Superintendent's message September 19 2014Dear Parents/Guardians:
I am following up on my earlier message to you to let you know that the agreement has now been ratified, and the strike is officially over.
This will confirm that schools will be open for students on Monday, September 22, and it will be a partial day for students as indicated in the materials that were sent to you. Please note the changes in the bus times on that day. Regular school and bus schedules will commence on Tuesday, September 23.
The information about school start-up continues to be available on the District website under the heading "School Opening Information". If you have any questions please contact your child's school.
Best wishes for a great school year.
Superintendent of Schools
Bell ScheduleMonday through Thursday:
8:30 Warning Bell
8:35 Classes Begin
10:10 Recess Begins
10:30 Recess Ends
12:00 Lunch Starts
12:50 Lunch Ends
We now have lunch first and lunch recess afterwards
Lunch 12:00 - 12:20 Bell at 12:20 clean up- out 12:25
12:50 Classes Begin
8:30 Warning Bell
8:35 Classes Begin
10:30 Recess Begins
10:50 Recess Ends
MISSION STATEMENTWorking together in a safe, caring environment, we will provide opportunities which encourage children to be the best they can be, to be socially responsible, and to become lifelong learners.
Draft 2014-15 CalendarPlease check out the proposed calendar for the upcoming year. You can provide feedback to the school or the District
Draft 2014-2015 School Calendar
**Please note that our school Head Lice Policy has changed. We will no longer be performing school wide head checks. However, if we notice that a student does have lice, we will contact parents to let them know. We will also send home a letter with all children in that classroom, letting parents know that head lice was found in their child's classroom. Unfortunately, head lice is VERY common and it is often present at school, in homes, and in our communities. Please check your child's head weekly and contact the school or Interior Health if you would like further information.
Head Lice in SchoolsHead lice can affect anyone. Head lice are annoying and may cause itching, but they do not transmit or cause disease. Children and adult’s reactions to head lice can subject children to teasing, bullying and isolation. People’s reactions to head lice can significantly interfere with a child’s emotional wellbeing, social status in the classroom and ability to learn. For these reasons, head lice infestations should be treated.
Head lice are common in school-aged children. Head lice Do Not cause disease. Itchiness from head lice can be irritating and uncomfortable for children. Head Lice spread easily to others, so it’s important for families to help prevent and control its spread. Outbreaks are more common following vacations.
How to Prevent Head Lice
• Please check your child’s head every week for head lice
• Teach your child not to share head gear (i.e. hats, hair accessories, scarves, helmets, combs)
Further Steps to Take when lice are discovered
The child will need to be treated, which includes wet combing out the nits, and it is very important that they wash the bedding in hot water, and clothing items like hats, hoodies, shirts and sweaters that will have been in contact with their head. Stuffed animals and things that are not practical to wash should be put in a plastic bag and go in the freezer for 3 days. Parents should understand that just using lice shampoo on the head is only part of the solution.
Current research shows that school exclusion, early dismissal and no-nit policies do not prevent or control head lice infestations. In fact, these practices further stigmatize children, erode their self-esteem and interfere with learning.
No-nit policies in schools and daycares are discouraged by both the Canadian Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics.