Schools

A classroom in Surrey school district is cleaned last year. Over the weekend, school communities in Surrey and Delta were advised of exposures to the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant of the COVID-19 virus. In some cases individuals and in others entire classes, have been directed to stay home and self-isolate while awaiting test results. (file photo surreyschools.ca)

U.K variant of coronavirus detected at seven schools in Surrey, Delta

Individuals, classes directed by district to stay home and self isolate

A classroom in Surrey school district is cleaned last year. Over the weekend, school communities in Surrey and Delta were advised of exposures to the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant of the COVID-19 virus. In some cases individuals and in others entire classes, have been directed to stay home and self-isolate while awaiting test results. (file photo surreyschools.ca)
At R.E. Mountain Secondary school in Langley, Kaylyn Williams, Brandon Chow, the Food Bank’s Jim Calamunce, and Julia Cotton held a socially-distant – and masked – cheque presentation (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

How a ‘pivot’ by R.E. Mountain Secondary School students paid off for 22 local families – and the food bank

When they couldn’t collect donations the usual way, they found another way

At R.E. Mountain Secondary school in Langley, Kaylyn Williams, Brandon Chow, the Food Bank’s Jim Calamunce, and Julia Cotton held a socially-distant – and masked – cheque presentation (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A COVID-19 cases has been reported at Langley Fine Arts School (undated Google Maps image)

COVID case reported at Langley Fine Arts School

Number of Langley schools reporting cases in January and February now 12

A COVID-19 cases has been reported at Langley Fine Arts School (undated Google Maps image)
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B.C. expands mandatory mask rules in schools, rolls out ‘rapid response teams’

Masks will be mandatory for middle and high school students except for a few scenarios

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FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

34% of teachers say they’d look to an early career exit over COVID response: BCTF survey

Pandemic has increased workload for the majority of teachers

FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lynn Fripps Elementary class go on a StoryWalk with Teacher Librarian Jennifer Fernandes during Family Literacy Week. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Lynn Fripps Elementary class go on a StoryWalk with Teacher Librarian Jennifer Fernandes during Family Literacy Week. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley school district has recorded 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases at 32 schools since September (Langley Advance Times file)

Bulletin updates total COVID count at Langley schools

There have been 84 confirmed cases since September

Langley school district has recorded 84 confirmed COVID-19 cases at 32 schools since September (Langley Advance Times file)
A case of COVID-19 has been reported at LSS (Langley Advance Times file)
A case of COVID-19 has been reported at LSS (Langley Advance Times file)
A person with COVID was at James Hill elementary school in Langley on Tuesday, Jan. 26 (file)

COVID-19 cases reported at two Langley elementary schools

Contact tracing underway at Coghlan Fundamental and James Hill elementary schools

A person with COVID was at James Hill elementary school in Langley on Tuesday, Jan. 26 (file)
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B.C. teacher gets 1 day suspension after ‘aggressively’ throwing dumbbell at student

Documents show the weight would have hit the student if they didn’t catch it

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Undated Google Maps image of R.C. Garnett school (file)
Undated Google Maps image of R.C. Garnett school (file)
Students from another school board a bus outside Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto on Friday December 4, 2020. Toronto Public Health closed the school due to a COVID19 outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Experts call for community sacrifices to ensure COVID-19 safety in schools

Kids in British Columbia returned to public school after a two-week winter break last week

Students from another school board a bus outside Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto on Friday December 4, 2020. Toronto Public Health closed the school due to a COVID19 outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

BCTF blasts ‘one size fits all’ school COVID plan, calls for transparency from Henry, Dix

Most students returned from the winter holiday break on Jan. 4

FILE – Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
An online petition has been launched urging the province to extend the winter break by two weeks, as students prepare to return to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Black Press Media files)

COVID-19: Petition calls on B.C. to extend students’ winter break

Students are set to return to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4

An online petition has been launched urging the province to extend the winter break by two weeks, as students prepare to return to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Black Press Media files)
Olivia Meleta, a high school math teacher, is photographed near her Thornhill, Ont., home on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. From texting friends on the sly to downloading apps that spit out answers, educators say the pandemic-induced move to an online classroom has offered up a wealth of tech-driven workarounds to actually doing the work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Cheating a ‘free-for-all’ at virtual high schools, Canadian teachers say

Stress from the pandemic has collided with the pressure to get good grades

Olivia Meleta, a high school math teacher, is photographed near her Thornhill, Ont., home on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. From texting friends on the sly to downloading apps that spit out answers, educators say the pandemic-induced move to an online classroom has offered up a wealth of tech-driven workarounds to actually doing the work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Someone spray painted anti-Semitic graffiti on Alex Hope school at 21150 85th Ave. in Walnut Grove over the weekend (special to Langley Advance Times)

Anti-Semitic graffiti on Langley school ‘appalling’ resident says

Someone spray-painted a swastika and a threatening message on Alex Hope school

Someone spray painted anti-Semitic graffiti on Alex Hope school at 21150 85th Ave. in Walnut Grove over the weekend (special to Langley Advance Times)
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. The British Columbia government says it is now releasing about $12 million to school districts across the province to further support the COVID-19 response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

$12 million in reserved federal funds released to B.C. school districts: ministry

The money is part of the $242.4 million in one-time federal funding for pandemic safety measures

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. The British Columbia government says it is now releasing about $12 million to school districts across the province to further support the COVID-19 response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward