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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On March 17th, BC Premier John Horgan and Minister Rob Fleming suspended K-12 in-class instruction indefinitely to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

We are beginning to plan for education continuity and will provide more information to staff, students and families as soon as it becomes available to us. Thank you for your ongoing patience.


Latest updates and advice from the province:

BC Provincial Health officials are advising against all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Any families, students or staff who travel outside of Canada during Spring Break will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to a site at the Abbotsford School District. The Provincial Health Officer advises anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their primary care provider or call 811. Translation services for 811 are available in more than 130 languages.

Reducing the Risk

The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends that to reduce the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus, employ the same measures that are taken in relation to colds and flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise in moderation).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • A new toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) has been established to answer questions from Canadians about the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Further information about novel coronavirus is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Understanding Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is a term for when a person who is at risk of spreading disease avoids contact with others. This is done to prevent the spread of disease to other people. Self-isolation is one important way of preventing novel coronavirus (COVID19) from spreading in British Columbia. People may be asked to self-isolate when they have travelled recently to an area with many cases of COVID-19 or when they have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19.

Parent Resources

When stress is heightened children become aware of it and they try to locate the source of the stress. It is important to both acknowledge their concerns and be open to discussing them. Helping children understand COVID-19 and helping them to organize their thoughts and feelings is the best approach.


Current until: Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Posted: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020