The Kamloops-Thompson school board is planning to stop in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are going to be taking the medical health officer’s advice and we will be avoiding larger groups of people and, to do that, we’re going to be moving to video-conferencing,”chairperson Kathleen Karpuk said of future board meetings.
She said the school district is trying to determine how to make the remote sessions open to the public in time for the next scheduled meeting on Monday, April 6.
Whether anyone will be stationed in the board room remains to be determined, Karpuk told KTW.
She said the goal is to have video-conference meetings operational by April 6 rather than cancelling that meeting.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has ordered public gatherings be limited to no more than 50 people and said people should maintain a social distance of about two metres (six feet) from each other.
To date, as with the rest of the province, SD73 has ended in-person classes and closed its playgrounds. School fields and courts remain open so long as social distancing requirements are adhered to, while some buildings will be open for child care of essential service workers and meal programs, but closed to students and the general public.
Board meetings at the school district office on Ninth Avenue in Kamloops have been known to generate crowds from time to time, when certain educational initiatives are highlighted or a controversial issue is at hand, but the number of people attending is usually fewer than 50.