BC announces back-to-school plans for students now posted in all districts

Aug 26 2020, 2:15 pm

Back to school plans for K-12 families are now posted for all 60 school districts, so parents and families can prepare to support their children for a safe return to the classroom, the BC government said on Wednesday.

“With these plans now in place, parents can feel confident about sending their children back to school and assured that strict health and safety measures are in place to protect students and staff,” said Education Minister Rob Fleming. “I know that some families will continue to have medical or health concerns, and my expectation is that school districts will be flexible and work with families to provide remote options that keep children connected to their school community.”

Fleming said school districts have been directed to contact all families in their school communities to share their safety plans and to confirm if they are planning for their child to attend school classes in September, or if they need alternative learning options. He added that many districts have already begun engaging with parents to determine their needs.

The Ministry of Education has also given school districts the flexibility and certainty to find options that work for families, said Fleming. This includes “the authority” for all school boards to offer remote options to students within their districts, as well as the tools they need to increase their existing programs to meet demand.

More to come…

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