Monday, March 30, 2020

Province of British Columbia working with School Districts, Independent Schools and First Nations schools towards continuity of Education plan

While spring break came to an end on Sunday, there was no rush to the schools on this Monday morning; with the provincial school system still somewhat suspended.

That as classes continue to not be in session and planning is ongoing towards a shift in how students will learn during the course of the COVID-19 response.

“This is a challenging time for families in B.C. as we work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it is vital students have a sense of routine and continued opportunities to learn while they are at home. These guidelines will ensure the needs, health and safety of students are put first as school leaders actively plan to serve the unique needs of their communities.” -- Rob Fleming, Minister of Education.

On Friday, the Ministry of Education outlined some of its priorities for the path ahead, which will be focused on ensuring for the safety of school staff, students, parents and communities.

Towards that program the identified the four key areas they will address:

Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families and employees.

Provide the services needed to support children of our essential workers.

Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.

Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.

As part of their information program the Ministry of Education ha created a Frequently Asked Questions page  to try to address many of the questions and issues that parents, teachers and administrators may have in mind at this time.

The Ministry also has provided for some guidance for parents and caregivers to help with the ongoing efforts towards learning through the home, you can review those notes here.

Explore more on the province's plans to support the K-12 education program at this time here.

On Friday, SD52 Superintendent Irene LaPierre provided more guidance on the Prince Rupert School District efforts to date and what may come in the future.

As well, she reminded parents/guardians of a survey underway to seek their feedback on education in the region in this challenging period of time.

For more notes on Education in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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