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Free talks about access to education during COVID


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    27 October 2020 – Families of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who need help during COVID-19 will have a chance to learn what they can expect from schools, through a series of free online conversations from the BCEdAccess Society.

    “Students are entitled to the same access to education during COVID-19 as always — whether they are learning in person, through distributed learning, or in a flexible or hybrid program,” says Tracy Humphreys, chair of BCEdAccess. For students with disabilities and diverse abilities, that means access to full-time, in-person instruction five days a week. 

    It also means continuity of individual education plan goals and the supports those students need to be able to learn. 

    Thanks to support from the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada, these talks will spread the word to families, caregivers and students throughout the province.

    Through the funding, BCEdAccess will also be creating videos, facilitated community conversations, GIFs, social media outreach, and offline outreach to communities. Says Humphreys, “We recognize that many students may not have the same access to computers and social media. So we will also be reaching out to community organizations with offline supports.” Broadband Internet at a speed fast enough to download an email or hold web meetings is not available province-wide and students can face data caps on basic Internet plans. These barriers are more common in remote, rural and Indigenous communities. 

    Free tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcedaccess-covid-19-outreach-conversations-tickets-125978867183

    Key Dates

    These free talks will feature a short video discussing each topic, followed by a live conversation between the BCEdAccess team and parents, caregivers and community supports.

    Participants can take part in any (or all!) of five talks, which include captioning and ASL interpretation.

    November 1 and 2

    COVID-19 and Your Child’s Access to Education: Rights and Services Without Delay

    November 8 and 9

    Your Child’s Key Education Support Tool: the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

    November 15 and 16

    Learning During COVID: options for when, where and how

    November 22 and 23

    The People Supporting Your Child: EAs, Specialist Teachers and Professionals

    November 29 and 30

    When Your Child Isn’t Getting What they Need or Deserve

    Full details and information about the events are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bcedaccess-covid-19-outreach-conversations-tickets-125978867183.

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    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvnNe1qQTEc

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