School District 73 was successful in its bid to become a Provincial Online Learning School (POLS), a designation required in order to offer online learning to students from outside the district that will take effect in July 2023.
An application expressing interest to become a POLS was submitted by SD73 in December 2021 and was told on June 7 they were successful. The District has started the onboarding with the Ministry of Education and other public POLS candidates.
“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 Bill Hamblett, assistant superintendent.
Since 2006, SD73 has delivered online learning for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students through Kamloops Open Online Learning (@KOOL). It also provides online learning for graduated and non-graduated adults.
Online schools in B.C. will be required to hold POLS designation in order to offer online learning for students from outside their district as of July 2023. It requires a three-year agreement with the Ministry of Education and Child Care.
In the interim, @KOOL will continue to operate for the 2022-23 school year and will adopt the standardized provincial learning management system for the 2023-34 school year.
“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.”