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August 12, 2020
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Orientation Week Ensures a Safe, Ready and Welcome Return to School

To ensure schools and teachers are ready to welcome students into classrooms, there will be a gradual restart for the week of Sept. 8-11 to allow educators and staff extra time to adjust to their new routines, finalize plans for learning groups, review health and safety protocols, and confirm lessons plans that align with the new normal in schools.

Starting September 8, all staff will meet with their school’s joint health and safety committee to receive instructions about how the updated guidelines, co-developed with the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Provincial Health Officer, will work within their school.

Students will be welcomed back to their classrooms for orientation by September 10, when they will familiarize themselves with classrooms that look different than they did before the pandemic. Students will learn about their classes and learning group, practice their new routines and familiarize themselves with how to move safely from their classroom to outdoor and common areas of the school.

The health and safety of teachers, staff and students is leading the work being done by the K-12 education restart steering committee and working groups. Detailed operational guidelines will be available by August 17. 

More information can be found in this news release.
Keep an eye on upcoming editions of Learn for the latest information on the education restart.
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