On April 28, 2021, the Richmond Board of Education approved the implementation of a one-year distributed learning program through Richmond Virtual School (RVS) for students in Kindergarten through grade nine for the 2021/2022 school year. The intention of this program is to offer an option to families who do not wish to have their child attend school in-person for the 2021/2022 school year. This option is one of the three standard program options that families have available to them under the BC School Act which include in-person learning, distributed learning and homeschooling.
In the RVS distributed learning program students will engage in a combination of self-directed learning and teacher-led instruction to meet the goals of their educational learning plan. It is important to note that this is not the same as the transitional learning program which was offered on a one-time basis during the 2020/2021 school year in order to accommodate families during the height of the pandemic. Transitional learning will not be offered during the 2021/2022 school year.
Families who choose the distributed learning program will need to enrol their child in RVS by submitting a transfer application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the transfer application is approved, families will have two business days to accept or decline the placement. If a family chooses to accept placement in the RVS distributed learning program, they will be required to withdraw from their catchment school and forfeit their space.
Families must forfeit their child’s space at their catchment school because they will be registered as an RVS distributed learning student and will no longer be attending their catchment school in-person. As such, an in-person space will become available at that school and it is the responsibility of the district, in accordance with district policy, to fill that space with newly arriving catchment students, or students who may be waitlisted for that school.
If a family decides to return to in-person learning prior to the end of the 2021/2022 school year, re-registration at central registration will be required, and placement will be subject to availability of space as per board regulation 501.8R- Student Admission, Registration, Placement and Transfer. In this situation, students will have the same registration rights as a student who is new to the catchment. Students will be accepted based on availability through the regular registration processes.
If the RVS distributed learning program is not offered for the 2022/2023 school year, families will need to re-register their child for in-person learning through central registration prior the end of the 2021/2022 school year. Families will need to follow registration timelines for 2022/2023, which will be published on the central registration page of the district website. It is important to note that there may not be space for a student to return to their catchment school. A student that cannot be offered enrolment in their catchment school will be placed at the nearest school that can provide an appropriate educational program.
For the best chance of transfer approval to the RVS distributed learning program, families need to apply by May 14, 2021. Decisions will be communicated to families by May 28, 2021. Families who apply after May 14, 2021 will be placed on a waitlist and will continue to hold their spot at their catchment school. Enrolment after that point will be dependent on the number of students who register as well as available staffing.
The district hosted an information session on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m., to discuss the RVS distributed learning program and offer families the opportunity to ask questions. Families are encouraged to review the presentation slides from the information session.
Have a question?
Families are welcome to submit questions regarding distributed learning. The district will collate all questions and provide responses as soon as possible.