Students in SD63 are being assured they will move on to the next grade or graduation in a statement issued by Tim Dunford, chair of the Saanich Board of Education. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘School year will not be lost’: SD63 students will move on to next grade

Tim Dunford, chair of the Saanich Board of Education, issued the statement on Monday

A statement from the Saanich Board of Education assures students who will miss out on their last term that they will continue on to the next grade or graduation.

Tim Dunford, chair of the Saanich Board of Education, issued the statement on March 30, the day students would have returned to school following spring break.

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According to the statement, the board is working with senior staff as well as the Ministry of Education to assure “this school year will not be lost.”

“The ministry is also assisting us and all school districts with guidelines for adjusting our educational delivery model to ensure these successful outcomes,” reads the statement.

In an email Dave Eberwein, superintendent of SD63, stated teachers and administrators are back at work, meeting virtually to plan “a number of items including how best to support their particular classes or learners remotely,” along with ensuring the “most complex of learners” are able to receive supports relative to their learning plans.

Eberwein said teachers will be reaching out to students this week, with instruction likely to begin sometime next week.

“This is a complex undertaking to temporarily transform an education system in just a few days – but, we are up to the challenge and realize that we play an important role in providing stability, hope and encouragement that our community needs as we move forward,” stated Eberwein.

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Parents are encouraged to regularly check the district website at for the most current information.

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