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Canada COVID-19: B.C. classrooms not set to reopen anytime soon

00:01  29 april  2020
00:01  29 april  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: B.C. officials are set to speak on the state of education while in-class teaching remains suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. © Francis Georgian B.C. officials are set to speak on the state of education while in-class teaching remains suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It could still be awhile before teachers and students return to B.C. classrooms.

Education Minister Rob Fleming and B.C. School Trustees Association president Stephanie Higginson spoke Tuesday afternoon during a media availability. Fleming began his remarks by saying Tuesday’s address wouldn’t be about the reopening of schools and that there are still no set plans to reopen schools.

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The C .D. C . added six new Covid - 19 symptoms. States gradually allowed some business to resume European governments, including Italy and France, have been discussing ways to reopen in recent But New York City and its suburbs were not likely to reopen any time soon . Even as states begin to

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“Right now, we are working with other ministries and our education partners to develop plans for a number of possible scenarios including resuming some in-class instruction in a controlled and measured way for the future,” said Fleming. “Ministry staff are researching and we’re contacting other jurisdictions to understand the planning and protocols that have been put in place for a controlled return to in-class instruction — New Zealand for example, where students will go back to school starting tomorrow.

“We are monitoring and learning from places like that and other jurisdictions; this will help us here in British Columbia inform an evidence-based plan for B.C. which minimizes the risk of COVID-19 transmission when the conditions are appropriate.”

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Higginson, who is a parent of two school-aged kids, also spoke to parents, reminding them to be kind to themselves during this time.

“As a working parent of two young school-aged children myself, I keep reminding myself that I am not my child’s teacher — I am their parent,” said Higginson. “So please don’t be too hard on yourself. What you are doing is good enough. Thank you for your patience and your adaptability at this time.”

According to Fleming, a total of 20,000 teachers are now using Zoom video conferencing to instruct 275,000 students across the province. Programs that address food insecurity for students continue, with 75,000 meals delivered each week to 16,000 students, while teachers and support staff continue to put together grocery hampers for students and their families.

As of the latest numbers on April 27, there were a total of 1,998 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Of those, 1,190 had recovered, 103 had died, while 97 remain in hospital. The remaining active cases are recovering at home in isolation. A total of 20 care homes continue to grapple with active outbreaks.

Due to the virus, all in-class teaching was suspended in March after spring break, with students moving to remote learning across B.C.

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