As of July 29, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Government announced that all K-12 schools will reopen in September 2020 with full-time in-class learning groups. A learning group is a group of students and staff who remain together for a period of time, such as a semester or quarter. Learning groups can be single classes, students with the same courses, or multiple classes that sometimes come together.
The recent announcement confirms that fall classes will begin at “Stage 2” of the Province’s five-stage K-12 education reopening plan.
The Province’s Five Stages for K-12 Education Plan (Stage 1 representing full classes back to normal) is a framework developed to transition from remote learning back to in-class, pre-COVID-19 classroom instruction.
The important highlights of Stage 2 include:
- A learning group size of 60 for elementary and middle schools;
- A learning group size of 120 for secondary schools;
- Maximum instruction time possible within learning group limitations; and
- Some self-directed learning where needed.
Each school has discretion to change its learning methods, on a case-by-case basis, as the needs of the students, capabilities of the school, and safety allows.
School districts and independent school associations are required to develop and submit a Stage 2 Restart Plan to the Ministry of Education for review before the 2020/21 school year begins. More information on the submission and approval timeline can be found here.
For more guidelines, review the updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools.
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