March 13, 2020 --
PRINCE GEORGE – Given the changing global circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak, including the World Health Organization's COVID-19 pandemic declaration and the increasing risks of transmission at public gatherings, School District No. 57 is making adjustments to its KRSS school naming public engagement plan: specifically the in-person public participation sessions.
"We believe it is our role and responsibility during this time to support the Provincial Health Officer's strategy of social distancing, and prioritizing the health and well-being of our students, staff and public," says Tim Bennett, Chair of the Board of Education.
The deadline for public engagement to provide a recommendation to the Board will still be April 17, 2020 due to construction constraints. A revised engagement plan will be based on these needs. It will be an extension of the questionnaire, and available primarily online and through paper submissions for those whose online access is limited. Student engagement sessions will continue to go ahead until further notice.
"Our commitment to public engagement – while it may look different than what we originally proposed and released yesterday – is still a priority," says Bennett.
The questionnaire will be available publicly on March 20, 2020, as planned.
Continued updates will be available on the SD57 website: www.sd57.bc.ca.