More BC schools moving to remote learning, functional closures

Two more schools have declared functional closures in British Columbia as illnesses and isolations from the Omicron variant of COVID-19 leave a handful of elementary and secondary schools without enough staff to operate safely.

Heritage Park Middle School in Mission is closed today through next Thursday, while Armstrong Elementary in Armstrong plans to reopen Tuesday — as those two schools join Hazelton Secondary in northwest Columbia. British and an independent Christian school in Surrey which declared functional closures earlier this week.

BC School Trustees Association President Stephanie Higginson said that, all things considered, schools have done very well in coping with the effect of the rapid spread of the COVID variant, as only four out of approximately 1,600 have been affected so far.

Other services and businesses affected by the illness include Whistler Transit, which canceled several routes over the weekend due to a lack of drivers, while a number of BC Ferries crossings were also canceled this morning due to staffing issues.

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