Messages to Parents and Guardians from Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman
May 19, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I wish to share updated information with you about how we as a District are planning to implement a gradual
return to in-class instruction on a part-time basis beginning June 1, 2020.
As you have likely heard, Premier Horgan, Education Minister Fleming and Public Health Officer Dr. Henry,
shared details about what a return to school could look like for the remainder of this school year. Health and
safety will continue to be everyone’s top priority.
In-class instruction will be made available for students in kindergarten to Grade 5 for two days a week whilst
students in Grades 6 and 7 will be offered in-class instruction for 1 day a week. Students in Grade 8 through
Grade 12 will be contacted through their school for some opportunities for some in-class instruction. As our
Minister has indicated, attendance in-class is voluntary. Providing some in-class instruction, for families that
choose to have their child attend, provides face to face instruction and some opportunities for social
interactions with peers. In addition, it also positions us all for a return to school – hopefully in our traditional
format of full time in-class instruction – in September 2020.
To help us plan the necessary classroom arrangements and schedules, families with students in kindergarten
through Grade 7 will be provided with a survey that we ask you to complete by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.
Following this, you will be provided with details about either the schedule for your child’s return to school or
about arrangements for continued learning at home.
Everyone at the District understands that a decision to send your children to school will vary family to family.
We are committed to doing all that we can to maintain safety for your children and our staff. Every health and
safety measure advised by the Provincial Health Officer – from hand hygiene, maximizing physical distancing,
logistics in the school day, enhanced cleaning and much more – will be strictly adhered to as we welcome
children back to our schools.
We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Provincial
Health Officer and Vancouver Coastal Health on the COVID-19 response. As I said before, these are
extraordinary times. Yet I have every confidence that this next phase for our school system will provide rich
learning opportunities for your children. As staff throughout our District have fundamentally shifted how
education is provided to students in mere weeks following spring break, I have every confidence the next phase
of our return to a new normal will help us all come out of this pandemic stronger and more resilient.
Suzanne Hoffman Superintendent of Schools Vancouver School District
Latest video: Preparing for the voluntary, part-time return to in-class instruction - May 19
Video: Where we are and where we will go: the stages of a gradual return to full in-class instruction - May 8
Video: Looking ahead and continuing to adapt - May 1
Video: Listening to families, expanding child care, and looking to possibilities ahead - April 24
Video: Feeding vulnerable youth, distributing technology and connecting with families continues - April 17
Video: A message to students: we're here for you! - April 9
Video: Continued learning from home - April 3
Letter to Parents and Guardians - April 3
Video: Meals for vulnerable students resume - April 1
Video: Partnering to navigate challenging times - March 30
Video: What parents, students and staff can expect after spring break - March 27
Letter to Parents and Guardians - March 27
Video: Focusing on health and safety - March 26
Video: Health and safety, communications, connections and commitment to learning - March 25
Letter to Parents and Guardians - March 17
Letter to Parents and Guardians - March 11