Last updated: June 18, 2020
This page is updated as the school district receives new information regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), annoucements from the Health Minister, and the Minister of Education.
On May 15, Minister of Education Rob Fleming announced that all schools in BC will be moving to Stage 3 of BC's Restart Plan. As a result, effective June 1, 2020, families will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis. The goal is to return to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so. For your information, Stage 3 includes the following:
- Kindergarten to Grade 5: in-class learning 2 to 3 days per week, supplemented with remote instruction.
- Grades 6 to 12: in-class learning 1 day a week, supplemented with remote instruction.
- Children of essential service workers (aged 5-12), students with disabilities/diverse abilities, and students needing additional supports: option to attend school 5 days per week.
- Families who decide not to send their children to class: continued remote instruction until the end of the 2019/20 school year
- *In Mission, we had looked at including grade 6 in this group, however we will not at this time. It is our hope that should there be future Stage 3 incidents, we can include grade 6 with elementary based on our K-6 organisational structure.
To learn more, please read:
STAGE 3: Re-Entry of Students - Plan Background
Engagement with First Nations
Mission Public Schools is located within the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and shared territories of the Leq'á:mel, Matheqwí, Qwó:ltl'el, and Sq'éwlets peoples. Our Principal of Indigenous Education has been in ongoing contact with local First Nations during the pandemic. FNSWs have been working closely with families on issues ranging from access to technology to food packages during this time. In addition, we have continued our ongoing work on items like our Equity Scan during this time so broader communication has also been available. At this time, local First Nations will continue their lockdown and education will continue remotely. They have set up innovative supports for students in their community to assist them during the pandemic as well.
Health and Safety
School Re-entry Plan has been reviewed by District H&S. Risk Assessments done at all sites following WorkSafeBC guidelines.
Schools developed their plans in concert with the District. Classes at the elementary level will not exceed 15, and 10 at the secondary level. Capacity will be capped at 50% daily at elementary and 20% elsewhere. Non-staff adults are not permitted entry unless through special arrangement. Middle and Secondary students come in on an appointment basis.
Desks, etc have been rearranged to allow for distancing. Staff rooms have been closed; most schools are using gymnasiums or other similar spaces as staff rooms with tables and tape to create social distancing. Classrooms without ready access to washrooms will have hand sanitizer present. Daytime custodians have been added to all schools.
Continuity of Supports
Childcare will continue for ESWs and others in need of it. There is some expansion due to teachers returning to work. Vulnerable students, and those with diverse needs will be able to attend school up to five days a week. Food programs like the Starfish Program will continue; however direct support at the secondary school level has been moved to municipal programs as of the end of March.
Until late June, we will be allowing students to continue to use school district property (eg laptops, tablets, etc)
Counsellors, LATs, and other non-enrolling specialists will continue to work both in person and online with children as they adjust to the new reality. It has been noted that even the return to school, while welcome, will be traumatic, as things will not be as they were before. We have also worked hard to check in on the mental health of our staff, in everything from memos to phone calls to on going group chats to stay connected. Our open dialogue is an important part of our cohesion as a team.
Continuity of Learning
SD#75 will expand its roll-out across the district in the following way:
|K-5||M/T & Th/F in school (2 cohorts)||Partial||2 days in class, 1 day online|
|6||M & Th (2 cohorts)||Partial||1 day in class, 1-3 days online|
|7-12||Support Available in School as needed 1 day/week||None||Online; Face to Face as needed|
Full Start is set for June 1st. Principals have surveyed their families to get a picture of the number of students coming to school initially, the demand for bussing, and related considerations. Currently, approximately 20%-65% of elementary students will be returning for in class instruction, varying by school. Some students will have access to school up to five days a week. Please note, with the return to some direct instruction, the remote learning provision will still exist, but it will not be as robust as in the Stage Four delivery model.
Wednesday was selected as the online instruction day to allow further cleaning and other safety measures to be enacted at the school site.
Bussing is currently being planned on the new 'one student per bench model' to determine capacity to transport students. Bussing may not commence on June 1st; barrier upgrades and retraining may delay their start to the following week. Transportation is reviewing the list of students requiring bussing to determine if we have the capacity to move them all. Potentially excepting secondary special education bus students, the focus is entirely on transporting elementary aged students.
Middle and Secondary students will attend as needed by appointment. Teachers will be in the school at least one day a week to provide face to face support. Online work will continue approximately four days a week. As noted previously, some students will be in school up to five days.
Childcare will continue to function and will expand due to demand from teachers. New cohorts and one of the Windebank groups will move to Heritage Park Middle School as the classrooms are demanded for regular instruction. We are unable to accommodate childcare for under 5 year olds, and are hopeful other agencies will re-open to provide this in the Mission area.
During the week of May 18-22, Schools surveyed parents for their receptiveness to returning their children to school, to determine the load required at each site. Schools have also surveyed staff to assess childcare needs and various health concerns for staff members.
Mission Public Schools (SD 75) | Angus Wilson, Superintendent of Schools email@example.com
Information for school district community regarding COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
If symptoms arise, limit your contact with others and call 811. BC COVID Self-Assessment Tool: https://covid19.thrive.health/?fbclid=IwAR35AUzGbT2mT5iIl-zd4dCVgrt5r83Xz7eghVVAT-Uo6Y11A3JdEiWteAI
COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings
The Province has published several documents that provide guidance for K-12 schools to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and maintain safe and healthy school environments for students and staff. For details on the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings, click here.
Childcare for Essential Service Workers
If you are a tier one or tier two essential service worker requiring chidlcare but you did not complete our Essential Service Worker survey, please contact us by clicking here.
The Deputy Minister's letter is also available in the following languages:
French, Punjabi, Chinese
Please see the document below for a summary of these recommendations, information on how the recommendations are being implemented in our school district, and guidance on the steps you can take at home.