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August 14, 2020: An Update from the Superintendent

Updated:  August 14, 2020

Dear Parents,

These times are ever changing.  Each day it seems like there is a new announcement that we adapt to and try to understand.  It does create confusion and uncertainty.  I will continue to update you with current information that I have and what we are currently working on to create our plans for returning to school.  

Last week the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, announced on Tuesday that there would be a delay to the start of school.  This will allow for an orientation to learning groups and cohorts, health and safety guidelines and protocols for staff and students. 

Each school will publish their Orientation Week so that parents know well in advance and can make plans. 

I have also included this link to information on learning groups/cohorts.  It may answer some of the questions you have. 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-return-to-school?bcgovtm=20200506_GCPE_AM_COVID_9_NOTIFICATION_BCGOV_BCGOV_EN_BC__NOTIFICATION#learning-group

Behind the scenes, we have been working hard to create our district plan that must be sent to the Ministry of Education or approval.  Once  approved, we will be making it public to you.  

Next week we are holding working group meetings with teachers, principals, and vice-principals to create plans around what the learning groups/cohorts will look like in each school.  High schools will have more work to do than elementary schools and their timetabling may look different.  Once we have ministry approval each school will make public their plans by August 26th.

Many people also have questions about transportation and what bussing will look like.  Those protocols are also being worked on and will be made public once the ministry has approved them.  

Please continue to check our web site for the most current information.  

Take care, 

Christy Fennell

Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registering for Transportation Service

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School District No.59 (PRS) provides transportation service for rural students following the guidelines as established in Policy 6070.  Registration for bus service is mandatory.  If you would like to register for bus service or have general questions regarding transportation services please contact the Transportation Department at 250-782-2106. 

The Transportation Department would like to remind any families that have moved over the summer to provide the department with updated information.

Please note, the district is currently developing a COVID-19 health and safety plan for staff and students to return to school in September, this includes specific protocols for bus students.  This plan will be provided to bus students prior to service commencing in September. 

In order to help us in planning for the return to school, please contact the Transportation Department early to ensure we have updated information.

August 4, 2020: Message from Superintendent

Updated: August 4, 2020

Dear Students and Families of School District 59, 

On July 29, 2020 the Ministry of Education and Public Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry presented the plan for education in September.  Schools will open with the goal of maximizing in-class instruction for all students within the revised public health guidelines.  I am sure you have many questions regarding school in September.  As this is new to all of us, we are taking the time to create well-thought out plans. 

We are currently developing what the new learning groups/cohort model for each school will look like.  We are also working on health and safety protocols for all students and staff.  Schools will look different than what we are used to seeing.

Our plan will be published on the district website on or before August 26th.  Schools will be open on August 31st for questions and registration.  Please call that day to make appointments. 

Thank you for your patience and safely enjoy the rest of your summer.

Regards,

Christy Fennell

Superintendent of Schools

SD 59 (Peace River South)

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