Survey asks how many Burnaby students will actually return to class

The Burnaby school district is surveying parents to gauge how many kids are going to show up for school next month when some in-class instruction resumes after being suspended in March because of COVID-19.

In letters sent out Thursday afternoon, schools reminded parents that the return to school buildings in the first week of June is optional.

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For those who do plan to send their kids to back to school, though, the letters directed them to hold off until they hear from schools about specific times and dates.

Students in kindergarten to Grade 5 will have the choice of going back to school for face-to-face instruction two days a week.

For students in grades 6 to 12, in-class instruction will be available for one day a week, but the material they learn will be the same as that being taught virtually, according to the district.

“Classes in June will focus on supporting students in their remote learning opportunities,” stated the letter to high school parents.

For kids of essential service workers and kids with disabilities or diverse needs, in-class instruction will be available for up to five days a week.

Families were asked to fill out a survey by Monday at 9 a.m. indicating how many kids plan to go back to school.

Those who do return will be required to clean their hands before entering the school, and the school district is imploring parents keep kids home if they have common cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms.


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