First day of school

Well, my older one had been told he could participate in 30 minutes of in-class (both of our kids are doing at home learning-grade 6 and grade 10) and it would be mostly how school will work in the classroom (2 classes, 3 teachers who will move in and out while the students stay put, each teacher teaching 2 courses to minimize people and movement). It ended up being an hour long and then he met his math and sci teacher to pick up his math book a few hours later at the high school, wearing masks, of course. My oldest is one of two students in the class doing at home google meet. There is one other grade 10 class but I don’t know if there are any kids doing at home learning in that class.

The little starts next Tuesday and we have no details yet other then he won’t be assigned a teacher from our town’s only elementary school where all of his friends attend. It will be a teacher from one of the larger towns in our valley. So I assume that again, not many have registered for at home learning in grade 6 so they can just lump them all together from 4 small towns.

I am feeling very strange about all of this. I don’t understand why the kids are back to school when school just ended in June and our covid numbers have only gotten worse. So what exactly has changed since March? What happens when we (god forbid) lose someone in the school to covid? Doesn’t everyone go online anyway if they get sent home?

No one should be inside a physical classroom right now. Our mla’s are not allowing walk-in’s to their constituency offices so why on earth would schools be open? I am disappointed in Dr. Hinshaw and I have no words, that I care to type, to tell you how I feel about our provincial government (or rather lack of government) and the despicable party that unfortunately (mis)leads.

Update: There are a total of 5 kids in both grade 10 classes that are learning from home, zooming into the classroom and my younger son knows two other kids from his class last year who are also in his regional class which totals about 30 kids with the teacher based in a school that is 30 minutes away.

Also, enrolment is down due to our 85% unemployment rate (resort town) with 50 families leaving the valley. Our elementary school has 377 kids attending and 49 in the online regional school. Masks are compulsory for grades 4-8.


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