HJ Cambie Secondary School Start-up Plan

HJ Cambie Secondary School Start-up Plan 

We have been working hard this summer on planning for the 2020/2021 school year, and I am pleased to share our school’s plan with you. I am aware that these uncertain times, along with announcements from the Ministry of Education, as well as hearing some tentative plans from other school districts leaves you guessing at how the school year will look for HJ Cambie Secondary School.

Our school administration team has been working in collaboration with the rest of the secondary school administrators throughout Richmond to develop an overall plan for all secondary schools in the Richmond School District. We have worked closely with District Health and Safety and are now going over site specific protocols with the Cambie Health and Safety Team. We are working with the entire HJ Cambie Secondary School staff and going over many details to ensure that all students are supported with excellent learning opportunities this year. Please know that the health and safety of all students and staff in the Cambie Community remains our first priority.

The most significant structural change is our move away from the traditional eight-block linear schedule, is a move to a two-block daily schedule over four quarters, 10-weeks each. (Please see the attached document for more details).  

The two-block daily schedule results in staff and students primarily working in cohorts of 60 to 120 students, as required by the Ministry of Education. We have also sectioned the school into sections with designated areas for student cohorts and staggered start/finish times, breaks and lunches in order to decrease the number of daily interactions with students and staff. Masks will be required in all common areas (Rotunda, Hallways, washroom, offices, entering and exiting the school).  

Please see the attached document or click on the references to the following items, HJ Cambie Secondary School’s: 

Please check our school website for regular updates designed to build on the information shared in the attached documents.

Our overall goal is to ensure that all families clearly understand the new structures we have put in place for the 2020/2021 school year. It is also very important that we include parent and student voices as we go over our plans. We are confident that we have built a thorough plan and we welcome more voices and involvement in order to establish the strongest plan possible.

Optional Parent and Student ZOOM Meeting:

If you are interested, please join us for a parent or student meeting before the first day of school.

Below are the dates & times for the Zoom meetings (link & password for each ZOOM meeting below):

  • Parent Zoom Meeting – Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 PM
  • Student Zoom Meeting – Friday, September 4th at 1:00 PM

Our Zoom meetings will focus on:

  • Highlights from our plan (School Start-up, Schedules, Health and Safety, etc.)
  • Parent and Student opportunities to share thoughts and ask questions


Parent Zoom Meeting – Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 PM

Topic: Cambie Parent - Restart Plan September 2020 Meeting

Time: Sep 3, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 653 4752 8558

Passcode: 283820

Student Zoom Meeting – Friday, September 4th at 1:00 PM

Topic: Cambie Student - Restart Plan September 2020 Meeting

Time: Sep 4, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 637 1962 2157

Passcode: 910713

Thanks in advance for your involvement with making this a great year for HJ Cambie Secondary School staff.