Before discussing our COVID-19 plans, it is important to recognise why such plans are in place.
COVID-19 Plans: Summer Camps
In line with the BC Ministry of Education and Premier John Horgan’s announcement on May 15th, Pear Tree has submitted its plans to WorkSafe BC, FISA, and Ministry of Education to allow it to operate its K-7 educational services (incl. camps) – albeit in a slightly modified format.
We are all in the stages of getting back to more familiar ways of living! Beginning June 1st, all K-7 BC schools will be transitioning to Stage 3 of BC’s Education Restart Plan.
It is safe to restart K-7 education. The number of COVID-19 cases and the impacts on BC’s health is decreasing.
- K-7 education is a critical part of BC’s Restart Plan (i.e. it is essential to allow parents to return to work).
Re‐engaging now sets the stage for a full school restart in September 2020.
Pear Tree’s low-density classes (i.e. a maximum of 15 students per classroom) and maximum capacity for our summer camps (45 students) are well within the restrictions and expectations of all the health and safety measures K-7 organisations are required to follow.
We have received confirmation that with a unique makeup such as ours, a hybrid between Stage 3 and Stage 2 of the Education Restart is acceptable. As such, all students (Kindergarten to Grade 7) will be allowed to be in class Monday-Friday for approximately 4.5 hours per day.
Who Is At Risk?
We are very conscious of the health and well-being of your child. Pear Tree has been in operation since 2012, and we pride ourselves on the high levels of safety that we have always offered.
Without dismissing this, it is important to note, however, that children are not at serious health risk from COVID-19. In fact, the statistics for children are the lowest of any age bracket.
Those who are at serious risk of COVID-19 include:
- People aged 70+
- People with specific health conditions
What is the Purpose of COVID-19 Measures?
Social distancing and COVID-19 measures are to slow down the spread of COVID-19 to these people who are at risk.
It does not eliminate COVID-19. It delays the spread of the disease so that:
- Hospitals are not overwhelmed
- It buys time to create and test a potential vaccine (minimising deaths in the meantime)
The government decided that closing businesses and schools would help with this endeavour.
“The sacrifices [children] have made by not seeing your friends and by stopping going to school and other activities are your contributions to fighting the pandemic. By putting societies and economies on hold, we have reduced the ability of the virus to spread through our communities. These defensive measures have helped to limit some of the short-term impacts of the virus, and bought us time to translate what we have learned about the virus into solutions so that we can get back to a more familiar way of living.” WHO