Teachers from Campbell River’s School District 72 will be getting in touch with families this week.

Depending on the student’s grade, they’ll be contacting parents by either phone or email.

They’re hoping to provide some reassurance while also sharing with parents learning activities that can be done from home.

“We are all saddened to have such an abrupt pause to our school year, but our district’s management team, principals, teachers and educational support staff are hard at work this week planning for how we can provide students with some continuity of learning through this difficult time,” says Superintendent Jeremy Morrow.

He says they’re also looking at ways to support vulnerable students who may face additional challenges and the families of essential front-line workers.

As the district develops these plans, Morrow has asked staff to focus on connecting with families as their goal is to “support you through these difficult times, not to add any further stress or anxiety.”

Morrow says he’s aware of additional worries and concerns for grade 12 students in regards to graduation.

“Our secondary schools will be in direct contact with grade 12 students and their parents, but I want to reassure you that we have been told by the Ministry of Education that there will be no negative impact on a student’s ability to graduate.”

The Ministry is also working with the Ministry of Advanced Education to make sure there’s no impact on post-secondary applications.

As the district continues to receive questions as to when and how students can pick up their personal belongings from school, Morrow adds they will “provide limited and controlled building access to ensure we are following all necessary health protocols.”

Though no schedule has been shared yet, principals will be reaching out to students with more information.