Schools

Candace Spilsbury is the Cowichan Valley Board of Education’s chair. (Submitted)

Feedback required on three-year Cowichan Valley school calendar

Now in the final year of the last three-year calendar, it’s time…

Candace Spilsbury is the Cowichan Valley Board of Education’s chair. (Submitted)
Grade 7 Students at Queen of Angels school walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem road picking up garbage to celebrate their annual Catholic Schools Week by doing something good for the community. (Submitted)

Q of A sudents clean up in Duncan to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem roads picking up garbage

Grade 7 Students at Queen of Angels school walked up and down Maple Bay and Tzouhalem road picking up garbage to celebrate their annual Catholic Schools Week by doing something good for the community. (Submitted)
Tristen Peterson is hoping to set up a youth council at Lake Cowichan School. (Submitted)

Lake Cowichan youth group wants to set up their own council

Tristen Peterson wants to set up a youth council at Lake Cowichan School

Tristen Peterson is hoping to set up a youth council at Lake Cowichan School. (Submitted)
Police were quick on the scene after a suspicious male was reported near the Chemainus Elementary School grounds. (Black Press Media files)

Suspicious male draws quick reaction from police, Chemainus Elementary School staff

Children shielded from public exposure during lunchtime Friday

Police were quick on the scene after a suspicious male was reported near the Chemainus Elementary School grounds. (Black Press Media files)
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B.C. expands mandatory mask rules in schools, rolls out ‘rapid response teams’

Masks will be mandatory for middle and high school students except for a few scenarios

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FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

34% of teachers say they’d look to an early career exit over COVID response: BCTF survey

Pandemic has increased workload for the majority of teachers

FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Cowichan Secondary School. (File photo)

COVID exposure reported at 3 Cowichan schools since last week

Island Health completes contact tracing to identify staff or students who need to self-isolate

A COVID-19 exposure has been reported at Cowichan Secondary School. (File photo)
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B.C. teacher gets 1 day suspension after ‘aggressively’ throwing dumbbell at student

Documents show the weight would have hit the student if they didn’t catch it

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Principal Marie-Claude Carrier has overseen the opening of the Cowichan Valley’s first francophone school. (Citizen file)

Registration now open for Duncan Francophone school

École francophone de Duncan opened last fall with six students

Principal Marie-Claude Carrier has overseen the opening of the Cowichan Valley’s first francophone school. (Citizen file)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Ecole Mount Prevost School on Feb. 15. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Ecole Mount Prevost School on Feb. 15. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Classes cancelled for Mount Prevost students today

Second school fire in five days for North Cowichan schools

Police and fire crews at work at a fire scene at Mount Prevost School (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 18 for the nature and French immersion schools and on Jan. 25 for the rest of the district. (School District 79 photo)

Cowichan Valley kindergarten registration begins Jan. 18

Lottery system may be used for in-demand French and nature schools

Kindergarten registration begins Jan. 18 for the nature and French immersion schools and on Jan. 25 for the rest of the district. (School District 79 photo)
Students from another school board a bus outside Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto on Friday December 4, 2020. Toronto Public Health closed the school due to a COVID19 outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Experts call for community sacrifices to ensure COVID-19 safety in schools

Kids in British Columbia returned to public school after a two-week winter break last week

Students from another school board a bus outside Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto on Friday December 4, 2020. Toronto Public Health closed the school due to a COVID19 outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
FILE – 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

BCTF blasts ‘one size fits all’ school COVID plan, calls for transparency from Henry, Dix

Most students returned from the winter holiday break on Jan. 4

FILE – 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
An online petition has been launched urging the province to extend the winter break by two weeks, as students prepare to return to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Black Press Media files)

COVID-19: Petition calls on B.C. to extend students’ winter break

Students are set to return to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4

An online petition has been launched urging the province to extend the winter break by two weeks, as students prepare to return to classrooms Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Black Press Media files)
Olivia Meleta, a high school math teacher, is photographed near her Thornhill, Ont., home on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. From texting friends on the sly to downloading apps that spit out answers, educators say the pandemic-induced move to an online classroom has offered up a wealth of tech-driven workarounds to actually doing the work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Cheating a ‘free-for-all’ at virtual high schools, Canadian teachers say

Stress from the pandemic has collided with the pressure to get good grades

Olivia Meleta, a high school math teacher, is photographed near her Thornhill, Ont., home on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. From texting friends on the sly to downloading apps that spit out answers, educators say the pandemic-induced move to an online classroom has offered up a wealth of tech-driven workarounds to actually doing the work. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. The British Columbia government says it is now releasing about $12 million to school districts across the province to further support the COVID-19 response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

$12 million in reserved federal funds released to B.C. school districts: ministry

The money is part of the $242.4 million in one-time federal funding for pandemic safety measures

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. The British Columbia government says it is now releasing about $12 million to school districts across the province to further support the COVID-19 response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Fifth-grader Riley Morris is hoping to pair seniors with bird feeders and seed as part of his passion project at school. (GoFundMe screengrab)

Grade 5 student looking for help to bring birds to seniors

“A bird feeder to put up outside their window will give them something to look forward to”

Fifth-grader Riley Morris is hoping to pair seniors with bird feeders and seed as part of his passion project at school. (GoFundMe screengrab)
The old Stanley Gordon school. (Gazette file)

Mayor: Old school demolitions at Lake Cowichan not coming soon enough

“We’ve been sitting around looking at those for quite some time now”

The old Stanley Gordon school. (Gazette file)
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. teachers had no say in decision to rule out winter break extension: BCTF

Other provinces have moved to virtual learning for the tail end of semester

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward