Update from the Superintendent
The following letter was distributed on March 17 on behalf of the Richmond School District Superintendent:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
On Tuesday, March 17, the Minister of Education announced that effective immediately, all K-12 in-class instruction will be suspended until further notice due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
All schools in Richmond will NOT be open for in-class instruction after spring break. At this time, it is not known how long schools will be closed. We understand that parents and students will have many questions and we ask for your patience as we plan for next steps and await further details from the provincial government.
I want to assure you that the school district will do everything it can to ensure that students in Grade 12, who were on-track to graduate in June, will be able to do so. We will also be looking at ways the district can support students in other grades. As soon as the provincial government provides additional information, we will communicate directly with parents. The school district website and social media channels will also continue to provide updates.
At this time, our priority is on doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our students, their families and our staff members. We all have a role to play in addressing this world-wide health threat and the school district will take whatever steps are necessary. In the meantime, I ask for your patience as we work out the details moving forward.
Scott Robinson, Superintendent of School
We understand that parents/legal guardians will make decisions that they feel are best for their children. Our recommendation against traveling overseas during spring break remains the same. At this time, we do not know what form education in our province will take moving forward, and cannot guarantee students will have access to our educational program if they leave the country.
We encourage everyone to review the links below for multilingual information on hygiene, social distancing, self-isolation, travel advisories and understanding COVID-19.
In addition to The BC Nurses Helpline (811), the provincial government has also set-up another toll-free help line (1-888-COVID19) that anyone can call 7 days a week from 07:30-20:00. Support is offered in 110 different languages.
We will continue to send out newsletters as the situation evolves. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to support your children’s learning in Richmond.
Updates from the Richmond School District: https://www.sd38.bc.ca/Pages/default.aspx#/=
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: Health Link BC (multilingual): https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
Self-assessment tool: https://covid19.thrive.health
Government of British Columbia: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support
BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/translated-content
Global Affairs Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories
Richmond School District is here to support both you and your student.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Richmond International Education