Bellevue district delays plans for in-classroom learning

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

The school district is the nation's 10th largest.

The directors said they made the "difficult decision to reassign the students and staff now in the PDSB Online School back to their home schools, and move to a new hybrid learning model, effective November 18".

"Over the past few days, we have received feedback from some parents or guardians, whose children are now enrolled in the remote-only mode, wishing for the remote-only learning mode to be maintained", said director of education Marianne Mazzorato in a letter to parents on October 14.

After Superintendent Scott Brabrand presented recommendations for phasing in hybrid learning, the school board could not reach a decision on hybrid learning in a Thursday meeting that ran into Friday.

This week's vote centered around the return of two groups for hybrid learning, or a mix of in-person and virtual learning.

"In this regard, we are going to maintain remote-only classrooms should there be enough interest", the letter reads, adding that students and their families should still expect some classes to be reorganized. Those who opt for this learning mode still have the flexibility to switch from remote learning to in-person and vice-versa within the same classroom throughout the remainder of the school year.

The change will delay when school reorganization will happen.

Only parents now enrolled in the in-person program and intending to stay there don't need to respond.

Mr. Braband cited challenges posed by numerous teachers' apprehension to return in-person because of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that "the more kids we bring back, the more staff" we need.

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