The Board of Education of School District No. 83 is committed to ensuring all of our schools are safe. School District No. 83 is in the Ministry of Education’s Stage 2 (please see below) which has the goal of maximizing in-class instruction for all students according to the revised public health guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Having students in the classroom helps to minimize learning gaps and provide the academic, social and emotional supports essential for learning. Based on the current epidemiology of COVID-19 in B.C., and the fact that children are at a much lower risk of developing and transmitting COVID-19, School District No. 83 is able to have all elementary and middle school students, and most secondary students receive daily in-class instruction within the school environment.
Five-stage approach for K-12 education during pandemic
In September 2020, all schools will reopen in Stage 2 of the Five Stages Framework for K-12 Education.
The 2020/21 school year will look different for students, teachers and parents, as it will include learning groups and enhanced safety measures.
The Ministry of Education has developed a five-stage approach: Stage 1 represents all students in all grades learning in the classroom, while still abiding by strict health and safety guidelines. Stage 5 represents a full suspension of all in-class instruction.
The aim is to begin school in September at Stage 2. If there is an outbreak or a second wave in the 2020-21 school year, schools can move in and out of each of the stages to ensure the safety of students, their families and employees, while maintaining continuity of learning.
For more information on health and safety standards for K-12 schools, plus accurate, timely information about schools, programs and educational services, including regularly updated frequently asked questions in multiple languages, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/SafeSchools
More information on health and safety standards for child care, plus the latest COVID-19 related child care information is available at: www.gov.bc.ca/ChildCareCovid-19Response
For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter.
For the provincial health officer’s orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance
For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19