Back to school as classes begin amid the pandemic

The new school year is off to a gradual start as the first week is being used to orient students and staff on new pandemic-related health and safety measures in place.

Students in Kamloops and across B.C. returned to school on Thursday. Dufferin elementary students Casey Kinna (left) and buddy Morgan Wells (grades 2 and 3, respectively) pose for a first-day-of-school photo as mom Lori Wells grabs the shot on their way to school.

The new school year is off to a gradual start as the first week is being used to orient students and staff on new pandemic-related health and safety measures in place.

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Classes were initially scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, but the first two days of the week after Labour Day were used to ensure all staff understand the new setup, which includes regular classrooms, but a cap on learning groups through the school year.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the province is reintroducing K-12 students to full-time in-class instruction across B.C. in segregated learning groups — 60 for elementary and middle schools and 120 for secondary schools.

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