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Dear Parents,

As a follow up to my last week’s letter dated Aug 24th, the Ministry of Education opened a 4th option for returning students on Aug 25th.

Please see Stage 2 Restart Options – Comparison and the definitions of this 4th option (CISVA Stage 2 Restart Options). Please especially read carefully the options for Public School Districts vs Independent Schools. Also, please understand the differences between “Home school” vs “Distance Learning -DL” vs “Temporary Transition plan”. We cannot offer the hybrid learning model anymore. Public Schools cannot either. Their on-line model is only -DL offered by their district office, and not their local school or classroom teachers. Our CISVA system does not have DL as an option as it must have already existed prior to COVID.

Please read both letters and complete the survey link by Thursday 3 p.m. for your chosen option.


If you choose Transition Plan Option no. 4,  your child will be working from home,  their CISVA Temporary Transition will begin on Monday, September 21, 2020. At that time the classroom teacher will be creating work from home packages for pick-up and will provide 1 hr per week for questions, as well as the regular parent communications.

If parents wish their children to return, the first option is to return on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, with one week notice required by October 6th.

If parents wish to continue to the second option, the return date would on Monday, November 16, 2020, with one week notice required by November 9th. Prior to November 16th, there will be information on whether the transition program will be continuing after that date.

I hope this helps explain all the changes announced on Aug 25th by the Education Minister, and program delivery options for parents. As a CISVA school who only receives 50% funding from the government as a Class 1 Independent School, our options are attached.

Please complete this survey by Thursday, September 3rd by 3 p.m. so we can prepare for our student’s return. We ask all parents to complete the survey as any family not completing it by this date will be assumed to be returning in person.

We do understand the anxiety and the nervousness of the Province of British Colombia’s Stage 2 re-start plan. But I wish to assure parents we are doing all we can within all the Ministry of Education and Public Health, Work Safe BC,  guidelines.

Also, the Ministry staff have reviewed documents provided by your member association and our Safety Plan submitted on August 21st, and have confirmed their alignment with the requirements set out in the COVID-19 Operational Guidelines and Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings

If you have any questions, please email us

Thank you for patience and understanding in these very difficult times, and for the fluidity of the situations regarding COVID-19 and schools.


Pasquale Balletta