All BC schools closed to combat coronavirus spread

Mar 17 2020, 12:11 pm

British Columbia will be closing all primary and secondary schools to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Premier John Horgan said that K through 12 learning in BC classrooms would be suspended at this time.

Rob Fleming, BC’s Minister of Education, says that because of how quickly the coronavirus pandemic is evolving, it’s imperative that action is taken today.

He also stresses that the actions announced “are well thought out” and “supported by teachers and shareholders in the system.”

“All schools are to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice,” Fleming told reporters. “There are a small number of independent schools not on break; they’re being urged to suspend instruction now.”

Every student will receive a final mark and proceed on to the next grade.

In addition, all students who are eligible to graduate in Grade 12 will do so. The only requirement that a Grade 12 student needs is the Grade 10 numeracy assessment, which Fleming says the majority of students have.

The Ministry of Education is also working closely with post-secondary institutions to make sure that graduating students transition smoothly to the next year.

“We don’t have all the answers today,” stresses Fleming. “We are in a fast-moving situation.”

More info to come… 

With coronavirus on the rise, BC public health authorities are reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.