New Plan For Some Skeena Schools: Don’t Send Your Kids Back Until November

‘These are challenging times.’

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Parents who are worried about sending their kids back into classrooms this month because of COVID-19 now have another potential course of action: waiting until the beginning of November.

“These are very challenging times and we understand that some families need more time to become comfortable with the safety protocols implemented by their schools,” reads a statement from superintendent Janet Meyer. 

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The Coast Mountains School District 82, which includes schools in Terrace, Kitimat, Kitwanga and Hazelton, has developed “an alternative back-to-school plan” where students stay enrolled at their local school, do the first few months of the school year from home and then move into a physical classroom at the end of October or beginning of November.   

“This a ‘temporary’ plan intended to keep students connected to their school.  Students would work on literacy, numeracy and core competency skills. This will not mirror the classroom,” reads the statement. “Families would be responsible for supporting their child’s learning at home and there would be weekly check-ins by a Transition Program Teacher.”

Parents should contact their local school principal with additional questions. 

Written by Skeena Strong

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