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Prince George teachers asked to return to schools starting Monday

SD57 teachers, staff asked to work onsite rather than at home
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(via Jess Fedigan)

Prince George's school district says it's ending its work-at-home agreements.

A letter sent by School District No. 57 (SD57) Superintendent Anita Richardson is requesting teachers and support staff to return to school sites on Monday (May 11.)

In the letter, which was sent to SD57 staff, Richardson says as B.C. appears to be heading toward a plan for re-opening our economy, the demands on the education system will get more complex.

“We have been working under a philosophy that if someone was able to complete meaningful work from home, they should.  Starting on Monday, May 11 we are transitioning to an evolved way of thinking where everyone capable of working on-site should be doing so,” states Richardson in the letter.   

“This means we will see the majority of our staff returning to the worksite through plans developed at the school/department level.”

She says school principals and supervisors will be supported by the senior team to communicate the safe work protocols in place as well as the components required to meet the safety needs at their site. 

The current temporary work from home agreements will expire next week.  If you are in a position where you will still require a work from home agreement, please discuss this concern with your principal/supervisor.

“I recognize that this evolution may come as a surprise for some of you. Please know that our commitment to the safety and wellbeing for you and our students remains our number one priority.  We look forward to seeing the amazing work you will continue to do for our community.”

In-class instruction, however, is not expected to resume until the fall.

The B.C. government released its restart plan today (May 6), which includes a potential expansion on in-class K-12 learning and other different ways to provide safe schooling.

As of this publication, there are 54 positive COVID-19 cases in Northern Health.

PrinceGeorgeMatters has reached out to SD57 for further comment.