Parents asked to inform schools of international spring break travel plans

School district officials are asking students and families with international travel plans over the spring break to inform their schools and to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.

Superintendent Stephen Petrucci says the district is asking parents to follow the advice of provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, who announced Thursday new advisories on travel outside of Canada and directed public gatherings and events of more than 250 people to be cancelled.

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"While this cannot be enforced, the health officer advises that it is your civic duty to do so," Petrucci wrote in a letter March 13. 

At this time, schools are not being closed.

Students and families with travel plans should inform their schools so a timeline for any self-isolation is clear, Petrucci said. A school may not have the capacity to support home learning during that time, he said.

"It is inevitable that some students, staff and parents will contract the virus. As always, our community will come together to respond to this crisis with reason and compassion," Petrucci said.

There are currently no reported cases in northern B.C.

The school district says updates and resources will be posted on its new COVID-19 page.

Full letter:

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Yesterday afternoon, the provincial health officer, Bonnie Henry, announced new advisories on any travel outside of Canada and public gatherings/events of over 250 people. You can see this announcement here. At this time, schools are not being closed.

If your family travels outside of the country over Spring Break and while this advisory is in place, you are asked to self-isolate for 2 weeks upon your return. While this cannot be enforced, the health officer advises that it is your civic duty to do so. If you intend on traveling outside the country, please inform your school administrator via email and let them know when you are returning so that the timeline for self-isolation for the student is clear. The school may not have the capacity to support home learning during self-isolation for those families that choose to travel outside of Canada.

We ask the public to continue to monitor advisories from the provincial health officer. District updates and resources are also posted on our website at www.prn.bc.ca. This includes a recent letter from the Ministry of Education.

It is inevitable that some students, staff and parents will contract the virus. As always, our community will come together to respond to this crisis with reason and compassion.

Sincerely,

Stephen Petrucci

Superintendent 

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