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Message of Reassurance for Parents: What Happens When a Child Develops Symptoms While at School?

September 4, 2020


When Child is Sick


All schools will follow the same process when a child becomes ill while at school:

  1. The child will be separated from the class and moved to a supervised area away from other students and staff.  
  2. The child's parent/caregiver will be called immediately and asked to pick them up as soon as possible.
  3. The students will be provided with a mask and will remain in the isolated area until they are picked up.
  4. Spaces the student recently used will be cleaned/disinfected.
  5. Parents/caregivers will be given a letter outlining that they must keep the child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.  An example of the letter is provided in the link below.
  6. The school will call the parent/caregiver later in the day to follow up on the child's progress.


Sample Letter to Parent



School Bus Transportation During COVID-19

September 3, 2020

We are all doing our part to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to students being back in school.  It is very important that all drivers have an up-to-date passenger list at all times; therefore, if your child will not be riding the bus, we ask that you contact the Transportation Department for your area to advise (Dawson Creek - 250-782-2106 or Chetwynd - 250-788-2415).

Please complete a health assessment on your child each day prior to accessing bus service.  The Daily Health Check List is attached.  Children who are sick must stay home. Children who develop symptoms while at school will not be permitted to return home on a school bus and should be picked up by a parent or guardian.  We are not able to transport students who are ill or showing symptoms.

Click here to read the full letter.

SD59 Restart Plan: Message from the Superintendent

August 26, 2020 

Dear Parents/Caregivers: 

School District 59 (PRS) is excited to be welcoming students back to Stage 2. Since March families have been dealing with constant change to the education model. Once again, we are asking that you work with us in this new change. Teachers and principals are working together to develop plans for their school that meet the needs of all learners. Quality education and safety are our top priorities. Our goal is to maximize face to face instruction because that is the best model for students to thrive. 

The School District 59 Restart Plan for K-12 Education in Stage 2 has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Here is an overview of the most important things for you to know. More detail is provided in the links at the end of this document. Next week, schools will publish individualized school plans on their website. The last week has been focused on creating learning groups/cohorts, decreasing the amount of people that students and teachers come in contact with, in a day, and decreasing the amount of transitions students and teachers have in the school. 

Click here to read the full document. 

SD59 Stage 2 Documents (Updated September 3, 2020):


Updated: August 22, 2020

According to the Provincial Health Officer and the Centre for Disease Control, most children who are immunocompromised can return to in-class instruction where safety measures are in place. Protective self-isolation is only recommended for children who are severely immunocompromised as determined on a case by case basis. 

The advice from the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control for parents/caregivers of students with complex medical conditions or underlying risk factors, or who are immunocompromised themselves, is to consult with their medical health care provider to determine the level of risk regarding their child’s return to in-class instruction. If it is recommended that the parent/caregiver seek an alternative to in-class instruction for their student, and if they do not wish to register their student in a distributed learning program or homeschooling, they will be need to get a doctor’s note indicating the need for accommodations due to health-related risks. 

Parents/Caregivers with immune suppression concerns either for themselves or their student should contact their school to review the process for accommodations and to develop a collaborative plan with the school/district. Please contact your school administrator and/or the Director of Instruction of Learning Services, Jan Proulx, at 250-782-8571 or

For more information on immune suppression, see the following:

BCCDC Guidelines for Children with Immune Suppression

BCCDC Guidance for Families of Immunocompromised Children in School and Group Gatherings

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