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According to the B.C. Premier John Horgan, some children will start to go back to school on a part-time voluntary basis beginning June 1 and that applies for students from kindergarten to grade 12. He also added, “all schools should abide by rigorous cleaning procedures and follow provincial health guidelines.”
“I think it is a very good idea to go back to schools and have an in-person class by following the provincial health guidelines because in my opinion students will learn more things comparing online classes,” said Amirali Assadi, grade 10 student at Gleneagle secondary school. Due to CBC News B.C. schools were closed to in-class learning March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are currently 5,000 students still in physical classrooms, including the children of essential workers and students who need extra support.
Rob Fleming, said physical distancing and remote learning have been necessary, but difficult, for many children. “The last two months have been a challenge for all of us,” said Fleming. “Kids learn better around their peers.”
“I think not opening schools was tough for students who their parents who have been to work or returned to work and by reopening them they will send their children safely by knowing that safety measures will be followed,” said Arshia Adamian grade 10. “The number of students and hours in class will be limited.
“Start times and breaks will be staggered throughout the day to encourage physical distancing,” said Fleming. He also added that “Elementary schools will be limited to 50 percent in-class instruction, while middle and secondary schools will be limited to 20 percent in-class instruction, or one day a week.” “Having both online classes and in-person classes during a week will help the students learn better during this pandemic,” said Kiyan Ghanavati, grade 10 student.