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'A new reality': Prince George school district launches survey for parents on out-of-class learning

'We have been working diligently to prepare for a fundamentally different learning program'
School District No. 57 offices on Ferry Avenue. (via Hanna Petersen)

School District 57 (SD57) has released a survey on the continuity of learning to gain feedback from parents. 

As the province suspended face-to-face student instruction on March 17, the Prince George district has created a survey to gauge the level of access families have to digital devices and the internet.

The survey consists of 15 questions and is available on SD57's website.

The district says that families can expect further information and will be contacted by your child’s teacher about what school might look like in the days ahead.

Superintendent Anita Richardson also issued an online address to parents on March 27 where she shared broad thoughts on the COVID-19 situation.

“We have been working diligently to prepare for a fundamentally different learning program required by this new reality we find ourselves living in,” says Richardson in the video.  

“We recognize our journey must be gradual, mindful, and purposeful.”

B.C. has launched an online learning resources hub for parents called Keep Learning by Open School BC.  

“Teachers, educational assistants, support staff and administration are developing a variety of ways to support your child’s learning during these uniquely complex times,” states an address to parents and caregivers on the website.

“While teachers will continue to be the primary guide for students, the partnership with parents and caregivers is essential in providing needed assistance, especially for younger children.”

The site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction, and includes sections about learning from home, everyday activities, resources, and keeping healthy.

The province has also put together a FAQ from the Ministry of Education which includes the most up-to-date information about the continuation of learning.

SD57’s board of education meetings will now be held electronically from now until further notice.

The next scheduled meeting is for April 7 and will be livestreamed on the district’s website, with electronic agenda packets available the Thursday prior to the meeting.