We have closed our playgrounds and courts (basketball, tennis etc…) at schools. All school play structures will be wrapped in bright yellow ‘caution’ tape indicating they should not be accessed. This decision was made based on clear messaging from our Provincial Health Officer about the need to implement social distancing as a strategy to help combat the spread of COVID-19. As well, we are not able to sanitize these structures on a daily basis.
Just a reminder, social distancing means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others. These changes include everyone, including children and teenagers. Specifically, everyone should:
- avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings;
- avoid common greetings, such as handshakes and hugs;
- limit contact with people at higher risk (for example, older adults and those in poor health); and,
- keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible. A hockey sticks length for all those hockey fans.
The following are some suggestions regarding how you can practice social distancing:
- greet with a wave instead of a handshake or hug;
- stay at home as much as possible;
- limit in-person shopping to essentials and limit frequency to shop;
- conduct virtual meetings using platforms like Facetime, Skype, Zoom etc…;
- host virtual playdates for children; and,
- use technology to keep in touch with friends and family.
Thank you for your understanding and support of our efforts to keep people safe during this health crisis.
Superintendent of Schools
School District No. 51