Education

Carrie Branstetter is a teacher with Nelson-based CHEK ABC, and also a parent of students who take part in independent online education. She’s concerned by upcoming provincial cuts to funding for 16 online only schools in B.C. Photo submitted

‘Caught off guard’: B.C.’s online independent schools criticize funding cuts

The education ministry is changing funding for 16 schools

Carrie Branstetter is a teacher with Nelson-based CHEK ABC, and also a parent of students who take part in independent online education. She’s concerned by upcoming provincial cuts to funding for 16 online only schools in B.C. Photo submitted
A computer screenshot by Harmony Project Sooke lead strings teacher Maria Wang convening online with members in a Level 3 class. (Harmony Project Sooke photo)

Harmony Project Sooke holds first virtual concert

The online event takes place via Zoom on June 23

  • Jun 15, 2020
A computer screenshot by Harmony Project Sooke lead strings teacher Maria Wang convening online with members in a Level 3 class. (Harmony Project Sooke photo)
EMCS graduates Jaeden Demelo, left, Jayme Vivian, Marin Clarkston and Makayla Craig. Clarkston is the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class. (Photo contributed by Jayme Vivian)

Sooke grad ceremony goes virtual

Graduating students also able to walk across EMCS stage in small groups

EMCS graduates Jaeden Demelo, left, Jayme Vivian, Marin Clarkston and Makayla Craig. Clarkston is the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class. (Photo contributed by Jayme Vivian)
Supreme Court of Canada (The Canadian Press)
Supreme Court of Canada (The Canadian Press)
Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadian Paediatric Society calls on education ministries to allow graduations

Many in-person graduation ceremonies have shifted to a virtual model or been cancelled or postponed

Graduating students from Seycove Secondary in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, B.C. throw their hats during a physically distanced graduation photo Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Graduating students all over the world are celebrating their grads in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Williams Lake Friday, June 5, led by teen Rea Klar. (Angie Mindus photo)

Teach Black history to fight racism, starting in elementary school: B.C. students

Students say current anti-racism protests in the U.S. and Canada point to a need for lessons

Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Williams Lake Friday, June 5, led by teen Rea Klar. (Angie Mindus photo)
B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming tours a Greater Victoria school on June 2, 2020, as classes restart amid the pandemic. (Don Craig/Government of B.C.)

B.C. schools see 30% of expected enrolment as in-class teaching restarts amid pandemic

Education minister noted that in-class instruction remains optional

B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming tours a Greater Victoria school on June 2, 2020, as classes restart amid the pandemic. (Don Craig/Government of B.C.)
Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.
Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School pioneers thermal imaging in school reopening

Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School pioneers thermal imaging in school reopening

Private school is first in B.C. to use new tech post-COVID-19

Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School pioneers thermal imaging in school reopening
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Number of students returning is a wild card as B.C. schools reopen Monday

A common model will see other teachers work four days a week in class then the fifth remotely,

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(Black Press Media files)

B.C. teacher reprimanded for sharing homophobic and sexist memes, making racist comments

Klaus Hardy Breslauer was accused of making a laundry list of concerning decisions as a science teacher

(Black Press Media files)
Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School. (Submitted photo)

As SD84 schools look to reopen, Kyuquot and Zeballos opt out

Schools in Tahsis and Gold River will open on June 1, with 30 per cent students expected to come in

Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School. (Submitted photo)
Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. Neufeld has gotten into hot water with another Facebook post recently, setting his sites on Dr. Theresa Tam. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)

Chilliwack school board censures trustee Barry Neufeld after controversial Facebook post

Board chair issues statement on censure but little else regarding Facebook post controversy

Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. Neufeld has gotten into hot water with another Facebook post recently, setting his sites on Dr. Theresa Tam. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)
The University of Ottawa campus is quiet, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government announced funding for post-secondary students affected by Covid-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Post-secondary students requiring practical skills concerned about education

Many Canadian students concerned about how practicums could be affected when classes resume

The University of Ottawa campus is quiet, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government announced funding for post-secondary students affected by Covid-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Ravi Parmar, Boad Chair for the Sooke School District. (Courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, Office of Mitzi Dean MLA)

Sooke School District maps out future of in-class instruction

Premier announces schools to begin part-time class instruction June 1

  • May 17, 2020
Ravi Parmar, Boad Chair for the Sooke School District. (Courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, Office of Mitzi Dean MLA)
Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School. (Submitted photo)

Pre-existing woes might deepen after COVID-19 for remote Vancouver Island schools

Logistics, transportation and a broadened spectrum of vulnerable students are some of the challenges SD 84 schools will have to deal with

Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School. (Submitted photo)
Tahsis students step out for socially distanced farm to school activities

Tahsis students step out for socially distanced farm to school activities

Students from Captain Meares Elementary Secondary school get productive with outdoor education amidst pandemic

Tahsis students step out for socially distanced farm to school activities
A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister says he wants to learn from other provinces and countries like New Zealand before starting to reopen schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Provinces must give emotional support to returning students: education advocates

Teachers should be prepared to provide ‘trauma-informed practices’ in response to students’ needs

A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister says he wants to learn from other provinces and countries like New Zealand before starting to reopen schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
VIDEO: Dr. Bonnie Henry offers words of encouragement to B.C.’s 2020 graduating class

VIDEO: Dr. Bonnie Henry offers words of encouragement to B.C.’s 2020 graduating class

B.C.’s provincial health officer voiced support for parents and students during this unprecedented time

VIDEO: Dr. Bonnie Henry offers words of encouragement to B.C.’s 2020 graduating class
Seismic upgrades and other renovations to Victoria High School begin in August. (Black Press Media file photo)

Vic High upgrades on schedule to start in August

Seismic upgrades, expansions and amenities set to be completed by 2022

Seismic upgrades and other renovations to Victoria High School begin in August. (Black Press Media file photo)