Education

Hugh MacKinnon, teacher-on-call for the Surrey school district, with one of the students attending childcare for essential service workers at one of four school district sites in May of 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey’s school plan now posted: Here’s what to expect

In Surrey’s plan, every secondary student will be in attendance every day

Hugh MacKinnon, teacher-on-call for the Surrey school district, with one of the students attending childcare for essential service workers at one of four school district sites in May of 2020. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
B.C. will receive $242.36 million as part of the newly created Safe Return to Class fund and school advocates are looking to see how the funds can be used for students. (Black Press file photo)

School advocates hope new federal funding can assist B.C. schools with more flexibility

B.C. will receive $242.36 million as part of the newly created Safe Return to Class fund

B.C. will receive $242.36 million as part of the newly created Safe Return to Class fund and school advocates are looking to see how the funds can be used for students. (Black Press file photo)
Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students to return to the classroom in September. Trest is one of two fathers who filed a court application this week to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections aren’t in place. (Contributed photo)

White Rock dad files suit against health, education ministries over back-to-school COVID plan

Bernard Trest and Gary Shuster say it’s ‘unconscionable’ to reopen schools without more risk mitigation

Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students to return to the classroom in September. Trest is one of two fathers who filed a court application this week to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections aren’t in place. (Contributed photo)
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For seniors, a new way to TALK at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Cancelled for Spring 2020, Third Age Learning courses will now be online

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FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he speaks with media following an announcement in Brockville, Ont., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds roll out $2 billion to fund return-to-school safety amid pandemic

Additional $112M will go towards First Nations schools

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question as he speaks with media following an announcement in Brockville, Ont., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
BNSF Special Agent Darrell Ell chats with two pedestrians who dodged no-trespassing signage with their dog Thursday (Aug. 20) in an effort to access White Rock’s west beach, ending up on restricted land. Ell explained the rules and the safety reasoning behind them, and let the pair off with a warning. (Tracy Holmes photo)

PHOTOS: Rail patrols through South Surrey/White Rock aim to keep safety on track

Deaths or serious injuries on waterfront line are ‘tragic every time’

BNSF Special Agent Darrell Ell chats with two pedestrians who dodged no-trespassing signage with their dog Thursday (Aug. 20) in an effort to access White Rock’s west beach, ending up on restricted land. Ell explained the rules and the safety reasoning behind them, and let the pair off with a warning. (Tracy Holmes photo)
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Canadians are spending less on back-to-school supplies amid pandemic: survey

Shoppers were also more likely this year to buy things online in every single category

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The Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, near Lytton, B.C., is seen in this undated handout photo. The school operates on a year-round schedule, with extended breaks for students and teachers four times a year, which line up with culturally significant times for the Nlaka’pamux Nation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Stein Valley Nlakapamux School

‘Nervewracking’: Staff talk about stress of first B.C. school to start this year

Stein Valley Nlakapamux School has been in session for four weeks,

The Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, near Lytton, B.C., is seen in this undated handout photo. The school operates on a year-round schedule, with extended breaks for students and teachers four times a year, which line up with culturally significant times for the Nlaka’pamux Nation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Stein Valley Nlakapamux School
The Surrey school district was offering childcare for kids of essential service workers at four school sites when in-classroom learning was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an example of what one of the classrooms looked like at the time. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Teachers’ association wants Surrey school district to have classrooms at 50% capacity

Cohort sizes are 30 for grades 10 to 12; 60 for grades 8 and 9

The Surrey school district was offering childcare for kids of essential service workers at four school sites when in-classroom learning was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an example of what one of the classrooms looked like at the time. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
A cleaner helps clean a classroom at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

UPDATE: B.C. teachers’ union calls for remote learning option, stronger mask mandate

B.C. Teachers’ Federation says class sizes are too large to allow for distancing

A cleaner helps clean a classroom at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A empty classroom is pictured at McGee Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Some private schools afraid they’d be blamed if a student gets COVID-19 are considering waivers to absolve them, but experts say that wouldn’t stop a parent from suing or a school from racking up legal bills. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Experts say COVID waivers unlikely to shield private schools from legal action

The pandemic has already seen several proposed lawsuits target long-term care facilities

A empty classroom is pictured at McGee Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Some private schools afraid they’d be blamed if a student gets COVID-19 are considering waivers to absolve them, but experts say that wouldn’t stop a parent from suing or a school from racking up legal bills. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Clorianne Augustin, a youth worker based in Montreal poses outside her home in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Clorianne Augustin, a youth worker based in Montreal poses outside her home in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (Black Press file photo)

From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country

B.C. school districts are to post final return details online by Aug. 26

Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (Black Press file photo)
Students with the district’s Wraparound Program are painting a 150-foot mural to give voice to marginalized groups and promote a sense of community in Surrey. (Photo by Gurjot Singh)

Surrey students paint mural, paying homage to First Nations, at SkyTrain station

Artwork to showcase ‘positivity and racial inclusivity in the city’

Students with the district’s Wraparound Program are painting a 150-foot mural to give voice to marginalized groups and promote a sense of community in Surrey. (Photo by Gurjot Singh)
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Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

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Grace Ialungo, who graduated from Semiahmoo Secondary in 1950, is hoping to connect with former classmates for 70-year high school reunion luncheon. (File photo)

Semiahmoo Secondary alumna planning 70-year reunion

Grace Ialungo hopes fellow graduates of the class of 1950 will reach out

Grace Ialungo, who graduated from Semiahmoo Secondary in 1950, is hoping to connect with former classmates for 70-year high school reunion luncheon. (File photo)
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Answers to 5 common questions facing families for the COVID-19 school year

COVID-19 protocols are likely to vary even more at the school board level, and even and school-to-school.

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British Columbia Premier John Horgan speaks during an announcement about a new regional cancer centre, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

British Columbia Premier John Horgan speaks during an announcement about a new regional cancer centre, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Surrey school district offered childcare for kids of essential service workers at four school sites when in-classroom learning was suspended for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classrooms had six to seven students in each, keeping with the social distancing rules. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey teacher hopes Ministry of Education will change return-to-school plan

‘My ideal would be that I go back to a classroom where everybody’s wearing masks,’ says Lizanne Foster

The Surrey school district offered childcare for kids of essential service workers at four school sites when in-classroom learning was suspended for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classrooms had six to seven students in each, keeping with the social distancing rules. (File photo: Lauren Collins)
Hugh MacKinnon, teacher-on-call for the Surrey school district, with one of the students attending childcare for essential service workers at one of four school district sites in May of 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey school district anticipates ‘full return’ for elementary students: superintendent

Larger high schools could prove to be a challenge for full-time attendance, Tinney says

Hugh MacKinnon, teacher-on-call for the Surrey school district, with one of the students attending childcare for essential service workers at one of four school district sites in May of 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)