Updates on Covid-19 Cases in North Shore Schools
March 1, 2021
I’m pleased to let you know that Bodwell students continue to stay free of COVID-19, even as exposures and cases have shown a recent spike in local schools here in North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Though transmission rates are low, numerous schools have reported exposures and have had to monitor or isolate groups of students. Overall, in British Columbia, new daily cases of COVID-19 had decreased throughout January and now are holding relatively steady, with strict public health orders still in place. There have been reports of some COVID-19 “variants of concern” in schools outside of the Vancouver Coastal Health area, and these are being monitored closely. At Bodwell, we continue to remind students as well as local families and homestay parents to follow these health orders and avoid gatherings outside of campus or the household.
Meanwhile, vaccinations are continuing in British Columbia and are ramping up both supply and speed of use.
The following is BC’s plan for immunizations for your reference:
Bodwell students and staff continue to exercise a high level of caution and carefully follow our safety plan. As BC Public Health and Ministry of Education have recently revised some of their guidelines, you can find updates and reviews of our plans on our school website:
- Bodwell High School updated COVID-19 Safety Plan (revised Feb. 2021)
- Bodwell High School Health & Safety Checklist (revised Feb. 2021)
- Bodwell High School Review & Update of our COVID-19 Safety Plan (Feb. 2021)
Following the latest research into aerosols and airborne transmission of COVID-19, ventilation continues to be a highly important prevention strategy at Bodwell High School. We have recently further strengthened our efforts through the installation of MERV-13 air filters in the East Wing of the school.
Finally, I’m pleased to report that nearly all newly-arrived students in Spring 2021 have completed their 2-week quarantine without problems and now have joined in-person classes. Please note that unaccompanied minors are exempt from the new 3-day hotel quarantine requirement for travellers arriving to Canada.
Other update public sites you have available for reference:
- Ministry of Education Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings
- BCCDC COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings
- New BCCDC K-12 Schools and COVID-19
We are thankful to all students and staff for keeping one another safe during the pandemic! We are doing very well as a result of everyone’s collective efforts and cooperation.
Thank you for your attention and ongoing support. Do reach out if you have any questions or concerns.