Comox Valley Schools will transition from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of the fivestage Ministry of Education K-12 Education Restart Plan where in-class learning will return for
students 1 June.

The new development in education was announced by Premier of B.C. John Horgan in a joint
press conference with the Provincial Health Officer and the Minster of Education 15 May.

The return to school is optional. Families have the choice of bringing their children back to class
on a part-time basis this school year or continuing with the remote and online learning options.

The Stage 3 reopening of schools will look different for many students. Kindergarten to grade 5
students will receive two days a week of instruction while students in grades 6 to12 will receive
one day a week of instruction.

Based on the different configurations in our elementary schools, the District requested that grade
6 and 7 be included in the K-5 plan, however, the Ministry of Education did not grant approval,
therefore, grades 6 and 7 students in our elementary schools will only be able to come back one
day a week.

Schools will contact parents and caregivers by 29 May to outline specific details about their
child’s schedules and associated return to school protocols. Plans to return students to secondary
school are currently being developed and individual schools will contact families.

Before schools reopen to all students and staff, the District will continue to implement health and
safety protocols as stipulated by the Provincial Health Office and Worksafe BC to ensure all
learning environments are safe and thoroughly disinfected with continued ongoing cleaning
measures. All full-time, part-time and on-call staff must undergo training from their respective
school site Joint Health and Safety committee as part of the District’s School Reopening
Framework.

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)