Parents and students at Central elementary in Chilliwack on June 1, 2020 for the first day back to part-time and optional school since March 12, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Chilliwack students make slow return to classes

Less than 40 per cent of allowable density across the district on opening day

School is back in session this week, under physical distancing guidelines.

For elementary schools, only 50 per cent of their regular enrolment are allowed in the school at once. In middle and secondary, that number drops to 20 per cent. Attendance is voluntary, and online learning is still being supported for all students.

READ MORE: Extra care required from Chilliwack drivers as students return to school

In Chilliwack on Monday, 1,114 elementary school students came to class, while just 544 middle school and high schoolers showed up. Both of those numbers are well below the allowable number of students, at 35 per cent of the max density allowed for elementary schools, and 37.7 per cent for middle and high schools.

Those numbers will likely fluctuate through the remaining weeks of the school year. Half of the elementary school students per class will attend Monday and Tuesday, while the other half attends Wednesday and Thursday. Online learning is delivered on Fridays.

READ MORE: Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.


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