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School start delayed

Education Minister Rob Fleming and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announce the province’s back to school plan. Government of B.C. photo

Teachers and staff will be heading back to class on September. However, students won’t be.

Students will head back to class at a later, as yet undetermined, date, Education Minister Rob Fleming announced Tuesday.

“Having the restart week staged in some kind of manner that would have staff teams together for a couple days before we gradually welcome kids back to make sure that every school — all 1,500 of them in the province — are truly ready to welcome students is a good idea, and that’s the approach that we’ll be taking,” he said.

The ministry is finalizing operating guidelines to keep students in the province’s 1,500 schools safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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