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Safety Snapshot Archives

A PRIMER ON COVID VACCINES

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CBC's The National recently aired this video of Dr. Samir Gupta explaining the four COVID-19 vaccines available in Canada.

The short recording explains how the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen vaccines work and why efficacy rates aren’t the most important number to look at.

NEW RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE UNTIL APRIL 19TH

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Earlier this week, BC's Provincial Health Officer announced a 'circuit breaker' - a set of restrictions intended to slow the community spread of COVID-19. Included are the following:

  • No indoor dining at restaurants
  • The closure of Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort
  • A continuation of the ban on indoor gatherings amongst households, including playdates, sleep
BCCDC AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LAUNCH NEW ONLINE RESOURCES

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The BC Centre for Disease Control has a developed a new website to consolidate information for parents, students, and school staff. The K-12 Schools and COVID-19 website includes:

  • Health and safety measures to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in BC schools
  • Protocols for a positive COVID-19 case in a school
  • A contact tracing infographic
  • Quick links to the COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool and the new K-12 Health Check app
  • Frequently asked questions
SPRING BREAK SAFETY

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While we are all longing to adventure a little further from home over Spring Break, guidance from the Provincial Health Officer to avoid non-essential travel within the province and country remains in effect (we are so lucky to have many amazing locations to enjoy in our own city!).

In addition, on February 21st new federal regulations took force, which require international travellers to quarantine in designated hotels for the first three days following arrival. Click here for all details.

Please note that restrictions on household gatherings, which include playdates, sleepovers, and backyard visits are also still in place. Full details on the province-wide restrictions can be found here.

Photo credit: District of West Vancouver

UPDATED COVID PROTOCOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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You may be aware that BC's Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education recently released new COVID guidelines for schools.

It was quickly evident that a majority of the new requirements (for example, middle and secondary school students and all K-12 teachers wearing masks in more classroom situations) were already covered by Mulgrave's protocols. However, we have still carefully reviewed each regulation to ensure that we are in full compliance. It is not necessary for us to increase the rigour of our measures and we thank our students, faculty and staff, and families for all abiding by our protocols in an effort to safeguard our community.

MR. MASK HAS A REQUEST (OR TWO)

Grade 2 students recently created a written piece from the unique perspective of an inanimate object.

Mr. Mask reached out to MiEr with some specific requests about how he likes to be used and treated.

"I am going to get mad because I am getting dirty and I feel sad...I would appreciate it if you gave me a break. Maybe wear a different mask for a while...please give me a bath too. I need to rest!!!"

The BC Centre for Disease Control recommends washing cloth masks daily. It is also helpful to have a second one on hand in case the first gets dirty. Click here for more mask wearing and care tips from the experts.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR MERTIES: DON'T LET UP!

Members of the Mulgrave Emergency Response Team (MERT) created a video to encourage our community to stay the course with COVID protocols!

Shared with students last week, the team offers great reminders to practice distancing, wash hands and sanitise frequently, and wear a mask (over your nose, too!).

VEHICLE SAFETY

It was a treacherous week on the roads with snowfall and a significant accident at our campus entrance. We are pleased to report that the parent who was taken to the hospital is doing well.

 

Instead of our usual COVID-19 safety measures in this section, we would like to take the opportunity to reinforce a few vehicle safety reminders:

  • Ensure you are up-to-date on maintenance checks and work required
  • Only come to campus with designated winter tires if we have near-freezing temperatures or snowfall, even a light flurry. The conditions at school can vary wildly from other parts of the city and roads can be slippery despite the efforts of our Facilities Team.
AN EVER-WATCHFUL EYE ON THE DETAILS

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If you've been a Mulgrave family for some time, you might already know that we have a staff position dedicated to the management of risk and safety. For the past year, Graham Gilley has also been a core member of our COVID-19 response team, with an ever-watchful eye on changing government protocols and their implementation at Mulgrave.

This extra layer of diligence ensures that any activities that might be outside of what is already covered in our school protocols get the required attention. Graham looks critically at all angles to determine risks, identify mitigations, and ensure that the school is in alignment with or exceeding government requirements.

A CLEAN START TO THE NEW YEAR

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Over the winter break, the entire school was deep-cleaned, right down to the carpeting. Furniture was removed from classrooms and surfaces scrubbed thoroughly. This is in addition to our usual daily cleaning protocols throughout and after every school day.

Please remember that BC's Public Health Officer has extended the restrictions on social gatherings (which include playdates) as well as non-essential travel until February 5th. Quarantine requirements for international travel also remain in effect. Click here for details on the province-wide restrictions.