B.C.'s Back to School Plan includes new health and safety measures, increased funding for protective equipment like masks and new learning groups to keep everyone safe.
Every September, parents have options for their child's education. Parents should talk to their school district as soon as possible about their options.
Last updated: September 22, 2020
Both public and independent distributed learning schools offer distributed/online classes. Students in kindergarten to grade 7 must take a full course load at one school, while students in grades 8 to 12 may enrol in courses in a number of different distributed learning schools at one time.
There are 46 school districts with 53 public schools offering distributed learning courses and 16 independent schools are currently offering distributed learning courses.
|Public school distributed learning||Independent school distributed learning||Traditional homeschooling|
|Education program must meet the Learning Outcomes of the B.C. curriculum||Yes||Yes||No|
|Learning must be supervised by a B.C. teacher||Yes||Yes||No|
|Students must use district- or school-approved resources||Yes||Yes||No|
|Student progress must be evaluated by a teacher and report cards are prepared by a teacher three times a year||Yes||Yes||No|
|Student must participate in provincial assessments||Yes||Yes||No|
|Religious texts / resources may be used||No||Yes||Yes|
|Eligible to receive a B.C. Dogwood Graduation Certificate||Yes||Yes||No|
|Status of student with school||Enrolled||Enrolled||Registered|
Additional Local Options
There is no substitute for in-class instruction. It provides students with face-to-face teacher-led learning, peer engagement, supports social and emotional development and decreases feelings of isolation.
School also provides many students access to programs and services they can't get at home and is integral to their overall health.
School districts will contact all families in their school community to share their safety plan and confirm if they plan to have their child attend classes in September or require an other option.
The Ministry has also given school districts the flexibility to find options that work for families. This includes remote options for students within their districts, as well as the tools school districts need to increase their existing programs to meet demand.
Homebound education services allows students to continue their education program if they are absent from class during the school year because of injury, illness, surgery, pregnancy or mental health reasons.
To access homebound education services, parents and caregivers must contact their school.