Province of British Columbia says back to school come September

Schools to be segregated, and new learning models to be created, including cohort and learning groups.

Most students will be headed back to school in British Columbia come September 8, 2020

Education minister Rob Fleming, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and president of the BC SChool Trustees Association Stephanie Higginson made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

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"It will require new and different scheduling, and patience from families," said Higginson this afternoon.

Most K-12 students will have access to full-time, in-class instruction in September and schools will be ready to welcome them back.

- Parents of children with complex medical conditions or underlying risk factors should consult with their health care provider to determine their child’s level of risk regarding return to school 

- Protective self-isolation is only recommended for children with severe immune compromise, on a case-by-case basis Parents will continue to have choices regarding their child’s educational program.

- Parents who do not want to their child to attend in-person classes at a public or independent school have the option to register their child for online and distributed learning (based on program availability) or home-schooling

Schools will continue to be cleaned more frequently, including classrooms and high touch areas like door knobs, toilet seats, keyboards and desks. Other changes include: Organizing students into learning groups Increased spacing between students in classrooms More individual and smaller group activities Limitations on assemblies and other large gatherings.

Learning Group Size

Elementary: 60

Middle: 60

Secondary: 120


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