Correction – The original story had stated that students in Grades 8 to 12 would be attending 2 days a week, when in fact, it will be five days a week.

VICTORIA, B.C. – B.C. Education Minister Rob Fleming has announced there will be a full return to school in September for those from Kindergarten to Grade 7, with plans of having students in Grades 8 to 12 also attending five days a week.

According to Fleming, a committee will remain in place to finalize some health and safety rules before the start of school in September.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the goal has always been to get kids back into the classroom as quickly as possible in a safe manner.

“When we suspended in-class teaching, the very first thing we discussed was the need to get children back into those important learning environments, as soon as we could safely.”

The Province is investing an additional $45.6 million to support the plan which includes funding for cleaning and remote learning.