The Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer issued a joint statement yesterday. The statement can be found at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0077-000484. In their statement, they are recommending against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Anyone who chooses to travel outside of Canada will be asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return. While self-isolation remains voluntary, they have stressed that it is the Ministry’s “expectation that people will follow this direction as part of their civic duty”.
We strongly advise you not to travel outside of Canada over the break. All staff and students who choose to travel outside of Canada are asked to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. Further, if students have had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of exposure.
Teachers will provide learning support for all students while they are away from school. Communication with students and learning materials will be sent through email and/or posts on the LFA website.
Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30th. As per Ministry guidelines and directives, the school will be monitoring the situation and making decisions on whether to cancel or adjust planned school activities in which more than 250 people are in attendance. While this will not affect classes, it may impact some of our curricular and extra-curricular activities. Parents and students will be notified of any such cancellations with as much notice as possible.
There remains the possibility that the Ministry will close schools after spring break. If a closure occurs, you will be notified by email as soon as that announcement is made. School closure decisions are made in consultation with the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school community safe.