Students will have the option to return to classes part-time on June 1 (file photo)

Students will have the option to return to classes part-time on June 1 (file photo)

Schools preparing for optional part-time classes for students

Parents will have the choice whether or not to return their children to class

As of June 1 parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.

To make sure schools are safe for students and staff, the number of students in school each day will be reduced, with most receiving in-class instruction part time. School districts will determine scheduling for classes and transportation arrangements.

“SD49 will be meeting with stakeholder groups May 19 to 22 to determine how education will be delivered to students for the month of June,” said Superintendent Steve Dishkin. “The Board of Education will be review this at a teleconference public meeting on May 22nd at 6pm.”

For kindergarten to Grade 5, this means most students will go to school half time (such as alternating days), while grades 6 to 12 will go to school about one day a week. Children of essential service workers and students needing additional supports will have the option to attend school full time. Families that decide not to send their children to class may continue learning from home.

“British Columbians have worked hard to flatten our curve. As we move into the next phase of our pandemic plan after the May long weekend, the science shows us that we’re ready to bring students back to school safely on a gradual and part-time basis,” said Premier John Horgan. “This will be welcome news for many families who have struggled to adjust to remote and online learning, and for parents who are going back to work. At every step, we will move slowly and make health and safety our top priority. B.C. has done well under the guidance of our provincial health officials, and now is the time to take this next step together.”