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“They said online or Hub learning was an option, but if we were to continue on that route, she wouldn’t be able to continue her program.”
In a statement, the CBE said it was made clear to parents that low demand could mean that some alternative programs would only be offered in-person this year.
“We were transparent with the timelines of when families would receive confirmation notices and that some alternative programs may not be available due low enrolment and related challenges to reassign limited resources and maintain in person learning,” the school district said in a statement.
“Late entry French Immersion is an example of this. Students may access online Hub programming in English or access the alternative program for in-person learning.”
The CBE was unable to provide statistics on how many student applications for online learning had been denied.
For the Highet family, the choice to learn online was made due to worries surrounding COVID-19, but they were dismayed to have to choose between continuing with their education program and keeping their daughter home.
The Highet family reluctantly opted to send their daughter to in-person classes, a decision that forced them to also put their younger daughter in in-school learning.
“School was dismissed for in-person classes in the middle of March. It’s been five months and these plans seem not very well-thought out with not a lot of effort put into them, considering the timeframe they’ve had,” Highet said.
“They knew school was coming back but they all seemed not to take the initiative to plan and prepare for this.”
The CBE said it recognized that some families have had to make difficult decisions as a result of program offerings.