As you are no doubt aware, our region currently has an air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke from active fires in Washington and Oregon.
Our school district has been closely monitoring the situation, and follow the recommendations from the Ministry and public health experts to ensure that our schools continue to be safe environments for our staff and students.
At the advice of our local Medical Health Officer, schools will continue efforts to limit smoke exposure for staff and students by:
- Allowing students who are sensitive to the smoke to remain indoors during lunch/breaks;
- Closing exterior doors and windows and utilizing filtered ventilation systems;
- Rescheduling outdoor activities, particularly strenuous activities like PE;
- Closely monitor students with asthma or other breathing conditions.
All of our schools will continue implementing COVID-19 infection control practices, including maintaining health checks, regular handwashing, remaining in assigned learning groups/cohorts and physical distancing.