Please read below for two important pieces of information.
Friday, May 15th Professional Development Day
This coming Friday is a Professional Development Day in Richmond and for Tait Elementary. Even in these times of Online Virtual Learning, staff will be engaging in professional learning. Many opportunities will be offered through online platforms like Zoom. On Friday, May 15th, there will be no online instruction for students. Please also remember that Monday, May 18th is the Victoria Day Holiday. Online instruction will resume for students on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.
Premier Horgan's Announcement of Opening Up British Columbia and with it Possibly Public Schools
You are likely already aware last Wednesday, British Columbia's Premier, John Horgan, with the guidance of our fantastic Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced we would soon start steps to open up our Province and restart our economy. In his announcement, he referenced opening up schools to help in this process. There were not many details given regarding how schools would look if they should open. We all have many questions: Will school be the same as it was before Spring Break; when will in-person learning restart; will all students Kindergarten through Grade 12 be returning to schools; will schools be part-time or full-time; how will schools make sure my child stays safe and healthy; what should I do as a parent if I do not want my child to return to school before the end of this school year; will virtual online learning still be available for those students that do not return to school? These are just some of the questions parents, staff and students have, and they are all good, valid questions.
I would love to have the answers for you, but I do not. As you can imagine, re-opening schools is a complex and challenging problem to solve and it will take a lot of consultation and time to figure everything out and ensure the health and safety of students, staff and parents. All school districts across the Province of British Columbia, are awaiting further information from the Ministry of Education and the Public Health Team before we can answer the questions above. We know this can be unsettling and we ask for your continued patience and understanding as we work to create a safe and healthy scenario for the opening of schools to in person learning.
For now, online virtual learning will continue. Students will be supported by their classroom teacher with weekly learning opportunities and the use of online platforms. If you have any questions about your child's online learning, please reach out to your child's teacher by email. You can also contact me through email or by calling our school number (604-668-6444) between 9am and 3pm.
Be safe and healthy.
Principal, Tait Elementary