Students and parents in the Kamloops-Thompson school district are being told to refrain from retrieving personal items from schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an indefinite suspension of in-class instruction across B.C.
Though the Ministry of Education has not shuttered schools, so child care and meal programs can continue, buildings in the Kamloops-Thompson district remain closed to students and members of the public.
According to the district, parents should not to return to schools to pick up items unless contacted by their child’s teacher or principal.
A schedule will be prepared by each school to allow for the safe collection of resources and personal belongings that follows the social-distancing guidelines set out by B.C.’s provincial health officer.
The Kamloops-Thompson school district is building a continuity of learning plan with staff input to ensure students remain connected to their teachers, learning remotely as of March 30 in an abridged model. Arrangements will be made for families that don’t have the proper technology or internet service.
Vulnerable students are to be reconnected with food programs by April 6. The goal is to open some schools by that date to provide child care for children of essential workers, such as health-care professionals and first responders during regular school hour.
Anyone considered by the provincial government to be an essential worker who is a parent of students between kindergarten and Grade 5 will be provided with additional information by their child's principal to ensure they are able to respond to critical civic services.