The Kamloops-Thompson school district is accepting applications from essential-service workers to apply for in-school support services that are scheduled to begin on April 6.
School districts across the province have been directed by the Ministry of Education to provide on-site educational instruction for children of essential workers during regular school hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents deemed essential-services workers by the provincial government who wish to apply for the service have until Thursday, March 26, at 4 p.m. to fill out an application.
The service is available to essential workers who have children in the school district between kindergarten and Grade 5, so they are able to respond to critical civic services during the pandemic.
According to the district, it will consider offering this programming for children of essential workers in other grades, depending on individual circumstances.
The district continues to finalize details as to how the children will be taught in school while social-distancing and other pandemic-related guidelines are followed.
“It is important that essential-service workers exhaust all possibilities for supervision of their children first, before accessing the essential-services school,” a press release from school district stated. “This will help the district in its efforts to safely apply health and safety protocols as defined by the provincial medical health officer.”
Depending on availability of school district resources, essential-worker status may need to be prioritized.
The district’s form lists essential workers as hospital employees, medical-service providers, pharmacists, law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, government or civic service providers and licensed day-care providers, in that order.
A box listed as “other” is included at the bottom of the list.
The school district’s definition of an essential-service worker is based on the description provided by Emergency Management BC, as those individuals considered critical to preserving life, health and societal functioning — including emergency responders, frontline health care workers and critical infrastructure and supply-chain workers.
The application for for essential-services workers is online at https://forms.sd73.bc.ca/Essential-Worker-Designation-Form.