COVID-19 Prevention, Closures & Community Events Communication
You may have heard that a number of schools in British Columbia have now closed. Of particular note is the closure of Collingwood School in West Vancouver, which is closed until March 30th. As we understand, this decision was made by Collingwood School as a precaution because a close contact of one of their families, who had recently arrived from overseas, was diagnosed with COVID-19. We have received enquiries from parents and guardians as to whether or not the VWS is planning a school closure and thought it prudent to advise you that at this time, the VWS is not planning a school closure. Scheduled parent evenings and class plays will go ahead as planned unless communicated otherwise, but food sharing will be discouraged at these events. We have, however, decided to cancel the Festival of the Arts and our Spring Mingle community social event which was scheduled for March 18th. Thanks to all community members involved in bringing the event to life, as well as to those who bought tickets. All ticket costs will be refunded shortly.
We have also been receiving inquiries from parents and guardians about whether or not children should be kept at home if they are unwell. Please follow the guidelines outlined in the links below, as they relate to COVID-19 prevention, which indicate that people who are sick should stay at home. Please err on the side of caution when you are determining whether or not to send your child to school and connect with your primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1 to discuss symptoms with a registered nurse over the phone.
Please refer to the following links for complete and current information, which inform our decision-making and communications:
- Health Link BC Public Health Alerts
- Government of Canada Travel Health Notices
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- School District 44
- Federation of Independent Schools Association in BC
While the consensus from the national and provincial health authorities is that the risks to the majority of individuals remain low, we are committed to managing our school’s response to the COVID-19 situation in a way that is responsible, pragmatic, and empathetic. We are grateful for your support of the precautions we are taking to encourage the ongoing well-being of those in our community that are most vulnerable.
Thank you for your continued understanding and partnership. Please contact Lorna Fortin, Principal, if you have any questions or need more information.