BC Government Releases Back To School Plan for In-Person Education; BBOT Reiterates Education and Childcare Important for Children and Workers


July 29, 2020 –  The BC Government released today information on how K-12 education will be carried out in person starting on September 8th.  The new protocols will provide safe, full-time, in-person education for most students.  The Burnaby Board of Trade is pleased with today’s announcement as offering full-time school again is critical to many parents being able to fully return to their employment and will contribute to our economic recovery from COVID-19.

Read the full details of the return to school plan here.  Students will be placed in “learning groups” of up to 60 (elementary and middle schools) and 120 (secondary schools) in an effort to limit the number of people they come in contact with.  This will be coupled with continued sanitation and health protocols first rolled out during the limited re-opening in June.

In addition to school, the availability of childcare and summer programs was identified as a fundamental part of our economic recovery by the Burnaby Business Recovery Task Force, a message the BBOT delivered to the Minister of Childcare in a call last week.  Going forward, the BBOT will be engaging with providers more regularly and sharing information with the business community on childcare opportunities.

Summer camps have re-opened in Burnaby and are being offered by the City of Burnaby and Burnaby Family Life among others.  Follow the links above for more information.

To find local childcare centres, including those with vacancies, click here for a searchable map of the entire province.   Also, the Burnaby Child Care Resource and Referral can provide information and connections to local childcare options.  Click here to access their services.