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Looking ahead and continuing to adapt

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With lots of thoughts and ideas percolating about what the Provincial Government's eventual loosening of restrictions will mean, people are wondering too what that means for schools. In her latest video update, Vancouver School District Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman shares the District's thinking about what that may look like. In the message, she relays the thinking and discussions within the education system that have taken place over the last week.

She says the District continues to work methodically and thoughtfully through the suggestions and ideas. Noting this topic has been recently addressed by the Education Minister, Rob Fleming, and the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Hoffman reassures that however in-class learning is re-introduced, health and safety will be the top consideration in making decisions.

She adds the District is watching other jurisdictions nationally and internationally that are already or about to return to some form of in-class instruction. Going forward, Hoffman says there are many areas in which planning will be taking place, including communication, connections for students, and what learning spaces will look like -- ensuring operations comply with guidelines that will come from the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education.

Overall, she notes, District staff continue to adapt well to the circumstances of COVID-19, and will continue to do so as thoughts are turned to the next phase of the pandemic response.

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