The health and safety of all students and staff is paramount in SD62. We all have our part to play during the return to school to make sure we keep our schools and people healthy.
Staff, student, or other persons are responsible for conducting a health awareness on themselves or child prior to entering any SD62 school, site or event.
A health awareness means a person regularly checking to ensure they (or their child) are not experiencing symptoms of illness (including but not limited to COVID-19 symptoms) that would limit their ability to participate fully in regular activities before coming to school to prevent spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19, within school settings (BC CDC, Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools, August 25, 2022).
- Staff, student, or other persons who are exhibiting new symptoms of illness (including COVID-19 or gastrointestinal illness) they should stay home (Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings, August 25, 2022).
- If the person is experiencing new symptoms of illness they can utilize the BC Self-Assessment Tool or When to get a COVID-19 test (bccdc.ca) to determine next steps. Those unsure or concerned about their symptoms should connect with a health care provider or call 811 (BC CDC, Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools, August 25, 2022).
We encourage you to take a look at the following information:
SD62 Communicable Disease Prevention Plan (Nov 30. V.10)
Ventilation in SD62
All heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in the district are operated and maintained to their standards and specifications, so they continue to work properly and are consistent with Occupational Health and Safety and WorkSafeBC standards.
These systems are regularly inspected, and concerns from schools/sites are promptly investigated by our Facilities department.
All mechanical ventilation systems at our schools and sites are equipped with Merv-13 filters. We have also upgraded building automation systems to remotely monitor and control outside air, CO2 levels and quickly ascertain a problem with an HVAC system to respond in a timely fashion to address.
In addition, to optimize ventilation, we have implemented the following protocols at all sites:
- Increased the volume/exchanges of fresh air being supplied into all buildings by expanding the 'occupied' hours;
- Reduced the CO2 set point from 900 ppm to 700ppm; and
- Increased the minimum outside air damper position from 10% to 20%.