Education

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C.’s top doctor says most COVID-19 exposures at schools have been low risk

Ministry of Health removes some symptoms for children, but there are still symptoms to test for

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic

Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic

Awesome, I thought, when the pandemic hit, I’ll learn some new skills.

Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic
FILE – A empty classroom is pictured at McGee Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

FILE – A empty classroom is pictured at McGee Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
People sit at the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Post-secondary students are paying the same or more tuition compared to last year, including fees for inaccessible facilities as many take classes online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Post-secondary students paying for inaccessible services as they study online

Canadian Federation of Students says the fees are an added burden on young people

People sit at the Ryerson University campus in Toronto, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Post-secondary students are paying the same or more tuition compared to last year, including fees for inaccessible facilities as many take classes online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
The guitar intro class at Ecole Phoenix Elementary School practises Seven Nation Army on July 15, 2020 as they prepare for an upcoming performance. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River School District one of two on the Island to offer summer school

Nearly 500 students took part in summer school offerings this year despite pandemic

The guitar intro class at Ecole Phoenix Elementary School practises Seven Nation Army on July 15, 2020 as they prepare for an upcoming performance. Photo by Marc Kitteringham – Campbell River Mirror
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. Students across British Columbia are getting ready for COVID-19 orientation sessions this week amid a flurry of new protocols aimed at reopening schools while the pandemic wears on. Education Minister Rob Fleming has said districts are expecting 85 to 90 per cent of students to attend school in person, but some parents and students say they’re frustrated by the lack of remote learning options, large class sizes and inconsistent messaging when it comes to physical distancing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. to begin publicly listing COVID-19 school exposure events

Move follows weeks of criticism from parents, the public

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. Students across British Columbia are getting ready for COVID-19 orientation sessions this week amid a flurry of new protocols aimed at reopening schools while the pandemic wears on. Education Minister Rob Fleming has said districts are expecting 85 to 90 per cent of students to attend school in person, but some parents and students say they’re frustrated by the lack of remote learning options, large class sizes and inconsistent messaging when it comes to physical distancing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The B.C. Ferries vessel MV Quinsam will carry two school buses of Gabriola students to and from Nanaimo District Secondary School on school days to help with physical distancing aboard the ferry. (News Bulletin file photo)

School buses of Gabriola students will be ferried to and from Nanaimo each day

New service starts due to challenges of physical distancing aboard MV Quinsam ferry

The B.C. Ferries vessel MV Quinsam will carry two school buses of Gabriola students to and from Nanaimo District Secondary School on school days to help with physical distancing aboard the ferry. (News Bulletin file photo)
PQB News/VI Free Daily publisher Peter McCully, bottom row, left, in Southdale Elementary School in Dartmouth, N.S. (Photo submitted)

PQBeat: Food fights, favourite teachers, the back of the bus and more

Sharing memories as school returns for another year

PQB News/VI Free Daily publisher Peter McCully, bottom row, left, in Southdale Elementary School in Dartmouth, N.S. (Photo submitted)
Powerful photo of Noah Marston on his first day of school this year at Chemainus Secondary School that puts the current situation revolving around the pandemic into a clear perspective. (Photo by Ashley Marston)

Powerful image and words on the pandemic from Island photographer

Our changing world documented as part of a daily project

Powerful photo of Noah Marston on his first day of school this year at Chemainus Secondary School that puts the current situation revolving around the pandemic into a clear perspective. (Photo by Ashley Marston)
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Dr. Henry says schools ‘perfectly safe’; BCTF urges teachers affected by smoke to take sick days

Wildfire smoke from the U.S. has led to very poor air quality for much of B.C.

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Langley Secondary is one of dozens of Langley schools set to re-open under difficult circumstances this year. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

Our View: Help kids recover from this year of school disruptions

If we plan now, we can launch an effort to ensure every child catches up

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Langley Secondary is one of dozens of Langley schools set to re-open under difficult circumstances this year. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
The Thetis Island Elementary School class from November 2019. Back row, from left: teacher Genny Redman and educational assistant Simone Luckham. Second back row: Westley Knowles, Matti Bannister, Erica Ralston, Raglan Gall. Middle: Sophia Dufort, Sophie Sharp, Lucas Bieber, Aubrey Gall, Daxton Meunier, Amelia Ensminger. Second row from front: Ella Kasting, Elise Meunier, Holly Sharp, Alina Ensminger, Jayleigh Gall, Colten Dufort, Aaron Bieber. Front, kneeling: Kai Kasting, Lily Galbraith, Alder McClellan.

Romance of the one-room schoolhouse continues to thrive on Thetis Island

School celebrated 100 years, as its cherished role in the community stands the test of time

  • Sep 12, 2020
The Thetis Island Elementary School class from November 2019. Back row, from left: teacher Genny Redman and educational assistant Simone Luckham. Second back row: Westley Knowles, Matti Bannister, Erica Ralston, Raglan Gall. Middle: Sophia Dufort, Sophie Sharp, Lucas Bieber, Aubrey Gall, Daxton Meunier, Amelia Ensminger. Second row from front: Ella Kasting, Elise Meunier, Holly Sharp, Alina Ensminger, Jayleigh Gall, Colten Dufort, Aaron Bieber. Front, kneeling: Kai Kasting, Lily Galbraith, Alder McClellan.
The federal government has announced that Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district has been selected for a pilot project to test seat belts on school buses. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith selected for pilot project to try seatbelts on school buses

Transport Canada announces pilot project following task force recommendations

The federal government has announced that Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district has been selected for a pilot project to test seat belts on school buses. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
Rob Ohly, Aspengrove School’s diploma program coordinator and Grade 11 chemistry teacher, says he is excited for the start of the school year. Ohly is scene here with a chemical model of alcohol. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island teacher says in-class learning engages and motivates students

Nanaimo chemistry teacher talks about back-to-school in COVID-19 times

Rob Ohly, Aspengrove School’s diploma program coordinator and Grade 11 chemistry teacher, says he is excited for the start of the school year. Ohly is scene here with a chemical model of alcohol. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The Vancouver School Board put on a tour to show the COVID-19 precautions being taken to help keep children safe in the new school year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A day before school starts, B.C. teachers’ union still worried over lack of remote learning

BCTF worried about lack of face shields, remote learning option

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The Vancouver School Board put on a tour to show the COVID-19 precautions being taken to help keep children safe in the new school year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
(Black Press Media files)

B.C. teacher banned from the classroom for life after sexually exploiting student

Teacher pleaded guilty to sex-related charges involving a student

(Black Press Media files)
Orford Bay, Bute Inlet. The Homalco First Nations has invested grant money it received from WorkBC to offer tuition-free forestry trades program for Indigenous students at North Island College. (Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours/ Facebook )

Homalco First Nation invests $196,308 WorkBC grant in forestry courses

Tuition-free program at North Island College to combat high unemployment rates says Nation’s chief

Orford Bay, Bute Inlet. The Homalco First Nations has invested grant money it received from WorkBC to offer tuition-free forestry trades program for Indigenous students at North Island College. (Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours/ Facebook )
Students are dropped off at school ahead of their first day of classes in Pickering, Ont., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Thousands of students return to schools as new COVID-19 cases emerge

Experts say returning to class is important for children’s social and academic development

Students are dropped off at school ahead of their first day of classes in Pickering, Ont., Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
High school students in Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district will be required to wear masks in high-traffic areas. (Stock photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district won’t heed request for mandatory masks right now

School board discusses letter from group of doctors urging masks for all age groups

High school students in Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district will be required to wear masks in high-traffic areas. (Stock photo)
Kaye and her son Lazarus Banez are seen in an undated family handout photo. The mother, in Richmond, B.C., said school staff told her earlier that Lazarus would need to return to his Grade 6 classes in person by mid-November or face removal from the independent school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-*MANDATORY CREDIT*

B.C. families of neurodiverse kids left scrambling before school starts: advocates

Advocates say they’d like to see school districts reaching out to families directly to build educational plans

Kaye and her son Lazarus Banez are seen in an undated family handout photo. The mother, in Richmond, B.C., said school staff told her earlier that Lazarus would need to return to his Grade 6 classes in person by mid-November or face removal from the independent school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-*MANDATORY CREDIT*