Students in Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools will remain at home as the district develops a learning plan to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo school district to develop learning plan to account for COVID-19

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district superintendent advises parents keep kids at home

Parents of Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools students are being asked to continue keeping children at home as the school district drafts a learning plan to account for COVID-19.

The B.C. Ministry of Education indefinitely suspended in-class instruction due to the coronavirus crisis earlier in the month. Students are on spring break until Monday, March 30 and in a letter to parents, Scott Saywell, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools’ superintendent and CEO, said the district will proceed slowly with coming up with a course of action.

“During the week of March 30, NLPS principals will be reconnecting remotely with their staff, planning and building capacity to provide learning opportunities for students,” Saywell said. “You will hear from your child’s teacher during this week to share more detail concerning their plan for the continuity of learning. Staff will also be preparing a plan to reconnect vulnerable students with food programs.”

Saywell also asks parents not to return to school to pick up any of their children’s personal effects, unless authorized by their principal or teacher. Students are asked to stay away from school until they are invited to return, Saywell said.

RELATED: Kids get back to learning in B.C., online

RELATED: Home-schooling about to become rule in SD68

RELATED: B.C. to suspend K-12 schools indefinitely due to COVID-19

In a press release Friday, the ministry announced it has launched a Keep Learning B.C. online tool,, to aid children in learning at home, while plans are being developed. It is “a central place where families can find ideas for everyday educational activities, annotated links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn and how to ensure their well-being while they are at home,” the ministry said.

More from the News Bulletin on Facebook and Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19: Uptick in calls to Haven Society crisis line as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

Nanaimo RCMP seek owner of bike recovered in downtown area

Grey Cannondale road bike found on Wesley Street in Nanaimo on May 23

Proposed $2.5-million renovation at Dover Bay secondary would increase school’s capacity

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools to submit draft concept plan to Ministry of Education by Aug. 1

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No government interested in paying for rail right now

Rail advocates are ignoring the basic problem of affordability, says letter writer

Nanaimo Art Gallery announces new executive director

Former Prince George gallery director Carolyn Holmes to take on role

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Most Read