August 31, 2021
As many of you may have heard by now, Bonnie Henry and the Minister of Education there will be changes required for the coming year. You will be pleased to know that restrictions have been eased for the coming year.
What has changed?
1. Cohorts will no longer be required.
2. Parents and visitors are welcome into the facilities as long as they are masked and
have signed in.
3. We can again provide microwaves for the students and staff.
4. Parents can once again provide “birthday treats” :))
5. Extra curricular activities can once again begin.
6. Health checks will not be required when entering the school, but parents are expected
to conduct their own health checks of their children at home.
What will continue?
1. Ensuring a flow of traffic which allows for personal space.
2. All staff, parents and visitors must be masked while in the building, for those who can.
3. Students from Grades 4-12 must wear masks in the building for those who can.
For more info. go to COVID-19 Safe Schools
What we cannot do?
1. Under the PIPA (Privacy of Information Protection Act) we are not permitted to ask anyone if they have been vaccinated or not. This is a personal choice and is confidential.
It is important that all of the BCCA community understands that we may have differences of opinion on masking and vaccinations. Indeed, there are extreme thoughts on both of these within our community. However, these views should not become an issue that tears our community apart. We must be respectful of one another’s views but still value each other as God’s creation and brothers and sisters in Christ. We therefore ask you to practice patience, understanding and respect for all those in our community and learn ways we can better love one another, even in our differences. As stated last year, which worked very well for BCCA, BCCA’s policy is to follow the directives given to us by the Minister of Health and the Minister of Education.
March 13, 2021
Learning about COVID-19 & Schools
COVID-19 Safety & BC Schools: What we know so far
We are continuing to learn about COVID-19 in School-Aged Children:
- Fewer school-aged children (5 to 18 years old) have tested positive for COVID-19 compared to adults. Younger children make up a smaller proportion of cases than older children.
- Serious COVID-19 outcomes are less common in school-aged children
- COVID-19 virus has a relatively low case rate among school-aged children
It is normal for viruses to change over time, leading to new versions or variants. New variants have been identified since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID-19 variants have been detected across BC, including some people who attend school. So far, these cases are only a small proportion of all COVID-19 cases in the province.
The new variants spread the same way as the original virus, but some COVID-19 variants spread more easily. Because of this, it is even more important to continue to follow the health and safety measures in place in schools. More information on COVID-19 variants is available here.
The PICS Study: Personal Impacts of COVID-19 Survey
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute is doing a survey to understand more about the thoughts, feelings and actions of people living through this pandemic. Anyone over the age of 8 can participate, and the researchers are interested in hearing from children directly. Learn more here.
Tracking COVID-19 for Safer Schools Study
Vancouver School Board staff members are invited to participate in the Tracking COVID-19 for Safer Schools study. Led by BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, this study seeks to determine the extent to which school workers can be exposed to COVID-19 as part of their occupations. Learn more here.
Living Safely in a Pandemic
Longer days and warmer weather are sure signs that spring holidays are approaching. While now isn’t the time to travel, there are many ways to safely enjoy spring holidays close to home. Visit the Safer Celebrations and Ceremonies page to learn more.
With so much happening and so much uncertainty in daily life, it’s normal to feel worried and overwhelmed. It’s important to look after mental health and well-being during COVID-19. Links to mental well-being resources for children, youth, parents and caregivers are available on the BCCDC Mental Well-being Page.
- The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centreoffers tips for caring for younger children, parents and caregivers.
- Foundry BCoffers support for youth 12-24 years old.
Public Health Profile
Public health includes a diverse group of professions that have unique training, skills and experiences. They include doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and health promotion specialists. Across the province, public health professionals work together to support schools impacted by COVID-19.
Sep 4, 2020
K-12 COVID-19 Health Safety Guidelines Update March 30 2021
Addendum Public Health Guidance K-12 March 30 2021
Principal’s Letter COVID Update Feb 5 2021
COVID-19 Safety Plan
Elementary Welcome Letter from Principal Beth Peters
High School Reopening
High School Welcome Letter from Principal Miguel Zhou
HELPFUL UPDATES & LINKS
Letters From the Head Principal, Mr. Ian Jarvie
October 29, 2020
May 22, 2020
March 31, 2020
March 25, 2020
March 17, 2020
March 13, 2020
Kids Club COVID-19 Agreement
Kids Club COVID-19 Safety Plan
COVID-19 Relief Fund
The Leadership and Board of BC Christian Academy strongly feel that NO FAMILY must withdraw their children from BCCA on the basis of financial difficulty due to COVID-19. We would like to be able to help and support families who are experiencing hardship due to unexpected job loss by providing them tuition relief. Please consider making a gift to our Tuition Relief Fund to help support our students.