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Brandon School Division has released its re-opening plan for the 2020/21 school year as per below:
The Brandon School Division 2020 Re-Opening Plan is now available on our website, under the BSD Updates on COVID-19 tab. To view the plan, please click here: https://t.co/e9B2OeixQH#BSDSchools #bdnmb # 2020/2021SchoolYear #Brandon pic.twitter.com/ex1W3RjaTI&mdash: Brandon Schools (@BrandonMBSD) August 14, 2020
The Brandon School Division 2020 Re-Opening Plan is now available on our website, under the BSD Updates on COVID-19 tab. To view the plan, please click here: https://t.co/e9B2OeixQH#BSDSchools #bdnmb # 2020/2021SchoolYear #Brandon pic.twitter.com/ex1W3RjaTI
With classes scheduled to start in 3 1/2 weeks, this is obviously going to be a year like no other. I’m interested to hear other parents’ thoughts on the coming school year, on various aspects of the plan that are designed for our present reality and the overall plan for learning to live with the virus going forward.
Edited by Adam, 2020-08-14 14:37:43
Share your thoughts on Restoring Safe Schools with Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Dr. Brent Roussin. Register online at https://t.co/GDtwTKHZYo to receive a call to join the telephone town hall on August 18 at 6:45PM. #Covid19MB pic.twitter.com/BB9PjMUaKj— Manitoba Government (@MBGov) August 15, 2020
Share your thoughts on Restoring Safe Schools with Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Dr. Brent Roussin. Register online at https://t.co/GDtwTKHZYo to receive a call to join the telephone town hall on August 18 at 6:45PM. #Covid19MB pic.twitter.com/BB9PjMUaKj
Have really had some time to flesh out how we feel within our household over the last day. I’ll be honest, just speaking as someone in Brandon that is to make decisions for what’s right for our kiddo, our family and within what we feel is our responsibility to our community we don’t feel right about everything where it sits right now. Education is insanely important and I recognize school's secondary role as a place to be when parents are at work but this outbreak as it stands right now doesn’t feel like an environment we want our son to start in-school classes in. Three weeks is a long time and the outbreak could fall off by then or at least strongly reverse in the other direction, but if everything in three weeks looks as it does now or worse then 5 days a week full-time in school won’t be something that feels right to us based on our family setup and priorities. No decision made yet but homeschooling is very much on the table for us and will be watching the state of the virus in the community closely. I hope the data to help with that understanding is more and more forthcoming. If we do go the homeschool route, the massive tradeoff is the social side of school which is so important. Would have to find ways to make connections with homeschooled kids for smaller and responsible learning-focused meet-ups so that winter isn’t just lockdown, shut the door for 5 months. What I want to see is at least one of two things. 1) Being realistic, this is likely just our first example of this kind of outbreak and as a society we do need to find ways of living with and adapting to the ups and downs. Need more concrete assurance that if there is an outbreak in the community that meets specific publicly-communicated data markers that there is a plan to transition from in-school learning to some form of learn-at-home model. Maybe that’s a hybrid alternating day thing, maybe that’s full on every day at home if severity of caseload warrants but there need to be data points and there needs to be data made available to know where we stand as a community (not a province) relative to those data points. That data needs to be specific and not in the form of “few,” “minority/majority,” “small amount” type of statements. I recognize that the childcare aspect of school makes this challenging and that our household is uniquely setup as working from home, but find a way. 2) more concessions within the current school plan to allow for some form of link to the school for those who choose to school at home (not just those with health risk factor/underlying health condition). I recognize that staffing challenges make this difficult, but find a way without unreasonably taxing our existing teachers. Problem is this isn’t a decision one can reasonably make on the night of September 7. If we go the homeschool route there are preparations that need to be made in advance and we’ll be starting those now just so we’re ready if we do decide to look that way. I could see giving it another week or so and then we’ll have to make a call based on where Brandon’s caseload is at that point and any tweaks to the plan in line with the above points. I saw the petition link above but I can’t sign because it’s too wide-reaching and has many points I support and others that I feel I shouldn’t be interjecting on… but if there was a petition specific to the above and specific to Brandon and our pandemic state, count me in. Looking forward to seeing any further information that comes out so we can make the best possible decision when considering all factors.
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