COVID-19 Updates & Return to School Information
As an Independent school in B.C, we adhere to the recommendations and guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer and the B.C. Ministry of Education. Together, we are all working to reduce the risk of transmission of respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19, the suspension and re-activation of in-class school learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our shared goal is the mental health and well-being of all our students returning to school.
Stage 2 – Return to School
Lakeside School will commence return to school on September 8, 2020, under the guidance of the B.C. Ministry of Education Stage 2 guidelines. Students will engage in full-time learning 5-days a week, with minimal contact with other classes during instruction, breaks and transitions.
Lakeside School’s low Teacher to Student ratio is one of our greatest strengths during this time!
Due to our small community size, Lakeside School can safely meet the learning cohort requirements of no more than 60 students. A learning pod is a group of students and Faculty who will remain together during the school day.
Learning groups will be organized as Pre-school, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through 5. The learning groups will not share classroom spaces or most other resources.
Individual classes from K-5 will share recess areas, but recess time will be staggered. Kindergarten students will play with the Grades students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the return to school look like?
We will use a health screening process in which community members answer questions about possible COVID-19 symptoms every day they expect their child(ren) to be at school. As part of this screening, we will ask all parents and guardians to take the temperature of their child each morning and report the result through an app that we will be asking everyone to use. We will also take temperatures if a member of the community shows symptoms while at school.
Parents will be allowed to drop and pick up by car or walk-in only but cannot enter the buildings without an appointment.
The office will be outfitted with a plexiglass shield to mitigate the spread of the virus. Visitors must schedule a time with the office before entering the school during school hours.
Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be in effect throughout the school year.
Regular cleaning and sanitization will focus on high-touch surfaces within the classrooms, desks, chairs, doors and doorknobs, railings, restrooms, and stairwells. High-traffic areas will be cleaned every few hours. In addition to routine cleaning during the day, there will be deep cleaning and sanitizing during evening hours.
What are you doing to keep learning groups safe?
Classrooms have been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. We have implemented several strategies to maximize physical distancing, including single-direction hallways and staggered dismissals by floors or buildings.
Signage about personal hygiene, wearing masks, physical distancing and cleaning procedures are posted throughout the school.
- Interior Health Authority
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- HealthLink BC COVID-19 Information
- World Health Organization
How to Speak to Children about the current pandemic:
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (CommonSenseMedia.org)
- How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus Outbreak (Time.com)
- How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus (New York Parenting)
- Facts versus Fiction for Kids on Coronavirus Issues (CBC)