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School District 5
Southeast Kootenay
Essential Services Workers

Supporting Essential Service Workers

School District No. 5 (Southeast Kootenay) is following the direction of the Ministry of Education to develop a plan for providing on-site supervision or care for children of essential service workers.

The District is using the definition of an essential service worker provided by Emergency Management BC: Essential Service Workers (ESWs) are those individuals considered critical to preserving life, health and societal functioning - including emergency responders, front-line health care workers, and critical infrastructure and supply chain workers.

On-site supervision or care for children of essential workers applies to students in Grades K-6. We will consider providing this support for children of essential workers in other grades, depending on individual circumstances.

It is important that essential service workers exhaust all possibilities for supervision of their children first, before accessing the essential services school support. This will help SD5 in its efforts to safely apply health and safety protocols as defined by the Provincial Medical Health Officer.

Please be aware, depending on available SD5 resources, essential worker status may need to be prioritized.

The review of requests submitted for supervision of children of essential service workers is ongoing.  If you have questions, please contact your school principal directly.