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Full return to school K-12 delayed until January 10

NCS teaching and support staff returned to campus Jan. 4 to plan for enhanced safety measures. Students of some essential service workers and those with exceptional needs also returned.

A few middle school students built gingerbread houses Jan. 4.

Under provincial order, a full return to school for all B.C. students in kindergarten to Grade 12 will be delayed until Monday, Jan. 10, in order to give public health and B.C. schools additional time to adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant on communities and schools, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the continuation of in-class learning.

Teachers and staff returned to Nanaimo Christian School's campus on January 4 and are planning for enhanced safety measures on gatherings, preventing crowding, a greater emphasis on health checks and mask usage, limiting access to the school and pausing some extra-curricular activities. Public health will continue to learn more about the Omicron variant in our community and ensure the right measures are in place to keep students and staff safe for their return to learning on January 10.

On January 4, NCS welcomed back to campus about 70 students -- those with exceptional needs and those whose parents are health care workers, first responders or school staff (NCS or otherwise). There will be care, connection and activities planned for the week, but no instruction will be provided for students on or off campus.

Once the B.C. Ministry of Education provides greater clarity, we will provide further updates to parents and caregivers. In the meantime ...

  • All students will be invited to a Zoom event to connect with their homeroom teachers and classmates later in the week. Details will come from students' homeroom teachers Jan. 4.

  • Later this week parents and caregivers will also receive more information on updated health and safety plans and any specific divisional information.

  • We are ready to plan this week with our staff to keep learning going regardless of how the next couple of months unfold.

  • We will be ready to keep classes running, to support possible increased absenteeism and to pivot to any remote learning, if absolutely necessary or required.

Already we miss seeing everyone on campus and look forward to your return!

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