Dear LDS community members,
This space will be updated as proactive measures and policy or practice changes are made by LDS in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Last update: March 17, 2020
What is LDS doing?
We would like to assure you that LDS staff are monitoring the COVID-19 situation on an ongoing basis. We are keeping abreast of measures being taken by health authorities, local schools and others, and are aware of information shared by various public health and government authorities.
As of March 16, all staff are working remotely.
We are prioritizing the set up of remote online software to ensure that our instruction can continue following spring break. We will be updating our instructors and our families as soon as possible to confirm timing, technology options and programming that will be offered online starting approximately March 30th.
We have and will continue to increase the thoroughness of cleaning at our facilities, including regular disinfection of surfaces, door handles, table tops. For the time being no work or instruction is happening at our Learning Centres.
To ensure as much safety as possible, LDS has temporarily (until April 30) amended our cancellation policy. Families may now cancel sessions due to sickness without being charged. We will update this policy if/as necessary. We have also urged parents to report any signs of illness right away and cancel their session.
We have asked our instructors and staff to report any of their own symptoms immediately to us, and to alert us of any suspected symptoms in students, parents, other staff or anyone interacting with the LDS community.
What can you do?
In line with guidance from the government, please stay home as much as possible, including not attending school or work places.
If you feel unwell, please notify LDS immediately and do not go into schools or LDS offices. If you have come into contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 locally or internationally within the past 14+ days, please alert us immediately and do not go into LDS offices or any schools.
Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through contact, change how you greet one another. Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.
Practice frequent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys, phones and door handles.
These are the most important ways that you can protect yourself and your family from respiratory illness, including COVID-19.
Support our families
If you are able to give, your support now will mean that we are better able to move all of our instruction online to ensure continuity of service and support to all of our families during this time when we need each other’s help the most.
Please consider donating or becoming a monthly supporter today. Charitable receipts are issued through CanadaHelps.
We encourage you to consult information and resources from reputable sources. Some of our suggestions include:
Advice by the Canadian government on COVID-19 as well as information on symptoms and prevention measures can be found here https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
Q&A for Kids from the BC CDC: http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID19%20QA%20for%20kids%20Feb%202020.pdf
BC CDC information: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#Community–resources
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. INFO@LDSOCIETY.CA or 604.873.8139