Horgan says schools to restart June 1

John Crawford and The Canadian Press 

Premier John Horgan says public elementary and secondary schools will resume to finish this school year -- but attendance will not be mandatory. 
Horgan says parents and their students must decide if they are comfortable returning to class while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

 He says the relaunch of schools is being planned with the full support of health officials.
"In-class teaching has been absent for the two months, and it's time now, starting on June 1st, for students to have the option to return to school on a part-time basis; this step will pave the way for cleaner and smoother reintroduction of full-time classses in September -- and it's our genuine desire to make sure that no one feels pressured to do this," he told a news conference this morning.

In order to ensure physical distancing, students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will return to class on a half-time basis, such as alternating days, while students from Grade 6 to Grade 12 will be back in class for one day per week. 
Families can expect to see the new class schedules by May 22nd.

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