School District 82 prepares for restart of classes next month

John Crawford

School Districts across B-C continue to prepare for the planned resumption of in-class learning next month, as they work to keep people safe during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Coast Mountains School Superintendent Janet Meyer says her district, like all others around the province, are preparing to organize students into learning groups -- referred to as "cohorts" -- within schools. 
She says work began as soon as the Ministry announced in late July that students would return shortly after Labour Day. 

"District staff along with principals and vice principals were on that immediately, and we are working on a school by school basis, while yet, as a team, to come up with solutions to structure our schools in such a way that we're doing what we believe is, first of all, safe for everyone involved, meeting the needs of students while living within the parameters the ministry has set," she explained.

The goal of the cohort model is to attempt to minimize the number of contacts any child or adult will have in the school. 

The province's plan will have teachers and staff back in schools on September 8th to prepare for the new reality, with students welcomed back to classrooms on the 10th.  
But Meyer also says school districts have to be flexible, and to be prepared for changes as they become necessary.
Parents will soon be contacted by the school district to confirm whether their child will be returning to school in September. 

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