School District 60 COVID-19 update

The following report was provided by Superintendent Stephen Petrucci to school trustees at their April 6 committee of the whole meeting:

SD60 continues to be guided by the Public Health Officer, the latest science and the Ministry of Education guidelines.

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  • 3 weeks ago is a distant memory - senior staff and school admin have been working non-stop, over the last 3 weeks to respond as best we can to these unprecedented times. Operations (board office) have continued without interruption (as usual during the break). Major planning frameworks were developed, including:

  • Pandemic Plan - including safety protocols for all SD60 facilities

  • Continuity of Learning Plan

  • Continuity of Operations Plan

  • All planning was based on the 4 principles as mandated by the Ministry of Education:

  • Safety for staff and all employees

  • Supervision/care for children of emergency services personnel

  • Support for our vulnerable students - basic needs to learning needs

  • Continuity of learning

Safety for students, staff and all employees:

  • Documentation and processes in place at all SD60 sites. This includes stations throughout each building with sanitizer and the appropriate cleaning products

  • Signage throughout all sites for social distancing, hand-washing, etc.

  • Enhanced custodial services, including day custodial and a rotating schedule of deep cleaning

  • Entry and Exit plans for all sites

  • Tracking of all on-site employees and visitors

Supervision/Care for children of Essential Services Workers

  • Task force assembled 2 weeks ago including Director of Instruction, school principals and Learning Services

  • A survey was sent out to Tier 1 emergency providers, which includes HealthCare workers and First Responders - the need so far is for about 15-20 school-aged children (K-6)

  • 2-3 target schools will provide this service

  • Developing a 13-hour Monday-Friday service from 6:30am - 7:30pm

  • Staffed by current SD60 employees, including support staff and teachers

  • In communication with the child-care providers - including the “Y” at Ma Murray School who are prepared to assist with children aged 0-4

  • Will be up and running by April 14th - staff are currently being trained in safety procedures, developing schedules and educational programming

Support for Vulnerable Students:

  • Staff are reaching out to vulnerable students/families

  • Developing plans to support basic needs as well as specific learning needs

  • Using ALL staff to help support these students/families

  • Will begin to provide strategic on-site support for some students in the near future

  • We are preparing plans to loan out technology but do not have solutions for internet access - other than ramping up public access at all school sites from 6am to 11pm every day. Telus and Shaw are providing viable options for families.

  • Low-tech solutions will also be used in terms of resources.

Continuity of Learning

  • Schools are in the process of establishing “First Contact” with families

  • Local school plans around picking up student materials, personal effects etc. - will come from schools.

  • Patience as teachers and schools continue planning - staggered start last week to ensure safety protocols are in place. Planning continues this week and all families will receive direction and learning plans by April 14th.

  • Not every learning situation will be the same - across schools and the district

  • Be mindful of overload for teachers and administrators - ie. emails, phone calls after working hours, etc.

  • There will be questions on assessment and reporting…

  • It won’t look the same but there will be a report card at the end of the year

  • Ongoing communication with your teacher - formative assessment

Communications

  • Website

  • COVID-19 page, Parent Resource Page - Q&A, etc.

  • Livestreaming program starting in the next couple of weeks - studio at the Key - reading of books, variety programming, etc. - schedules to follow -

  • Thanks to Russel Eggleston, Ted Sloan, Sean Thomas and the Key Learning Center.

  • Ministry resources - website

  • Parent Newsletters

Anne Roberts Young Elementary School

  • Construction continues - still aiming for summer completion and September startup

  • Education programming - full steam ahead. Principal Broyden Bennett and his future staff continue their preparations.

Stephen Petrucci
Superintendent

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