Superintendent’s Weekly Update & Survey Request. May 21, 2020
Dear Sunshine Coast families,
Schools across British Columbia will be inviting students to return to part time and optional learning beginning the week of June 1st. Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will be invited to attend two days each week, while students in the older grades will be invited to attend for the equivalent of one day/ week. Students whose parents prefer that they not attend school in June will continue to be supported by teachers. Please note in particular that after spring break teachers have been working full time on supporting remote learning. Under Stage 3, teachers will be working much more in school and have significantly less time to support home-based learning.
Our schools will provide a joyful, active and productive learning environment for our students! We are actively working together on practical solutions for having up to 50% of our students in schools at any one time. The Ministry of Education and WorkSafeBC have provided important guidelines which we will implement to do our best to ensure that our students and staff are safe and healthy.
School will not look the same as it was before the Spring break:
- Classes will have up to half as many students,
- Kindergarten to Grade five students will attend two days per week, older grades will attend one day per week,
- Hygiene practices will be emphasized and required (hand washing, hand sanitizer, etc.),
- Students will participate in activities that minimize personal contact,
- Students or staff who present with cold or illness symptoms will not be allowed to stay at school,
- Parents and other visitors will not be permitted to enter the school,
- Each day parents will assess their children prior to sending them to school for any cold or illness symptoms,
- Should a child show any symptoms during the school day they will need to be picked up as soon as possible,
- Beginning June 1st, the children in the Essential Services Program will be accommodated for up to five days per week (if needed) during school hours in their home schools. If required, please contact community providers for after school care.
Education in our schools this June will focus on our students reconnecting with their peers and staff and learning how to enjoy their community and activities in a physically distanced way. We will support students’ social, emotional and mental well-being and also continue to learn and practice literacy, numeracy skills and reflect on the Core Competencies. Secondary schools will have a similar focus and with more of a subject-based offering to complement at-home work.
In order to plan for our return to the classroom, we are asking parents to complete a very brief survey. This will allow us to plan at each of our schools prior to June 1st.
Please be sure to complete the survey by noon on Monday, May 25th.
Here are some updates for this week:
Continuation of Learning:
- The district website has digital learning and support links that we have reviewed and are appropriate for our students. This will be regularly updated. https://sd46.bc.ca/families-and-students/covid-19-resources-support/
- The Ministry of Education has many more resources available as well: https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/
- If you have questions or comments about your child’s learning, please contact your child’s teacher. If the matter is more school related, please connect with your child’s principal. If the matter is more related to the direction of the district, please email me. If you don’t know who to talk to, contact any of us. We are here to help.
All contact information is available on this site.
All of us at School District 46 wish you well as we develop together new plans to effectively move through this pandemic in a way that is safe, healthy and supportive of teaching and learning.
Superintendent of Schools