Richmond students get at least another week off before learning relaunches

Richmond students can expect at least another week off before they have to hit the books. 

The Richmond School District informed its teachers earlier this week that they will have the first week back at work after spring break – March 30 to April 3 - to plan and that they won’t need to “provide learning opportunities” until at least the following week.

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Furthemore, teachers won’t need to be in the schools for the first two to three days.

The school district is making plans to still teach students despite the suspension of in-class instruction because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has also shut down many public institutions.

As for teaching, Scott Robinson, superintendent of schools, explained to teachers in a letter on Tuesday that plans for the “continuity of learning” are being developed.

However, he added, there isn’t an expectation of “online” learning unless the teacher thinks that’s the best way; rather teachers will deliver their lessons to students how it best makes sense.

The Richmond board of education was meeting with the school district staff on Thursday afternoon as they worked on plans for how learning can continue given the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Education has asked school districts to provide services to children of essential service workers and to vulnerable students who need special assistance. They are also being asked to ensure Grade 12 students are on track to graduate.

The superintendent's letter also notes the school district needs to be in compliance with health orders for physical distancing and hygiene.

Schools are currently being cleaned and cleaning protocols are being established for every school, the letter explains.

In a statement on Friday to the Richmond News, the school district stated they are expected to “implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students… as plans are finalized, the district will communicate with parents.”

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