March 21, 2020
Dear partners in education,
In an effort to keep you updated about how COVID-19 is affecting us in the Comox Valley, here is the latest from our office. I would to stress the importance of remaining calm an1d as a team, we will get through this together.
Status of COVID-19 in British Columbia
There are 277 total cases in BC, including a single case in the Comox Valley. Our advice to students who are remaining with us is to practice the following:
- Frequent and vigorous hand washing
- Social distancing and avoiding contact with large groups of any kind
- Listening to homestay requests on these issues
Restaurants, malls, community centres and theatres have now closed to help keep the public safer through avoiding large crowds. As a result of the current situation, we have closed face to face instruction in our schools for the foreseeable future.
We realize this is a difficult time, but we are still leaving the decision up to individual families as to whether or not students should return home. There are risks with returning, such as going through airports and in many cases, travelling to places where COVID-19 is much worse than it is here. However, we realize that in uncertain times, families often want their loved ones close by, which we totally understand and support. We will refund all homestay and medical fees to students who opt to return home at this time. For those remaining with us, we will continue to offer an educational program here when Spring Break ends and school resumes on March 30.
Our Minister of Education has made it clear that he will be supporting our international students that require these marks for validation of their report cards or who are with us to graduation. We will continue to offer classes remotely with the same teachers with whom the students were taking their courses. All of our teachers will be back in schools on March 30, planning how to deliver their course material to students over the coming weeks.
We are hopeful that our summer program will run as planned for both the July and August sessions, but we will make a definitive call on that in about one month’s time.
For those of you worried about what next year might look like in terms of registering your students, we have added a COVID-19 rider to our refund policy which should put all of you at ease knowing that families who register with our program will be entitled to full refunds of all fees save the registration fee.
We will be keeping all of our partners updated regularly through our website and social media accounts:
Facebook: Comox Valley International High School Program
Finally, my message to all of you is that if you have questions about anything at anytime, please reach out to our team. We are working every day to keep on top of a situation we know changes hourly. We are, as we will always be, here for you.
District Principal, Comox Valley International Student Program