Richmond parents asked to complete education survey

The Ministry of Education is asking parents in Richmond and across B.C. to share how COVID-19 may have impacted learning experiences.

The ministry is asking parents to complete an online survey by July 24. One survey should be completed for each child in the household individually.

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The survey will be used to assess parent’s experiences and opinions about the impact of COVID-19 on students’ learning, as well as to improve educational program delivery, according to the ministry.

It’s still unclear how school will look in the fall, but details should be provided to districts by mid-August, said Richmond School District superintendent Scott Robinson in a letter to parents, posted online.

“As soon as we have that information we will communicate directly with parents in the district,” said Robinson in the June 25 letter.

“In the meantime, the Richmond School District is developing plans for a number of scenarios.”

Robinson noted that, regardless of what the next school year looks like, the district was able to “test-drive” its health and safety protocols in June, when students returned for part-time, in-class instruction.

However, Robinson said that if public health conditions don’t deteriorate, it's likely that school will look similar to education during stage one or two of B.C.’s Restart Plan.

But, until the Ministry of Education has made their decision, he said, that is subject to change.

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