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B.C. students will be back in school on September 10

Schools will have two extra days before students arrive to organize learning groups
B.C. students will head into the classroom two days later than originally scheduled, according to the Minister of Education. File photo

B.C. students will be welcomed back to class starting Sept. 10, the province says.

It’s part of an "orientation week" to allow students and staff time to orient themselves to new COVID-19 related safety measures.

"Schools are going to look different in September," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. "Staff, students and parents need time to get familiar with all the new health and safety procedures that are designed to keep them safe and confident in their school settings."

School staff will meet with their respective health and safety committees on Sept. 8 to review health and safety protocols, and finalize plans and lessons for their learning groups.

Students will be back in school Sept. 10 to be assigned to their class, find out who is in their learning group, practice their new routines and familiarize themselves with how to safely move from the class to outdoor and common areas of the school. 

The province said in July that “most students” will return to the classroom when schools re-open.

Students will be organized into “learning groups” of 60 students in elementary schools and 120 students in secondary schools.

School districts have been given until Aug. 26 to finalize their respective return plans.

“By working collaboratively with leaders in our education system, we are making sure students and staff are safe, ready and welcome when they return to school in September,” Fleming said.

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