Dear Families of students at Templeton Secondary School.
Happy New Year to you all. I hope you have enjoyed a healthy and restful winter break.
As stated in the letter sent to you by the Vancouver School District on December 30, as per the Minister of Education’s announcement, the return to school for most of our students will be delayed until January 10 in response to the rising spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Vancouver schools will, however, be open this week (Tuesday, January 4 to January 7) to provide support for students coming from vulnerable circumstances, students with special needs, and children of essential workers who require support. Essential service workers include those employed in Health and Health Services, Social Services, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Emergency Response, and those employed in K-12 education.
What to expect if you are planning on sending your child to school on January 4:
· School will begin and end at the regularly scheduled times
· Supervision will be provided by school staff. This may not necessarily include students’ usual teachers.
· No new instruction will be taking place. Regular curricular instruction will recommence when schools reopen to all students.
· Students may be grouped differently from their usual classes.
· If your child is part of the school’s lunch program, lunch will be provided. Otherwise, please ensure your child has a lunch and healthy snack.
· Bus service provided by First Student bussing will continue for students who are in District programs.
· There is no need to inform the school if your child will not be attending school from January 4 to 7. Students who choose not to attend school on these days will not be marked absent.
Students that choose to attend on Tuesday January 4th are asked to enter from the main doors (east entrance) and report to the cafeteria at the start of the day. This is to gauge the number of students in the building so adequate safety measures can be put into place. Students may then report to their scheduled class. We will follow this practice from Jan 4th to Jan 7th.
We will continue to emphasize our already existing and highly effective layers of protection as advised by health officials. Mask wearing and frequent hand hygiene will be in place and reinforced by educators. Staff will also continue to:
· clean high touch surfaces frequently (once per day)
· post directional signage to manage traffic flow and prevent crowding
· reinforce daily self-health checks, and ensure students and staff stay home if they are feeling sick
· increase outdoor learning opportunities wherever possible
I had certainly hoped that 2022 would see us turning the corner on the pandemic and beginning to return to pre-pandemic operations. It appears we will need to wait a little longer for that reality but we have been here before, and we have done this before so I am confident we will get through this latest stage of education in a pandemic. I thank you for your understanding and cooperation in supporting our learners during these changing times.
Raza Mirani - Principal