ROYAL BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Principal’s Message

WELCOME BACK to RETURNING & NEW STUDENTS for the 2020/21 School Year

School has STARTED!!!

This is the start of our 4th year and each year brings changes, challenges and new opportunities for staff and students alike, especially this year as we are still dealing with the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Our focus this year will be on Safety, Educational Learning (as we strive to meet your needs and prepare you for success in both your high school and post-secondary careers) and More Safety. Given our relatively small size Royal Bridge is considered One Learning Group and therefore, if we all follow the safety guidelines, and limit our interactions to the minimum, we should be able to have a safe and successful term. PLEASE NOTE: We will be following all BC Ministries of Health and Education guidelines with respect to Health & Education news. Updates are posted regularly on our school website: royalbridgehighschool.ca Also:

  • At Royal Bridge EVERYONE has to wear a mask.
  • We will socially distance as much as possible during class and breaks. We have signage in place.
  • OBSERVE Elevator Rules for Number of people allowed in elevator.
  • We have hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the school – please use them!
  • Do NOT come to school if sick. Each day, do a self-assessment to make sure you have no symptoms of illness.
If a Student Develops Any Symptoms of Illness
Parents or caregivers must pick up and keep the student at home IF STUDENT DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL: Staff will take the following steps: 1. Immediately separate the symptomatic student from other in a supervised area. 2. Contact the student’s parent or caregiver to pick them up as soon as possible. 3. Where possible, maintain a 2-metre distance from the ill student. If not possible, staff should wear a non-medical mask or face covering if available and tolerated or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth. 4. Provide the student with a non-medical mask or tissues to over their coughs or sneezes. Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and perform hand hygiene. 5. Avoid touching the students body fluids (e.g. mucous, saliva). If you do, practice diligent hand hygiene. 6. Once the student is picked up, practice diligent hand hygiene. 7. Staff responsible for facility cleaning must clean and disinfect the space where the student was separated and any areas recently used by them (e.g., classroom, bathroom, common areas). 8. Parents or caregivers must pick up the sick student as soon as possible if they are notified the student is ill.
The threshold for reporting student and/or staff illness to public health should be determined in consultation with the school medical health officer. Anyone experiencing symptoms of illness should not return to school until they have been assessed by a health care professional to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases and their symptoms have been resolved. This MEANS that a Dr.’s note is needed to RETURN to School.

Now, some points about the educational part of your school program:

  • Everyone needs to bring a laptop to school each day.
  • Everyone MUST ensure that they have the ability to access and send in assignments via email & respond to messages from the school or school staff without delay. Saying: “I did not receive the assignment or message” or “my computer is broken” will not be accepted. Every student receives a course outline with assignments and due dates and it is your responsibility to follow them and to communicate with the school if needed. There are many ways to reach the school and/or your teachers.
  • ATTENDANCE is VERY IMPORTANT: Students who attend classes do very well in school. The more you attend, the better you will do. That is a fact. We are checking attendance and homework carefully – how well you do this first month will usually predict how well you will do in the entire course. Good Attendance also means SHOWING UP ON TIME – Do not be LATE!
  • Plagiarism & Copying (Using work that is NOT YOURS) This is very serious and can have serious consequences. We follow the 3 Strike Rule:
  • 1st Offence – O on the assignment;
  • 2nd Offence – Fail the Course;
  • 3rd Offence – Fail the Course and possible removal from school.
  • SUBMIT WORK on TIME – Do Not think you can wait until the end to submit all your assignments. When you submit an assignment, the Subject Line must have:

The Course. Name or Number of Assignment. Student Name (students MUST use either their ENGLISH or CHINESE name all the time – be consistent!)

  • After DAY 20: Oct. 6/20 – all work due before this date is now a ZERO (0)
  • After DAY 40: Nov. 5/20 – all work due before this date is now a ZERO (0)
  • After DAY 60: Dec. 4/20 – all work due before this date is now a ZERO (0
  • NOTE: If your attendance and/or achievement is below a certain level (usually 50%) you may be removed from the course.
  • CELL PHONES: Students who use their cellphones in class to email, text or play games while the lesson is going on might end up losing your phone! Leave your phones in your backpack, jacket pocket or wherever on SILENT mode (unless your teacher asks you to use them.) Thanks!
  • We will have 4 x 1.5 Hour Periods each day:
  • PERIOD 1: 8:30 to 9:55
  • PERIOD 2: 10:00 to 11:25
  • LUNCH: 11:25 to 12:25
  • PERIOD 3: 12:25 to 1:55
  • PERIOD 4: 2:00 to 3:30

Teaching Staff:

  • Ibrahim (Physics and Math)
  • Suraci (English, Career Education, ELL & Humanities)
  • Janssen (Chemistry, Math, Geography)

BEGIN getting into your homework and studying routines TODAY. Study Tips: https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/study-and-training/help-with-study/how-to-study-better/top-10-study-tips REMINDERS:

  • DO NOT SMOKE OUTSIDE THE RESTAURANT. You can ONLY Smoke at the SOUTH corner of the Building – Near the entrance to the underground parking. (look for the No PARKING sign) It is against the law to smoke within 7.5 metres of an entrance to a public building or any air intake vent or operable window for a public building.” (Coquitlam By-Law) There ARE Cameras!
  • The City of Coquitlam can fine you $58.00.
  • Royal Bridge has BIG FINES for Smoking or Vaping in or around the school
  • NO VAPING at the school or in the Washrooms!! ($50.00 fine + possible suspension)


Smoke near the No Parking Sign – Do NOT stand in the Driveway

ROYAL BRIDGE SMOKING & VAPING POLICY

  • IF you are caught SMOKING or VAPING inside the building you will be fined and may be asked to leave the school.
  • This is VERY SERIOUS. It is against the Law.
  • IF you smoke or vape outside the school it must NOT be on the property our school building sits on. You CANNOT be near the restaurant, the corner of Lincoln & Westwood or in front of any shops or stores. Remember: we have young kids and families going by and into our building.

Fines & Penalties IF you are caught Smoking or Vaping INSIDE the school:

  • First Time: $125 Fine
  • Second Time: $250 Fine
  • Third Time: $375 Fine + Potential Removal from School

IF you are caught Smoking or Vaping OUTSIDE the school on School Property:

  • First Time: $50 Fine
  • Second Time: $100 Fine
  • Third Time: $150 Fine + Suspension from School

PLEASE NOTE: A suspension or removal from school could occur at any stage if the circumstances are serious enough. ROYAL BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Appendix A: Summary of School-Based Control Measures

Appendix B: When to Perform Hand Hygiene at School
When Students Should Perform Hand Hygiene:
• When they arrive at school. • Before and after any breaks (e.g., recess, lunch). • Before and after eating and drinking (excluding drinks kept at a student’s desk or locker). • Before and after using an indoor learning space used by multiple learning groups (e.g. the gym, music room, science lab, etc.). • After using the toilet. • After sneezing or coughing into hands. • Whenever hands are visibly dirty.
Appendix C: What to do if a Student Develops Symptoms
If a Student Develops Any Symptoms of Illness
Parents or caregivers must pick up and keep the student at home IF STUDENT DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL: Staff will take the following steps: 9. Immediately separate the symptomatic student from other in a supervised area. 10. Contact the student’s parent or caregiver to pick them up as soon as possible. 11. Where possible, maintain a 2-metre distance from the ill student. If not possible, staff should wear a non-medical mask or face covering if available and tolerated or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth. 12. Provide the student with a non-medical mask or tissues to over their coughs or sneezes. Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and perform hand hygiene. 13. Avoid touching the students body fluids (e.g. mucous, saliva). If you do, practice diligent hand hygiene. 14. Once the student is picked up, practice diligent hand hygiene. 15. Staff responsible for facility cleaning must clean and disinfect the space where the student was separated and any areas recently used by them (e.g., classroom, bathroom, common areas). 16. Parents or caregivers must pick up their child as soon as possible if they are notified their child is ill.
The threshold for reporting student and/or staff illness to public health should be determined in consultation with the school medical health officer. Anyone experiencing symptoms of illness should not return to school until they have been assessed by a health care professional to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases and their symptoms have been resolved. This MEANS that a Dr.’s note is needed to RETURN to School.

Appendix D: Daily Health Check Parents and caregivers please take time to review with your student prior coming to school.

  1. Symptoms of Illness: Does your child have any of the following symptoms?
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough or worsening of chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/stuffy nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rashes or discoloration of fingers or toes
  1. International Travel: Have you or anyone in your household returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
  1. Confirmed Contact: Are you or is anyone in your household a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?

If you answered “YES” to any of the questions and the symptoms are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies) your child should NOT come to school.

If they are experiencing any symptoms of illness, contact a health-care provider for further assessment. This includes 811, or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner.

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you should be tested for COVID-19. https://bc.thrive.health/