Finally! Vancouver school plan announced: all-day classes starting September 14


Yesterday, the Vancouver Board of Education held an online meeting to explain to parents and students the back-to-school plan during the epidemic, and made a detailed plan for students’ classroom activities. Let’s take a look.

Middle school

Vancouver high school students expect to go to school every day next semester, but the study group is limited to 120 people.

In order to control the number of people and provide all the courses to the children, students will use a combination of on-campus learning and distance learning. The school year is divided into 4 stages, with two courses taken every 10 weeks.

At the same time, the school will also provide a "flexible time" plan for students in need, which can be used in conjunction with on-site classes and online classes, which can help some students who need special courses, such as Yearbook, Trade or Pre-university courses (AP), as well as projects such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and skills courses.

The Deputy Director of the Vancouver Education Bureau, Pedro da Silva, explained that although middle school students go to school every day, they can only attend one class at a time. The same course will be divided into two groups, one group is in class, and the other group is online class at home. The two groups of students change every two weeks.

In this way, the class size can be smaller and the public transportation will not be so crowded.

However, according to the new schedule, students do not have a special lunch time. They can go home for dinner after the morning class, or they can choose their own time to eat.

Considering that some students cannot use WiFi or computers at home, the school will set up a special space on campus to facilitate students' online learning.

primary school

Elementary school students will be divided into study groups with a maximum of 60 people, including adults and students.

The grouping of elementary school students will be more humane than the grouping of middle school students. Deena Kotak Buckley, the director of teaching of the school district, said that because the class is a good place for people to socialize, the group may also include children and friends. Divided together.

Some elementary schools will stagger the pick-up time and also stagger the lunch and break time to help promote social distance on campus.

In order to help children make the transition better, even when they learn face-to-face at school, everyone will use Microsoft’s team collaboration software Teams to teach, so that children can quickly get used to it even if they need to return to home to study again.

In the next week, parents will also receive news from their children’s school district and get more information about returning to school. If parents have any questions, such as the progressive enrollment of kindergartens and parent health and safety training, they can also contact the school’s management. Personnel contact.

Elementary school teachers will contact parents on September 8th and 9th, and September 14th is the first day of grades 1 to 7 in school all day.

At the same time, kindergarten students will begin to arrive at school on the 14th, and then gradually extend their study time at school. In the first week of the new school year on September 8, teachers and students will be used for internships to adapt to the new health and safety measures on campus.

The Surrey School District, BC’s largest school district, will also submit a back-to-school plan to the Department of Education on Friday.

The Surrey School District and Vancouver have similar plans, but the group size is different. Surrey has not disclosed the size of the primary school study group, but the number of students in grades 8 and 9 will be limited to 60, and the number of students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will be limited to 30.

The arrangements for the students are almost settled, but the teachers are not ready yet. It was also yesterday that teachers in BC called for the reduction of class size and the implementation of stricter mask policies.

Teri Mooring, chairman of the BC Teachers’ Federation, said in a statement that in view of the recent sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases of the new crown in BC, the government should establish a hybrid model of classroom teaching and distance learning across the province and experiment in classrooms. The use of masks is mandatory in places such as the

At present, the government has pledged to provide 45.6 million Canadian dollars to the school district for enhanced cleaning, handwashing stations and reusable masks. The Ministry of Education also stated that it will continue to work with teachers, parents, and staff to jointly develop a safe restart plan.

Of course, even though the Education Bureau has given such a detailed back-to-school plan, many parents still hope to have another option to provide comprehensive online courses, but the government has not yet responded to this.

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