Comox Valley Schools will receive approximately $3.4 million as part of
the federal funding which was allocated to the province to assist with school restarts.

Tom Demeo, Superintendent of Schools, assures parents and guardians that the increased
funding will enhance its Return to School Plan 2020 with much needed staff and resources to
support all learners while continuing to maintain a safe environment.

“In the past few weeks, our school administrators have reached out to families to get a sense of
their intentions this fall. Although the majority of students will be returning to in-class
instruction, many responses indicate a mix of in-class and remote learning preferences,”
explained Demeo. “An important goal for us is to keep each student closely connected with their
school to support their social and emotional wellness. Therefore, we intend to invest some of
these funds toward hiring staff to oversee school connection opportunities for those students not
ready to return to the classroom. Additional funding couldn’t come at a better time to put this
plan into place right away.”

The District plans to use the new funding for mental wellness initiatives, mental health support
for students and staff, additional health and safety resources, technology requirements, and
creating outdoor learning environments.

Demeo acknowledged that plans for the new funding were developed in close collaboration with
all educational partners.

“Moving forward, we will continue to engage with our partner groups and learn about their
specific concerns and needs as we return back to our schools,” added Demeo. “We want
everyone to know they have a voice and that staff and families can feel confident about the
school year ahead.”

To ensure school communities feel confident about reopening schools and returning to learning,
the District created an encouraging video message to address health and safety, choices for
education opportunities and meeting needs of vulnerable learners. 

Mary Lee

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