File Photo

School District 82’s first week of in-person class is in the books

First classes held since schools closed March 17 due to COVID-19 pandemic

Students have been back in their desks at School District 82 for one week, after months of distance learning.

“There are children in schools and there are teachers and support staff with them and to me that makes it great. Are there hiccups? For sure, but we are working them out and we’ll keep doing the work and perfect it as much as possible,” said School District 82 superintendent Janet Meyer.

As part of stage three of B.C.’s return to schools, Monday, June 1, saw 395 students in class district-wide which is just under 10 per cent of total enrolment. It was the first day of optional in-person classes since schools were closed in mid-March due to COVID-19.

According to the Ministry of Education, around 60,000 students attended in-person province-wide on Monday.

READ MORE: B.C. work, school restart can’t be rushed, John Horgan says

There was an increase June 2 in School District 82, with 424 students attending in-person. June 3 was a planned virtual day by many schools and attendance on June 4 totalled 328, or eight per cent. The June 5 total has not been released yet.

While some students might be back in class, in-person learning looks a lot different than it did before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools have implemented strict safety measures like keeping desks spaced apart, regular cleaning of surfaces and staggered drop offs, breaks and days of virtual instruction.

Kindergarten to grade five students attend on an alternating or half-time schedule and are limited to 50 per cent of a school’s capacity. Grade six to 12 students are limited to in-person class one day a week at no more than 20 per cent capacity.

Meyer said that schools in the district were given the autonomy to tailor schedules to best suit their communities.

The province’s goal is to have full time instruction when next school year starts. Meyer thinks the current situation is helpful to gain feedback and improve should School District 82 have to deliver education in a similar manner in the fall.

“I think it’s going to put us in a better position as we head into September,” she said. “Where we start in September is unknown at this time, and in all likelihood we won’t know until about August 20th. So we will be preparing scenarios.”


@BenBogstie
ben.bogstie@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Group rescued unharmed after attempting to tube Lakelse River

Terrace Search and Rescue brought in helicopter to conduct search

Police investigate July 2 homicide in Houston

Man succumbed to injuries at Pearson Road residence

Terrace couple awarded by Governor General for volunteer work

Ron and Mavis Ramsey recognized for founding society that covers medical expenses

Skeena Sawmills in Terrace inks fibre deals with Kitselas Forestry and Kalum Ventures

Sawmill set to purchase around 45,000 cubic metres of fibre per year

Skeena Sawmills in Terrace reach labour agreement with local United Steelworkers union

The four and a half year long deal was ratified on May 19, 2020 and is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

White-throated sparrows have changed their tune, B.C. study unveils

Study marks an unprecedented development scientists say has caused them to sit up and take note

Most Read