Brief: Revelstoke schools prepare for students’ part-time return to class

School District following provincial guidelines, ensuring new conditions in the best interest of all students

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Revelstoke Secondary School. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

Revelstoke parents have the option of sending their school-aged children back to class on a part-time basis starting June 1. In-class instruction has been cancelled since March 17 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  (You can read more about the Mountaineer’s coverage of COVID-19 and Revelstoke schools here. )

In a May 22 letter sent to parents, Revelstoke School District 19 superintendent Mike Hooker said staff are working to prepare for students to return on a part-time schedule. In the letter, Hooker acknowledged parents will have questions about what school will look like, saying the district continues to get “updated information from the Provincial Health Office that is guiding our planning around health and safety, and we will provide details next week so that you are able to review it at home and begin the education process that will allow us to safely work and learn together.”

Students will be able to return to class on a schedule set by each school’s principal. The schedule is in alignment with provincial guidelines and will reduce the number of students at school. Hooker said support will continue for online learning but “as staff will be working face to face during the day with students, the online contact will be reduced and adjusted through June.”

In-class support for students is based on the following schedule:

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5:

Group A, Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Group B, Wednesday and Thursday from 8: 30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Students in Grades 6 and 7:

School principles will provide details on the class schedule for students in Grades 6 and 7.

Students in Grades 8 and 9:

Group A, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Group B, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Students in Grades 10, 11, 12:

Group A, Monday and Wednesday from 12:25p.m.–3p.m.

Group B, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:25p.m.–3p.m.

School principals will provide parents with details on student schedules, including assignment to either Group A or Group B, schedules, safety protocols, transportation and other relevant information over the coming week.

“We are looking forward to making the most of this opportunity in June, and making sure that these new conditions work in the very best way for all our students,” said Hooker.