The continuation of educational opportunities in Cowichan Valley School District 79 is being addressed by Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education.
“The School District recognizes the very difficult time in our community that we are experiencing and is trying to assist in any way possible as we ‘step up to do our part’ in the COVID-19 emergency,” she indicated.
“Our thoughts go out to any person affected by COVID-19. We recognize the anxiety, stress and concern in your family, and we sincerely thank all those who are keeping our community safe, healthy and supported. We recognize the toll this situation is taking on everyone as we feel the effects of the rapid change to our economy and our uncertain economic future. We can only work day by day to accept the issues, manage the problems, and find solutions, knowing that in the end we will come through the emergency with our community intact.”
Spilsbury added the School District is working with community partners to support the needs in the community in collaboratives like the Community Food Task Force, the Community Homeless/Opioid Task Force and the Cowichan Leadership Group.
In addition, the School District has developed five priorities to support the organization and the community:
• To ensure the health and safety of all Cowichan Valley School District staff and students.
• To ensure business continuity of the organization.
• To ensure supports for any learners and families who may be in a vulnerable situation.
• To ensure childcare opportunities are available for those that may require it.
• To ensure educational continuity for our learners.
“On behalf of the Board of Education for Cowichan Valley School District, I acknowledge that we are in difficult, challenging, and ever-changing times,” Spilsbury stated. “The Board is dedicated to working to support our learners and our community in any way we can.”