Schools

Shuswap Middle School was one of three schools to lose a teaching position within School District #83 due to enrolment numbers impacted by COVID-19. (Shuswap Middle School/Facebook)

North Okanagan-Shuswap school district faces $2 million deficit

Superintendent says three factors have led to a “significant financial issue” amid COVID-19

Shuswap Middle School was one of three schools to lose a teaching position within School District #83 due to enrolment numbers impacted by COVID-19. (Shuswap Middle School/Facebook)
COVID-19 confirmed at North Okanagan high school

COVID-19 confirmed at North Okanagan high school

Interior Health reports case at Fulton Secondary

COVID-19 confirmed at North Okanagan high school
Vernon School District superintendent Joe Rogers can add pandemic to his list of events dealt with in his 39 years in the schools before retiring at the end of this school year. (Video screenshot)

North Okanagan school superintendent retiring

Joe Rogers retiring after 39 years

Vernon School District superintendent Joe Rogers can add pandemic to his list of events dealt with in his 39 years in the schools before retiring at the end of this school year. (Video screenshot)
FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

59% of B.C. teachers say COVID-19 safety measures in schools are inadequate: BCTF poll

Students have made up less than 10 per cent of B.C.’s cases, health officials say

FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Spread kindness, not colds, urged in Okanagan schools

Spread kindness, not colds, urged in Okanagan schools

Many students may be missing from class now that cold and flu season is here

Spread kindness, not colds, urged in Okanagan schools
A small group of anti-mask protesters gathered on the sidewalk near Rutland Middle School and Rutland Senior Secondary on Monday, Oct. 5. (Contributed)

Anti-mask protest at Kelowna schools ‘disappointing,’ says superintendent

‘We live in a country where people have a right to free speech — that’s why we educate them’ - SD23 superintendent

A small group of anti-mask protesters gathered on the sidewalk near Rutland Middle School and Rutland Senior Secondary on Monday, Oct. 5. (Contributed)
Valley First employees spent Sept. 27 picking 1,500 pounds of apples from a Summerland orchard. They boxed up the apples and brought them to schools in Penticton and Kaleden as part of the Okanagan Tree Fruit Project. (Contributed)
Valley First employees spent Sept. 27 picking 1,500 pounds of apples from a Summerland orchard. They boxed up the apples and brought them to schools in Penticton and Kaleden as part of the Okanagan Tree Fruit Project. (Contributed)
A health-care worker takes people’s details as they wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, as the pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec to make masks mandatory in high school classrooms in highest COVID alert areas

Directive begins today and will continue until at least Oct. 28

A health-care worker takes people’s details as they wait to be tested for COVID-19 at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, as the pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Sports back at play in North Okanagan schools

Sports back at play in North Okanagan schools

Gymnasiums opened up within the district for school-organized sports only

Sports back at play in North Okanagan schools
‘Schools are healthy’: IH medical health officer

‘Schools are healthy’: IH medical health officer

Children have a low risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

‘Schools are healthy’: IH medical health officer
Shuswap Middle School was one of three schools to lose a teaching position within School District #83 due to enrolment numbers impacted by COVID-19. (Shuswap Middle School/Facebook)

Volatile enrolment leads to loss of teaching staff at 3 North Okanagan-Shuswap schools

Three quarters of students using online learning program expected to return to class

Shuswap Middle School was one of three schools to lose a teaching position within School District #83 due to enrolment numbers impacted by COVID-19. (Shuswap Middle School/Facebook)
Alana Giesbricht and her daughter Camryn enjoy some time relaxing before Camryn heads off to her first day of kindergarten on Sept. 11.                                 (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

COVID-19 makes its mark on Shuswap schools, teachers and parents

Pandemic keeps more students than expected away from conventional schooling

Alana Giesbricht and her daughter Camryn enjoy some time relaxing before Camryn heads off to her first day of kindergarten on Sept. 11.                                 (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A new child care facility will bring 81 new spaces to Lake Country in 2022. (YMCA photo)

Child care coming to Okanagan high school

81 new space facility expected to be completed by spring 2022

A new child care facility will bring 81 new spaces to Lake Country in 2022. (YMCA photo)
Child care planned for North Okanagan schools

Child care planned for North Okanagan schools

Proposal for four facilities at Vernon elementary sites

Child care planned for North Okanagan schools
Okanagan volunteers slowing down speeders

Okanagan volunteers slowing down speeders

Speed Watch program back in action with schools back in session

Okanagan volunteers slowing down speeders
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. Students across British Columbia are getting ready for COVID-19 orientation sessions this week amid a flurry of new protocols aimed at reopening schools while the pandemic wears on. Education Minister Rob Fleming has said districts are expecting 85 to 90 per cent of students to attend school in person, but some parents and students say they’re frustrated by the lack of remote learning options, large class sizes and inconsistent messaging when it comes to physical distancing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. to begin publicly listing COVID-19 school exposure events

Move follows weeks of criticism from parents, the public

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. Students across British Columbia are getting ready for COVID-19 orientation sessions this week amid a flurry of new protocols aimed at reopening schools while the pandemic wears on. Education Minister Rob Fleming has said districts are expecting 85 to 90 per cent of students to attend school in person, but some parents and students say they’re frustrated by the lack of remote learning options, large class sizes and inconsistent messaging when it comes to physical distancing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Dr. Henry says schools ‘perfectly safe’; BCTF urges teachers affected by smoke to take sick days

Wildfire smoke from the U.S. has led to very poor air quality for much of B.C.

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Unisus School in Summerland has started its 2020 to 2021 school year with COVID-19 protocols put in place. (Contributed)

Safety protocols in place as private school in Summerland begins new year

Unisus School has COVID-19 protective measures in place

Unisus School in Summerland has started its 2020 to 2021 school year with COVID-19 protocols put in place. (Contributed)
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The Vancouver School Board put on a tour to show the COVID-19 precautions being taken to help keep children safe in the new school year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A day before school starts, B.C. teachers’ union still worried over lack of remote learning

BCTF worried about lack of face shields, remote learning option

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. The Vancouver School Board put on a tour to show the COVID-19 precautions being taken to help keep children safe in the new school year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Kaye and her son Lazarus Banez are seen in an undated family handout photo. The mother, in Richmond, B.C., said school staff told her earlier that Lazarus would need to return to his Grade 6 classes in person by mid-November or face removal from the independent school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-*MANDATORY CREDIT*

B.C. families of neurodiverse kids left scrambling before school starts: advocates

Advocates say they’d like to see school districts reaching out to families directly to build educational plans

Kaye and her son Lazarus Banez are seen in an undated family handout photo. The mother, in Richmond, B.C., said school staff told her earlier that Lazarus would need to return to his Grade 6 classes in person by mid-November or face removal from the independent school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-*MANDATORY CREDIT*