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Premier John Horgan displays his best playground “tricks” with students at Quadra elementary, Tuesday May 8. Horgan joined Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, to announce $5 million in annual funding for safer and more accessible playground equipment for schoolchildren across B.C. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

B.C. invests $5M for new school playground equipment

Fifty-one schools across the province to benefit from new program

Premier John Horgan displays his best playground “tricks” with students at Quadra elementary, Tuesday May 8. Horgan joined Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, to announce $5 million in annual funding for safer and more accessible playground equipment for schoolchildren across B.C. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Vancouver Island School of Art looking for new home

Increasing SD61 enrolment prompts district’s termination of lease with Quadra Street facility

Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. The SD61 board of education on Monday approved a reworded dress code policy that leans more on consultation between staff, administrators and parents and less on individual judgments of the appropriateness of students’ clothing. Contributed photo

Greater Victoria School District adopts new dress code policy

Two years in the making, SD61 moves to more inclusionary guidelines

Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. The SD61 board of education on Monday approved a reworded dress code policy that leans more on consultation between staff, administrators and parents and less on individual judgments of the appropriateness of students’ clothing. Contributed photo
SD61 superintendent Piet Langstraat is eager for public input on how to proceed with seismic upgrades for Vic High. The school is rated an H-1 on the seismic scale, making it the highest, most vulnerable in terms of school buildings in the province. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Vic High needs seismic upgrades

It’s ranked as the most vulnerable school in the province

SD61 superintendent Piet Langstraat is eager for public input on how to proceed with seismic upgrades for Vic High. The school is rated an H-1 on the seismic scale, making it the highest, most vulnerable in terms of school buildings in the province. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Students who wish to attend SD61 schools outside their catchment area sometimes do so to attend sports programs not offered at their pathway school, such as the rugby academy at Esquimalt High School. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Greater Victoria School District student transfer time begins Thursday

Deadline for out-of-catchment transfer applications is Feb. 23

Students who wish to attend SD61 schools outside their catchment area sometimes do so to attend sports programs not offered at their pathway school, such as the rugby academy at Esquimalt High School. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Daily carpet cleaning reinstated in SD61

Daily carpet cleaning reinstated in SD61

After review, district determined it would be appropriate to increase services in elementary schools

Daily carpet cleaning reinstated in SD61
Stephen Roberts of Luv-A-Rug standing with a portion of the teachers’ carpets that he is washing for free. BigSteelBox stepped up and donated the two containers needed to store all the carpets. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

A growing gift for teachers and students in Greater Victoria

Director of Facilities Services for SD 61 is encouraging teachers to take Luv-A-Rug up on free offer

Stephen Roberts of Luv-A-Rug standing with a portion of the teachers’ carpets that he is washing for free. BigSteelBox stepped up and donated the two containers needed to store all the carpets. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. Contributed photo

Dress code decision tasked to superintendent

Formation of another committee to study matter rejected by trustees

Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. Contributed photo
SD61 hears grievance from GVTA over cutbacks on area rug vacuuming for elementary schools. (Photo - Google maps)

Greater Victoria Teachers’ Association files grievance over carpet cleaning cutbacks

‘They sit on the carpet, you read to them, you do math … it’s a teaching area. It’s vital.’

SD61 hears grievance from GVTA over cutbacks on area rug vacuuming for elementary schools. (Photo - Google maps)
The Greater Victoria School District approved spending a surplus in excess of $3.7 million. File photo

Victoria school board decides how to spend nearly $3.8-million surplus

Large portion goes to 2018/2019 projected deficit

The Greater Victoria School District approved spending a surplus in excess of $3.7 million. File photo