Updated Safety Plan available

SD83’s Communicable Disease Safety Plan is now available. The purpose of this document is to provide School District No. 83 staff, parents, students, and visitors with important information that is required to help prevent communicable disease.

In meeting the Ministry of Education’s overarching principles for the COVID-19 response, School District No. 83 will be following these principles with respect to health and safety:

• All schools and facilities will adhere to the standards, guidelines, and direction from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and WorkSafeBC.

• In collaboration with education partners, the Ministry may develop additional health and safety requirements for all schools to ensure consistency across the K-12 system. These additions will enhance, not duplicate, PHO and WorkSafeBC requirements.

• Psychological safety measures and trauma-informed practice will be valued and implemented alongside physical health and safety measures.

• Effective communication with all community partners, parents, caregivers, students, unions, and employees is an essential aspect of successfully implementing these guidelines.

Read complete plan here

It’s almost time for school

SD83 staff are eager to welcome our students and their families back for the 2021-22 school year. While much has changed in our province over the past year, SD83 remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff and school communities by providing safe learning and working environments.

“I am personally very excited to join SD83 as Superintendent. I know that as we enter into a new year of learning, our district remains committed to our mission of engaging all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity and the pursuit of personal success,” comments Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger.

“Though COVID-19 is still posing challenges for all of us, we remain focussed on the possibilities and opportunities that the 2021-22 school year holds. As we have done throughout the pandemic, our schools will continue to adhere to the Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) guidance. Our plan will be updated and changed based on regional requirements from Interior Health, the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education.”

Registration for those brand new to SD83 takes place today (please also ensure you register your child for the school bus if you live in a bus route area at 250-832-9415). The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7. School will be dismissed three hours earlier than usual on this first day.

Here is a brief summary of our return to school plan. The complete plan will be posted on the SD83 website later this week.

Parents/guardians play an essential role in supporting our schools by keeping their children home when sick. Before leaving home, staff, students and visitors should monitor for any symptoms daily using the B.C. Health Check (the health check and app for your smart phone can be found here).

Welcome Back !

School starts at 8:03 on Tuesday, September 7 for
students in grade 1-5 and dismisses at 11:07
. Buses run 3 hours early this day.

We can’t wait to see your smiling faces!

Start up Information

1. Office Hours

The school office will be open from 8:30 – 2:30, starting Monday, August 30th. Our secretary (Ms. Kate Gedak) & principal (Ms. Corrinne Langston) will be busy preparing for the new school year.

2. Registration

Are you new to SD83? – School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

Welcome! New student registration day is being held Tuesday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) schools.

Are you new to SD83? – School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

If you aren’t sure which school your children should attend please click here or contact the school district operations department (250-832-9415) who will be happy to help. There are 2 elementary schools Armstrong Elementary Highland Park Elementary

Also, if your child will be taking the school bus please register with our transportation department at 250-832-9415. All families on bus routes should be receiving route stop and time information in late August. If you have not received yours by September 2 please contact the transportation department.

3 . First Week of School for Kindergarten

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8th. Kindergarten families received a welcome package at the Kindergarten Orientation Day in June. Kindergarten Gradual Entry Schedule link below: Gradual Kinder Entry Schedule

4. School Supplies

We charge a $35 school supply fee for school purchased student supply package. The school does a bulk purchase in the summer to help ensure prices are low, quality is high and items are consistent and what each teacher requires for their students. AES School Fee Link

Have a wonderful remainder of your summer, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the students’ smiling faces, in September!

Year drawing to a close

Welcome to the final few days! It has been quite a journey this school year.

Assistant Superintendent Ryan Brennan would like to extend his thanks to parents for their graciousness and understanding as the District has navigated its way through the tremendous challenges that the pandemic showered on the school year.

Just a reminder that Thursday, June 24th is the final day of school for our students. Students will be dismissed, and buses will be running, four hours earlier than usual.

“As the year draws to a close I’d like to say another special congratulations to our graduates, the Class of 2021. You have persevered and accomplished a great deal. Best of luck with your future endeavours.”

“I’d also like to say farewell to our retiring staff, and to the three District leaders who are moving on to new challenges. Thank you for your dedication to SD83 and the students we serve.”

“Also, a warm welcome to Donna Kriger, who will be joining our district in August as the new Superintendent/CEO of Schools, and to Mishel Quaal, the new District Principal of Indigenous Education.”

He noted that as planning continues for the 2021-2022 school year, they are optimistic that school will look very much like what we remember pre-pandemic. More information about what things will look like in the fall will be shared via the District website and social media in August.

He added that if you are looking for some summer time games and activities to help your children practice their literacy and math skills over the summer, SD83 staff have put together some activities for children from kindergarten to grade eight. Go to the drop-down menu entitled Parents and Students and look for Summer Learning Opportunities.

Also, there is a new K-3 Indigenous Summer Reading Boost Program, developed in BC and entitled Joyful Literacy, to support teachers and parents who want to help prevent their young learners of Indigenous ancestry from experiencing more reading loss when schools are closed for the summer break. This home-based and research-based program is comprised of 10 videos that teach parents how to teach and practice Foundational Skills (K-3) . Each video is supported with a handout package of over 100 games, activities, and read-aloud strategies. These videos and information can be found on the SD83 Indigenous Education webpage at https://ie.sd83.bc.ca/

Have a wonderful summer!