INFORMATION FOR KISPIOX COMMUNITY SCHOOL PARENTS/GUARDIANS REGARDING COVID-19 and
Continuity of Learning
April 3rd, 2020
To all Kispiox Community School parents/guardians and community members,
The health and safety of our staff, students, and community members is of utmost concern during this time. We also take the continuation of student learning as a top priority as we return from Spring Break. The COVID-19 virus poses many challenges at this time and the unprecedented situation where all schools are closed to in class instruction in Canada. Our teaching staff has met online and we are presently organizing how we are going to continue instruction during these trying times and so I would like to share with you some of the things that Kispiox Community School is doing for the students and families in response to the COVID pandemic.
We are hoping to get some of our instruction started by Monday, April 6th, 2020, but as I hope you can appreciate this may take longer for some classes and we are hoping to have all classes going by April 13th, 2020 or the middle of April, which the Ministry of Education has recommended. During this time, we will be compiling a list of learning resources that you may wish to use to support your child. It is important to note that these learning resources are optional to support the independent learning of your child. While learning is being planned, the B.C. Ministry of Education has launched an online tool on the following website, openschool.bc.ca/KeepLearning, to support student learning at home.
There is a good possibility that school closures may extend up until the end of May and even possibly June, so we are taking proactive measures to be able to deliver instructions right into your home. We are actively working on a plan to be able to provide access to each household that does not have access to internet or Wi-Fi, so that teachers can deliver instruction online. As part of this plan we have ordered several Ipads for those families that do not have access to computers or Ipads so that we can provide lessons. It is important to remember that the focus is on LEARNING and PEDAGOGY …. NOT technology. Good instruction is always the main focus, so we will be making plans on the design and delivery of instruction online with the necessary support. As we have such a short time period all teachers will be encouraged to focus on the critical content for their class. Kispiox Community School will continue to work on our plans and once they are finalized, we will share these plans with the staff, students and families. Further, we are also in the process of developing a school website that will be able to provide other necessary services we need to keep everyone informed and to provide a better education for your child.
It is understandable that staff, parents, students and everyone in the community are concerned with the COVID-19 crisis and the interruption to your child’s education. However, there are many things that need to be done and there is no written book on dealing with such a crisis situation, so I would like to ask everyone to be patient and not panic as the teachers and administration are doing their best to provide your child with continuing education. Our staff are committed to working through this crisis and when we make it through it, I’m sure our education will be even better than before.
There is still a great deal of uncertainty at this time, but we will keep you informed as to any new changes or developments. Family comes first, so take care of yourself and family. Our thoughts are with all the families during these difficult times and remember time is on our side and be strong.
Sincerely,
Brian Muldon
Kispiox Community School Principal 

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