PUBLIC SCHOOLS BRANCH (July 10/18): The death of a student, staff members, volunteer or other person connected to a school is a tragic loss for a school community. The Public Schools branch (PSB) defers to parents on their child's participation in traditions and rituals that accompany death and grieving.
The death of a student, staff person or community member can have an impact on a number of schools. The PSB respectully considers each loss, arrangements made by the family, and input from the school administration when considering the impact on the school day.
So many people are connected to our education system and help make our schools wonderful places to learn and work. Death is difficult and the PSB is very aware of the additional supports that are often needed to help those impacted by the loss. Schools are often open during such a loss to allow people to come together, comfort each other, grieve together, and to seek additional support of our counsellors and Student Services staff.
In the past, there have been times the PSB dismissed classes as a result of a death of a current staff member or students. As mentioned before, consideration of the arrangements that have been made by the family as well as consultation with the school administration assist with these decisions.
EDUCATION, EARLY LEARNING AND CULTURE (October 22, 2018): The entire school community is impacted by the death of a person connected to the school. The Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture (EELC) defers to the Public School Branch (PSB) on the sensitive decisions that must be made in consideration of each loss. I trust the PSB will continue to seek input from school administrtion when considering possible impacts on the school day while respecting the arrangements made by the family. Finally, the PSB is to be commended for providing additional support from their counsellors and Student Services staff during such times. By keeping schools open, people have a place to gather together and offer one another comfort.