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March 13, 2020

Important CoVID 19 Information

Dear SCS Community,

NEW Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The federal government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19 would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introducescanada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

The BC government has also established a centralized webpage that included the Provincial Health Officer Orders and government announcements in areas such as housing, employment & finances, transportation, education. This centralized page is here https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Independent Schools COVID-19 Update – April 1, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1066.  Note: 606 people have now fully recovered that’s a 57% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Useful Links

Please see attached a great “Social Distancing Infographic” created by the Burnaby School District for your use. Note: This infographic has been approved by the Ministry of Health.

Please know independent schools are fully engaged in the ongoing consultations with the Ministry of Education.

If you believe you may have contracted COVID-19, you should report this to Fraser Health (8-1-1).

Our hope in sending out this communication is that you can have the most up-to-date information and can plan accordingly.  With that in mind, the following points should be noted:

  • BC and the provincial government’s focus is on containment, flattening the curve, and protecting the vulnerable.  These goals will be most effectively gained through good hygiene and social distancing.
  • March 17, 2020 the Minister of Education announced that schools in BC will be closed indefinitely after spring break. At SCS we have anticipated this announcement and have already begun contingency planning.
  • Anyone returning from outside of Canada will be required to stay away from school for 14 days after their return.
  • Know that all of our Intercultural Learning Teams have returned home safely and have completed the mandatory isolation for a minimum 2 week period.
  • For further information about self quarantining, from the government of Canada. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/interim-guidance-cases-contacts.html
  • Large gatherings of people will be either postponed or cancelled as of Friday, March 13. Please see addendums to current calendar below:.
  • Grade 8 Sailing Trip 1 (March 30 – April 3): To Be Determined (the school is in communication with SALTS currently).
  • Surrey Christian School Gala (Friday, April 3: Postponed, future date TBD)
  • Cloverdale Campus Easter musical: (Tuesday, April 7: Postponed, future date TBD)
  • Fleetwood Campus Easter musical Grade 3-7: (Tuesday, April 7: Postponed, future date TBD)
  • Fleetwood Campus Concert Grades K-2: (Thursday, April 23: Postponed, future date TBD)
  • Cloverdale/Secondary campus Learning Conferences: (April 8,9: Postponed, future date TBD)
  • Grandparents Day (all campuses): Cancelled
  • Fleetwood campus Learning Conferences: (Wednesday, April 29: Postponed, future date TBD
  • Grade 12 Portfolio Presentations: (Thursday, April 30: Postponed, future date TBD)
  • As we move forward, we will make decisions about events that are as of now To Be Determined, as well as evaluate calendar dates into May.

These are unique times in which we find ourselves journeying together. I would invite each of us to exercise caution, not only for ourselves but also for those in our community for whom this virus presents a much higher risk. I would also invite each one of us to find ways to creatively support each other. We may need to experience a greater sense of physical isolation but I hope we can reach out to each other to minimize social isolation. Some of our families will find this an inconvenience while others will find it a significant hardship. Let’s collectively commit to praying for and supporting each other as a community.

While this is certainly a turbulent time, we also remain hopeful and optimistic knowing that our world belongs to God, and that He holds all of this in the palm of His hand. We continue to ask that you hold up our school community, and the health of our larger global community, in prayer. If you have further questions, please speak to your child’s campus principal.

In Christ,

Mark Nill
Sylvia DeWeerd
Danny Nagtegaal
Darry DeBoer
Dave Loewen
Matthew Beimers