UPDATE: March 9, 2020
Dear members of the Lester B. Pearson School Board community,
Over the past week, there has been a significant increase in information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Lester B. Pearson School Board is actively monitoring this situation and continues to work with the Ministry of Education, Santé Québec, Public Health Canada, and other governmental agencies.
The school board continues proactive measures to protect student and staff well-being. As this is an evolving situation, current information is critical. More information is available on the Government of Canadas website https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
Building Cleaning – As part of our regular routine, enhanced cleaning practices have been implemented.
Handwashing – As always, the best precautions you can take are to wash hands, avoid touching your face, and cover your mouth if you cough to reduce the spread of germs. Washing hands with plain soap and water is recommended in schools and childcare settings. We have attached information on Hand Hygiene and Handwashing which we believe is good information for schools, centres and home. This information by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a health professional.
Supporting and Talking to Children – Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events and need factual, age appropriate information. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety. The following link is a great resource to help you speak with your children: https://www.Québec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/.
Travel advice – Parents, students and staff who have or are traveling overseas are encouraged to regularly monitor Government of Canada Travel Advisories. Please note impacted areas may change and expand as the situation continues to evolve. Please follow Québec’s Public Health advice about who should self-isolate and for how long upon returning to Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada indicates that while the risk to Canadian travellers abroad is generally low, it will vary depending on the destination.
More specifically, if you have travelled to Iran, the Hubei province, China, the areas of Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea or the regions of Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige in northern Italy –in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days, starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. In addition, contact 811 (Info-Santé) within 24 hours of arriving in Canada.
Although it is understandable to have questions and concerns in a time of uncertainty, we share a responsibility to not spread misinformation nor act in a way that may be perceived as hurtful to our fellow colleagues or students or have the effect of making them feel unwelcome in our schools and centres.
We are a school board that prides itself on being respectful, inclusive, and community-minded, and so I would ask that we continue to be welcoming of all students and staff. This is consistent with our efforts to offer a safe and caring learning environment, and I appreciate your efforts to encourage conversations and actions that honour our core values.
We believe it will take a collective effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We remain committed to monitoring this situation and keeping you informed. Additional links:
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
The Administration of the Lester B. Pearson School Board
Rest assured that the LBPSB is keeping abreast of the information that is being released concerning the coronavirus. Additionally, as is our usual protocol, we are keeping in contact with our partners in the health sector.
Any information we receive, and are asked to share with our communities, will be posted on our website without delay.
1. Letter from:
Regional Director of Public Health,
Mylène Drouin, MD
1301 Sherbrooke Street East,
Montréal, Quebec H2L 1M3
Phone: 514-528-2400 Fax: 514-528-2452
2. Here are two links that provide information on the coronavirus from the government of Canada: