Online bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations are now open for Yukon youth aged 12-17. These vaccines are an exciting development in keeping our communities and schools safe for the upcoming school year!
While youth vaccine clinics are being held in schools in rural communities, due to the cold storage requirements of the vaccine, the Whitehorse clinic will be held at the Coast High Country Inn Convention Centre. We recognize that this is inconvenient and appreciate your support in helping to protect our community from COVID-19.
The Whitehorse clinic will be open for first shots until June 18. Students who miss the clinic entirely and still wish to be vaccinated can follow up with their health centre to find out when they can be scheduled for a vaccine.
While the vaccine is not mandatory, everyone who is eligible is encouraged to get their shot.
We recognize that you may have questions regarding informed consent and the vaccine itself. The Department of Health and Social Services have provided some information below. If you still have questions, please contact email@example.com
Updated guidance and poster on staying home when sick
The Office of Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided updated guidance for students, families and school staff on when students should stay home when sick. Please see the attached Can my child go to school poster to learn more about when to keep your child home when sick. We encourage you to post this poster on your fridge and review it each morning.
This poster is also available at: yukon.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-information/industry-operating-guidelines-covid-19/can-your-child-go
Checking in every morning
Parents/guardians should check in with their child every day to see if they have any new or worsening symptoms. Parents/guardians should refer to the Can my child to school poster for guidance.
Pre-existing conditions don’t apply. For example, a child with asthma may have a cough, and some children get frequent runny noses during cold weather.
Parents/guardians talk to your child’s teacher about what is normal for them.
If your child only has one of the Yellow symptoms
If your child only has one of the Yellow symptoms, they can return to school when symptoms go away. See the poster for the list of Red and Yellow symptoms.
You don’t need a written note from your health care provider for your child to return to daily activities.
The guidance on the Can my child go to school poster does not apply if:
• Your child is a contact of someone who has COVID-19.
• Your child is severely immunocompromised or has a complex medical history.
• Your child recently returned from travel outside of Yukon
Letter to Parents
August 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
RE: Starting the 2020-21 school year
I hope your family had a restful summer break after an unusual end to last school year. As we prepare for a safe return to Takhini Elementary for the 2020-21 school year, here is some important information about school routines for this year.
Key steps for health and safety at school
All schools must follow the health and safety guidelines for K-12 school set by Yukon’s Chief Medical Office of Health. School staff will go over health and safety routines at our school with students on a regular basis. The key steps our school will be following include:
Physical distancing of 2 meters in classrooms and common areas where possible; Limiting mixing of groups of students and staff where possible; Washing and sanitizing hands regularly all day; Regular cleaning and disinfecting of the school and keeping our school clean; Following the plan if a student or staff gets sick while they’re at school; Students and staff need to stay home if they have symptoms or are sick.
Staying home when sick or showing symptoms
If a student or staff has symptoms or is sick, they must stay home and not come to school. You should monitor your child ever day for symptoms before sending them to school. To help assess symptoms, use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool at: service.yukon.ca/en/covid-19-self-assessment/
Check for new or worsening symptoms when monitoring. For example, a child with asthma may have a cough that is not new. Symptoms you should monitor for include: Fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, running nose, sore throat, headache, loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and muscle aches.
Takhini Elementary School Operational Plan
Attached to this letter is more information about our school routines, schedules and programs for the 2020-21 school year, including the specific health and safety measures at our school. This a summary of the key information in our school operational plan. The full operational plan, along with this summary, will be posted on our school website at: tak.yukonschools.ca
Updates during the school year
We will be sharing regular updates with students and families during the school year through e-mail, school newsletter, and on our school website.
Visit the following websites for more information:
Information about our school plans and programming: tak.yukonschools.ca Health and safety guidelines and student learning in Yukon schools during COVID-19: yukon.ca/en/education-and-school-supports-covid-19 General information about COVID-19: yukon.ca/en/covid-19-information
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at the school, I can be reached at 867-667-3625 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Takhini Elementary School
Covid-19 Info will be updated as new information is provided
Please check back regularly