The Kamloops-Thompson school district has announced that classes will not be in session in schools following spring break, but has yet to say how students will be learning remotely.
The province announced on Tuesday that all schools must suspend in-class instruction indefinitely, but it doesn’t want the learning to stop, tasking school districts for devising plans for continuity of the school year following spring break, which ends on March 30 for most districts, but on March 20 in the Kamloops-Thompson district.
The ministry is not closing school buildings to ensure programs for vulnerable students and those of frontline health care workers can receive child care. Teachers are expected to be in classrooms after spring break ends.
In recognition of this, the local school district plans to keep some schools open for children of parents who are performing essential services, such as medical-health professionals, first responders and pharmacists.
The district said it is also committed to ensuring that every eligible student will graduate and that every student will receive a final mark for the school year.
The school district said its plan for implementing remote learning will be made public shortly and asked that all parents arrange for the supervision of their children while classes are suspended.
“This plan will focus on ensuring students remain connected to their teachers and continue to learn,” a statement from the district reads. “We are especially focused on ensuring Grade 12 students are prepared for graduation and that our most vulnerable students are protected.”