The Government of British Columbia announced today that all K to 12 school in British Columbia would immediately suspend in-class instruction indefinitely.
As a result, all Qualicum School District 69 schools will be closed to all students until further notice.
We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on students and we are closely monitoring the situation. We are working with our educational partners with regards to alternative education during this time. Minister of Education, Rob Fleming has assured students that they will receive final marks. For students who are on the graduation program, this may entail finishing their courses on line.
We will need some time for these plans to come to fruition and to be communicated to our office but in the meantime, our students health and safety is at the forefront of all our actions and decisions. More information will be shared as soon as educational partners have communicated the information with us.
With this in mind, if your country/agency/natural parents want your student(s) to return home, please make new flight arrangements and please communicate this information to our team in a timely manner.
We will make arrangements to get your students to their designated airport (Nanaimo or Comox Airport)
However, if natural parents prefer their children to remain with us, we are prepared to do so. Our priority is to continue to provide an educational program to all our students in a safe and caring environment.
It is important that students understand that they must follow the direction and expectations set by both the program and the homestay parents. Students will remain in their current homestay families as long as host parents can support having the international student in their home.
The QISP team will support our homestays as best we can, given the challenging circumstances we all find ourselves in currently. If the situation in Canada changes, we will need you to be available to recall your students to your home country, if this an option.
For now, we are closely monitoring the situation and carefully following government guidance. As we consider the health and safety of our students, host families and community to be the utmost importance, we will continue to watch the local situation closely as it evolves.
Thank you for your support in these challenging times. Our team remains at your disposal for any questions you may have.
Ross Pepper and Ronda Bell