Canada/ 18 August 2020/ Source/ https://educationnewscanada.com/
Individual school plans are now available for students, families and staff to review as they prepare for a safe return to school.
All 56 individual school plans that fall under the Public Schools Branch for the 2020-2021 school year are posted online and students and families are encouraged to visit the website to review their school’s plan. The six school plans that fall under the Commission scolaire de langue française will be available online starting Monday. School plans are based on the Guidelines for the Return to School and customized to suit the individual school’s composition, physical layout and grade levels of each school.
“I look forward to seeing Island students return to class next month to continue with their studies, reunite with their friends in person, and reengage with their school community,” said Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Brad Trivers. “As we prepare for the upcoming school year, our priority remains the safety and well-being of our students and staff, and we will work with school authorities, schools and the Chief Public Health Office to adjust plans as needed. I want to send a huge thank you to our administrators and education authorities who have gone above and beyond to ensure safety and optimal learning for our students.”
Principals and school authorities have been working closely with the Chief Public Health Office on the development of their specific school plans. Each plan outlines protocols to maximize the safety of students and staff by the following topics:
- pre-screening of students and staff
- promotion of physical distancing
- enhanced cleaning protocols
- methods to support contact tracing
- students and staff in cohorts with reduced interactions between cohorts
- staggering of transitions and movement inside and outside the school
It is important to remember that school plans are subject to change based on emerging public health information and directives from the Chief Public Health Office.
Students and families are encouraged to visit Back to School for more information and to access resources to help prepare for the upcoming school year. Parents and guardians can also share their questions, concerns and provide feedback about the upcoming school year online.