December 29, 2021 – 3:44 pm
Rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in British Columbia mean students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will return to school on a gradual basis starting next week.
Schools will be open on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the school district, to staff, children of health care workers and those with support needs.
Regional Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced during a press conference today, December 24, that the rest of the primary and secondary school students will return to class, January 10, to give schools time to adjust schedules for things like interrupted start and vacation times. 19.
She noted that the largest number of COVID cases – a record number recorded during the past 24 hours in British Columbia – amounted to 2,944 cases – means that more people are sick at work.
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There are 16,014 active cases in British Columbia
“We know that face-to-face learning is important for students’ intellectual, emotional and social well-being,” Education Secretary Jennifer Whiteside said during the same press conference.
Next week, employees will have time to work on enhanced safety measures. The goal is to get through the school year by teaching in the classroom.
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