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B.C. schools to stay closed, planning for alternate instruction

Province announces K-12 classes are suspended indefinitly and is making plans to instruct students during COVID-19 pandemic
Classroom instruction will not return after March break
Classroom instruction will not return after March break, instead alternative forms of education will be provided, according to Education Minister Rob Fleming at a press conference today.

Tri-City students won't be returning to school after spring break. Instead, alternative forms of instruction, likely online, will be provided, with plans under way right now.

Education Minister Rob Fleming made the announcement Tuesday in a press conference with Premier John Horgan and Finance Minister Carol James.

More information will be provided, and the Coquitlam Teachers' Association will comment after obtaining "clarity" according to president Ken Christensen.

There are no plans to require daycares to close and Fleming made it clear that some form of classroom education would be provided for the children of health care workers and emergency responders so they can continue to do their job, although it would maintain "social distancing."

The goal is to make sure there is no reduced capacity for health care workers in B.C. despite classroom insstruction being suspended indefinitely.

B.C.'s curriculum is already online so plans will include how to make it available to students and Fleming assured parents that students will be able to graduate and arrangements will be made to ensure they have all their requirements.

More to come...