Keven Elder, superintendent of schools for School District 69. (File photo)

Keven Elder, superintendent of schools for School District 69. (File photo)

COVID-19: Qualicum school district to start at home learning initiatives April 15

Last week, teachers reached out to families to discuss individual needs

Child-minding has started up in School District 69 (Qualicum) for essential workers, and remote learning is expected to start up on April 15.

SD69 superintendent Keven Elder said how schooling will work will differ between elementary and high school students. Parents will not be homeschooling their elementary-aged children, but rather implementing ways to keep up literacy and numeracy.

Last week, teachers reached out to families to figure out what their individual needs were. Not all students have access to technology and parents have differing abilities and availability while at home with their child.

“We’re quite sensitive to the equity issue and not expecting everybody to do everything,” he said. “They’ll work with what they have access to at home and for some that might be fairly limited.”

READ MORE: COVID-19: School District 69 to develop ways for teachers to connect with parents after spring break

For the high school students, Elder said many are focusing on a couple of courses that may be relevant to their post-secondary plans. Students who are set to graduate still will and Elder said how students will approach the remainder of the school year is on a case-by-case basis.

“It’s going to be based on what priorities the students have for learning between now and the end of June because we won’t be able to continue with the full, robust offering of courses,” he said. “We just have to see what the most important things are for the individual students.”

The other main update from the district has been the implementation of childminding at a local elementary school for essential workers. They have 15 students and expect to move up to 24 next week. Local education assistants accepted the request — something Elder said the district is grateful for. But Elder reminds parents that this isn’t school.

“It’s not going for school, it’s going for child-minding with whatever learning has been set up for them for their home would just be happening at the school instead.”

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CoronavirusEducationParksvillequalicum beach

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The scene of a single-vehicle crash along Dolphin Drive in Nanoose Bay on Monday morning, April 19. (Mandy Moraes photo)
RCMP: No injuries reported in rollover crash in Nanoose Bay

Police say passengers indicate driver left the scene

The Town of Qualicum Beach plans to establish temporary shelters. (Town of Qualicum Beach illustration)
Town of Qualicum Beach seeks $1.25M grant to build temporary housing units

Aim is to move tenants in prior to the end of 2021

Mount Arrowsmith Teachers’ Association and its Nanaimo-Ladysmith counterpart seek stricter COVID-19 rules. (PQB News file photo)
Mount Arrowsmith teachers’ union asks health authority for stricter COVID-19 measures

Teachers ask for vaccine, more online learning, mask mandate for primary students

Dashwood Volunteer Fire Department emergency response vehicle. (PQB News file photo)
Dashwood fire department issues warning to residents to hold off on yard debris burning

Fire chief: ‘Hold off on burning until we get some rain’

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a CEFA (Core Education and Fine Arts) Early Learning daycare franchise, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. budget to expand $10-a-day child care, but misses the mark on ‘truly universal’ system

$111 million will be used to fund 3,750 new $10-a-day spaces though 75 additional ChildCareBC universal prototype sites over the next three years.

Mak Parhar speaks at an anti-mask rally outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Parhar was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with allegedly violating the Quarantine Act after returning from a Flat Earth conference held in Geenville, South Carolina on Oct. 24. (Flat Earth Focker/YouTube.com screenshot)
Judge tosses lawsuit of B.C. COVID-denier who broke quarantine after Flat Earth conference

Mak Parhar accused gov, police of trespass, malfeasance, extortion, terrorism, kidnapping and fraud

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

Most Read