Here’s how B.C. plans to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Parents and students are anxiously waiting for the news on how schools, from kindergarten to Grade 12 and post-secondary, will begin to open again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The B.C. government has now outlined plans on how to do this safely, providing the virus transmission rate remains low or is in decline.

Students in K to 12 education will be returning to school in September, with only a partial return this school year.

Students in post-secondary education will be returning to school in September with a mix of online and in-class learning.

On Wednesday, B.C. Premier John Horgan said classes will fully resume in September.

“We want to make sure we can get kids safely back into classrooms,” Horgan said. “It’s not just about reading, writing and arithmetic.

Horgan said the province is not anticipating any increase to in-class teaching until after the May long weekend.

More details are expected to come on schools reopening sometime next week or after the long weekend.

Guidelines for schools from K to 12 will now include routine daily screening for all staff and students.

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There will have to be routine and frequent environmental cleaning within all schools.

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