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On August 26th, the Surrey School District shared its plans to safely return to in-class instruction. These plans reflect the measures put forth by provincial health experts and the Ministry of Education and include the important steps all of our schools will take to safely welcome our students back in September.
"We are confident in our plans, but we know that many of our families are nervous," explains Laurie Larsen, Chair of the Surrey Board of Education. "Many of our students haven't been in a school since March, so it's normal to have some apprehension about returning. We want to support these families by offering transition programs for students in grades kindergarten through grade nine. These elementary and secondary transition programs will be available to all families who are not ready to have their child return to full-time face-to-face instruction when school begins in September."
"This summer has been busy for our district as we create and strengthen the learning options we are able to offer our students during this pandemic," explains Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent for the Surrey School District. "Our senior leadership, and in particular principals and vice-principals, have been working hard to create plans for their schools that are safe, responsive to their staff and student needs, and consistent with the guidelines put forth by provincial health experts. This has not been an easy task, and we know that this pandemic is unpredictable, but the health and safety of our staff, students and parents is always our first priority."
In response to the pandemic and parent concerns expressed through our surveys, families in the Surrey School District can now register for the following options for September:
We are attempting to meet the needs of our community in these unusual times. These transition programs will provide additional choice and flexibility to our core offerings. While it will take some time to adjust and create these options to their full instructional design, we anticipate transition programs to be fully operational by September 21st, with an orientation for registered families during the week of September 14th.
For more information on the transition programs, please review the following resources: