The Government of BC has released its province-wide plan to bring K-12 students back to class full time in September. For specific details:
While final approval from the Ministry of Education of local school district plans is anticipated by August 26, Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen has provided an update:
The Ministry of Education announced operational guidelines on August 17, including a requirement that teachers, staff, middle and secondary students wear masks in high traffic areas, such as hallways.
The Ministry has put in place a gradual restart to the school year to allow extra time to orient students and staff on the new health and safety measures in place.
- September 8 – school staff will meet with their joint health and safety committee to receive instructions about how the updated guidelines, co-developed with the BC Centre for Disease Control and Provincial Health Officer, will work in their school
- September 10 – students will be welcomed back to their schools for orientation
The Burnaby School District has been preparing and planning for multiple options, using the specific information and guidance provided by the province to build a robust plan for September. As we have been planning, the insight shared by Burnaby School District parents, students and staff in the survey sent in June has been greatly assisting us. More than 4500 people shared their thoughts via Thoughtexchange, an online platform, after being asked: what are the important things we should consider about student learning as we develop our plans for the 2020-21 school year.
We will share additional details by August 26 regarding the District’s Restart Plan for schools, following plan approval by the Ministry of Education.
Updated August 20, 2020