Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

School Continuance Plan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your prayers, support and patience as our leadership team has taken time to consider our school continuance plan. We are blessed to be part of a strong family of Christian schools across the province who care deeply about families and providing a Christian education for children. In this unprecedented, ever-evolving global pandemic, we want you to know that we are committed more than ever to your family’s well-being and our mission to educate and equip discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom.

Under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, all BC schools are in the position of planning for learning continuity in the absence of in-class instruction. This is new territory for many of our schools. We don’t have all the answers. We know it will look different. Our leadership team has been in correspondence throughout this crisis and has attended virtual meetings with our Christian school colleagues. We have been watching the responses of our provincial neighbours who suspended in-class instruction ahead of us, and our teachers and EAs have been active – sharing ideas and resources in preparation for a new kind of learning experience.

Next week, our leadership team will be making contact with all of our staff members to assess their well-being and formulate a “return to work” plan for staff on Monday, March 30th. There will be no in-class or at-home learning directed by staff during this week.

In this first week after Spring Break (March 30-April 3):

  • Staff will meet together (physically or virtually or both) to discuss and outline our school continuance plan for students and communication protocols with families.
  • Teachers will make contact with each family to identify immediate needs, concerns, and questions.
  • Parents will also be asked to complete a short survey that will help our staff plan and provide resources for learning experiences and support that fit your children and home situation.

Lord willing, we plan to launch our new school continuance plan with students on Monday, April 6th. This will be the first day of new, teacher-directed, at-home learning experiences. These new learning experiences will look different for primary, intermediate, junior and senior high school students. Recent learning guidelines posted by the Alberta government outline expectations (assigned work, course completion, assessments) that BC will likely adopt and that Cedars staff will discuss in our school continuity plan. We recognize that there are many questions you may have around learning needs/support, upcoming events, and assessment. We will be working to answer these questions for students and families in the coming weeks.

Cedars’ founding vision was to see staff and parents unite to help our children develop their unique potential and internalize spiritual values. Let us renew this vision together in the weeks ahead, and uncover new ways to demonstrate our core values of community and service in this current crisis. Know that our board, leadership team and staff care deeply for each one of our families, and will be working hard to fulfill our commitment to you as a school.

Shalom.

Shane Nelson
Principal
shanen@cedars.bc.ca