BC Planning to have Full Classrooms in the Fall.

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British Columbia Premier John Horgan said parents should prepare for a full return to classrooms this fall but also have a backup plan in case the COVID-19 pandemic forces further closures.

According to the Canadian Press,  Horgan said school staff, administrators, trustees and parents are working as hard as they can to ensure everyone is safe, and he shares that preoccupation.

He added the B.C. government will have more to say on the topic as the month winds down, but it will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 up until September and is prioritizing a strong plan over a quick one.

The province reopened schools using a hybrid model in June that blended part-time classroom learning with online curriculum and on Wednesday, Education Minister Rob Fleming said the province is aiming to move beyond that.

Fleming said the goal is to have a 100 per cent return to classrooms for kids in elementary and middle schools, while there are ongoing discussions about alternative accommodations for secondary school students.

He indicated British Columbia is among the jurisdictions considering a ``cohort'' model that would limit students' interactions and possible exposures.

About 40% of students in the Kootenay-Columbia School District returned to classrooms in June, while about 25% attended in-class sessions in the Kootenay-Lake School District.