How online learning will work

Last updated: November 23, 2021

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Local and provincial online learning options

During the 2021/22 school year, students can sign up for online learning just like they normally would.

In 2022/23, students can enrol with their local public online learning school, an independent online learning school or a public provincial online learning school. Support will be offered to help students transition to new courses or programs.


Option 1: Sign up for online learning as a new student

Sign up with a local public online learning school or an independent online learning school

Starting in spring 2022, sign up for online learning by contacting your local school district or an independent online learning school.

If a school doesn't have a specific course or program, you can explore other options with public provincial online learning schools.

Sign up with a public provincial online learning school

Public provincial online learning schools will offer a wide variety of programs and courses to all students in B.C.

Early in 2022, you will be able to contact a public provincial online learning school to sign up for programs or courses.


Option 2: Continue your online learning program or course

Not all students who are currently taking online learning programs will need to make a change. It depends on where they're enrolled.

Find out if you need to transition


Learning options will depend on a student's program and grade

  • All online learning programs and courses are led and supported by a B.C. certified teacher
  • Students may also get support from a parent or guardian at home
  • Some schools will also offer in-person learning opportunities and support

Online learning is done entirely from home (full-time)

  • Students learn at home and are supported by an educator at a distance. Parents or caregivers play an active role in instruction and learning activities

Options:

  • Enrol full-time with an online learning school in their local school district or with an independent school
  • Enrol full-time with a public provincial online learning school

 

Learn from home entirely (full-time)

  • Students learn at home and are supported by an educator at a distance. Parents or caregivers can offer support

Options:

  • Enrol full-time with an online learning school in their local school district or with an independent school
  • Enrol full-time with a public provincial online learning school

 


Learn from home most days (part-time online)


 

Learn from home entirely (full-time)

  • Students learn at home and are supported by an educator at a distance. Parents or caregivers can offer support

Options:

  • Enrol full-time with an online learning school in their local school district or with an independent school
  • Enrol full-time with a public provincial online learning school


Learn at school and take a few courses online

  • Enrol with a standard (in-person) school and take additional courses through:



Students taking online learning may need to make a change

If your online learning school becomes a public provincial online learning school, it will continue to offer the same online learning programs and courses. Some students may be affected by this change, depending on where they're currently taking an online learning program or course.


Taking online learning with a school district

If you're enrolled with an online learning school within the school district where you live, there will be no change. You don't need to do anything.

If you're enrolled with an online learning school outside of your school district and...

  • Your school becomes a provincial online learning school, there will be no change. You don't need to do anything
  • Your school does not become a provincial online learning school, you will need to:

Taking online learning with an independent school

If you're enrolled in an independent online learning school there will be no change for the 2022/23 school year.

More information about independent online learning schools in the 2023/24 school year will be available soon.

If you have questions about a specific program or course, you can contact your school to find out more.

What are public provincial online learning schools?

Public provincial online learning schools will offer a wide variety of programs and courses to all students in B.C. Students will be able to take courses no matter where they live, including:

  • Students in any school district
  • Students attending a non-independent First Nations school
  • Homeschool learners taking grade 10 to 12 online courses

A list of public provincial online learning schools will be available early in 2022. Students will be able to sign up with these schools for programs and courses that start in September 2022.

B.C. online learning schools can become public provincial online learning schools

  • There are 52 public online learning schools in B.C. that may consider becoming a public provincial online learning school
  • The first set of public provincial online learning schools will be announced spring 2022
  • If a school becomes a public provincial online learning school, it will continue to offer the same online learning programs and courses

Public provincial online learning schools will support students, educators and other schools

They will:

  • Lead the design, development and delivery of innovative online or blended learning programs and courses to learners
  • Deliver professional learning for educators
  • Develop and share learning resources through the provincial online learning platform and ShareEdBC

Public provincial online learning schools will be able to cross enrol or out-of-district enrol students

In the 2022/23 school year, school districts:

  • Will no longer need an agreement from the minister to offer online learning to their local students
  • Cannot cross enrol or out-of-district enrol students for online learning