|It's back to School Day for all the students of SD52 with|
classes resuming after an additional one week break to the Holiday
period as schools prepared for additional measures owing to COVID
(photo of Roosevelt from SD52 instagram feed)
With an extra five days to explore the unusual themes of a snow filled Prince Rupert winter now behind them, the students of School District 52 and the city's Catholic Independent School Annunciation head back to the classroom today, and as they do, it's with themes of COVID measures as important as the education curriculum.
Last week, SD52 Superintendent Andrew Samoil outlined how the Prince Rupert School District was approaching the restart of the school year for all students for today.
Individual Schools across the District also have their own restart plans, which you can review from the links provided by the SD52 website.
For staff and students the daily health check is a key element, along with the provisions of the SD52 Communicable Disease Plan, the latter which features the range of preventive measures in place for the return to school.
Those measures outline the plans for space arrangements in the schools, how the District will approach sports and the scope of the Public Health Order on Face Coverings.
Advocating for the provision of N95-type masks, improved ventilation (including HEPA filters in rooms without adequate filtration or ventilation), and for fast access to boosters so that all school workers can be fully (3-shot) vaccinated.
Informing students and families of the importance for students (and staff) to remain at home if sick. Alerting students and families to the latest public health requirements for isolation will help keep schools open by reducing transmission in schools and classrooms.
Insisting that students continue to receive quality in-person education during all phases of the pandemic – including by pushing back on measures that would reduce educational supports for students. Almost all students learn best through in-person teaching, which is why it’s so important for schools to remain safely open.