No students switched to online learning in SD62 after peak disconnection for private learning – Peninsula News Review

No students transitioned to online or blended learning after the Sooke School District said there was a spike in students disconnected during class hours for private programs.

Scott Stinson, superintendent of SD62, emailed parents May 11 stating that students who frequently miss class time because their parents pulled them out of school for private academies “may not be able to not continue in their neighborhood college’s educational program and will need to explore other educational offerings such as the district’s blended learning program, homeschooling, or distributed learning opportunities.

But less than a week before the start of a new school year, no students had moved to online or blended learning, according to a school district spokesperson.

“The correspondence has created an opportunity to have important conversations with families whose students are missing regular class time in favor of private programs. The response has been positive. Affected families have met with school administration and were able to discuss, clarify and review all relevant information necessary to make informed decisions regarding their student’s education,” they said in an email.

Blended learning is offered by the Westshore Center for Learning at SD62, is open to full-time students in grades 6-8, and includes online classes four times a week and in-person classes once a week.

The school district said in an earlier statement to Black Press Media that the number of students enrolled in private programs has increased during the pandemic and has affected middle school students (ages 11-14) the most.

One of the main reasons, according to SD62, is that parents take their children to high performance athletic training opportunities for sports like hockey, swimming and gymnastics.

“Finding a better solution to meet their child’s educational needs is the primary concern when regular, repeating class hours are skipped in favor of private programming. These conversations are happening with families at the school and district level, and we work together to find a solution that provides the student with the best learning environment to succeed,” an SD62 spokesperson wrote in an email.

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