Thursday, January 31, 2008

BC Parents Information Network

Parents of BC students in kindergarten through Grade 12 can now access educational resources online through LearnNow BC, a partnership between the Province and the Virtual School Society.

The Parent Information Network (PIN) is a one-stop online resource for parents looking for up-to-date information relevant to their child’s learning and experiences at school. The information component of the site contains several topics, including:

  • A Learning Support section that includes information on tutoring, literacy and supports for ESL and students with special needs in BC.
  • A Parent Involvement section that outlines the various ways parents can participate in their child’s school community.
  • A Health and Safety section that includes information about daily physical activity and healthy eating guidelines in BC schools, codes of conduct, and information on seismic upgrades to schools in BC.
  • A section on graduation that outlines the requirements for graduation from the BC school system and includes information about post-secondary education and career planning.
  • A Learning Options section that highlights the types of schools and learning methods available in BC.
The site, which was built in consultation with BC parents and the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, also includes information on early learning and adult education programs available for BC’s lifelong learners.

The interactive component of the site features video clips and provides a forum to facilitate communication between parents around the province. The network allows parents to create and attend virtual meetings, so more parents can get involved in the education system while reducing the amount of travel necessary and, in turn, helping to create a greener BC.

Parents and guardians can access the Parent Information Network through the LearnNow BC website at