School District 67 Superintendent Todd Manuel sent a message to parents and guardians about the delayed start of school and communication plans before the kids returned to learning in person.
The province has announced that a full return to school for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will be postponed to Jan. 10 on Wednesday, to give British Columbia and public health schools more time to s ” adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant and to implement increased security. plans to support further learning in the classroom.
During this period, schools will be open for a limited number of needy students.
“Principals will communicate directly with families to ensure that students of essential service workers and students with special needs have the opportunity to receive support in schools next week,” Manuel said in his statement. message.
Regular classroom instruction will resume on January 10, and no e-learning will be implemented next week.
SD67 will use the time next week for school staff to review and prepare to re-welcome students with renewed health and safety protocols, as reported by the BC CDC, Provincial Health Authority and the Department of Education.
“These security measures will include moving school gatherings to virtual environments where possible, implementing strategies that prevent congestion during class transition times, and restricting visitors to those supporting activities.” that directly benefit student learning and well-being. ”
The facilities team will continue to monitor school ventilation systems.
“All the schools have had their ventilation systems modernized and adjusted, including increasing the frequency of filter replacement, making mechanical adjustments to increase air flow in the schools and, where necessary, re-planning the ducts to allow the improvement of filtration systems. “
SD67 schools are equipped with MERV 13 filtering systems, and school specific ventilation reports can be found here.
“The fight against COVID-19 continues to be a community response. Please continue to help your child follow the health and safety protocols that are in place to protect our school communities, including getting a daily health check and staying home in case of illness, wearing masks and by washing your hands regularly, ”added Manuel.
“While we wish we were not in this location, we are grateful for the support of our community during this time and look forward to welcoming all students on Monday, January 10. Happy New Year everyone and stay safe.”