School Plan

Welcome back to the 2020/2021 school year! This year is going to be unlike any we have had before, but we know our students are up for the challenge. We have been working all summer to come up with a back to school plan in alignment with direction from the Ministry of Education and Public Health Office. Here is a broad picture of the district’s plan. Each school will also share specific details for their site.

Learning Groups

A learning group, or cohort, is a group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school term (1/8 semester or year) and who primarily interact with each other. Under Stage 2 of the government’s framework, the maximum size of learning groups is 60 people in elementary and middle schools and 120 people in secondary schools.

Schedule

Elementary:   Monday-Friday, all day with 100% in-class instruction
Middle:           Monday-Friday, all day with 100% in-class instruction
Secondary:     Monday-Friday AM or PM class on 1/8 system

Health & Safety

Under guidance from the provincial government, Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and our local health authority, SD62 schools have strict health and safety measures to ensure the safety of our staff and students. These include:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Added sanitization stations
  • Hand sanitizers in all portable classrooms
  • Physical distancing for students outside of their learning groups
  • Mandatory masks or face coverings in high traffic areas where physical distancing cannot be met (middle & secondary schools, school busses). *Exceptions will be made for people who cannot wear masks for medical reasons
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of schools, classrooms and high touch areas
  • Designated entrances, floor markings and/or signage to address traffic flow
  • Limitations on assemblies and other gatherings
  • Visitor access only for people entering to support activities that benefit student learning and well-being
  • Isolated rooms should someone fall ill while at school
  • Below learning group maximum at secondary level
  • Quick contact tracing through the learning group model
  • Trust in parents, students and staff to stay home if they feel ill

SCHOOLS

School administration will contact families in the coming weeks with details pertaining to their individual schools.

Elementary
Kindergarten – Grade 5

  • Learning groups of 60 people (example: teams of two classrooms will join for common times such as recess and lunch)
  • Monday-Friday, regular school hours
  • 100% in-class instruction
  • Specified zones for cohorts during recess, lunch and common times
  • Staggered start and dismissal times are possible
  • Controlled traffic flow throughout the school
  • Masks optional

Middle
Grades 6 – 8

  • Learning Groups of 60 people (example: teams of two classrooms will join for common times such as recess and lunch)
  • Monday-Friday, regular school hours
  • 100% in-class instruction
  • Staggered start and dismissal times are possible
  • Controlled traffic flow throughout the school
  • Masks must be worn in all high traffic areas (hallways, school buses, etc.)

Secondary
Grades 9-12

  • 1/8 system: One class subject, Monday-Friday for approximately five weeks
  • Learning group of 30 (staff being the connection between the AM & PM classes)
  • Class scheduled to attend AM or PM each day
  • Supplemented self-directed learning
  • Options to remain at school to continue independent work outside of class time
  • Controlled traffic flow throughout the school
  • Masks must be worn in all high-traffic areas (hallways, buses, etc.)

Inclusive Education Services

All students with disabilities or diverse abilities who need extra support in school will continue to have full-time access to in-class instruction and the supports and services they are eligible to receive.

Complex Medical Conditions

According to the Provincial Health Officer and the BCCDC, most children with compromised immune systems can return to school when safety measures are in place. Protective self-isolation is only recommended for children with severely compromised immune systems, on a case-by-case basis. Conditions include organ transplant, chemotherapy, receiving high doses of steroids or severe immune deficiency diseases.

Parents/guardians of children with complex medical conditions or underlying risk factors should consult with their healthcare provider to determine their child’s level of risk regarding returning to school. Subsequently, parents/guardians may wish to reach out to the principal or support teacher (case manager) of their current school to discuss available options and support.

Learning Options

Learning options - quick guide

In-class Learning

Students will return to in-class learning at school

  • (elementary and middle: 100% attendance
  • secondary: 1/8 model with attendance daily for either a.m. or p.m. and independent study for the balance of the day).
Gradual Transition through Remote Learning K*-Grade 8

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.

This is a temporary short-term option and is designed to help transition students back to in-person instruction.

Kindergarten: students will be connected to their classroom on a semi-regular basis; however will not receive direct instruction through remote learning.

Grades 9-12: students will not have access to this option but will be supported through Distributed Learning while maintaining their space in their school.

Distributed Learning (DL) Students will enrol in a Distributed Learning program, such as SD62's Westshore Centre for Learning and Training.
Homeschool

Students register at their catchment school, but indicate that they will be homeschooled. Students do not attend their local school or participate in school-based activities.

All educational programming and supervision is provided by the parent or guardian. There are no assignments or assessments from a teacher - the parent/guardian is the primary educator.

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We acknowledge the requests for more options that some families have suggested to the Ministry of Education. We continue to work under the Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for k-12 Settings and Operational Guidelines for School Districts and Independent School Authorities. Things can change quickly and we are ready to adapt and implement changes to our plan that may come from the Ministry of Education or Provincial Health Officer.

More Resources

Ministry of Education COVID-19: Return to School

Ministry of Education K-12 Education Restart Plan