Revelstoke students will return to classes this fall. Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry revealed plans for the re-opening of schools during an announcement on Wednesday, July 29.
Revelstoke superintendent of schools Mike Hooker said the announcement is welcome news.
“Our staff worked hard to connect with their students remotely at the end of last school year, but we know there is no replacement for that time spent face to face. This is going to be very exciting news for students as well. We know they were happy to be back in June with their teachers and their peers, even if just for a limited time. It is certainly great news that we can now plan for all students and staff to be back after Labour Day,” said Hooker.
A statement released by the province said enhanced safety measures and additional resources will enable most students in Grades K-12 to return to school on September 8, 2020 with full-time in-class learning as the province moves to Stage 2 of B.C.’s Education Restart Plan.
On the advice of Dr. Henry students will be organized into learning groups, a consistent group of staff and students. This will reduce the number of people each student or staff member comes in to contact with reducing the risk of transmission. All school districts and independent school authorities will continue to be required to follow safety measures to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, following the guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Hooker said the Revelstoke School District will get information to parents and students in late August once staff have had an opportunity to work through the new health and safety guidelines that have been put in place to ensure schools are safe, healthy learning spaces.
The district will update its website www.sd19.bc.ca with links to new information as it becomes available.