18/05/2020 - Canadá - British Columbia - Richmond - Apertura parcial de las escuelas [EN]

Greetings to our Richmond international community,

We are very pleased that life in British Columbia is slowly returning to normal.  While everyone is taking recommended precautions and physical distancing, stores are reopening and people are enjoying the recent sunshine. 

We know this has been a difficult time for many of our students and parents.  However, this newsletter will provide more information on BC’s “K-12 Restart Plan” for reopening schools while ensuring student and teacher safety and health.

Overview of What to Expect Moving Forward 

  • In-class instruction is expected to resume on a part-time (50%) and voluntary basis for children in Kindergarten to grade 5 on June 1st
  • In-class instruction is expected to resume on a part-time (20%) and voluntary basis for children in grade 6-12 on June 1st.
  • Schools will implement strict cleaning and safety measures to ensure student safety.
  • Measures taken now will allow for a confident start to the new academic year in September.  As the Premier of British Columbia says "These steps will pave the way for a full start back in September”. 
  • Students may switch between full-time and part-time learning in September combined with online classes. However, the goal is that as a province we will be at “stage 1” and back to full-time in-class instruction from the beginning of the school year.

Return to In-Class Instruction

On May 6, the Ministry of Education released a plan for a staged return to in-class instruction. All school districts are currently in Stage 4. Based on direction from the Provincial Health Officer, schools will move to Stage 3 on June 1. 

Stage 1: A return to full in-class instruction.

Stage 2: In-class learning for all students in elementary school (K to 7) on a full-time basis. In-class learning for secondary students (Grades 8 to 12) on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for secondary students.

Stage 3 (By June 1): Voluntary in-class learning for students in kindergarten to Grade 5 on a part-time basis. Access to in-class learning as needed for Grades 6 to 12 on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for students.

Stage 4 *(Current stage): In-class learning for children of essential service workers and vulnerable students. Remote and online learning continues for most students.

Stage 5: Suspend all in-class instruction for all grades and students. Remote and online learning for all students.

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students and staff members will continue to be our top priority. We want

to reassure you that we will continue to be diligent in ensuring that all public health expectations are

met or exceeded as more students and staff return to our schools. As has been the case throughout the

pandemic, the District will continue to formulate policies and strategies based on guidance from the Public Health Officer (PHO) and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH), and the British Columbia Ministry of Education (MoE). All decisions made will reflect those directions.

Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools

  • appropriate spacing of desks and hallway movement
  • no large groups or gatherings of students in hallways or other common areas
  • regular cleaning of high-contact surfaces like door knobs, toilet seats, keyboards and desks at least twice a day, and cleaning the school building at least once a day
  • constant hand hygiene for students, educators and staff before entering school and throughout the school day
  • there will be more hand-sanitizing and cleaning stations available, with well-stocked supplies
  • staggered drop-offs, pick-ups, lunch and recess breaks, with increased outside time
  • staff and students (or their parents/guardians) must self-assess daily for
  • symptoms of COVID-19. If any student or staff member has even mild symptoms,
  • arrangements will be made for that person to be returned home
  • one student per seat on school buses, unless children are from the same house, with plexiglass separating the bus driver from students
  • students or employees should not share food or personal items like phones, pens or pencils
  • Clear protocols will also be in place for the safe and healthy handling of all food items.

Moving Forward

This is exciting and positive news for everyone. We will continue to keep you up to date with developments regarding school as we move through the end of the school year.

Useful Links

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 toolhttps://covid19.thrive.health

Government of British Columbia:   https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19/translated-content

Global Affairs Canadahttps://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

Richmond School District is here to support you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Best wishes,

Richmond International Education