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On Wednesday, Premier John Horgan, along with Dr. Bonnie Henry, Minister Adrian Dix, and Deputy Minister Stephen Brown outlined the province's plan to ease restrictions and return to a ‘new normal.’ 

One point of focus was the public-school sector where currently a limited number of students are still receiving in-class instruction while most are receiving online lessons.

Dr. Henry responded to a question about what schools will look like later this school year and into September. 

“We do expect to see an expansion of (in-classroom learning) in June. But then we don’t expect formal school through the summer. Some combination of in-classroom and at-home teaching come September,” said Henry.

“The process will be led by the Ministry of Education between now and the end of the school year. A lot of work needs to be done to prepare,” added Minister Dix.

The following guidelines were outlined by the province;

Additional Guidelines Schools (K-12)

•Routine daily screening protocol for all staff and students.

•Routine and frequent environmental cleaning.

•Smaller class sizes, increased space between desks, alternating attendance arrangements, frequent hand washing, wearing non-medical masks for group activities and sports, and limiting group sizes. 

•Clear policy for children, youth, and staff who have symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19, with any coughing or sneezing not coming into school or taking part in extracurricular activities and sports.

•Planning over the summer for increased use of remote online learning, especially for high school children.

•Early arrival and self-isolation for 14 days of international students.

 

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