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Functional Closure: What it Looks Like in Burnaby Schools

Schools reflect what is happening in the community and – as Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen shared in her message to families on December 31 – there is a possibility that, at some point, schools will have so many staff absent due to illness that there will not be enough to provide instruction and appropriate supervision. If that happens, after consultation with the District, a school may have what’s called a functional closure where, following a day of necessary arrangements, students would learn remotely for a period of time.

It’s important to note that schools may not know if they have enough staff until that same morning that the school day begins. For that reason, families are asked to check their email messages from the school, as it is possible they will receive a message impacting that school day.

Below is how we anticipate a functional closure proceeding in the District with plans to support continuity of learning.

Posted January 7, 2022