Spring Break and COVID-19

Letter from Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory

As we look forward to Spring Break and spending time with our families I am writing to give you share some updated information on the novel coronavirus (COVID‐19).

As knowledge of COVID-19 evolves, we continue to use information from Interior Health  & Health Canada to inform our recommendations to keep students and staff safe. With some families travelling internationally during Spring Break, we know that there may be an increased risk of the virus spreading.

We are also aware that some jurisdictions are closing schools and it is important that everyone stay apprised of any new developments. Therefore, we ask that parents please check our website for any updates before school resumes on March 30.

As advised by our health officials, anyone concerned about respiratory symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. In the meantime, we are reminding everyone to follow proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:

  • Proper hand-washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow.
  • Stay at home when you are sick

For more information on the virus please click on this link for the BC Centre of Disease Control

If you are planning an international trip with your family, please monitor the Government of Canada Travel Site for the latest travel advisories. COVID-19 is currently found in over 110 countries. The following travel advisories for COVID-19 have been issued (as of March 12, 2020):
• Level 3 Travel Advisory (Avoid Non‐essential Travel) for China, Italy, Iran
• Level 2 Travel Advisory (Practice Special Precautions) for Japan, South Korea
• Level 1 Travel Advisory (Practice Normal Precautions) for Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain and France.

The BC Provincial Health Office is now advising self-isolation for 14 days for people who have been to China, Italy and Iran in the last 14 days. The federal government has recommended that Canadians avoid all  cruise ship travel  due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

As such, please note that if your family travels to any location with a Level 2 or Level 3 travel advisory during Spring Break, you are being asked to self-quarantine your child for 14 days prior to returning them to school.

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We want to ensure parents, students and staff have time to adjust their plans accordingly. This is an evolving global situation, and as such we need to be prepared that between now and the end of Spring Break there likely will be more changes to the situation, which is why I am asking that you please visit our website before school begins on March 30 for any updates.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Sincerely,

Peter Jory,
Superintendent/CEO of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

For more information about COVID-19 and complete newsletter: https://conta.cc/2TG1XVo

Spring Break Out

 

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It’s tradition at Silver Creek that the last afternoon before spring break, we celebrate with a school wide Spring Break-Out in the gym. Multiage teams of students from kindergarten to grade 8 will compete in  fun and silly challenges. There will be special grade 8 and staff challenge too. Chelsey Beckham, our indigenous educational worker will be helping kids make bannock and chili for lunch, free of charge to all.

Spring break runs for two weeks March 16-27. School resumes Monday March 30.

Ready, Set, Learn

ready set learnWe are hoping to see many of Silver Creek’s 3-5 year olds tomorrow afternoon at our annual Ready, Set, Learn session led by Early Learning Coordinator, Jennifer Findlay. Call the school at 250-832-8282 to let us know you are coming. Children will receive a goody bag with early learning materials. March 2,  1-2 pm.

 

PINK SHIRT DAY

Remember to wear your pink shirt on Wednesday February 26 to recognize Pink Shirt day. We will be having a special assembly put on by Mrs. Klassen’s class, a  photo booth and a cookie and cupcake sale sponsored by our Me To We club. Each item is a dollar and the proceeds go towards global and local awareness and support activities.

Super Friday is this Friday, homemade chicken noodle soup, bun and milk. Get your orders in soon!

Family Math Night is this Thursday February 27 at 6-7, pizza will be delivered at 5:30.

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