FAQs About June 1, 2020
- Why are we going back to school now?
- What does school look like now?
- What do parents need to do?
- What should students expect coming to school?
- What should students expect during school?
- What else are you doing to keep our children safe?
- What if I prefer to keep my children home for now?
- My child’s teacher is making arrangements that seem different from this. Why?
- Will bussing be available?
- Where can I find more information?
Why are we going back to school now?
Expectation for student learning has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting June 1, we are doing a partial re-opening of our building to our students. We are doing this now because:
- The government states that it is safe to do so. The number of cases and impacts on BC’s health is decreasing.
BC and international research and science suggests children are less likely to get COVID‐19 and less likely to transmit the virus.
- Inequities in student learning is increasing. Schools need to be back in session for those who need it most.
- School provides opportunity for some parents to return to much needed jobs.
- Re-starting now helps prepare for a better return to school in September.
What does school look like now?
As of June 1, 2020, we are offering students to attend school in our building part-time. For K – Gr 5, this is Mondays and Wednesdays, regular school hours. Packets will be provided for learning at home on the other days, along with the continued Zoom sessions on Tuesdays (read here about packets). For Gr 6 – 12, this is Mondays, regular school hours. Regular Zoom sessions will continue Tuesday – Friday mornings. For all students, our Monday morning Facebook Live chapels at 9 am will continue.
What do parents need to do?
- Let us know your children are planning to come for in-person learning.
- Assess your children for symptoms of COVID-19 each morning, including fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache. If your child has any of these symptoms, keep your family home and call 8-1-1.
- Be prepared to pick up your child immediately if any of these symptoms start while they are at school.
- Send a full bottle of water with your child each school day, along with their regular lunch. Please also send back their inside shoes.
- Call ahead if you need assistance with a school matter. Parents and visitors will be limited to appointments only.
What should students expect coming to school?
- To enter the building through a designated door that may be different from previous times.
- Use provided hand sanitizer before entering the building.
- Place belongings in designated place in the classroom and then wash their hands using proper handwashing technique.
- Go to their assigned seat in the classroom.
What should students expect during school?
- Student desks will be spaced out in the classroom.
- Classes may be held in our multi-purpose room or another room to ensure better spacing.
- Classes will be kept separate from each other for recess and lunch times.
- More classes and activities will take place outside.
- Work utensils (pencils, crayons, scissors, etc) will be assigned to each student and not shared between students until cleaned.
- More hand cleaning will take place throughout the day.
- Elementary students will be reminded to keep hands to themselves (no hi-fives or handshakes) and high school students recommended to keep physical distance from each other.
What else are you doing to keep our children safe?
- High touch areas (door knobs/handles, sink & toilet handles) will be cleaned at least twice a day.
- Regular areas of the building will be cleaned at least once a day.
- For younger students, if help is needed with their lunch (container opening, etc.), the staff member will clean their hands in between helping each child.
- For upper grade students, students will switch classrooms less often and will have assigned seating in each room. If there is a change of who sits in a work space, the area will be cleaned between students.
What if I prefer to keep my children home for now?
We will still be supporting student learning for those choosing to stay at home. For elementary student families who will not be attending in-person days, packet drop-off/pickup day is now on Fridays (packets will be sent home with students for those attending in-person days). Packets may look a little different during these last few weeks of school. High school classes will continue as scheduled every school day, with in-person classes on Monday and remote learning from Tuesday – Friday.
My child’s teacher is making arrangements that seem different from this. Why?
We are creating individualized learning plans for different students. This depends on the unique needs of the student, family, and availability of teachers. Please know we have discussed different options for many students and are working within the guidelines to do our best to enable each student to be the best they can be during this time.
Will bussing be available?
For the rest of the 2019/20 school year, we are determining the need for bussing in order for students to attend in-person. With the limited number of physical presence days and the additional logistics with spacing requirements, we are asking parents to drive their students to school if at all possible. If the shuttle bus is a high need for your children to be able to attend, please let us know.
Where can I find more information?
- Call the school at 250-788-2044
- Contact your child’s teacher
- BC Center for Disease Control Info on COVID-19
- BC Ministry of Education K-12 Education Restart Plan
- BC Center for Disease Control Childcare & Schools