[UPDATED 27th May 2021]
COVID-19 Plans: Spring & Summer Camps
In line with the BC Ministry of Education and Premier John Horgan’s announcement on May 15th 2020, Pear Tree 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 modified format.
Pear Tree has continually updated its COVID policies inline with updates to the K-12 sector.
As of May 25th 2021, the BC government announced its BC Restart Plan, which will gradually enable all of us to return to some semblance of normalcy. Currently, the Restart Plan is extremely vague with no specific dates or details of changes in numbers or face mask policies. We will be updated our COVID policies with any necessary / possible changes.
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 additional COVID-19 measures have been 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 for the development and implementation of COVID-19 vaccines (minimising deaths in the meantime)
Back in March 2020, the government decided that closing businesses and schools would help with this endeavour, but currently do not feel that this is the best course of action – hence the increased restrictions in specific industries and social settings.
“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