CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has released its re-entry plan for the coming school year.
The plan comes just over one week after the provincial government announced students and staff will return to classes in September.
Dubbed Scenario 1, the new plan features stringent health measures including handwashing requirements and physical distancing measures along with guidelines on what should happen if a student tests positive for COVID-19.
Another major component of the plan is an online hub learning program being offered to students from Grade 1-12.
This online approach will combine web instructions and independent work but not offer the same opportunities or supports as in-person learning.
High school students will be offered courses based on student demand and available space with each class ranging from one to two hours.
Independent work will take up six to seven hours per week while grade 10-12 students will work two hours per week per course.
Parents have between Aug. 12 and 24 to register for online learning.
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As for the physical set up of schools, the CBE said where possible, students will be organized into smaller groups that stay together throughout the day.
School-wide events and assemblies will also be held virtually and desks will be separated from each other where possible. If two metres can’t be achieved between desks or tables, students should be arranged so they are not facing each other.
Signs and directional arrows will also be placed on walls and floors to guide movement in common areas and hallways.
Extra-curricular activities will be allowed with health measures in place but any field trip requiring transportation won’t be allowed for the year.
Walking field trips can still take place as long as distancing guidelines can be followed.
The CBE said this plan is subject to change adding they might alternate between three different scenarios throughout the year.