Candace Spilsbury, Cowichan Valley School District board chair. (Photo by Mark Margerison)

Board of Education creates COVID-19 transition committee

Programs and protocols remain in place to get though this unprecedented time

The Cowichan Valley School District 79 board of education has created an Ad hoc COVID-19 transition committee to plot the way forward for the district, as B.C. continues to flatten the curve and transition to a ‘new normal’.

The Ad hoc committee will consist of two trustees, the superintendent, secretary-treasurer and director of communications, with resource personnel as required. The committee will focus on ensuring the school district can navigate the months ahead as well as consulting with educational partners and staff.

The Board is committed to ensuring current safe work practices that have been in place in schools will remain, and guidelines for health and safety protocols, which include continuous environmental cleaning, hand washing, physical distancing and gathering rules, also continue.

Providing educational opportunities for learners remains the primary goal of the district.

The community partnerships that created the important Food for Kids program, delivering about 400 bags of food weekly to students and families, are providing outstanding service.

The educational support for children of Phase 1 and Phase 2 Essential Services Workers will also continue to be offered in schools.

“The Board thought it was extremely important to have strong contingency plans in place for our district,” said Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education. “We know that the future is in flux and we need to ensure we can continue our strong support of our learners and our community.”

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