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Dear parents and students,
These past few months have been challenging for everyone. We hope that all Gurmat Center families are doing well. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back for another exciting school year! For those who are new to our school community, we would like to extend a special welcome. Although this year will be unlike any other due to the global pandemic, it will be filled with many exciting activities, challenges and opportunities for students. We are excited to start classes in September as they will allow students to remain connected to a positive learning environment, their Punjabi and Sikhi education, and prevent learning loss!
Despite the new changes due to COVID-19, Gurmat Center is committed more than ever to educating children in areas of Punjabi, Kirtan, Sikh Studies, Santhia (Nitnem and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee), and much more. We are continuing our trademark Katha in English at our Sunday Youth & Family Darbar to help students gain more understanding as well as learn the importance of Sikhi. Over the years, the Darbar has inspired many students to become more aware of their rich heritage and glorious history. It is also a great way to have children connect with the greater school community.
Gurmat Center’s top priority has always been the safety and well-being of our students and volunteers. Since March, we have been following and will continue to follow recommendations from our provincial health officer, the Canadian government and local authorities.
Over the summer, our team developed and implemented a restart plan with the guidance of BC health authorities. This plan has been reviewed and approved by a health care representative. This booklet contains details about how we will be moving forward, taking into account all COVID-19 safety precautions.
It is our belief that we are working together as partners with parents in the education and safety of students. Parents should be fully aware of student progress as well as our safety procedures and policies. Despite the pandemic challenges, we are committed to providing an authentic learning experience to ensure the success of all students.
Please take some time to read all of the information in this package, including the restart strategy, timetable, and new policies and procedures.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact our office through email or phone call. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and support!
Gurmat Center Team of Educators
The GC Restart Plan is informed by BC’s Restart Plan: Next Steps to Move BC Through the Pandemic, the BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy, BC Centre for Disease Control: COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings, and is aligned with BC’s COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Checklist and WorkSafe BC’s COVID-19 Information and Resources.
*Please note that plans are subject to change as more information is released from local authorities, the provincial health officer, and Canadian government.
Last Updated: August 18, 2020