A message from CMSD82 Superintendent Janet Meyer for parents, caregivers and staff. There is a lot of information to digest for next week following the B.C. Government’s announcement delaying the start of school until January 10 for most K-12 students as detailed below. Coast Mountains School District 82 will be issuing district-wide information tomorrow afternoon, December 31 to staff, parents and caregivers, so that everyone knows what to expect. Right now, we are going through materials and planning on those communications. Thank you for your patience.
The B.C. Government announced earlier today that a full return to school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be delayed until Monday, January 10 in order to give public health and B.C. schools additional time to adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant on communities and schools, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the continuation of in-class learning.
During this time, schools will be open for limited numbers of students in particular need. While students will return to school on January 10, staff will return on January 3 or 4. This will allow schools to implement enhanced safety measures and proactively implement continuity of learning plans.
B.C. school districts will be communicating out to families and caregivers about how this process will work.
The delayed return is supported by an Order from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, which applies to all public and independent schools.
“Schools have safety protocols in place that have kept students and staff in school over the past two years, but as the pandemic changes, our protocols must change, too,” said Dr. Henry. “That’s why schools will be implementing enhanced public-health measures to ensure we can continue the in-person learning that is so important for well-being and mental health.”