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Message from the Superintendent - COVID-19 - April 3, 2020

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we conclude our first week back after spring break, I would like to provide you with an update as to what you can expect in terms of your child’s educational experience over the next while. We are grateful for the connections that have re-emerged this week, as teachers and school administrators have reached out to students and families, and we are looking forward to our work together.

Continuity of Learning:

Teachers, educational assistants and administrators are planning a variety of ways to support your child's learning during these complex times. While teachers will continue to be the primary guide for students, the partnership with you, as parents and caregivers, is essential in providing home support for learning - especially for younger children. Throughout the remote learning processes, it is important to remember that we all have the same goal: to support children's growth and development by working together with patience, kindness, and respect.

We understand that circumstances are different in every home. We know that in addition to keeping your families safe and healthy, many of you have other responsibilities that you must attend to. Our goal is not to add extra pressure to your lives. We have tried to structure learning in a way that will not be a burden to parents. Please know that we are committed to working alongside you in order to create a sense of routine, connection and normalcy for your child as we continue our journey together. If, at any time, you begin to feel that things are becoming ‘too much’, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher to discuss how learning opportunities may be adjusted. Ultimately, we want to support your child and your family in a way that works for you.

As I indicated in my letter on March 27, many teachers in Richmond will begin to offer learning opportunities to their students next week. These opportunities will vary from class to class - some may use a digital learning platform, and some may be offered through other means. Teachers have been reaching out this week to determine what will work for families, and will make these decisions based on available resources, access to technology and what they believe to be in the best interests of their students. It is the expectation of the Ministry of Education that learning opportunities will be put in place for all students by mid-April at the latest, and Richmond teachers are committed to fulfilling that mandate.

Learning Opportunities at Home:

We understand that parents and caregivers are seeking ways to keep their children occupied and engaged. Many learning opportunities present themselves in everyday activities at home. For example, there are math, reading and applied skills to learn in preparing a meal. Everyday activities like going for a walk, or planning a garden can be enhanced with observations of the natural world, learning about the animals and plants in our city, and what might grow well in our climate. Helping with chores around the home can deepen understanding of organizational and lifelong skills, as well as build core competencies. Writing and talking about experiences during this time, will help to build oral and written literacy, and writing a thank you to an essential service worker will help to build social awareness competencies.

Resources:

The Ministry of Education has created a website with a collection of valuable resources, and ideas such as those above, to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction. Please visit: www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ for more information. Additional information will also be added to the school district website over the next while, so please check back to this site when you have a moment.

Picking Up Essential Belongings at School:

You will soon be receiving communication explaining the process for picking up items from your child’s school which you deem to be essential. Starting next week, opportunities will be arranged through your child’s school by appointment only in order to ensure that health and safety protocols such as physical distancing are followed. Please note that in order for us to maintain a safe environment for students and staff, anyone experiencing any cold or flu symptoms or who has returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days will not be able to enter the school. We are happy to explore alternate arrangements if you find yourself in this situation.

Message to All Grade 12 Students:

I wanted to take this opportunity to connect directly with all our grade 12 students. I know this must be an anxious time for you. You have spent more than twelve years in school working towards graduation and I know you have been looking forward to events such as the valedictory ceremony and the graduation dinner and dance. You are likely facing a huge amount of uncertainty and wondering whether these grad events will be able to proceed. I wish I had a firm answer for you, but I don’t at this point. What I can tell you is the district will hold off on making any decisions about valedictory ceremonies and other graduation events for as long as we possibly can in the hopes that the public health situation will improve. No one wants to see any graduation event cancelled, and if it is safe to do so, we hope that we will be able to proceed. At this time, we need to think positively and stay focused on the road ahead. Your teachers and school staff are fully committed to ensuring you receive the educational experiences you need over the next few months in order for you to be eligible to graduate.

Information for Parents and Guardians:

I encourage you to continue to refer to the Richmond School District website for information about continuity of learning as well as updates from the Ministry of Education, including the regularly updated Q & A document for parents and guardians. If you have questions about your child’s educational experience, please contact your child’s teacher or school principal. If you have questions of a more general nature, there is a link on the district website from which you can submit your questions to the school district.

Thank you, in advance, for working alongside your child’s teacher(s) and school staff as we navigate these challenging times together. Together, we are stronger, and I wish you and your families all the very best.

Sincerely,

Scott Robinson Superintendent of Schools


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亲爱的家长和监护人,

春假结束后的第一周接近尾声, 在此,我想就大家关心的 â€”— å­©å­åœ¨æœªæ¥ä¸€æ®µæ—¶é—´é‡Œï¼Œå°†å¦‚何开展学

习,提供一些更新的消息。感谢在这一周里,师生沟通纽带得以重现,老师和学校管理人员与学生家庭取
得了联系,对于共同开展下一步工作,我们满怀着期待。

在这个特别复杂的时期,我们全体人员 â€”— å­©å­çš„老师、特教助理、支持工作人员和管理人员,正努力寻 求和制定各种方法,以支持孩子的学习。老师们将继续为学生提供主要的教学指导,但老师与家长、孩子 看护者之间的合作也颇为关键,这将为学生、尤其是低龄学生的学习,提供在家学习的支持。在远程学习 的过程中,至关重要的是 â€”— å§‹ç»ˆç‰¢è®°æˆ‘们的共同目标:同心协力,秉持耐心、善良和尊重,全力支持孩 子的成长和发展。

我们非常理解,每个家庭的情况都不一样。我们知道,除了保持家人的安全和健康以外,许多人还担负着
其他重任。因此,我们的目标是不给您的生活增加额外的压力,试图以一种不给家长造成负担的方式来推
进学生的学习。我们致力与您一起继续前行,努力为孩子打造规律作息、与学校有连结、回归正常感的学
习状态。在任何时候,如果您感觉到事情变得“太多”而无法应对,请随时与孩子的老师联系,讨论如何
调整学习机会。最终,我们希望以对您有用的方式,来支持您的孩子和家庭。

正如我在 æœˆ 27 æ—¥ä¿¡ä¸­æ‰€æåˆ°çš„,列治文的老师们将开始为学生提供学习机会。这些学习计划将因班级而 异—— æœ‰äº›å¯èƒ½ä¼šä½¿ç”¨ç½‘络平台,有些则可能会通过其他方式提供。老师们将在本周和家长们取得联系, 确定哪些方法适用于家庭,并将根据可用的资源,家庭获取网络科技的条件,以及老师们认为对学生最有 益的,重中之重,围绕课程和核心竞争力而做出决定。教育厅期望最迟在 æœˆä¸­æ—¬ï¼Œä¸ºæ‰€æœ‰å­¦ç”Ÿæä¾›å­¦ä¹  机会。

在家学习的机会

我们了解到, 很多家长和孩子看护者也正在积极需求方法,努力让孩子的在家的日程能安排得充实、有

趣。 其实,在家庭日常活动中存在着很多学习机会。例如,准备餐点时,是学习数学、阅读和生活技能的 好机会。每天户外散步或打理园艺, 不妨引导孩子趁此机会观察大自然,了解城市里的各类动植物,我们 居住地的气候条件,更适合哪些植物的生长。 也可让孩子帮忙整理和清洁家居,参与适当的家务,加深他

们对于“做事有条理性”的理解,获得终身受益的生活技能,培养核心竞争力。还可让孩子记录、表达这
段时期的生活体验及感想,这将有助于提高孩子的口头表达和写作能力。鼓励孩子向关键岗位服务工作者
表达谢意,将帮助孩子增进对社会的了解和洞察。

参考资源:

取回寄存在学校的必须物品:
省教育厅还建立了一个网站,其中收集了宝贵的学习资源,也提供了很多类似上文提到的方法点子,以帮

助和支持在新型冠状病毒(COVID-19)全球大流行期间,课堂学习被暂停,而不得不在家学习的学生家

庭。想要了解更多信息,请访问:www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/。另外,更多的信息也将会在

近期发布在

学区网站

上,有时间的话,您可以去网站查看。

很快地,您将会收到通知并了解如何从学校取回您孩子的必须物品。 从下周开始,我们将仅通过预约安排

的方式,来让家长来校取回孩子的物品,这样做的目的是为了确保我们能恪守诸如“保持身体距离”的卫
天内从加拿大境外旅行回来的人士,都不得进入学校。如果您属于这种情况,我们很乐意与您商量并探讨

其他安排。

生安全规范。请注意,为了给学生和教职员工提供安全的工作环境,任何有感冒或流感症状,或在过去 14

至所有 12 å¹´çº§å­¦ç”Ÿ:

我想借此机会直接与所有的 12 å¹´çº§å­¦ç”Ÿè”系—— æˆ‘知道,对于您来说,现在是一个令人焦虑的时刻。您 在学校度过了十二年的学习生涯,直到今天面临毕业。我知道,您一直期盼着毕业致辞、毕业晚宴和舞会 这些活动,而此刻,您可能面临着巨大的不确定性,于是您迫切地想知道,这些毕业活动是否能够继续进 行。多么希望此刻我能给大家一个确切的答案,但是,很遗憾,目前并没有答案。我只能告知大家,只要 我们相信公共卫生状况会得到改善,学区将推迟对于毕业致辞及其他毕业典礼活动的决定。没有人希望看 到任何毕业活动被取消,在安全的前提下,我们当然希望这些活动能进行。 此时此刻,我们需要积极思 考,专注于前进的方向。您的老师和学校工作人员将全力以赴,以确保您在接下来的几个月中,获得所需 的教育经历,以使您有资格毕业。

家长和监护人参考信息:

我鼓励您继续访问列治文学区网站,以获取有关持续学习的相关信息以及来自省教育厅的最新消息,包括
定期更新的、针对家长和监护人的问答文件。如果您对孩子的教育经历有疑问,请联系孩子的老师或校
长。如果您有其他普遍性的问题,学区网站上有一个链接,可将您的问题提交至学区。
最后,提前对您表达我的感谢,感谢您始终与我们在一起,支持着您孩子的老师和学校教职员,与我们携
手并肩,共同应对这充满挑战的时刻。齐心协力,我们变得更坚强,祝您和您的家人一切顺利!

谨致

Scott Robinson

教育局长

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Application for Support for Essential Service Workers

Application for Support for Essential Service Workers 

The Ministry of Education has asked all school districts to develop a plan for providing on-site support for Grades K-7 children of essential service workers. 

The district is using the definition of an essential service worker provided by Emergency Management BC. Essential service workers are those individuals considered critical to preserving life, health and societal functioning - including emergency responders, front-line health care workers, and critical infrastructure and supply chain workers.

Please note that in order to qualify for on-site support:

  1. All parents or guardians are deemed essential service workers. 
  2. No parent or guardian is able to work from home. 
  3. Family members aged 13 and older are considered able to care for younger siblings at home, and therefore these families may not eligible. 
  4. You do not have alternate care arrangements for your child.

It is important that essential service workers explore all possibilities for support. For licenced child care space please contact Richmond Cares Richmond Gives. This will help the district in its efforts to apply health and safety protocols as defined by the Provincial Medical Health Officer. Please be aware, depending on available resources, essential service worker status may need to be prioritized.

On-site support will be allocated in the following order of priority:

Priority 1: health care workers and/or emergency responders

Priority 2: workers supporting vulnerable populations (e.g. social workers, income assistance workers); utilities workers and workers supporting key supply chain functions (e.g. grocery store workers, warehouse workers)

Priority 3: teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare AND who are providing care or instruction to children of essential service workers.

Priority 4: any other occupations on the expanded EMBC list where there is demonstrated community need for care. 

If you are an essential service worker with a child attending school in the Richmond School District and you meet the qualifications for district on-site support, please complete the following form:  https://bit.ly/3bucBEQ


关键岗位工作者支援服务申请

 

根据省教育厅指示,所有学区需推出计划,  ä¸ºå…³é”®å²—位工作者的子女(K-7年级)提供返校服务支援。

学区采用卑诗省紧急救援中心提供的标准,界定关键岗位工作者的范畴。 è¿™äº›å·¥ä½œè€…承担着救死扶伤,维持社会正常运行的关键职责,具体岗位包括紧急救护人员,前线医护人员,重要基建设施以及供应链工作人员。

请注意以下事项,以获得申请子女返校服务的资格:

  1. 父母或监护人需均为关键岗位工作者;
  2. 父母或监护人需均无法在家工作;
  3. 若您的家里有13岁或更年长的成员,他们被视作能够在家照顾年幼的兄弟姐妹,因此这些家庭将不会获得资格;
  4. 您确实无法找到照看孩子的替代方案。

重要的是,在联系学区之前,关键岗位工作者应当竭尽全力寻求托儿支持。 å¦‚果您需要获得有执照的托儿机构的帮助,请联系RCRG关怀列治文 ã€‚ è¿™å°†å¸®åŠ©å­¦åŒºåœ¨å­¦æ ¡å®žæ–½çœå«ç”ŸåŒ»ç–—官员制定的卫生安全措施。请了解,根据目前可用资源,关键岗位工作者的情况需得到优先照顾。

我们将按照以下优先顺序,为关键岗位工作者的子女提供返校支持:

第一优先: åŒ»æŠ¤äººå‘˜å’Œç´§æ€¥æ•‘护人员

第二优先: ä¸ºå¼±åŠ¿ç¾¤ä½“提供服务的工作者(例如社工、收入救济援助工作人员); å…¬ç”¨äº‹ä¸šå·¥äººå’Œæ ¸å¿ƒä¾›åº”链工人(例如超市工作人员,仓库管理员)

第三优先: æ•™å¸ˆå’Œå„¿ç«¥ä¿è‚²å‘˜ã€‚他们为关键岗位工作者的子女提供看护或教学,无法照顾自己的小孩

第四优先:卑诗紧急救援中心关键岗位扩展列表上的其他职业,被证实为需要帮助的群体

如果您是一名关键岗位工作者,家里有孩子在列治文学区上学,并且您符合本学区制定的送子女返校的资格条件,请填写完成以下表格: https://bit.ly/3bucBEQ


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Calls from Schools

The Richmond School District would like to make parents aware that teachers will be making phone calls to students and parents, and many of these calls will not be coming from your school’s phone number. Some of the calls may show up as No Caller ID. The district would like to request that you please consider answering these calls over the next week as it could be a teacher attempting to contact you.​

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Message from the Superintendent - COVID-19 - March 27, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

As spring break comes to an end, I want to reach out to families to share what is on the horizon in the coming days and weeks.  I would also like to acknowledge that this is an extremely challenging time for all members of our school community – our students, their families, and our staff. 

We understand that many of you are experiencing uncertainty about your job and income, have concerns about childcare, and worry about keeping your children and family safe.  We also recognize that you likely have many questions about what school and learning are going to look like moving forward.  

Our staff are also juggling many of the same concerns.  Our challenge now is to figure out how to move forward effectively in the difficult place we find ourselves.  We have an incredibly dedicated team of teachers, support staff and school leaders who are ready to return to work after spring break with the full intent of supporting your children.  I ask for your patience as we continue to figure out the details and work through this together. 

As you know, the provincial government has suspended all in-class instruction until further notice.  This means that students will not be returning to school after spring break.  School district staff have been working over the past ten days to develop plans that will allow our students to continue to learn from home and for the school district to support students and families who need it most.  We have been working hard to develop plans to support children and families who may be more vulnerable than others and will be reaching out to those families.  Details will be provided on these specific supports in future communication. 

Our Priorities:

The Ministry of Education has set the following four priorities which are to guide the work, resources and decision-making of all school districts across the province.  These priorities have been guiding our planning efforts at the district level:

Priority One:    Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families and employees

Priority Two:   Provide the services needed to support children of essential services workers

Priority Three:  Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance

Priority Four:   Provide continuity of learning of educational opportunities for all students

Health and Safety Protocols:

The school district must limit the number of people who will be present in schools at any given time in order to comply with the physical distancing orders of the Provincial Health Officer.  At this time, the only students who will be spending time in schools are children of essential services workers who require child care.  In order to limit exposure, we will be controlling access to all buildings and all exterior entrances will be locked.  Cleaning protocols designed to protect students and staff in schools will continue to be implemented.

Some students may need to pick up belongings at school.  Your principal will be providing information about this next week and will provide details on how you or your child can make an appointment to pick up these belongings.  Most of this will happen during the week of April 7th unless the item is of an urgent nature relating to health and safety.

What to Expect Over the Next Two Weeks:

Next week,  as our staff return to work after spring break, teachers will turn their minds to developing learning plans to support their students.  Teachers will spend the week gathering resources, collaborating where appropriate, and designing learning opportunities.  It is our hope that by the end of the first week of school, all teachers will reach out to their parents or students to re-establish this important connection.  This may be by phone or other electronic means.     

During the week of April 7th, most teachers will begin to offer learning opportunities to students.  These opportunities will vary from class to class - some may be online and some may be offered through other means.  Teachers will make these decisions based on available resources, access to technology and what they believe to be in the best interests of their students.  It is the expectation of the Ministry of Education that learning opportunities will be put in place for all students by mid-April at the latest. 

Access to Technology:

We understand that not all families may have equitable access to technology.  The school district is in the process of developing a plan that will enable students with limited or no access at home to be able to borrow school district equipment such as IPADs.  Teachers and administrators will be reaching out to determine which families may benefit from this.

On-site Support:

At this time, the government has made it clear that K-7 children of essential services workers such as health care workers will be given priority for childcare.  The school district is working closely with existing childcare providers in order to identify childcare spaces for children of parents who qualify as essential services workers.  In order to assist us with our planning, we ask that if you are a parent who qualifies as an essential services worker, you complete this survey as soon as possible.

Priority One:    Health care workers, emergency responders;

Priority Two:   Workers supporting vulnerable populations such as social and income assistance workers, utility workers and workers supporting key chain supply such as grocery and warehouse workers;

Priority Three: Teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare and who are providing care or instruction to children of essential services workers

Helping Your Child

We understand that this is a highly stressful time for both adults and children.  Please see the link to a resource for parents on our website for ideas on how to help your child cope with what is happening around them.

How to Stay Informed:

The Ministry of Education has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that can be found online.  In addition, the school district will continue to update its website and will be providing regular updates to parents and staff.  We also encourage parents to reach out to their school principal if they have other questions.

In this time of great difficulty, I ask that we all continue to demonstrate support for each other through patience, kindness and tolerance.  I am confident that we will make it through these challenging days if we take the perspective that we are all in this together and we believe in the best of ourselves and each other.

Sincerely,


Scott Robinson

Superintendent of Schools


亲爱的家长,监护人和学生,

随着春假接近尾声,我希望和大家取得联系,分享未来几天、几周内即将发生的情况。不得不说,这段时间,对于我们学区大家庭的所有成员—— 我们的学生,学生的家庭和教职员工而言,都是一个极富挑战性的时刻。

我们了解到,你们中的许多人正面临着工作和收入方面的不确定性,对照顾子女深感忧虑,并时刻担心着如何确保孩子和家人的安全。我们也了解到,您可能对学校工作和孩子的学业将如何继续进展,抱有很多疑问。

我们的员工自身也陷入同样的困惑和担心之中。 我们现在的挑战是,如何在我们自己也面临困难的境遇里有效地寻找对策,推进工作。 我们拥有一支非常敬业的团队,我们的教师,辅助工作人员和学校的领导,他们准备在春假后重返工作,全力支持您的孩子。在我们继续制定细节的过程中,我们需要您的耐心和支持!

如您所知,省政府已暂停所有的课堂教学,开学日期直至另行通知。这意味着春假后学生将不会返回学校。在过去的10天里,学区工作人员一直在努力制定计划,想方设法让我们的学生能够继续在家学习,并寻求方案帮助最需要这样做的学生和家庭。  我们也一直在努力制定计划,支持可能比其他人更脆弱的孩子和家庭,并计划与这些家庭取得联系。在以后的至家长信中, 我们将提供有关这些特定支持的详细信息。

我们的优先考虑:

省教育厅确定了以下四项优先原则,以指导全省所有学区的工作、资源和决策规划。学区的规划工作,始终以这些优先原则为指导方针。

优先原则一:为所有学生,家庭和教职员工保持健康安全的环境

优先原则二:提供必要的服务来支持关键岗位工作者的子女

优先原则三:为可能需要特殊帮助的弱势学生提供支持

优先原则四:为所有学生提供继续学习和教育的机会

卫生和安全规范:

学区必须限制在任何指定时间出现在学校的人员数量,以便遵守省卫生官员下达的'保持身体距离'指令。目前,唯一来校的学生,将是关键岗位工作者的子女,他们的父母因为工作而无法照看子女。为了限制人员接触,我们将对所有学校建筑物的入口进行控制,并关闭校外入口。 旨在保护学校学生和教职员工的清洁卫生措施也将被继续执行。

部分学生可能需要取回在学校寄存的物品。您的校长将在下周提供有关这方面的信息,届时将具体通知您或您的孩子,如何安排预约领取这些物品。除非该物品的紧要性关乎健康安全,否则大多数的预约将被安排在4月7日这一周。

未来两周的工作安排:

下周,随着我们的员工在春假后重返工作岗位,老师们将把重点转向制定教学计划来支持学生继续学习。教师将花费一周的时间来收集教学资源,在适当情况下采取合作,开发学习机遇。我们预计,在开学的第一周结束时,所有老师将与家长或学生取得联系,以重新建立必要的沟通纽带。教师可能会通过电话或其他电子手段联系学生和家长。

在4月7日这周,大部分教师将开始为学生提供机会进行学习。学习手段因班级而异:有些会采用在线教学,有些可能通过其他方式提供。教师将根据可用资源,采用技术手段,做出他们认为对学生最有益处的决定。省教育厅期望最迟在4月中旬,为所有学生提供学习机会。

技术手段的可用性

我们知道,并非所有家庭拥有使用科技的同等条件。我们学区正在制定一项计划,该计划将使那些从家中无法使用或限制使用技术手段的学生,能够借用学区提供的设备,例如IPAD。教师和管理人员将和各家庭取得联系,以确定哪些家庭可以从中受益。

返校支持

目前,政府已明确表示,关键岗位工作者诸如医务人员的子女(K-7年级)会被优先考虑返校。学区正在与现有的托儿服务提供者紧密合作,为符合关键岗位工作者条件的人员,提供子女入托场所。为了协助我们的安排,如果您是一名关键岗位工作者家长,请您尽快完成此申请表。

第一优先: 医护人员和紧急救护人员;

第二优先: 为弱势群体提供服务的工作人员(例如社工、收入救济援助工作人员); 公用事业工人和核心供应链工人(例如超市工作人员,仓库管理员);

第三优先: 教师和儿童保育员。他们需要为关键岗位人员的子女提供看护或上课,因而无法照料自己的小孩

帮助你的孩子

我们理解无论对于成年人还是孩子,这都是一个充满压力的时期。请参阅我们网站上的家长资源,以获取资讯帮助您的孩子应对目前发生的状况。

如何获取最新信息

教育厅已经制定了一个常见问题文档,可以上网查询。此外,学区将继续更新其网站,并将定期向家长和员工提供最新消息。如果有其他问题,我们也鼓励家长与学校校长取得联系。

在这个困难重重的时期,我恳请大家继续保持耐心、善良和宽容,并给予相互的支持。

如果大家能看到,我们始终在一起,如果大家能相信,自己和彼此的最好,相信我们将一起度过这艰难的日子。

谨致

 

Scott Robinson

教育局长

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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Ministry of Education & BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils - COVID-19 - March 27, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians​

We understand this is a difficult time for you and your children as we work together to ensure everyone’s health and safety are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. While there are important public health matters for all of us to keep in mind, we’re encouraged by the goodwill of British Columbians, who are stepping up in extraordinary ways to help each other. 

We are writing to you today to let you know about the steps we are taking to ensure continued learning opportunities for your children.

On March 17, 2020, under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, we made the difficult decision to immediately suspend in-classroom learning in B.C. until further notice. These actions are critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

It is important to know that while in-classroom instruction is being suspended, our school system will not be closed – we will remain open to continue to support students and families in a variety of ways. We want to assure you that the health and safety of your families and our communities is the highest priority, and this is at the forefront of all of government’s decision making. 

We want you to know that every student will receive a final mark, and all students who are on track to move to the next grade will do so in the fall. For grades 10 and 11 students, graduation assessments that were scheduled for April will be postponed. 

Every student eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate. The only graduation assessment required for current Grade 12 students is the Grade 10 numeracy assessment, and we will ensure students who are on track to graduate but haven’t yet completed this assessment will have the opportunity to meet this requirement. We are also ensuring all students graduating high school will have a smooth transition to post-secondary. 

This is a challenging time for everyone, but we all have the same goal. As a society, we need to find ways to create a sense of routine and learning for children and youth, and continued opportunities to learn are a big part of that. 

That’s why we are working with all 60 school districts, independent school authorities, First Nations schools, teachers, school leaders, support staff, public health officials and all our education partners on a coordinated approach. Guidelines have now been sent to schools and districts to follow as they develop education plans for students. 

All the planning will be guided by these principles: 

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

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

3. Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance. 

4. Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students. 

These principles will also guide how schools will plan for students who need extra learning support for those with disabilities and diverse abilities, services like meal programs, child care operating on school grounds, and essential services for healthcare workers and first responders. 

B.C. is an incredibly diverse province and there won’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to continued learning. Flexibility will be key as we all move forward together. 

Since there are many students who will have challenges working online, we’ve also asked schools to look at a variety of approaches for continued learning that will fit with your individual needs and situation. Your school leaders are actively working on these plans and we anticipate they will be ready with more specific continued learning opportunities for your community in the coming weeks. You can expect to hear from your school principals shortly. 

While primary responsibility for continued learning will come from teachers, we know many parents and guardians are asking for additional resources to help keep kids learning at home while plans are being put in place. That’s why we’ve launched, Keep Learning BC at www.openschool.bc.ca/KeepLearning to ensure there is a central place where you will find a list of free, everyday educational activities for every age, designed to support the B.C. curriculum. You will also find a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions that will be continuously updated as things progress at www.gov.bc.ca/SafeSchools/. 

We understand that many children are experiencing anxiety, while also missing their teachers and friends. We encourage you to talk to your kids. Let them know that the actions we are taking are designed to best protect them, and to protect the people most vulnerable to COVID-19 – their grandparents and other seniors and elders and people with compromised immune systems. 

We are navigating this new terrain together and we must do our best to support each other’s health and well-being. There’s no question, speculation and misinformation being shared on social media can cause unnecessary stress during what is already an incredibly anxious time. That’s why we are committed to making sure you have timely information communicated to you on a regular basis, so you have facts you can count on.

Know that these actions are temporary, and we will return to regular school life down the road. In the meantime, look out for each other. We are in this together. By working together and supporting each other, we will get through this.

Sincerely, 

Rob Fleming, 

Minister of Education 

Andrea Sinclair 

President BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

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