Schools

Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Williams Lake Friday, June 5, led by teen Rea Klar. (Angie Mindus photo)

Teach Black history to fight racism, starting in elementary school: B.C. students

Students say current anti-racism protests in the U.S. and Canada point to a need for lessons

Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Williams Lake Friday, June 5, led by teen Rea Klar. (Angie Mindus photo)
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Const. Chelsea Cofield (left) and Const. Curtis Craig of the Saanich Police Department’s traffic safety unit enforced school zone speed limits outside Glanford Middle School on June 1. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Police enforce school zone speed limits as Greater Victoria students return to class

Saanich police on the lookout for speeders outside Glanford Middle School

Const. Chelsea Cofield (left) and Const. Curtis Craig of the Saanich Police Department’s traffic safety unit enforced school zone speed limits outside Glanford Middle School on June 1. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
K-12 schooling from home with a B.C. teacher on your SIDE

K-12 schooling from home with a B.C. teacher on your SIDE

Flexible learning, professional guidance, and a better understanding of how to support your kids

  • May 18, 2020
K-12 schooling from home with a B.C. teacher on your SIDE
A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister says he wants to learn from other provinces and countries like New Zealand before starting to reopen schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Provinces must give emotional support to returning students: education advocates

Teachers should be prepared to provide ‘trauma-informed practices’ in response to students’ needs

A empty classroom is pictured at Eric Hamber Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 23, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister says he wants to learn from other provinces and countries like New Zealand before starting to reopen schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canadian high school grads-to-be grapple with possible ceremony cancellations

Canadian high school grads-to-be grapple with possible ceremony cancellations

Many provinces are looking for alternatives to traditional graduation ceremonies

Canadian high school grads-to-be grapple with possible ceremony cancellations
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‘We don’t have a date’: Some B.C. kids might return to school before summer, but focus is on fall

Children of essential workers will be prioritized, Dr. Henry said

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Members of the Planet Protectors at North Saanich’s Deep Cove elementary school in 2019, give the thumbs-up during a break cleaning up a local beach. Their efforts won the school a grant of $1,000 from the BC Green Games. (Photo courtesy of Louise Beaudry)

North Saanich school bags $1,000 for efforts to clean ocean of plastic

Deep Cove’s Planet Protectors won the grant during the BC Green Games

Members of the Planet Protectors at North Saanich’s Deep Cove elementary school in 2019, give the thumbs-up during a break cleaning up a local beach. Their efforts won the school a grant of $1,000 from the BC Green Games. (Photo courtesy of Louise Beaudry)
Saanich police are reminding residents that while school zones aren’t currently being enforced, playground zone speed limits remain in effect. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)

COVID-19: Speed limits in playground zones are in effect

Saanich police not currently enforcing school zone speed limits

Saanich police are reminding residents that while school zones aren’t currently being enforced, playground zone speed limits remain in effect. (Saanich Police Department/Twitter)
Some schools are already using online platforms to teleconference and send messages. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

B.C. schools Zoom to online education amid COVID-19

K-12 educators will receive access this month, up to individual districts whether they use it or not

Some schools are already using online platforms to teleconference and send messages. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Schools in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) will take the next two weeks to plan their next steps in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures. (SD61schools/Facebook)

COVID-19: Greater Victoria schools to spend next two weeks planning next steps

Vulnerable students, health and safety top priorities for school district, teachers’ association

Schools in the Greater Victoria School District (SD61) will take the next two weeks to plan their next steps in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closures. (SD61schools/Facebook)
Glenlyon Norfolk senior and primary schools were closed early for March break after a member of the school reported a potential exposure to COVID-19. Tests came back negative on Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Test comes back negative for potential COVID-19 case at Glenlyon Norfolk School

Both campuses closed early ahead of spring break as a precaution

Glenlyon Norfolk senior and primary schools were closed early for March break after a member of the school reported a potential exposure to COVID-19. Tests came back negative on Friday. (Black Press Media file photo)
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B.C. teacher gets 15-year ban after lying about having sex with just-graduated student

Teacher had been dishonest with the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation

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Olympic hopefuls in middle distance running put the kindergarten and grade one classes through the paces of running exercises at ŁÁU, WELNEW tribal school. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Olympic hopefuls bring inspiration and prizes to WSÁNEĆ tribal school

Visiting athletes talked to students about pursuing their passions

  • Nov 26, 2019
Olympic hopefuls in middle distance running put the kindergarten and grade one classes through the paces of running exercises at ŁÁU, WELNEW tribal school. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
From left to right, Educational Assistants Ute Perry, Sylvia Sundby, Christine Gillies, and Maria, Mangiola on the picket line for CUPE Local 441 as talks break off between the school district and the union on Nov. 6, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Talks break off between CUPE, SD63 as strike heads toward the end of day eight

Picket lines expect to remain Thursday

  • Nov 6, 2019
From left to right, Educational Assistants Ute Perry, Sylvia Sundby, Christine Gillies, and Maria, Mangiola on the picket line for CUPE Local 441 as talks break off between the school district and the union on Nov. 6, 2019. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
Saanich schools remain empty on Wednesday as workers across SD63 continue to strike for pay parity. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)

Back to the bargaining table for SD63, CUPE Local 441 as strike continues

Saanich school district and support workers union will negotiate again Monday afternoon

  • Nov 4, 2019
Saanich schools remain empty on Wednesday as workers across SD63 continue to strike for pay parity. (Sophie Heizer/News Staff)
The proposed boundary catchment for Cloverdale elementary, which will return to a regular stream elementary school after 12 years as the Cloverdale Traditional School, a district-wide school of choice. (Screenshot from SD61)

Victoria Board of Education reviews its catchment boundary plans this week

Following consultation process, SD 61 ready to recommend shift in school learning lines

The proposed boundary catchment for Cloverdale elementary, which will return to a regular stream elementary school after 12 years as the Cloverdale Traditional School, a district-wide school of choice. (Screenshot from SD61)
Eager students in a French Immersion class. (Black Press)

Demand outstrips availability of French Immersion seats in Saanich School District

French Immersion opportunities in SD63 based on a lottery

Eager students in a French Immersion class. (Black Press)
Grade 5 students from Glenlyon Norfolk School, accompanied by Grade 11 student Anastasia Castro, gave a presentation to Oak Bay council on Monday, Jan. 28. (Jesse Laufer/News staff)

GNS students inspire Oak Bay to re-examine plastic bag ban

Grade 5 students present case for council to ban single-use plastics

Grade 5 students from Glenlyon Norfolk School, accompanied by Grade 11 student Anastasia Castro, gave a presentation to Oak Bay council on Monday, Jan. 28. (Jesse Laufer/News staff)
Sarah Rhude, left, a cultural facilitator in the Greater Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division, receives a Distinguished Service award from B.C. Music Educators Association interim president Cindy Romphf, during the association’s AGM in Richmond last weekend. Photo contributed

Victoria school district Aboriginal cultural facilitator honoured with music award

Sarah Rhude earns Distinguished Service award for teaching First Nations musical traditions

Sarah Rhude, left, a cultural facilitator in the Greater Victoria School District’s Aboriginal Nations Education Division, receives a Distinguished Service award from B.C. Music Educators Association interim president Cindy Romphf, during the association’s AGM in Richmond last weekend. Photo contributed