How online learning will work

Last updated: March 18, 2022

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Local and provincial online learning options

During the 2022/23 school year, students can sign up for online learning just like they normally would.

In 2023/24, students can enrol with their local online learning school or a provincial online learning school. Support will be offered to help students transition to new courses or programs.


Sign up for online learning as a new student

Starting in spring 2023, you can choose one of the following options:

Option 1: Sign up with a local or an independent school that offers online learning

  • Contact your school district to find out about local online learning schools or available online learning options at a neighbourhood school
  • Contact an independent online learning school, or find out if an independent school near you offers any online learning options

Option 2: Sign up with a provincial online learning school


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 primarily at a distance

  • Students learn 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 independent school
  • In the 2023/24 school year, enrol full-time with a provincial online learning school

 

Learn at a distance entirely (full-time)

  • Students learn 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 independent school
  • In the 2023/24 school year, enrol full-time with a provincial online learning school

 


Learn at a distance most days (part-time online)


 

Learn at a distance 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 independent school
  • In the 2023/24 school year, enrol full-time with a 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 in 2023

If your online learning school becomes a 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.

Enrolled inside my local school district

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


Enrolled outside my local school district

If you're enrolled with an online learning school outside the school district where you live 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:

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


What are provincial online learning schools?

Provincial online learning schools will offer a wide variety of programs and courses to all students in B.C. Provincial online learning schools will offer province-wide access and support services for learner needs. Students will be able to take online courses or programs no matter where they live, including:

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

The timeline to implement provincial online learning schools has been extended to July 1, 2023. This is because feedback shows that more time is needed to ensure a smooth transition for learners and families. Starting in spring of 2023, students may be able to begin enrolling with some provincial online learning schools for programs and courses.

Find out if you need to transition to a new online learning program or course.

Some online learning schools will become a provincial online learning school

If a school is selected to be a provincial online learning school, it will continue to offer the same online learning programs and courses.

Provincial online learning schools will support students, educators and other schools

Provincial online learning schools 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

Provincial online learning schools can cross enrol or out-of-district enrol students

In the 2023/24 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

Independent online learning schools cannot enrol students who are enrolled with other districts or independent authorities unless they have an agreement with the Minister.