School District 27 is preparing to work after fall break. (Angie Mindus photo)

COVID-19: School District 27 Supt. Chris Van der Mark sends letter to parents on next steps

The district has been working to create a plan for the continuity of learning for SD#27 students


Dear familes;

On March 17, the government of British Columbia announced a suspension of in-class instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 12 due to COVID-19. Since that announcement, the district has been working to create a plan for the continuity of learning for SD#27 students. As we navigate this evolving situation, I want to share what the first part of this plan will be.

• The District will be sending all parents a link (where we have e-mail confirmation) to a brief survey to help us gather some service information.

• Although schools are not closed, there will be no students in attendance.

• Early in the week of March 30th you will be contacted by a teacher from your school to either confirm the survey information or complete it if you were unable to do so.

• We recognize that each family has unique circumstances and we want to create a learning plan that will best work for you and your child(ren) during this challenging time.

• After initial contact is made, staff will spend time planning and developing learning continuity plans that best suit their students and families.

• This will look different across our district, as it will look different across the province.

• Once plans are in place, the school will again contact home to discuss what continuity of learning will look like.

Read More: B.C. to suspend K-12 schools indefinitely due to COVID-19

While it will be difficult to replicate the learning structures that exist in schools, we will do our best to stay connected with you and use a variety of strategies to keep your child learning and engaged to make this as easy as possible.

The District is working on adding a COVID-19 Response page to its District Website with links and other tools that may be helpful to families. We also encourage you to take this time as an opportunity to engage in learning as a family through play, conversation, and the outdoors.

We can do this. We look forward to welcoming you and your child(ren) back to school when we are able to do so. Stay healthy.


Chris van der Mark Superintendent of Schools

CoronavirusSchool District No 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. firefighters only responding to most life-threatening calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The directive comes after province spoke with paramedics, fire services, according to top doctor

EDITORIAL: No time for April fools

As we adjust, cope, our community responds in different ways

2020 BC Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees: Bayliff family and Chilancoh Ranch

Historic ranch honoured in Ranching Pioneer and Century Ranch categories

Visitor to Kamloops army club tests positive for COVID-19: Interior Health

The individual visited Anavets 290 Army and Navy Club between March 13 and March 17

Lives impacted, lessons learned during COVID-19

Visiting his dying father revealed difficult conditions for frontline workers, Ingemar Kallman said

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Two inmates found positive for COVID-19 at federal prison in B.C.; other tests pending

15 staff self-isolating waiting results, refusal to work notice sent, says correctional officer

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

How to cope with your mental health during a global pandemic

Becca Shears, clinical counsellor in Vanderhoof speaks about ways to deal with stress and anxiety during this time.

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

Two people fined after B.C. police spot online ads re-selling 5,000 surgical, N95 masks

Police confiscated the masks, being sold at inflated prices, and now working with Fraser Health

Most Read