What to expect during the 2021/22 school year

Last updated: September 17, 2021


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Here's an overview of what to expect over the next year as the new online learning model is gradually introduced.

Online and distributed learning programs stay the same

Students can continue to enrol in online learning programs just like they normally would in previous years. See how to sign up for online learning.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 7 students can enrol in full programs inside or outside their district, or with an independent school
  • Grades 8 to 12 students can enrol in a full program inside or outside their district
  • Grades 8 to 12 students can cross-enrol and enrol outside of their district with a public or independent school

A few things will change

During the year, some parts of the new online learning model will be implemented.

  • A new policy is being developed. B.C.’s education stakeholders and rightsholders as well as teachers and parents are all involved
  • A new online course platform. A provincial online course platform (called a learning management system or LMS) will be available to all schools in B.C.
  • Access to courses and resources. Teachers will be able to access and share high-quality online learning resources and courses
  • A new name. The term "distributed learning" changed to "online learning" on July 1, 2021

Things you can do

Policies, processes and other details for the new online learning model are under development with B.C.’s education stakeholders and rightsholders, including teachers and parents. Support will be offered to help students transition to new courses or programs. More information will be made available throughout this school year as soon as it’s available.

In the meantime, you can:


What happens next?

In the 2022/23 school year, the new online learning model will be implemented:

  • New provincial online learning schools will launch and be able to offer quality programming across B.C.
  • A new quality assurance process will help online learning schools share best practices