COVID-19 Info Centre

Updated clarification on Programs of Choice

As we have stated throughout this process, we’re proud of the new programs that have been created and expanded to give our District’s families more options in this challenging year. We have also been clear with the limitations we’ve faced, including the fact that we do not have the capacity to offer online learning in separate streams to also align with programs of choice. In stating our limitations, we have also made sure that parents and students know that we can not guarantee a spot in the program of choice to families who opt to pursue one of the new alternatives.

It is our goal to help families who may choose to leave our schools this year – for whatever reason – opportunities to return when they feel it is safe to do so.

But we also need to consider the impact on learning that a full year away from an immersion-type program may result in – both for the individual student and for the class they’re requesting a return to.

We want you to know that we are pulling together a team of immersion specialists to consider creating a process that might, on a case-by-case basis, enable students to return to the program in September of 2021.

Again, we can not guarantee any return into a program of choice. But we want you to know that, where possible and appropriate, we are looking for ways to help all of our families return to our schools when they’re ready, and when we have capacity to do so.

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