May 6, 2020
This week we will be hearing from the BC Government and Ministry of Education on their plans for relaxing some of the lock down requirements in the coming months. It has been made very clear that this is NOT a full return to life as before the Covid-19 pandemic response. We know that there will be some relaxing of the restrictions, however we will not have any definite response for schools until after May 16th or later. So, until we a have clear plan for all schools in the Province of BC, and by the CISVA Superintendents office, we are continuing with our home learning plans for at least this month.
Also, thank you to all families for completing the Family Needs Assessment for May and June. As a result of your feedback we have decided to open for childcare help from 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting today, for those families who indicated they needed daycare support for their children while they are back at work. If you indicated that both parents are working away from home and need the extra support, please contact the office to indicate you will be requiring this service. If you are planning to use this service, you must first read the attached ESW support letter (click support letter to view) to understand that this is NOT extra time with their classroom teachers, but a way for those families to get daycare support with our support staff. If you just require one or two of those days only, again please contact the office. Please note students and aides are socially distancing, so it is NOT for playdates or social time as there is a schedule of work and play for each of the days. Thank you to all my amazing staff who are open to helping students in any way they can!
Another point made by many parents was their wish for students to interact socially more with their teachers and classmates. We meet weekly as a staff and have decided to continue to make face-to-face social contact a priority for May and June. However, parents are also free to set up their own family online interactions with friends. Teachers will try to allow more open ended and online student interactions; however, they must ensure that it follows all classroom rules and structures. It cannot be a totally open and unstructured format for obvious chaos and safety reasons. The School already has Google Meets for many of the classes from grades 3-7 and, if needed, will now be able to register for the Provincial Zoom Licence for teachers.
We acknowledge that there is much anxiety on how the school year will end, especially for the Grade 7 class that normally has a wonderful farewell ceremony in June. We have discussed many June options with the teachers as well, but until we receive the gathering numbers from the Health Minister for June, we will not be making any formal plans about how we are planning to end the year for students. The teachers are working hard to address any and all options for a more interactive June school closing. We will update you as soon as all the details are confirmed and approved by the Health Agencies.
As we are getting into new routines as families, many have expressed a new normal. There are many positives that have emerged from this crisis; more family time, less stress of driving to and from activities, and more time for self -reflection and prayer. Many have expressed the value of watching the live stream Masses from home or in family watch parties. Please continue to support our parish by watching the Prayers and Sunday Masses from the www.olos.ca
website or from Our Lady of Sorrows Vancouver YouTube channel. We are at 916 Subscribers, so we only need 84 more to get 1000 and a recognized YouTube channel. Please continue to share with friends and family and continue to support the Church!
Again, I am extremely proud of Our Lady of Sorrows School and Parish community please continue all the great work you are all doing!
Thank you and please continue to stay safe and connected!
Remember to stay up to date!
Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases over two days (34 on Sunday and 19 today) of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2224. The PHO also shared new modeling on the possible trajectory of the virus in B.C. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health
- Check out the “Good News in Education” webpage: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools/goodnews
- The BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/hea…/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data
- The Ministry of Education Keep Learning website: https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/
- “7 Tips for talking to kids about COVID-19” poster on the Fraser Health website: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/resources#.XqHcNc5KhPZ
- Mar. 27 – A joint letter for Parents from Minister Fleming and the BCCPAC: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools
- Frequent Asked Questions “Continuity of Learning in the K-12 education system”: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools
- Education Minister Rob Fleming announces on March 17, 2020 in-school classes are suspended until further notice. The Minister’s letter to parents and staff can be found at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/218690-covid-letter.pdf
- Information about COVID-19, including information for schools and families, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/childcare-schools
- All joint statements from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix are posted here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health
- The Provincial Pandemic Coordination plan: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/reports-publications/pandemic-provincial-coordination-plan.pdf
- KIDS and COVID-19 QA: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#For–schools–and–childcare
- Ministry of Health response plans: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
- Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210