Returning To School September 2020

Island Pacific School will be starting on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

As per the Ministry of Education mandate to restart at Stage 2, IPS submitted its restart plan to the Independent School Association of BC (ISABC) on August 21, 2020: You can get more detail in the documents linked below.

Island Pacific School Education Restart Plan
Health and Safety Plan
IPS COVID-19 Communications Plan
IPS Daily Cleaning Checklists (WorksafeBC)

We are confident that we are well-positioned and ready to launch our 26th year on Tuesday, September 8th. The health and safety of our students, staff and their families remains our top priority. In addition to the attached documents, IPS staff will be finalizing many details for the upcoming year during our staff pre-service week, August 31-September 4. In advance, I wanted to share some key points:

Cohorts (Learning Groups)

  • IPS will have a junior cohort (grades 6/7) and a senior cohort (grades 8/9).
  • As per the Operational Guidelines for School Districts and Independent School Authorities, cohort members will need to refrain from physical contact but will NOT have to be physically distant from each other.
  • Each grade (class) will have a designated room and each student a dedicated desk.
  • Students will keep all of their personal belongings at their designated desks. There will be NO use of cubbies but lockers will be available for jackets and outdoor footwear.
  • Masks are mandatory during transport on the IPS bus, TransLink, BC Ferries and in the carpool.

Class Schedule

The schedule will be finalized during the staff pre-service week but parents can anticipate the following:

  • 8:00 am ferry for off islanders
  • 8:45 start – morning stretch will be by cohort
  • Monday Enrichment Program will NOT take place during Term 1. We will review for Term 2 and 3.
  • Wednesdays will continue to have an early dismissal at 2:30 and we will continue to program community service, guest speakers and excursions.
  • Lunch areas – NO use of dishes or kitchen. Cohorts will eat in different areas and must NOT share food. Students must also have their own LABELLED water bottle.
  • Class dismissal, breaks and lunch will be staggered to minimize congestion in hallways and common areas.

Health and Safety

  • The most important consideration is that if your child is not feeling well, he or she must stay home.
  • Students and staff should assess their health daily via this tool.
  • The school will undergo a deep clean each day. In addition, we will continue to sanitize high touch areas during the school day.

Use of masks

  • Teachers will not be part of cohorts and will therefore need to wear masks at all times while indoors.
  • Students will be required to wear masks while indoors but they can remove them once they are in their designated classroom.
  • School access to parents/visitors will be restricted and masks/sanitizing will be mandatory in essential or extenuating circumstances.

First week of school

Tuesday, September 8th. This day will include orientation, team building, health and safety, and prep for the upcoming day trips.

Overnight trips are not allowed so, in lieu of camping, staff are planning an exciting three days of outdoor activities for each grade level. Final details will be confirmed during our pre-service week and shared to parents via email no later than Thursday, September 3rd.


Our fall ultimate program will take place on Mondays and Thursdays as it has in the past and will begin on Thursday, September 17th. Stay tuned for more details.

While we are encouraged to start the year in Stage 2 of BC’s Framework for K-12 Education, we are also prepared to pivot between all five stages should circumstances change. Ensuring the continuity of learning to fulfill our mission and values regardless of the stage the province is in, will require flexibility, and innovation and the collective support of all IPS stakeholders.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding.


Scott Herrington, Head of School