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.
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.
Scott Robinson Superintendent of Schools
春假结束后的第一周接近尾声， 在此，我想就大家关心的 —— 孩子在未来一段时间里，将如何开展学
在这个特别复杂的时期，我们全体人员 —— 孩子的老师、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 —— 始终牢记我们的共同目标: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 3 月 27 日信中所提到的，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—— 有些可能会使用网络平台，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 4 月中旬，为所有学生提供学习 机会。
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
至所有 12 年级学生:
我想借此机会直接与所有的 12 年级学生联系—— 我知道，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。
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。