School District 52 is ready for the return of students on June 1st

Divya Gill

School District 52 has released the plan to reopen classes for students in Prince Rupert, Port Edward, Hartley Bay and Metlakatla.  

A survey was done last Friday to indicate how parents feel about sending their child to school. The results indicated a 50/50 split.

Teachers Union President Gabriel Bureau says he understands the fear parents have about sending their child back to school he said teachers will be enforcing social distancing rules to students in hopes to minimize the spread

"Eight to ten students will be the maximum and tables will be spread apart, teachers will try to have activities that do not encourage physical contact, that type of thing."

Other protocols include: 
-Regular cleaning of high contact surfaces such as door knobs, toilet seats, keyboards and desks
-Increased hand washing and sanitizing stations for students and staff 
-Staggered drop offs, lunch and recess breaks with increased time outside
-Self-assessment for all of any potential symptoms of COVID-19 
-No sharing of food, or personal items

As part of the return to school protocol, there will be no more than 20 percent of the student population in the school at a time.

Port Edward currently has seven students and will deliver to all students four days a week and one day online 

Hartley Bay's students will access staggered in-class instruction four day per week with one online class a week 

Metlakatla students will not be travelling across the harbour to attend school until further notice and instead will continue on with the online process currently underway.


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