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Central Okanagan students have option to start in-class instruction late

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September 03, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Central Okanagan parents will have the option to return their children to the classroom at a later date.

At the Sept. 2, regular school board meeting, trustees decided to allow parents to choose a transitional entry for students this fall, and can choose to stay online and retain their registration at their school until Nov. 13, according to a Central Okanagan School District news release.

If these parents choose to keep their enrolment in eSchoolBC, which provides online courses to B.C. students, after Nov. 13, they will need to reapply for enrolment in their school.

These students will receive a priority higher than other new in-catchment students to the school but there is no guarantee that spots will be available, the school district said.

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Students with documented medical conditions and their siblings will retain their registration at their current school for the entire 2020-21 school year and may rejoin their school any time.

Families that choose to delay students' entry to their school should contact their school principal.

The Central Okanagan will allow online instruction to be further developed, with funding from the province, which includes:

• Creation of an online program for elementary students where students will be connected to a teacher and receive remote instruction. Weekly learning activities will include a variety of self-paced activities, scheduled (synchronous) online lessons and class meetings and student choice learning through a variety of online tools such Zoom, Google Classroom etc.).
• Enhancement of the existing middle school program where students will attend virtual classes four days per week. Classes include four core academics (English, Social Studies, Math and Science) with additional cross-curricular enrichment opportunities.
• Additional services added to the existing secondary school program such as weekly scheduled online synchronous lessons, tutorials, Q&A opportunities for some courses and individual learning supports by appointment.

More information can be found on the school district's website here.

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