Here’s how B.C. plans to reopen schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

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Parents and students are eagerly awaiting news on how schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and post-secondary education, will begin to reopen in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The B.C. government has now presented plans on how to proceed safely, provided that the rate of transmission of the virus remains low or declining.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will return to school in September, with only a partial return this school year.

Post-secondary students will return to school in September with a mix of online and classroom learning.

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Wednesday, B.C. Prime Minister John Horgan said classes will resume completely in September.

“We want to make sure that we can safely bring the children back to the classrooms,” said Horgan. “It’s not just about reading, writing and arithmetic.

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“We don’t want anyone to feel compelled [to go back], ” He continued. “We have seen virtual learning take place in the past few weeks, positive results there, but it is not perfect. We want to make sure that we can do a dry test between [the beginning of June to the end of June]. “

Horgan said the province is not planning any increases in classroom instruction until the long weekend in May.

More details are expected to reopen schools next week or after the long weekend.

The guidelines for Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools will now include routine daily screening for all staff and students.

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There should be regular and frequent environmental cleaning in all schools.

Smaller classes will be necessary with increased space between offices, alternating attendance arrangements, frequent hand washing, wearing non-medical masks for group activities and sports and limiting group sizes.

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Children and staff who have symptoms of colds, flu, or COVID-19, coughing or sneezing, will not be allowed to come to school or participate in extracurricular activities or sports.

Plans will be developed over the summer to increase the use of distance learning online, especially for high school students.

There will also be a 14-day early arrival and self-isolation policy for all international students.

In a tweet from the BC Teachers ’Federation following the announcement, the organization said the main things to remember include the fact that there is no major reopening date, and it will not be this spring. There will be slow and voluntary expansion and details are still being worked out.

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The union encourages patience and maintaining safety is a top priority.

For students in post-secondary institutions, there will also be routine daily screening for all staff and students, in accordance with provincial guidelines.

There should be regular and frequent environmental cleaning.

Students and staff who have symptoms of colds, flu, or COVID-19 in the presence of coughing or sneezing will not be allowed to take classes, extracurricular activities, sports or work.

It will require increased use of online learning, offset by the need for social interaction.

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There will also be a 14-day early arrival and self-isolation policy for all international students.










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