Houston and Smithers Schools in School District 54 will open next week, but only to specific students, as the provincial government attempts to limit and assess the spread of the highly transmissible variant of COVID-19 Omicron.
Based on the results of next week’s opening starting Jan. 4, all students will be in class starting Jan. 10, School District 54 Superintendent Michael McDiarmid said in a Dec. 30 letter to parents and guardians. .
In accordance with provincial guidelines, the school district has indicated who will be in school next week:
• Diverse and disabled students who need extra support at this time
• Students considered vulnerable
• Students whose parent or guardian is a critical worker and requires child care
“Please note that although there will be learning activities, this will not be considered regular teaching; students may not work with their regular teachers or support staff, ”noted McDiarmid.
He encouraged parents and guardians of students who meet all three criteria to contact their school principal.
In addition to next week’s limited opening, the school district is adopting additional measures designed to minimize contact, including returning to virtual meetings where possible, staggering lunch and recess times, limiting the size of in-school and extra-curricular gatherings and the spacing of students in classrooms.
“All educational activities, including after-school and before, during or after school programs run by a school should not require proof of vaccination, unless otherwise specified in local, regional or provincial recommendations and public health orders. ”, We read in a paragraph of the additional directive. measures planned for schools.
The school district and province encourage eligible students to get immunized.
“This remains the best protection against the serious consequences of COVID-19,” McDiarmid said in the letter.
Students should also stay home when they are sick and wear a mask, he added.
“The safety of students and staff has been our priority since the start of the pandemic and we will continue to make decisions based on guidance from health authorities. “