POLS announcement

Posted On Monday June 20, 2022

The Kamloops-Thompson School District has been successful in their bid to become a provincial Online Learning School (POLS).

The Ministry of Education and Child Care continues to grow and change to support student success by introducing a new, modern approach to K to 12 online learning. In 2022/23, Provincial Online Learning Schools (POLS) will serve as centres of excellence, providing high quality online learning to students throughout British Columbia.

“In December 2021, SD73 submitted an expression of interest to become a POLS and our district was informed on June 7, 2022 that we have been accepted as a successful POLS-public candidate,” stated Superintendent Rhonda Nixon.

On June 13, 2022, the school district took part in an onboarding session with the Ministry and other POLS-public candidate school districts and public schools.

“We are proud to be selected as one of the eighteen public districts in the province to be selected as a candidate to become a provincial online learning school in 2023-2024,” said Board Chair Heather Grieve.

 “There is still significant work to be done as part of the onboarding process, but this is currently underway and SD73 will be among the approved POLS when the announcement takes place in January 2023,” said Assistant Superintendent Bill Hamblett.

 SD73 has delivered online learning through Kamloops Open Online Learning (@KOOL) since 2006. @KOOL serves students in grades K through 12, including a significant number of graduated and non-graduated adults.

 “This is an exciting opportunity for Kamloops Open Online Learning,” said @KOOL Principal Paul Hembling. “We have a long history of providing exemplary programming to elementary, secondary, and adult students from all over British Columbia as one of the larger online schools in BC.“

As of July 2023, online schools in BC will be required to hold POLS designations in order to offer online learning to students from outside their local district, requiring a three-year agreement with the Minister of Education and Child Care.   

@KOOL will continue to operate under the interim online learning agreement for the 2022/23 school year until July 2023 when all provincial online schools will become operational. During the next year, @KOOL will adopt the standardized provincial learning management system for the 2023/24 school year.

BC’s Ministry of Education and Child Care will continue development of the new online learning model with education stakeholders and Indigenous rights holders, including a new policy and procedures guide and a new Accountability and Quality Assurance process.

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