Teachers back, but classrooms going virtual

The message on the notice board in this 2016 file photo of Osoyoos Secondary School could apply today. (Photo: Richard McGuire for the Osoyoos Times)

Teachers in B.C. are returning to work after spring break, but it won’t be business as usual at schools in Osoyoos and across the province.

The provincial government announced some new measures on Friday, March 27 and further announcements are expected this week.

See the news release from the B.C. Ministry of Education (March 27), which includes a link to the Punjabi translation at the bottom.

Classroom instruction was suspended on March 17 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The province announced a new website on Friday, Keep Learning B.C., as an education resource for parents and caregivers helping their children to learn at home.

Schools are open with limited staff. Officials are asking parents not to show up with students unless they have made prior arrangements with principals or administrators.

“However, essential front-line health-care workers, like those directly involved in patient care, who need urgent care for their school-aged child the week of March 30 are advised to contact their school principal as soon as possible to discuss care arrangements available during the first week back after spring break. Other parents who are deemed an essential service worker and who may need child care for their school-age children can expect to hear from their school regarding care options by Friday, April 3, 2020. Schools will be doing their best to accommodate urgent child care needs while meeting the guidelines and directives of the provincial health officer,” – Ministry of Education news release.

See also information from School District 53, (Okanagan-Similkameen).

See story, “Children expected to learn from home under new school guidelines,” in the Osoyoos Times.

 

Author: Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is an Osoyoos photographer who worked at the Osoyoos Times between 2012 and 2018, first as reporter and then as editor. He has a long career in journalism as well as research, communication and management at the House of Commons in Ottawa and in the federal government.

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