Update from the Principal and a letter from the Superintendent

Dear Kidd Families,

I hope the first week following spring break finds you well.  These are very trying times for all of us and we are committed to staying connected to support your child in any way possible. We appreciate your patience as we take the first few weeks to develop plans and protocols for a new way of connecting and learning. Attached, you will find a district update from our Superintendent and below you will find more information about the Kidd community.

Communication and Important Notes

It is important to know that while in-class instruction has been suspended, our school system will carry forward – we will continue to support students and families in a variety of ways. We want to assure you that the health and safety of our families and community is the highest priority, and this is at the forefront of the government’s decision making. Our collective well-being and the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 is our number one priority. Please continue to follow the Richmond School District's site, www.sd38.bc.ca, for up to date information and links for more information. This is your best source of information on how the virus is impacting our school district.

In the upcoming days and throughout the school closure, our teachers and staff will continue to reach out to you and your children. It is important for all of us to maintain our personal connections and relationships. If you see a blocked or unknown number, please answer. It could be us! 

School Access for Essential Items

I am letting you know that I will be providing an opportunity for your child to access the school if you believe that it is absolutely essential that certain items need to be retrieved at this time. If it is possible to delay retrieving personal items, I am encouraging you to do so.

 

During the week of April 6 through April 9 structured times for students to access the school will be arranged. I will send out a detailed process on Monday April 6th by 4pm for the rest of the week so you can plan for it.  We will ensure that health and safety protocols are followed such as physical distancing and limiting the number of students who are on site at any given time. Students will be provided access to the school (By Appointment Only) for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and must enter and exit through the main entrance of the school. This is to ensure that our school is maintained to a high standard of cleanliness and sanitization. Again, this is only if you require access to pick up essential items. 

 

Please be reminded that access to the school will be denied if you or your child are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms, or have returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days. If you find yourself in this situation, alternate arrangements can be explored with me as to how essential items might be transferred to you.

 

Thank you for your understanding and support through these challenging circumstances.

 

MORE INFORMATION/RESOURCES

For mental health and online safety support, all families have access to ERASE – available here: www.erase.gov.bc.ca

If your child is struggling with a problem big or small, they can also call the Kids Help Line, a free resource available to them at: 1-800-668-6868.

A new website at www.gov.bc.ca/COVID19 is constantly being updated with the latest information.

The best source of COVID-19 health information can be found at the BC Centre for Disease Control website http://www.bccdc.ca/

For questions of a non-medical nature, a new telephone line has been set up at 1-888-COVID19.  Phone lines are open 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 8 pm, and information is available in more than 110 languages.

For those who think they have symptoms of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool at https://covid19.thrive.health and people with symptoms can also call 8-1-1 to pre-arrange for health testing.

Common Sense Media has a lot of information for parents and families at this time too: Common Sense Media (main web site)

Take care,

Mr. M. David

 

Mark David, Principal

Thomas Kidd Elementary School

School District #38, Richmond, B.C.

http://kidd.sd38.bc.ca/