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On first day back after break, attendance rates normal in Kamloops-Thompson school district

But officials are watching the absentee rate closely as in-person learning continues amid a surging Omicron variant of COVID-19
SD73 board office

The Kamloops-Thompson school district began 2022 in line with the province's phased approach, with school delayed by a week for most students to allow for staff to create continuity of learning plans.

That was done in case absenteeism rose to problematic levels as the surge of cases continues due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

On Monday, Jan. 10 — when most students resumed classes after the winter break — Nixon said the first day of school in the new year saw attendance levels only slightly below their average.

"Today was a big day because we wondered if we were going to be OK with our face-to-face programming," Nixon said.

On Monday, Nixon said district staff and students appeared as expected, with an absentee rate of 12 per cent. That figure compares to an average of 14 per cent from September 2021 to December 2021.