There are TWO SURVEYS circulating regarding school planning for the 2021/2022 school year.
DPAC Survey closes Dec 15th and is for students across grades. Fill it out once per child. You may need to close your browser and reopen for reach entry.
HIGH SCHOOL SPECIFIC
If you have another child in high school, the VSB Survey is specific to secondary schools and closes Dec 6th (Fill it out once per child. You may need to close your browser and reopen for reach entry). There is a separate VSB Survey for high school students themselves (not parents). If you are interested in increased face-to-face learning time at VSB high schools, please read the original blog post below as well as the petition.
This may be your only opportunity to provide feedback on planning for next year. Make sure your voice is heard!
Kids, Schools, COVID and Safety - originally posted Nov 22, 2020
On Monday, Nov 16th Dr. Mary Kestler, Infectious Disease Specialist, presented to the PAC a 15 minute talk on Kids, Schools, COVID and Safety. In it she shared current data on the harms and benefits of keeping kids in school full time. We hope this info session was helpful to parents for navigate some of the risk factors (mental and physical) as well as terminology (exposure & outbreak vs transmission). If you didn't have a chance participate in the PAC meeting, you can view the recording HERE. The talk starts at the 27 minute mark and can only be view via a VSB Teams account. The presentation was also given at the VSB Board Meeting on November 18th and a youtube recording of that session can be viewed HERE, starting at 6:30.
Parents can learn more about the impact of school closures on the BC CDC's website. as well as look up current data that is released weekly.
Currently, Vancouver elementary schools are in session full time, however, secondary schools remain operating at 105 minutes of face-to-face (F2F) instruction per day (remote learning is roughly 60 - 300 minutes per week at the discretion of the teacher). If you, or anyone you know, has a child in high school, or starting high school next year (grade 7) and would like to learn more about the efforts to increase F2F learning time, please see the petition HERE. There will also be a VSB survey circulating before the winter break where parents can share their perspectives. VSB begins planning for next school year in January.
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