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by Anita Ko - Saturday, 28 March 2020, 6:22 PM

March 28, 2020

Dear Prospect Lake Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the Prospect Lake staff, we hope that you and your family are healthy and coping the best ways you can.  As you know there have been significant (unprecedented) shifts in our lives since we were together only two weeks ago.  By now you have received a message from our Superintendent and the direction by the Ministry of Education and the Public Health Officer regarding the suspension of in -person instruction.  We know there are many wonders and questions about the upcoming days and weeks. 

Our school district staff have been working over spring break to create a plan to support schools and staff to find a starting point in the shift of delivery for our students.  As you can imagine, this is a huge shift in our traditional way of instruction.  Our dedicated teachers and support staff, although have many questions, will embark on a journey to adapt to this challenging situation that we find ourselves in and continue to support your children.

This upcoming week, March 30-April 3, we will be focusing on supporting staff with resources and age appropriate tools to begin their planning.  The Ministry of Education has asked that a continuation of learning in the core areas of Literacy and Numeracy be implemented by mid-April.  We are aiming to have communication to you by April 6.   Some things that will be happening at Prospect Lake in the coming week include: 

  • School Health and Safety members will be having a meeting (virtually) on Monday morning to discuss safe access to the school that adhere to Public Health Officer directions.
  • School Staff will be having a meeting (virtually) on Monday afternoon to reconnect and discuss plans to move forward and support needed.
  • Inservice to staff regarding some technology platforms will be provided Wednesday.
  • Expect to receive a Check-in communication from your teacher by the end of the week in a format that you are already currently familiar with (e.g. email, Google classroom, Fresh grade).
  • Our focus this week is for staff to connect with each other, begin their planning and to re- connect with their classroom families.

It is certain that there will be questions and we will keep you informed of plans which will continue to evolve and be fluid in the upcoming weeks.  We believe that one of the great strengths of Prospect Lake Elementary is our strong community spirit and our ability to work together to care for and support one another.   We will be tapping into this strength of community and our resilience to work our way through the next weeks and months.  We look forward to reconnecting with our amazing learning community. 

With Gratitude,

Ms. Ko and Ms. Lail