Canby Will Keep Classrooms Closed to Start Fall School Year

Southfield schools to start year with remote learning due to high COVID-19 cases in the area

When school starts on September 8, 2020 across British Columbia, most students in grades K-12 will be taking part in full-time in-class learning.

"That's a large concern for us as well, especially in the absence of something like daily screening", Heid said. Albert said that may force schools to conduct more of their learning remotely this fall.

Fridays will be exclusively reserved for remote learning, McCombs said, which will help streamline the schedule and make school buildings available for limited services like personalized therapy and potential time slots for meetings with parents.

Ahead of the opening of school buildings, the district will acquire personal protection equipment (PPE), map out desks in classrooms to maintain six feet of distance, limit classroom sizes to ten students, create "isolation rooms" for anyone feeling unwell, and look to improve ventilation systems in school buildings.

For elementary students, those groups will be of about 60 students, while high school student cohorts will be about 120 students.

Susquehanna Valley School District has released their plans for reopening this fall. If any student or staff member has even mild symptoms, arrangements will be made for that person to return home.

Enhanced safety measures and more resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will allow the province to move ahead with school restart plans, he said.

"Research tells us that school closures disrupt the learning process and the long-term outcomes of students".

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Middle schools that follow an elementary school model (for instance, one classroom with one teacher) will be organized like elementary schools, with minimal modifications to school bell schedules and timetables.

On Fridays, there will be "asynchronous learning", and teachers will use this time to follow-up with students who require assistance; students who have been absent or are missing assignments; follow-up with families when students are failing to participate in class; and schedule time for students to come in to complete labs, complete an assessment, or other activities.

Camden comprises roughly 6,800 students at 18 traditional public schools, 4,350 enrolled in 11 charter schools, and 3,850 in 11 renaissance schools.

Now, the school year, starting August 17, will remain remote for all students through the end of the district's first quarter, which ends October 9.

On-campus students may need to start the school year online, but they will continue with the same teacher and classmates once schools can reopen physically, Phelps added.

BC School Trustees Association President Stephanie Higginson said the province "will continue to keep a strong focus on science-based decisions as we learn to adjust the delivery of education during the COVID-19 pandemic".

According to the government, learning groups are a "group of students and staff who remain together throughout the school quarter, semester or year and who primarily interact with each other". "We recognize the important role schools play in the lives of our students, families, and for our community".

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