School District No. 59 (PRS) is communicating closely with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Northern Health Authority regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The School District understands there are public concerns and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
The Ministry of Health has issued the following prevention tips to control respiratory viruses in school settings:
- Students and staff who are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) should stay home from school.
- Practice good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, this includes covering the mouth and nose during coughing, or sneezing with a tissue or into a flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues in a plastic-lined waste container, and regular washing of hands with plain soap and water.
The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education has issued a statement for BC families regarding travel over spring break:
"At this time, it is not necessary to cancel planned events, outings or trips to public locations in BC and Canada and most places in the world. However, travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly. People who are planning travel should check the latest travel notices and advisories on the Government of Canada's website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories."
Please contact your doctor or Northern Health Authority if you are concerned or experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus.
This site has up to date information on how the risk of COVID-19 is being addressed in the province of British Columbia.
Information about COVID-19, including advice and guidance to schools, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site.
This video was produced by the Centers for Disease Control and The Associated Press. It provides a good description of the virus, how it infects people and what preventative measures should be taken.
This YouTube video from CBC for Kids is a nice way to dispel some of the myths circulating out there in regard to the virus.