Dearest Families,

Re: COVID-19 Update – End of Spring Break

We are pleased to be able to remain open for you in these uncertain times, and feel tremendously grateful to our Teachers and staff, for continuing to work

At CEFA, all schools have been working very hard together, keeping on top of a situation that has evolved rapidly. Our thoughts, first and foremost have been with all of you as we face this difficult time together.  The health and wellbeing of our students and their families, of our teachers, and our Franchise Partners (school owners) is of the upmost importance to us.

This is an unprecedented situation the likes of which none of us have faced before.  We fully understand that there are many questions and concerns that you may have over the coming weeks, and we are here for you.

As you know, the B.C. Provincial Government have announced an indefinite shut-down of the K-12 school system due to the COVID-19 virus.  At the same time, it was announced that licensed Child Care operators would be classified as an “essential service” until deemed differently. This includes our schools, as we are licensed as such.

After fully reviewing this direction, we have decided to follow the Provincial Government guidelines and re-open after the conclusion of our current Spring Break period.  This means that CEFA programs and services will begin to operate again, on Monday 23rd March.  We will therefore be able to provide a critical service to those in need, especially the families of our front-line critical care workers, other families operating within the essential service category, and the many families struggling to return to work. We know that remaining open is a great help to our community, and our way of contributing to the world.

We still, however, have a great responsibility to ensure our students are safe and healthy, and of course, the same goes for our teachers. We continue to support the Government approach of “social distancing” where possible and other measures in place to combat this virus, and hope your family does the same.

In order to remain open and provide care for families, we ask for your full cooperation and understanding. You may find that some schools, out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of all students and staff, will need to amend some of their operating practices (for example: school operating hours, CEFA chef program, dropping students off at the door, excluding all non-essential entry into the school, and even refusing entry into the school).  We will ensure that any short-term measures are clearly communicated to you, but please know that these measures are only taken if and when our schools feel that by not doing so, we are putting our children and teachers at risk. Upon return from Spring Break, CEFA schools will continue to be vigilant in monitoring for flu-like symptoms, in accordance with Provincial Health Authority guidelines.

If you and any of your children exhibit any respiratory illness (including colds) you must stay home and self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset.  This means your child will need to show absolutely no signs of any illness in order to attend care.  It’s about minimizing exposure at this time.

Please know that we are weighing out this situation as it unfolds and awaiting guidance on anticipated financial support for you from the Provincial Government.  But in the interim we understand and worry about each of our families’ financial future.  As such, we are working with all our schools to offer a temporary tuition relief package to families unable to attend our centers due to COVID-19. Our schools will share more information on this for those impacted.

We want nothing more than to be able to continue to care for your children, and we will do everything possible to make it a safe and wonderful environment for everyone. We are in constant communication and are continuing to assess the situation on a daily basis. We thank you for working with us in ensuring we all stay safe during this unprecedented time and rapidly evolving situation.

Together, we can make things better!

Regards,

Alex Read
CEO

Natacha V. Beim
Founder and Executive Chair