At a news conference held on May 15, the provincial government announced plans to open schools for in-class instruction. Premier John Horgan and Education Minister Rob Fleming indicated that this decision is part of B.C.’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes for this September, if it is safe to do so. Beginning June 1, parents will have the choice to send their children to school on a part time basis.
The return of students comes after the province introduced new health guidelines that all school districts must follow before they open schools to all students. The beginning of June marks the beginning of the Ministry of Education’s third stage of a five-stage approach for K-12 education during the pandemic.
The Ministry of Education supports districts to develop plans that provide:
- In-class learning for children of essential service workers, students with disabilities and students who require additional support.
- Kindergarten to Grade 5 students will be part-time with 50% of students at a time in schools.
- Grades 6-12 students will be in school one day per week, with 20% of students at a time in schools.
- Remote and online learning continues to be available for students, although it may look different.
- Parents and guardians have the choice to return to in-class instruction.
The following is the district’s Restart Plan approved by the Ministry of Education: