SD84 Covid-19 safety plan

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Dear ZESS Students, Families and their supporters,

I am looking forward to meeting with you all over the near future. In the meantime, during these times when our care for each other is heightened, there are processes we all need to work with to minimize everyone’s risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The BC Ministry of Education has revealed its plan to move from Stage 3 to Stage 2 which includes a full return to in-class instruction for all students. 


Key dates:

The school phone number is 250 761 4227.

  • Friday September 4th - Specific information on Zeballos Elementary Secondary School’s return to school plan will be made available to staff, students, families and communities. This information will include start-up dates and times, procedures for picking up and dropping off students, procedures for students taking buses… and will be posted on the school webpage reached at www.sd84.bc.ca and follow the link to Zeballos School.
  • Tuesday September 8th – Staff return to the schools to be trained on the district Covid-19 Safety Plan and to prepare for the launching of Stage 2.
  • Thursday September 10th and 11th half or all students will attend school for part of the day to be trained on our school safety protocols and plans for the coming days and weeks.  The schedule for September 10th and for September 11th will be finalized and posted after meetings with school staff on September 8th.
  • September 14th, full time instruction begins for all registered students.

To get the most students back in full-time in-class instruction in September, the Provincial Health Officer has recommended the use of cohorts (Learning Groups) to reduce the number of close, in-person interactions. This will reduce the number of people each student or staff member comes into contact with, thereby reducing the risk of transmission and ensuring quicker contact tracing by health authorities.

Within a Learning Group, minimized physical contact is required, but physical distancing does not need to be maintained at all times.

ZESS is small enough to be considered a single Learning Group because our total school population does not exceed 60 people. Students and staff will be able to interact with each other without social distancing.


At this time masks are optional for any interactions between people in a single Learning Group.  Any interactions at school between members of a Learning Group and others outside of that Learning Group will require social distancing or the use of masks and/or other physical barriers.  Staff and students are of course welcome to wear a mask even within their Learning Groups if they choose to do so. A small change that is implemented is that we will ask the elementary students to enter by the main door as is usual, but we ask the older students in secondary to enter by the North door at the side of the school. This is designed to minimize contact and crowding. I’ll be counting on the older students for their leadership with this change, and any others as they arise. We will be speaking with students and staff to get their feedback on using the lunch room a little differently. We’ll talk about the senior students minimizing attending the lunch room unless they have a younger family member they help out. Little tweaks might arise over the next little bit as we all get comfortable dealing with this new way of doing things.

We will also be adding staff for a midday cleaning of all high touch areas. This will be done before and after lunch.

Please know that in Stage 2 parents with students registered in SD84 will not have the option to send their children back to school part-time, or to keep them at home and have online educational opportunities provided by the district. Exceptions may be granted for students who are immune suppressed. Parents always have the option to home school their children or register them in a Distance Learning school.  Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like more information on these options.

A copy of our Covid-19 District Safety Plan can be found online on the school or district website www.zess.sd84.bc.ca and www.sd84.bc.ca.  I will be actively updating and revising our Covid-19 Procedures document which is based on the updated Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings and approved by our schools Health and Safety Committee and by the district.  This school specific document will be available to students, parents and communities on September 9th.

Before sending your children to school parents are required to screen their children’s health daily and to keep them home if they exhibit any symptoms of illness.  Please see the screening document for daily use.  More copies are available upon request.

During Stage 2, our buildings (including all schools) will remain closed to the general public.  Parents and others should phone the school office 250 761 4227 to make appointments for connecting with staff as required.

Our playgrounds will remain open, but we will be restricting access to our school properties to only our staff and students during the hours of 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday for the duration of the pandemic.  Members of the general public are welcome to use the school fields and playgrounds outside of these hours for healthy physical activities, subject to maintaining physical distancing and adherence to the normal rules in place for school properties.

Thank you for your patience and support as the District continues engaging your children in learning while maintaining health and safety as everyone’s priority.

Scott Cobbe

Principal, ZESS


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Zeballos Elementary Secondary School
(School District 84)
675 Keno Crescent (Box 128)
Zeballos, British Columbia
Canada V0P 2A0

Phone: 250-761-4227
Fax: 250-761-4234