Correspondence from SD62, dated December 31, 2021
On Wednesday, we shared an announcement from Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside that will see a delay in students returning to school until Monday, January 10, 2022.
In follow up to my message to you on Wednesday about the “phased restart”, here are some additional details about the return to school in January 2022.
Details of the Phased Restart
Schools will be closed to most students between January 4-7.
- Please do not send your students to school until January 10 when we will have new protocols in place.
- This time is to give staff the opportunity to plan for changes to school operations that may be necessitated by the impact of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.
- Our ultimate aim is to ensure continuity of learning in a safe environment for students and staff.
During the week of January 4-7, schools will be available for supervision to:
- Students with complex special needs.
- The Accessibility buses will run as normal during this week.
- Children of health care workers:
- During the week of January 4-7, regular school buses will not be running. Children of health care workers will need to make their own arrangements for their children to get to and from school.
- Please contact your school principal or case manager if your child falls into either of these categories.
- Please note that regular instruction will not occur during this week.
Regardless of when your child returns to school in January, it is vital that they continue to complete the daily health check each day before school, wear a mask in the school, and follow handwashing protocols.
If you, or your child, are able to be vaccinated but have not yet done so, we strongly encourage you to do so.
In summary, here are the key take-aways:
- Regular instruction for all students will commence Monday, January 10, 2022.
- All district staff will be returning to work on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
- Although most students are expected to remain home next week, support and supervision will be available for the children of health care workers, vulnerable students and students with complex needs.
- School buses, with the exception of our Accessibility Buses, will not be operating during the week of January 4 to 7.
- School-based daycare and before and after school services will resume January 4th. Please connect with your provider for specific details regarding operations.
- StrongStart programs will be cancelled for the week of January 4.
Additional enhanced safety measures will be announced as they are developed.
On behalf of the SD62 Executive Team, I wish you a happy, safe and peaceful start to 2022.
Superintendent of Schools
Correspondence from SD62, dated December 29, 2021
Today, Health Minister Dix, Education Minister Whiteside, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry, announced a “phased restart” to school following our winter break. This will provide health officials and school districts time to assess the impact of the Omicron variant on staff and students and to plan and implement changes to the K-12 health and safety plans as well as revise protocols for potential school exposure notifications and contact tracing.
The ‘phased restart” announced includes:
- A delayed return to school for all K-12 students until Jan. 10, 2022.
- Schools will be open to provide services for children of essential workers and students with special needs during the week of January 4-7.
- Enhanced safety measures in schools, including the pausing of sports tournaments, reinforcing personal protective practices, and adjusting school gatherings.
These are just a few of the precautions newly announced today. We will be reviewing all of the information provided by officials in the next few days and will share more detailed information with you prior to the weekend.
Superintendent of Schools