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Richmond parents urged to fill out school survey

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 5:25 PDT, Wed May 20, 2020

Last Updated: 5:28 PDT, Wed May 20, 2020

Following last week’s announcement that BC schools will partially reopen June 1, the Richmond school district is asking all parents to fill out a new survey.

In the survey, which must be completed by 4 p.m. tomorrow (May 21), parents can indicate whether or not they plan to have their child(ren) attend school starting June 1. Students who remain at home can still engage in remote learning.

Parents who do not complete the survey before the deadline will not be able to have their child(ren) attend school until they contact their school principal to make arrangements in advance. If parents choose not to have their child attend school during the week of June 1-5, their child can still attend the following week.

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 can attend school two days per week, and students in Grade 6 and 7 can attend school the equivalent of one day per week; remaining learning will happen remotely. Students will be divided into small groups to ensure that in-class student ‘density’ never exceeds 50 per cent of what it was prior to the pandemic.

Secondary students can attend school the equivalent of approximately one day per week. They will be divided so that the number of people in the school does not exceed provincial health and safety guidelines. Remote learning will also continue for all high school students.

Schools will try to schedule children from the same family on the same days, but this will also depend on space and teacher availability. 

Elementary aged children of essential service workers can continue to attend school five days per week, but beginning June 1 they will attend at their regular school rather than one of the three existing facilities. Students of all ages who require additional support can attend five days per week after individual consultations between schools and parents.

School districts are still examining details of what a return will look like on June 1. Parents will be provided with more information next week by their school principal, including details on enhanced cleaning, physical distancing measures, reduced class sizes and staggered start and end times. 

For more information, including survey links, click here.

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