Heavy Metal Rocks 2020 Cancelled

Posted On Thursday March 19, 2020

In light of the recent announcement by the BC Ministry of Education to suspend in-class instruction indefinitely, and the recommendations for social distancing, the SD73 Trades and Transitions department has cancelled the upcoming Heavy Metal Rocks event scheduled for March 25 to March 28, 2020.

"Students who have been selected to participate in this event and who have paid the application fee will be reimbursed the full amount of their fee," said Rick Kienlein, director of instruction - secondary education and learning. "Arrangements to return funds will be made over the next few weeks. We will also work directly with event sponsors and those who have made monetary donations to this event to reimburse donations"

For now, Kienlein said  other upcoming Trades and Transitions-sponsored events, including Junior Fire Crew (April 22-25) and Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (April 27) have not been cancelled.

"We will closely monitor the situation and a decision about cancelling these events will be made closer to their scheduled date," he said. 

These cancellations do not include dual credit programs with Thompson Rivers University (TRU) such as Youth Train in Trades (Construction Trades, Mechanical Trades, Culinary Arts and Horticultural Trades), TRU-Start Programs (Early Childhood Education, Heath Care Assistant) and the Norkam Senior Secondary Trades Samplers.

SD73 will continue to communicate with TRU regarding their plan to provide a continuance of post-secondary instruction in an online or distance format. Norkam Senior Secondary is also host to an ITA-designated Hairstylist Training facility. The Trades and Transitions department will be working directly with the administration of Norkam Senior Secondary and instructors regarding the ITA-designated Hairstylist Training program to provide for a continuity of learning in a distance learning format. The priority is to ensure grade 12 students are prepared for graduation.

"I want to thank our sponsors for everything they have done to support these events that benefit our students," said Kienlein. "This was a difficult decision to make. We appreciate their understanding and we look forward to resuming these programs."

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