symptoms is requested of all WWS families and staff.
Expectations for School Community
Expectations in Class
At WWS we will have three learning pods. Classes will not be combined.
Learning pods are simply to reduce student contact during transitions, traffic flow and with teachers. For more specific info., please see WWS Stage 2 Learning Pod Information
Important Update Tuesday April 6, 2021:
On the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C’s Provincial Health Officer and regarding her most recent health order as of March 29, 2021:
1. All staff will wear masks INDOORS except for when they are eating.
2. All students from Grade 4-12 will wear masks INDOORS except when they are eating.
3. Grades K-3 are encouraged to wear masks INDOORS but the decision to do so is left to the caregiver.
4. Students and Staff do not have to wear masks if they are unable to tolerate them for behavioral or health reason
Please note: The decision regarding individual requirements when choosing to wear a mask INDOORS OR OUTDOORS is a private and personal one that will be respected.
New guidelines are in place for disposing of classroom garbage, recycling and organics in order to limit waste collection and protect the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff. ALL students will be asked to “pack-out” what they “pack-in”.
No sharing of clothing, food or supplies will be allowed at this time. Please clean up after yourself in the classroom.
The school will take extra care with Covid-19 Facilities Hygiene procedures including cleaning and disinfection processes, with particular attention to common surfaces during this heightened situation. Additional cleaning of common surfaces by faculty/staff is happening at regular intervals throughout the school day and the evening cleaning crew is using a more significant disinfectant protocol as recommended by the health authorities.
As well, all faculty, staff and students are required to maintain appropriate hand washing and sanitizing protocols upon entering the building and throughout the day.
If a student becomes unwell at school, parents will be immediately called to pick up their child as soon as possible.
BC Education & VCH (Sea to Sky) Updates
General Health & Communication Guidelines
- 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.
BC Education’s Learning Stages during COVID-19
Past news & resources from BC Schools & Health Authorities
Last Updated Sept. 17/2020
- BC CDC Health Assessment Update for COVID-19 – Sept. 17
- Plan to bring K-12 students safely back to class full-time – July 29
- June school restart sets the stage for Sept. – June 25
- COVID-19 Vancouver Coastal Health Schools – May 21
- Minister of Education discusses K-12 restart plan – May 15
- BC’s Restart Plan Including BC school news – May 6
- Mental health resources for children – April 17
- FAQs for Continuity of Learning K-12 – April 1
*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.
For online distance learning resources with helpful education learning links, view WWS’s Fun Links & Resources for Parents
For specific details on WWS E-learning or distance learning plans and links, view WWS’ E-learning Updates