27/03/2020 - Canadá - British Columbia - Mission - Estado del distrito escolar [EN]

Dear Partners,

Thank you for continuing to provide our team with updates and communications on behalf of your families and students during this challenging and unprecedent time.  We are sending an update for both students who have chosen to remain in Canada and for those who have chosen to return home to continue their studies. Over spring break, the school district has been working on the continuity of learning plan and ensuring that the facilities are safe for employees return to work in the district buildings.  All school district buildings and offices will be open for email and telecommunications only, while all district staff, who can, have been asked to work from home. 

We are expecting all learning will formally resume on April 6th; however, teachers will be reaching out to students starting on March 30th.  As communicated in my previous emails, all students including international students will be expected to continue their learning regardless of their physical location.  We have not withdrawn any students from our program, unless you have specifically indicated that the student has voluntarily withdrawn from our program.  If your student has returned home, please ensure that we have an up to date email and in-country cell number where the teacher can reach them.

Note: Any student remaining in Canada must continue their learning as they will put the validity of their study permits at risk should they decide to just stay in Canada and not comply with the learning plan the district is providing.  We will be checking in with teachers and keeping you up to date on the progress students are making. 

We are also expecting students to continue with Covid-19 safety protocols: frequent hand washing (even while at home), cleaning of high touch surfaces (including their computers and cell phones), avoiding touching their face, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and stay at home.  Leaving their homestay home should only be done with their homestay family’s permission and really should not be going out for any reason, which means they cannot be meeting friends or going to another person’s house. 

Students who are studying from their home country, we have the same expectations for participation.  We will also be checking in with teachers and providing progress reports.

All students will receive a final grade and those eligible to graduate this June will, but students will receive a grade based on their work before and after spring break and is contingent on students continuing with their learning and passing their courses.  There seems to be a lot of misinformation and rumours regarding passing and/or receiving a grade for the courses that students are currently in.  Everyone needs to successfully complete their courses as outlined by their teachers after spring break to ensure that they pass.

If you have any suggestions to help support students with their learning while at home or having any tools that you can suggest making communication easier, we will be happy to pass them along to teachers and schools.  Please share this information with your students as you see necessary.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and understanding,

Colleen Hannah

Director-International Education

Mission Public Schools