Dear Parents and Guardians,
Recently, the Minister of Education announced greater flexibility for school districts to support families who may not yet be ready to have their children return to in-class instruction. In follow-up to this announcement we reached out to families through a Thought Exchange survey to determine what kinds of options families were wanting. We appreciate the tremendous response and the challenging decisions faced by parents at this time. We want you to know that we are listening and adjusting our plan in accordance with that feedback. Three key themes emerged from the Thought Exchange: 1) offer a remote learning option, 2) maintain student spots in their classrooms and 3) reduce class size.
In response to that feedback we are adjusting our return-to-school plan to provide you with more information about a gradual transition option that will allow us to maintain your child’s placement in their current class and school until you are ready to have them return for in-class instruction.
Planning – Please read the following information carefully, then proceed to the survey at the end.
In order to accurately plan for our school start in a few weeks, we require families to provide us with an indication of their plans for returning to school. The short survey linked to this email will provide your school with information that will greatly assist in their planning. Given that there isn’t much time before schools are scheduled to open, we ask that you complete this survey as quickly as possible and no later than Tuesday, September 1 at 9p.m. This information is critical to our planning as we prepare for school start-up.
Families will need to select from 1 of 4 instructional methods for each of their children:
- In-Class Learning: Student will return to in-class learning at school (Elementary and Middle 100% attendance model; Secondary 1/8 model, with attendance every day for either am or pm and independent study for the balance of the day).
- Gradual Transition Through Remote Learning (Kindergarten* – Grade 8 Only): Students will learn remotely through a teacher assigned by the district and maintain their place in their school for when they are ready to return. **Please see the information below regarding this option.
- Distributed Learning (DL), Grades 9-12: Student will enrol in a Distributed Learning program. Please see the following link for more information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/classroom-alternatives/online-distributed-learning.
- Homeschool: Student will enrol in Homeschooling. Please see the following link for more information about this option: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/classroom-alternatives/homeschooling.
Option #2: Gradual Transition Through Remote Learning
On August 26th, the Minister of Education announced that school districts will be able to provide a remote learning option to families who are not quite ready to have their children return to in-class instruction.
In SD62, the Remote Learning option for students in Grades 1 – 8 will have the following components:
- Students will learn remotely at home with the assistance of a teacher assigned by the district (not their regular classroom teacher).
- Teachers will connect with students periodically throughout the week.
- The focus for all levels will be on the core academic subjects of Language Arts and Math.
- Students in French Immersion will have their spots maintained in the program but may not be able to receive remote learning in French. This will depend upon available staff.
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be followed and supported.
- Parents and Caregivers must be prepared to provide the necessary support and guidance to help their children successfully keep on track with their learning.
*Students in Kindergarten will be connected to their classroom on a regular basis, but will not receive direct instruction through remote learning. With the play-based nature of kindergarten, building a connection to their classroom and providing suggestions for activities that families can do to support their skills development, will better suit student need.
In order to maintain a stable learning environment for students learning at school and those at home, students not returning to school in September (by September 30) will be provided an opportunity to transition back at a natural break during the year (i.e., winter or spring breaks). This is to minimize changes to Student Cohorts (Learning Groups) within the school. We anticipate the Remote Learning option will begin by September 21, 2020.
Secondary students (Grades 9 – 12) will not have access to the remote learning option but will be supported through Distributed Learning while maintaining their space at their school.
Students with Complex Medical Needs (Immunocompromised)
If your child has a medical condition that prevents them from learning at school, please contact your local school directly for more information. As we have always done, schools will continue to work with families to best support your children who are medically compromised.
Schools will contact families directly once they receive your choice for your child(ren).
Please complete the Return To School Survey by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.
Thank you for your time.
SD62 Superintendent of Schools
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Hello good folks of DC!
I know many of you have been wondering about the week of June 1st, and how school will look. Thank you for your patience!
Please know that our first and most important job is to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, here are the points to consider:
- School will be open to in-class instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Attendance is voluntary
- Please do not drop your children off before 8:30am. Students will line up at their divisional cone on the back field, physically distanced from each other. The teachers will then lead them into the building. If possible, please drop of your child and have them report to their homeroom/divisional cone and wait for instruction from their teacher. We are trying to keep the number of people on the back field to a minimum.
- If you have indicated that you will not be sending your child to school, or are in a “wait and see” situation, do not send your child without first contacting the school office. This includes a “visit to see their friends” at lunch. This is a safety issue for us. Any child that was not a definitive “yes they will be attending” as of May 26th may be placed with a different teacher as our class sizes cannot exceed ½ capacity. As we move forward, if you decide to keep your child at home, please communicate this to the school. We will require 48 hours’ notice of a new arrival to the school.
- Children will be expected to be washing their hands regularly. This is the best way to keep everyone safe.
- Although the portables do not have sinks, they do have hand sanitizer, and all students will be expected to use this before sitting down. Students will be required to wash their hands …frequently!
- Classrooms will be cleaned on a much more frequent basis, including lunch, when the students are outside.
- At the end of the day, you may line up at your child’s divisional cone to pick them up. Primary students will be walked out to their divisional cone by their teacher at 2:30 pm. Intermediate students will be released 2:38pm to a location determined by parent and student. It is expected that all students and parents will exit the school grounds at that time.
- Parents are not to enter the school except by appointment. No exceptions.
- If your child is sick with cold/flu like symptoms they must stay home.
- If your child becomes sick at school, they will be isolated and you will be contacted for immediate pick up. They cannot return until their symptoms are gone and they have a doctor’s note.
- Masks will not be provided.
- Classrooms will be “bare bones”. Materials normally accessed will not be available to minimize the risk of transmission.
- A maximum of two people in the washrooms at one time will be necessary
- At lunch/snack, no food shall be shared. Microwaves will not be available for use. Children will “pack in and pack out” their lunch materials. We will not be providing spoons or forks for student use.
- The playground will remain closed. However, we will have access to the nature playground, forest and field.
- Some of our staff have been advised by their doctors not to participate in in-class instruction. Parents of those students will be notified by email by end of day Thursday and told how we are going to support those students. This goes for divisions which are over-capacity as well.
- Bus students: bussing is currently being worked on by the transportation department. As soon as we have information, we will be passing it on to parents.
- If you have not yet picked up your child’s belongings, please contact the school to make an appointment to do so. Any materials left behind as of June 12th will be donated.
- If you would like to chat with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment by email for a phone conversation.
- Details about specific classroom protocols (school supplies etc.) : look for an email from your child’s teacher. Water bottles should be filled at home before coming to school.
To assist in our planning for next year, if you know that your child is NOT going to be attending David Cameron, please contact the school to let us know.
Your David Cameron Team