Schools

FILE Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Staffing shortages, COVID-19 lead to postponement of B.C. provincial exams

Education ministry assures students that postponement will not affect university admissions

FILE Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Gibson Elementary in North Delta is among 12 B.C. schools selected for the second year of the provincial government’s Active School Travel Pilot Program, aimed at encouraging students to get more fresh air and exercise as part of their daily commute. (Province of British Columbia/flickr.com photo)

North Delta school to take part in active transportation pilot program

Program designed to increase the number of students walking or biking in their daily commute

Gibson Elementary in North Delta is among 12 B.C. schools selected for the second year of the provincial government’s Active School Travel Pilot Program, aimed at encouraging students to get more fresh air and exercise as part of their daily commute. (Province of British Columbia/flickr.com photo)
Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Surrey school district says ‘no change’ despite new proof of vaccination order

Order says school staff must provide COVID vaccine info if required by medical health officer

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. school staff must provide COVID vaccine status following new public health order

New order dated Jan. 17 says that non-identifying info must be provided to medical health officer

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
School District 83 announced, due to a staffing shortage, a two-day functional closure of Armstrong Elementary on Jan. 14 and 17 was being extended to Jan. 21. (File photo )

Okanagan school temporarily closes as teachers refuse to work, citing student mask exemptions

Initial ‘functional closure’ announced after teachers refuse work

School District 83 announced, due to a staffing shortage, a two-day functional closure of Armstrong Elementary on Jan. 14 and 17 was being extended to Jan. 21. (File photo )
Alberta students board a school bus, as they return to school today for the first time since their holiday break was extended due to surging COVID-19 cases, near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

For some Canadian students, school disruptions have become routine

Students have spent nearly two years dealing with COVID restrictions

Alberta students board a school bus, as they return to school today for the first time since their holiday break was extended due to surging COVID-19 cases, near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Frank Bucholtz

COLUMN: Challenging second half of school year lies ahead

Omicron variant has made matters more complicated for teachers, students and staff

  • Jan 13, 2022
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Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)

Delta School District to require employees provide proof of vaccination

Staff will be given a minimum of six weeks to disclose their vaccination status starting Jan. 17

Delta School District headquarters in Ladner. (Grace Kennedy photo)
A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. parents told to have a ‘low threshold’ for keeping sick kids home from school

Any fever should result in child staying home from the classroom

A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Students sit together at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. An official opening of the new school was held on Thursday near the now shuttered former school which was built on a cemetery in the 1940s. The cemetery was used as a potter’s field where the bodies of prisoners, the poor and unidentifiable residents were buried. The land was also used by Indigenous, Chinese and Sikh communities to bury those who died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

K-12 students head back to school in B.C. amid new COVID notification system

Parents to only be notified of exposures when attendance drops below ‘typical’ rates

Students sit together at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. An official opening of the new school was held on Thursday near the now shuttered former school which was built on a cemetery in the 1940s. The cemetery was used as a potter’s field where the bodies of prisoners, the poor and unidentifiable residents were buried. The land was also used by Indigenous, Chinese and Sikh communities to bury those who died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Classroom chairs (Pixabay photo)

Ex-Burnaby teacher disciplined for engaging in ‘inappropriate physical contact’ with students

Teacher had female students volunteer for project about ‘athleticism’

Classroom chairs (Pixabay photo)
A 31-unit townhouse development is proposed across from Sunnyside Park in South Surrey. A public hearing regarding the proposal is set for Jan. 17 at Surrey city hall. (Aplin Martin Consultants rendering/surrey.ca)

Public hearing Jan. 17 for proposed South Surrey townhouses

31-unit project eyed near Sunnyside Park

A 31-unit townhouse development is proposed across from Sunnyside Park in South Surrey. A public hearing regarding the proposal is set for Jan. 17 at Surrey city hall. (Aplin Martin Consultants rendering/surrey.ca)
Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. Teachers Federation wants delay of school restart as COVID-19 cases surge

Union wants N95 masks, rapid testing among other safety measures

An empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Joanna Angelidis, director of learning services – inclusive learning with the Delta School District, says gang recruitment is a growing and serious issue in Delta, adding the district is seeing more local youth engaging in high-risk behaviours associated with early gang involvement. (Grace Kennedy photo)

B.C. grants $100,500 to help keep Delta kids out of gangs

Funds allow district to support 20 more youths, engage a youth and family engagement worker

Joanna Angelidis, director of learning services – inclusive learning with the Delta School District, says gang recruitment is a growing and serious issue in Delta, adding the district is seeing more local youth engaging in high-risk behaviours associated with early gang involvement. (Grace Kennedy photo)
The Earl Marriott Secondary parent advisory council is to receive a $37,600 Community Gaming Grant towards extracurricular activities. (Tracy Holmes file photo)

Community gaming grants announced for Surrey schools

South Surrey parent advisory councils receive from $500 to $37,600

The Earl Marriott Secondary parent advisory council is to receive a $37,600 Community Gaming Grant towards extracurricular activities. (Tracy Holmes file photo)
Sunshine Hills Elementary School’s parent advisory council is receiving $10,400 in B.C. community gaming grants, one of 31 Delta public and private school PACs set to receive a total of $312,180 in grants this school year. (James Smith photo)

UPDATE: Delta PACs receiving grants for extracurricular activities

Delta public and private schools getting more than $312,000 via B.C. community gaming grants

Sunshine Hills Elementary School’s parent advisory council is receiving $10,400 in B.C. community gaming grants, one of 31 Delta public and private school PACs set to receive a total of $312,180 in grants this school year. (James Smith photo)
Grade 11 North Delta Secondary student Avjaut Bassi drops off food items at Surrey’s Guru Nanak Food Bank that she collected during her Hope 4 Hope Flood Food Drive, which as of Friday, Nov. 26 had collected 1,200 food items for flood victims in Hope, B.C. (Delta School District/submitted photo)

North Delta student collects food donations for Hope flood victims

Grade 11 student Avjaut Bassi collected over 1,200 items during her Hope 4 Hope Food Drive

Grade 11 North Delta Secondary student Avjaut Bassi drops off food items at Surrey’s Guru Nanak Food Bank that she collected during her Hope 4 Hope Flood Food Drive, which as of Friday, Nov. 26 had collected 1,200 food items for flood victims in Hope, B.C. (Delta School District/submitted photo)
Surrey school portable. (File photo)

Councillor says math on plan for seven new Surrey schools doesn’t add up

Linda Annis warns capital plan endorsed by council will result in portables becoming permanent fixture in Surrey

Surrey school portable. (File photo)
Athletics at Salish Secondary School were temporarily suspended last week, but have now been reinstated. Athletic director Allen De La Paz seems to be using an Instagram-only approach to disseminate information as both the suspension and reinstatement of athletics was handled via the picture-message social-media platform. (Black Press Media file photo)

Basketball back on at Salish Secondary

École Salish Secondary continues to communicate via Instagram

Athletics at Salish Secondary School were temporarily suspended last week, but have now been reinstated. Athletic director Allen De La Paz seems to be using an Instagram-only approach to disseminate information as both the suspension and reinstatement of athletics was handled via the picture-message social-media platform. (Black Press Media file photo)
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