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