Good morning parents,
Earlier this week, Premier Horgan announced a 4-phase plan to ‘Restart BC’— to return to a more familiar economic environment. There was some preliminary information for what this may mean for BC’s public schools, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what we know so far. BC’s Restart Plan has four distinct phases. You can find the entire plan HERE if you are interested in reading the document.
I’ve summarized the plan below for your information:
PHASE 1 - Where We Are Today
PHASE 2 - Mid-May Onwards
PHASE 3 - PHASE 3 – June to September (assuming virus transmission rates remain low)
PHASE 4 - TBD
As you can see from the above charts, changes to public schools are anticipated in PHASE 3 of the plan (June). I want to stress that at this time, there is no definitive date for restarting in-class instruction nor any detailed specifics on that reintegration. There is some anticipation that students in Grades K-5 may return part-time in some form and students in Grades 6-12 may also be able to access some classes as needed. But, we are waiting for more information from the government in some important areas, including:
- Any updated health and safety requirements for re-engaging more students in our schools (e.g. physical distancing, cleaning, the spacing between desks, handwashing, etc.)
- Specific guidelines on what returning part-time in school may look like for our students including the option of continuing in remote learning
I want to reassure everyone that we will continue to put as our first priority the health and safety of our students and staff. Nothing is more important than ensuring we are following the required expectations from the Provincial Health Officer (Dr. Bonnie Henry) so that we can continue to provide your children with a safe, nurturing and productive learning environment.
I am incredibly proud of the work that our staff has done to provide an educational experience for your children during this tumultuous time. I also want to thank all of you, our parent community, for your patience and understanding as we worked through this significant adjustment to teaching and learning.
I look forward to providing you with timely updates as we continue our journey through the months ahead together.
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools