Schools

Six sets of twins are attending Parkview Elementary School in Sicamous for the 2021-22 school year. From left to right, their names are: Levi and Cody Clark, Kate and Reese Osmundson, Maxx and Maycie-Jean Lane, Dustin and Dillon Hilder, Emily and Nathan Presley, and Aurora and Logan Dawson. (Zachary Roman/Eagle Valley News)

Seeing double: 1 in 17 kids attending Shuswap school are twins

There are six sets of twins at Parkview Elementary in Sicamous

Six sets of twins are attending Parkview Elementary School in Sicamous for the 2021-22 school year. From left to right, their names are: Levi and Cody Clark, Kate and Reese Osmundson, Maxx and Maycie-Jean Lane, Dustin and Dillon Hilder, Emily and Nathan Presley, and Aurora and Logan Dawson. (Zachary Roman/Eagle Valley News)
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Vernon schools transitioning all students to wearing masks by end of week

All students, including kindergarten to Grade 3, required to wear masks as of today, Oct. 4

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Grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Masks mandatory for all K-12 students in B.C. schools as of today

Mandate has been extended to younger students

Grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Grade 3 BX Elementary student Jazmin Robins-Swanson performs a jingle healing dance at the school while her classmates form a circle during Orange Shirt Day Sept. 29. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan students wear orange to lighten dark residential school history

‘In school I should feel accepted,’ Vernon elementary child says

Grade 3 BX Elementary student Jazmin Robins-Swanson performs a jingle healing dance at the school while her classmates form a circle during Orange Shirt Day Sept. 29. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Police responded to W.L. Seaton Secondary after reports of young man attempting to smash car windows in the student parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Facebook)

COVID-19 exposures identified at 5 North Okanagan schools

Vernon and Cherryville students reportedly exposed, as B.C. identifies increased cases in kids

Police responded to W.L. Seaton Secondary after reports of young man attempting to smash car windows in the student parking lot on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (Facebook)
Eagle River Secondary is one of the North Okanagan-Shuswap schools hosting international students for the 2021/22 school year. (File photo)

International students help bump enrolment numbers in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Thirty-eight students from Belgium, Germany, Italy, China and Spain participating

Eagle River Secondary is one of the North Okanagan-Shuswap schools hosting international students for the 2021/22 school year. (File photo)
Avalynn Kwok, 4, holds her dad Manny Kwok’s hand outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. resumes online posting of COVID ‘potential exposure events’ in schools

Health ministry back pedals after parents expressed worry about no online notifications

Avalynn Kwok, 4, holds her dad Manny Kwok’s hand outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE – Grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Vancouver school board mandates masks for K-3 students, citing uptick in COVID among kids

Provincial health order only mandates masks for children in Grade 4 and up

FILE – Grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

‘It’s really frustrating’: BCTF fears more school closures due to lack of COVID safety measures

BCTF president Teri Mooring renews calls for K–12 mask mandate and ventilation improvements

The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. parents crowdsourcing COVID-19 school exposures in lieu of provincial information

Health ministry choosing to only publicly report outbreaks, clusters

A second-grader has her mask adjusted before heading into school for the day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Central Okanagan schools are not expected to be a target of protesters, says superintendent Kevin Kaardal. (Contributed)

Central Okanagan school officials not expecting protesters after Salmon Arm incident

SD23 superintendent doesn’t anticipate any interruptions locally, safety a priority

  • Sep 21, 2021
Central Okanagan schools are not expected to be a target of protesters, says superintendent Kevin Kaardal. (Contributed)
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Positive strides for Central Okanagan Indigenous student equity journey

Rise seen in graduation rates, integration of Indigenous culture and history into local schools

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Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

COVID vaccine debate a minefield for Central Okanagan teachers to navigate

Parents increasingly sensitive to what is told to students

Dan Glasscock, the traffic safety officer for School District 23 and the City of Kelowna, helps students and families cross Ziprick Road outside of Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools during the first day of school on Sept. 7. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Jacqueline Mansiere of the Summerland Secondary School senior girls Rockets basketball team reaches for the ball during a game against Fulton during the Okanagan Valley AA Championships in February, 2020. The gym, constructed in 1951, is aging and the Okanagan Skaha School District is planning to replace it. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland high school gym replacement postponed

Plans to demolish and rebuild aging structure won’t go ahead this year

Jacqueline Mansiere of the Summerland Secondary School senior girls Rockets basketball team reaches for the ball during a game against Fulton during the Okanagan Valley AA Championships in February, 2020. The gym, constructed in 1951, is aging and the Okanagan Skaha School District is planning to replace it. (Summerland Review file photo)
A COVID-19 cluster has been identified at Pleasant Valley Secondary school in Armstrong. (Morning Star file photo)

Unvaccinated Armstrong grad students asked to stay home due to COVID school cluster

Six cases among Grade 12 students believed to have stemmed from Sept. 6 gathering

A COVID-19 cluster has been identified at Pleasant Valley Secondary school in Armstrong. (Morning Star file photo)
A vaccine drop-in clinic popped up in the parking lot of Nature’s Fare Wednesday, Sept. 15. Clinics are coming to North Okanagan high schools over the next few weeks. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
A vaccine drop-in clinic popped up in the parking lot of Nature’s Fare Wednesday, Sept. 15. Clinics are coming to North Okanagan high schools over the next few weeks. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Penticton school joins ‘Love of Reading’ fundraiser

Uplands Elementary has been chosen for the Indigo, Chapters and Coles Adopt A School campaign

A majority of parents are comfortable sending their kids back to school for in-class learning according to a new Angus Reid survey.(Black Press file photo).

Majority of B.C. parents comfortable with kids back in schools: poll

Angus Reid survey says nine in ten parents prefer in-class learning versus online

A majority of parents are comfortable sending their kids back to school for in-class learning according to a new Angus Reid survey.(Black Press file photo).
A BCAA survey found 68 per cent of respondents believe school zone traffic will be more chaotic than usual this year. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

Distracted parents in drop-off zones a top concern for back-to-school rush: BCAA

About 72 students are injured in school zones every year, according to the roadside assistance company

  • Sep 1, 2021
A BCAA survey found 68 per cent of respondents believe school zone traffic will be more chaotic than usual this year. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
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

Back to school Q&A: Is it safe for unvaccinated students? What’s the harm of school closures?

Students are getting ready to head back to classrooms across much of Canada

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
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