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Vancouver schools creating new at home option for elementary students

Last Updated Aug 29, 2020 at 11:16 am PST

FILE - The province's return-to-school plan includes having most students back in classes full-time starting this fall.

The district has created the 'Learn from Home Transition' option which will allow for a delayed return to the classroom

Students will have the chance to start the year at home and return to their school later

The option comes after 29 per cent of parents said they would like an option that allows kids not to go back right away

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — After surveying parents, Vancouver schools will be creating another option for elementary school students in September.

More than 21,000 parents responded to a survey sent out by the Vancouver School Board. Twenty-nine per cent said they would be interested in an option in which their kids could start the school year learning remotely, and transition to in-person instruction later in the year. So the District has created the “Learn from Home Transition” option which will allow for a delayed return to the classroom.

“It would be a temporary transition option that allows students to learn remotely and to receive some learning support from the District. Students would likely receive support through one-on-one check-in times with a teacher assigned by the District. Children whose families choose this option remain enrolled in their local school and would be placed in a learning group for possible transition to in-person instruction this school year,” according to the school board’s website.

The survey found that 69 per cent of parents plan to send children back to school. Only one per cent of parents said they planned to pursue one of the existing options for distance learning, home schooling and the Vancouver Learning Network Elementary Program.

“We appreciate the time families took to complete the survey released on August 24. Based on these results, the District will develop a fourth option and will share it with families early next week,” writes Deena Kotak-Buckley, director of instruction at the Vancouver School District.”