Covid-19 Update & Response from Block 8 Academy
Update: Yes, we are open! We are currently offering daytime care for children in kindergarten-grade 5. Our classes are very small, and, as always, licensed under supervision by Fraser Health. Our staff is working hard to keep YOU working hard!
Please email admin@block8academy to register.
Update: All SD43, Port Moody city and Port Coquitlam city playgrounds are closed. Fields and park areas are still open, but play structures are not in use. Though privately run day camps are closed, licensed child care is a critical service that allows essential workers to do their jobs, including those parents/guardians working in health care.
We will therefore remain open.
The following is our latest update from Fraser Health:
At this time we have not received any direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, that all childcare facilities should close. However she has advised parents who can, should care for their children at home.
Dr. Henry continues to emphasis that childcare providers can safely care for children by practicing the following health and safety precautions:
• Practice and promote hand hygiene
• Always cover your cough or sneezes
• Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces frequently
• Practice proper diapering and toileting
• Maintain a clean centre - Cleaning and disinfecting toys, furniture, etc.
• Handle food safely
• Observe and document children for signs of illness, and notify parents immediately.
• If you, your staff or children are ill they should not come to the childcare facility.
• Keep informed and follow the directions from the Provincial Medical Health Officer
We will protect our staff and children by frequent handwashing, practicing good
respiratory hygiene, and reinforcing the message that staff and children must stay home
when sick. Frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs or faucet handles
(at least twice daily) will also enhance protection.
Children or staff who develop respiratory symptoms must stay home and use the
online tool to decide what action to take. Most mildly symptomatic individuals will not be tested for COVID-19 according to the most recent provincial guidance.
Children or staff who are now returning from international travel must stay home
for 14 days after arrival in Canada. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms
like fever or cough. Children will also need to be closely monitored for symptoms.
Asymptomatic family members of travellers do not need to self-isolate, as long as they
themselves have not travelled, and the family member has not been diagnosed with
Children or staff who have been in close contact with someone who has been
diagnosed with COVID-19 must also stay home for 14 days after their last
encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever and
Contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be directly contacted by Public Health to
discuss precautions. If a childcare exposure is identified in follow-up with a confirmed
case, Public Health will contact the relevant facility to discuss next steps.
Information about COVID-19, including advice and guidance to schools/ childcare is
regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control. We encourage you to routinely check this site and its resources for the most updated information.
We will continue to post updates as we can.
In an effort to support parents working in essential services, including health and support sectors, we will be offering child care in small groups starting on March 30th. Our Spring Break camps are running as normal. Information regarding registration and fees will be available here, on our website, on Monday, March 23rd.
Should Fraser Health choose to close licensed day care facilities, we will be offering online programs to keep kids learning and connected with each other.
Sharing some happiness in our community!
For our School Closure Camp on Feb 14th the Block 8 Academy students took to the streets of our beautiful city to spread some happiness! Notes of cheer and colourful rocks to brighten someone's day have all been noticed and appreciated by members of our community. Have you seen any?
Thank you to VanCity for a generous grant to our Entrepreneurship program!
A representative from our VanCity community branch came by to present the students with a gigantic cheque for $500! VanCity is very with impressed with our Entrepreneurship programme and the students gave a great presentation showcasing their public speaking and all the hard work they've put into the Winter Treasure's fundraising.
Block 8 Academy in the Media
Take a look at what the students have been doing recently!
Click below to hear Block 8 Academy with Rod Macbeth on the morning show.