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FAQs about social distancing on school grounds

April 09, 2020


The school district's trades and custodial staff continue to follow safe work practices â€“ with a current focus on cleaning and maintenance initiatives to support a safe and comfortable work environment for staff.

Following the physical distancing recommendations of provincial and local health officials, including the ban on large gatherings, we have closed off our playgrounds, sports fields and parking lots to the public.

Commonly asked Questions

People were observed on school grounds using the playground equipment or sports courts.

  • The playground structures, sports courts and fields are closed for play activities involving direct contact with equipment or activities which do not support physical distancing. This does not limit people from generally using the space for walking or exercise, provided they do so within accordance of provincial physical distancing rules.

People were observed removing or damaging closure signs and/or barrier tape at the playgrounds or sport courts.

  • The school district's custodial staff are routinely checking the condition of closure signs and barrier tap – replacing them as required. If you would like to report an item requiring maintenance please email to report the nature of the concern. Please note: Due to a high volume of requests we are not currently able to respond to each request directly.

I have noticed people congregating and loitering in close proximity on school grounds.

  • Some of our public spaces, such as fields, are subject to Joint Use Agreements which place the responsibility on partner groups to manage during non-school use time. Should residents or neighbours observe individuals not adhering to the directions of the Provincial Health Officer, we encourage you to reach out to your municipal bylaws office:

           District of North Vancouver â€“ Report a bylaw infraction. 
           City of North Vancouver â€“ Please contact Bylaw Enforcement at or 604-982-8302.

Individuals were observed congregating, playing loud music, drinking, and loitering on school grounds.

  • The North Vancouver School District encourages local residents and neighbours to report these situations as they are observed by calling the North Vancouver RCMP Non-Emergency line (604-985-1311) so they can be investigated.

Individuals were observed doing one of the following: setting fires, spray-painting graffiti, breaking windows, climbing on buildings, causing damage, or illegally dumping waste materials on school property.

  • Please contact 911 or the North Vancouver RCMP Non-Emergency line (604-985-1311) so the situation can be responded to immediately.

People were observed parking in the school parking lot.

  • Although in-class instruction is currently suspended, school staff continue to attend and work within the school. School parking lots, including those at Seycove and Cove Cliff, are currently closed to the public.

Individuals were observed with their dogs or pets on school grounds.

  • Dogs and pets are not allowed on school district property, as per municipal bylaws. Should you observe someone not complying with these rules, please report it to:

           District of North Vancouver â€“ Report a bylaw infraction or 604-990-2311
           City of North Vancouver â€“ Please contact Bylaw Enforcement at or 604-982-8302.

There is a stray dog or pet on school grounds.

  • Please report stray animals to the municipality:

          North Vancouver District – Animal Welfare Shelter  604-990-3711 or

          North Vancouver City –Animal Control 604-982-8302 | 604-607-1651 (after hours)

Wildlife, such as bears, coyotes, cougars, etc., were noticed in the vicinity or on school grounds.

  • If you see a bear, report the sighting to the North Shore Bear Hotline: 604-990-BEAR (2327).
  • If the bear is threatening, persistent or aggressive, call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or the RCMP at 911.
  • Contact the COS Call Centre 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if a cougar poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety.