An important update from BCCPAC following last Friday’s announcements about education. Please follow the links and get information from the source. Let DPAC know if you need any assistance.
COVID-19 Update for K-12 Education
Please review the information below AND our page where we have posted ALL documents and information.
Provincial Survey – BC has launched a population health survey to gather valuable information about how COVID-19 has impacted the health and well-being of people throughout the province. You can complete the survey up to May 31.
The Provincial State of Emergency was extended to May 26.
It was announced that on June 1, parents will have the option of sending their children to school part-time, with new health and safety measures implemented. BC’s Restart Plan outlines a gradual return to full-time classes by September, provided it is safe to do so. There was a LOT of information published and much to read.
- Read the news release
- Watch the media briefing with Premier John Horgan; Rob Fleming, Minister of Education; Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer; and Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care; for an update about B.C.’s plans to ensure more students have access to in-class instruction before the end of the school year
- The Parent FAQ document was updated
- BC’s K-12 Education Restart Plan was released and it outlines the five-step approach for resuming in-class instruction
- The Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Setting were release and provide detailed information and guidelines pertaining to health and safety in K-12 schools
- Operational Guidelines for School Districts and Independent School Authorities were updated
- Public Health Guidance for K-12 was released
- WorkSafeBC K-12 Education Protocols were published providing guidance and protocols for returning to operation for K-12 education providers
The Minister of Education Rob Fleming and British Columbia School Trustees Association President Stephanie Higginson will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook and YouTube, Wednesday May 20 at 7:15 p.m. Learn more about the return to school for BC students in June. Submit your questions before Wednesday.
Since returning to class is voluntary and most students will be attending part time, school leaders will contact families (make sure they have your email/phone #) to make arrangements for children to return to in-class instruction. If parents/guardians have not heard from their schools by May 22, 2020, they are asked to contact their principal. Parents and caregivers are advised to follow the schedule provided for their child to ensure a safe and orderly restart.
Following the May 15 announcement, school districts are required to submit their Stage 3 Return-to-School Instruction Plan in readiness for June 1.