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My wife is immunocompromised. Can my daughter take online classes through her Coquitlam school?

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Last Updated Sep 11, 2020 at 9:48 am PDT

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Ministry of Education suggests parents connect with their kids' schools to discuss remote learning possibilities

Principals will address concerns on a case-by-case basis, superintendent of Coquitlam Schools says

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Today, we hear from Jose, who says: My wife has brain cancer and there is no cure for it. Her care providers are managing her tumor with very drastic treatments which affect her immune system. If she gets it, her treatment will end until she gets “better.” Can my daughter (SD43) take classes online? Can she connect via ZOOM to the same classroom where her mates are and participate remotely?


The Ministry of Education suggests that you connect with your daughter’s school principal to discuss remote learning possibilities.

“We would recommend your listener reach out to their school principal, if they have not already done so, to discuss available options for their child to ensure the health and safety of their family,” writes a Ministry of Education spokesperson.

Principals will address concerns on a case-by-case basis, in terms of options for immunocompromised students, families or students with special needs, according to Patricia Gartland, superintendent of Coquitlam Schools.

Gartland says, some options include access to the district distributed learning programs.

Distributed learning incorporates several online tools for students including: voice and video conferencing over the internet, email, and phone calls, according to the government of B.C. website.

Students can complete their school program with distributed learning or combine it with in-person classes, or homeschooling.

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