Education

Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadian Paediatric Society calls on education ministries to allow graduations

Many in-person graduation ceremonies have shifted to a virtual model or been cancelled or postponed

Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Williams Lake Friday, June 5, led by teen Rea Klar. (Angie Mindus photo)

Teach Black history to fight racism, starting in elementary school: B.C. students

Students say current anti-racism protests in the U.S. and Canada point to a need for lessons

Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Williams Lake Friday, June 5, led by teen Rea Klar. (Angie Mindus photo)
Hume School’s Andi Silva (seen here) and her classmate Kiko Pinzon each won second-place prizes in a national cursive writing contest. Photo submitted

National cursive contest honours pair of Nelson students

Kiko Pinzon and Andi Silva have award-winning flow

Hume School’s Andi Silva (seen here) and her classmate Kiko Pinzon each won second-place prizes in a national cursive writing contest. Photo submitted
B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming tours a Greater Victoria school on June 2, 2020, as classes restart amid the pandemic. (Don Craig/Government of B.C.)

B.C. schools see 30% of expected enrolment as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming tours a Greater Victoria school on June 2, 2020, as classes restart amid the pandemic. (Don Craig/Government of B.C.)
Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.
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Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools reopen Monday

A common model will see other teachers work four days a week in class then the fifth remotely,

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SD 51 students are allowed to return to school this week – under very different rules

SD 51 students are allowed to return to school this week – under very different rules

School on June 1 and June 2 was cancelled due to the local state of emergency

SD 51 students are allowed to return to school this week – under very different rules
(Black Press Media files)

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

(Black Press Media files)
Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. Neufeld has gotten into hot water with another Facebook post recently, setting his sites on Dr. Theresa Tam. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)

Chilliwack school board censures trustee Barry Neufeld after controversial Facebook post

Board chair issues statement on censure but little else regarding Facebook post controversy

Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. Neufeld has gotten into hot water with another Facebook post recently, setting his sites on Dr. Theresa Tam. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)
The University of Ottawa campus is quiet, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government announced funding for post-secondary students affected by Covid-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Post-secondary students requiring practical skills concerned about education

Many Canadian students concerned about how practicums could be affected when classes resume

The University of Ottawa campus is quiet, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government announced funding for post-secondary students affected by Covid-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
More students in SD 51 - Boundary may be returning to classrooms after June 1, after the province announced a plan last week to offer part-time in-class learning to students before the end of the school year.  (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

School District 51 staff iron out plan for return to classrooms

Teachers are looking for a comprehensive health and safety plan to be in place before June 1

More students in SD 51 - Boundary may be returning to classrooms after June 1, after the province announced a plan last week to offer part-time in-class learning to students before the end of the school year.  (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister says he wants to learn from other provinces and countries like New Zealand before starting to reopen schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Provinces must give emotional support to returning students: education advocates

Teachers should be prepared to provide ‘trauma-informed practices’ in response to students’ needs

A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister says he wants to learn from other provinces and countries like New Zealand before starting to reopen schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
VIDEO: Dr. Bonnie Henry offers words of encouragement to B.C.’s 2020 graduating class

VIDEO: Dr. Bonnie Henry offers words of encouragement to B.C.’s 2020 graduating class

B.C.’s provincial health officer voiced support for parents and students during this unprecedented time

VIDEO: Dr. Bonnie Henry offers words of encouragement to B.C.’s 2020 graduating class
School District 51 opens daycare spaces for children of essential workers

School District 51 opens daycare spaces for children of essential workers

More spaces are slated to open for children of Tier 2 workers

School District 51 opens daycare spaces for children of essential workers
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B.C. teacher suspended for 15 days for sharing ‘Stop SOGI 123’ pamphlets with PAC member

Teacher will also have her licence suspended on Sept. 24, 2020

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Students at West Boundary schools are coming together to build rock hearts on basketball courts to showcase their community spirit while staying apart in.  (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

SD 51 grows community hearts outside of class

Community members are invited to place their own stones on the schools’ basketball courts

Students at West Boundary schools are coming together to build rock hearts on basketball courts to showcase their community spirit while staying apart in.  (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
(Black Press Media files)

‘We don’t have a date’: Some B.C. kids might return to school before summer, but focus is on fall

Children of essential workers will be prioritized, Dr. Henry said

(Black Press Media files)
Boundary school district launches food program for families

Boundary school district launches food program for families

Students can’t access breakfast program at home, so the district has created a take-home solution

Boundary school district launches food program for families
Nelson’s Teresa Wiedrick has home schooled her four children for over a decade. From left: Madelyn Wiedrick, Hannah, Zachary, Jim, Teresa and Rachel. Photo: Louis Bockner

From classroom to the living room: B.C. homeschooler has advice for parents

Teresa Wiedrick has already learned what many parents are trying to work out during the pandemic

Nelson’s Teresa Wiedrick has home schooled her four children for over a decade. From left: Madelyn Wiedrick, Hannah, Zachary, Jim, Teresa and Rachel. Photo: Louis Bockner
B.C.’s Premier John Horgan won’t set a date for schools to re-open, but says that if COVID-19 cases start to lessen it could be an option. (Pixabay photo)

Preliminary talks underway for ‘potentially’ reopening schools, pending OK from B.C.’s top doc

Premier John Horgan said it depends on how COVID-19 progresses in the coming weeks

B.C.’s Premier John Horgan won’t set a date for schools to re-open, but says that if COVID-19 cases start to lessen it could be an option. (Pixabay photo)