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Some children encouraged to learn from home instead of returning to class in September

Last Updated Jul 8, 2020 at 9:00 pm PST

A empty hallway is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Students who are immunocompromised, or live with someone who is, can keep working from home next school

Education Minister Rob Fleming has clarified today, the return to class is not mandatory to everyone

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – With the province planning to have students back in schools come September, some families with members who are particularly vulnerable to the virus have expressed concern about the increased exposure.

However, Education Minister Rob Fleming has clarified on Wednesday that the return to class is not mandatory for everyone.

He says students living in a household with someone who is immunocompromised will be able to continue at home education.

“We know there are kids who are immunocompromised themselves or have family members who are at risk. There will have to be special accommodations made as there have been already,” he says. “They’ve had learning plans when there was the voluntary return to school on a partial basis in June, that will be the same protocol in the fall.”

Fleming adds parents with kids in that situation can start reaching out to their school now so that a more personalized at home lesson plan can be prepared over the summer.

“I would encourage parents to contact principals and vice-principals and teaching staff and district staff to start making those kinds of arrangements.”

Fleming says schooling from home will work much as it has through the spring, except students will receive more personalized learning plans in the fall.