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Covid-19 Update: A Message from the Head of School

Covid-19 Update:  A Message from the Head of School

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

On the morning of Friday, May 15 at 10am, Premier John Horgan, Education Minister Rob Fleming, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlined the province’s phased re-opening of schools.  

We have been instructed by the Ministry to open Gr K-5 at 50% and Gr 6-12 at 20% for the remainder of this school year. These guidelines are rather strict so we are abiding accordingly.

Preschool students are allowed to come each day, and parents will be asked on this Thursday’s survey to register their child for a space in the morning or afternoon sessions.  

The Preschool aged ‘Daycare’ program is cancelled due to the physical spacing requirements to accommodate morning and afternoon Preschool classes.

The ESW program will continue everyday until June 19 (more details Thursday).

As stated in prior notices, our Senior Leadership Team has been diligently processing research data and advice from public health authorities, the Ministry of Education, Worksafe BC, school support associations (ISABC and CAIS) and other independent schools in Kelowna.  

Detailed June 1-19 Grade Schedules, Safety Plans and Registration Procedures for on-campus learning will be sent to families this Thursday, May 21 from Division Principals.  

At the moment, we are finalizing the class/grade schedules for June 1-19 and you will be asked

to register your children after Thursday’s notice. This program is optional for families.

Registration for June 1-19 On-Campus classes will be required, and will also be sent this Thursday.

A school-based team of senior leaders is presently planning specific details for June 1. To support this planning, we ask that all parents to respond to the survey that will be sent to you on Thursday requesting a clear indication of whether your child will be accessing the on-campus learning (or not), so that we can allocate an appropriate number of staff, and prepare the physical space and equipment required to ensure that this partial return is as safe as possible.

Academic Delivery in June

The feedback received thus far indicates that remote learning has settled into a successful routine which is working well given the circumstances for the vast majority of students. Therefore, we aim to maintain the continuity, momentum and stability that has been generated thus far. The on-campus classes will serve to supplement the online program, with social and personal connection opportunities to support students, teachers and parents.   

School bus transportation

In this Thursday’s survey, those that require school bus transportation during June 1-19 will be asked to let us know, as we are actively researching if this is possible. We will have more details Thursday.       

During this process, we remain guided by our commitment to the health and safety of our students and staff, along with a priority to maintain continuity of learning, and a desire to help parents begin to respond to the reopening of the broader economy.

In Conclusion

As this week passes, I am confident we have overcome the greatest challenge, and are now prepared to effectively deal with what lies ahead. Although there will be aspects of schooling that may forever be different, the Ministry of Education has stated implicitly that they intend to open schools as normal next September. 

If I can answer any questions, please email me and I will make sure that you hear from us promptly.

With warm regards,

Chris Grieve
Head of School  

christopher.grieve@aberdeenhall.com

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