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Local schools plan for the return of their students

Students head back to school Spetember 10, following new pandemic guidelines
Elk Valley students return to school on September 10. (File Photo)

Schools throughout the Elk Valley prepare to bring students back on Sept. 10, following a number of COVID-19 guidelines approved by the Ministry of Education.

“With these plans now in place, parents can feel confident about sending their children back to school and assured that strict health and safety measures are in place to protect students and staff,” said Rob Flemming, minister of education.

Specific back to school plans can be found on the website of each local school.

Among other information, the plans outline how learning groups will be organized for in-class instruction, as well as during lunch periods and recesses.

Each school also outlines the shape of school days, including protocols that must be followed as school doors open, how to transition from class to class, regulations involving bathroom breaks, and protocols for entrances and exits.

Sanitation and hygiene are also delineated in the return plans of each school, as is information about daily health checks and what is to be done in the event a child gets sick.

The plans further inform parents about any decisions made regarding extra curricular activities, indoor traffic flow, assemblies, transportation to and from school, and inter-school sporting events. Changes to curriculums are also specified, as well as protocols for communication with parents and various staff specifics such as when personal protective equipment must be worn, and access to common areas.

Plans for handling students with diverse abilities or disabilities are also outlined in each plan.

For more information on at home learning options and plan specifics, refer to the plans posted on each school’s website, or reach out to their administrative offices.

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