• More Richmond students will learn in seismically safer schools January 21, 2021
    Nearly 700 more students in Richmond soon will be learning in safer schools when seismic upgrades are complete at James Whiteside and William Bridge elementary schools.
  • Joint statement on Black Shirt Day January 15, 2021
    Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, and Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education, have released the following statement to mark Black Shirt Day on Jan. 15, 2021:
  • New Westminster students benefiting from new school January 12, 2021
    The wait is over for students in New Westminster who have begun the New Year in a new, modern, engaging and inspiring secondary school that will benefit the community now and in the future.
  • Safer school for Aldergrove elementary students January 8, 2021
    Students and staff at Shortreed Community Elementary school in Aldergrove will be better protected in the event of an earthquake, thanks to planned seismic upgrades.
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August 10, 2020

On July 29, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Education Rob Fleming announced that B.C. K-12 students can be organized into learning groups when they return to school in September, as a measure to limit the number of in-person interactions and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Learning groups are groups of students and staff who remain together throughout a specific school term (e.g. a school quarter, semester or year) and who primarily interact with each other.  A learning group could be made up of a single class of students with their teacher, multiple classes that sometimes join together for additional learning activities, or a group of secondary school students with the same courses.  Members of the same learning group will have to minimize physical contact but won’t be required to practice strict physical distancing.

Dr. Bonnie Henry has said that learning groups are different from students’ household bubbles. Learning groups are about limiting staff and students’ exposure groups to be smaller than the entire school.

Under Stage 2 of B.C.’s K-12 Education Restart Plan, the maximum size of learning groups will be as follows:

– Elementary: 60
– Middle: 60
– Secondary: 120

Classrooms will remain students’ primary learning environment, but learning groups allow for additional interactions between students and classes to support learning. Learning groups will provide a range of benefits for students, including allowing for more in-class learning time, increased peer interaction and support, and decreased feelings of isolation.

Looking for additional information on learning groups?  Read the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings to learn more about safety guidelines on how to interact within and between learning groups.





Coming Events
  • Jan 1: Happy New Year
  • Jan 4: Back to School
  • Jan 13: Business Cttee Mtg (virtual)
  • Jan 13: Education Cttee Mtg (virtual)
  • Jan 15: Student & Kindergarten Registration Opens
  • Jan 27: Regular (Public) Board Meeting (virtual)
  • Jan 29: Non-Instructional Day (schools are not in session)

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