SD53 says students will continue to study outside the classroom-Osoyoos Times

performed by Osoyoos Times on March 18, 2020

Lyonel Doherty

Aberdeen Publishing

Classroom teaching has been suspended in BC due to COVID-19, and students in District 53 will still be studying.

"The school is expected to take various measures to ensure continued learning for students," said Rob Zandee, chairman of the board.

On Tuesday BC, Minister of Education Rob Fleming instructed all schools to suspend classroom instruction on the advice of provincial health officials.

Fleming said they urged teachers and principals to start planning to ensure continuity of learning.

"We hope that school districts and independent schools will develop plans to maintain a certain level of services for the children of people who provide basic services in our province, such as health professionals, first responders, pharmacists, and critical infrastructure workers.

Fleming also acknowledged the unique needs of disadvantaged students and important services, such as school meal plans and childcare services operating on campus. "

The minister said that every student will get a final grade, and all students who are expected to advance to the next grade will get a final grade, and we hope that the school will consider these issues when planning." Fall. For 10th and 11th grade students, graduation assessments will be delayed.

Fleming said that every student who is eligible to graduate from grade 12 this year will graduate. The only graduation assessment that current grade 12 students need is a grade 10 computing ability assessment. The Department of Education will ensure that grade 12 students who have not completed the assessment, as well as those who are likely to progress to school, can meet this graduation requirement.

"This is a challenging time in British Columbia. Fleming said." [Pleasetakethenecessaryprecautionstoensurethehealthofyouandyourfamily"

If you think you have symptoms, the Ministry of Health has developed an online self-assessment tool at If you do have symptoms, you can call 8-1-1 for a health check. Symptoms People should isolate themselves.

The province has launched a new non-medical information hotline for British Columbians who have questions about COVID-19: 1-888-COVID19.

Zandee 7 days a week from 7:30 am A dedicated telephone line will be open until 8 pm. Zandee said the board will work closely with regional staff to develop plans to support students and families in the next few days. He noted that staff, students and their families are currently prioritized Overall health and well-being.

"We require parents, guardians, and students to be patient while dealing with many issues related to continuing learning. Zandee said.

The public is encouraged to check the school district's website for the latest information at

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