Schools

SD79 officials are preparing to offer modified in-class education after two months off due to COVID-19. (Citizen file)

With many caveats, SD79 preparing to re-open schools

B.C. parents will have the option of sending their children back to…

SD79 officials are preparing to offer modified in-class education after two months off due to COVID-19. (Citizen file)
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
(Black Press Media files)

‘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

(Black Press Media files)
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)
The Cowichan Valley School District is finding that contact information for students is often out of date. (Citizen file)

Cowichan schools being stymied by outdated student contact info

If you haven’t heard from the school by week’s end, get in touch

The Cowichan Valley School District is finding that contact information for students is often out of date. (Citizen file)
Shawnigan Lake School hopes for students to return after Easter. (Citizen file photo)

Cowichan boarding schools keeping students out of classrooms

Area boarding schools are coming forward with their plans to combat COVID-19

Shawnigan Lake School hopes for students to return after Easter. (Citizen file photo)
Fire crews at work at Chemainus Secondary Friday afternoon, Feb. 28. (Courtesy of Hayley Reed)

Second fire in as many weeks at Chemainus Secondary

UPDATE**2:10 p.m. students are being dismissed from school. “For those that take…

Fire crews at work at Chemainus Secondary Friday afternoon, Feb. 28. (Courtesy of Hayley Reed)
Ottawa experience is one two Chemainus Secondary school students won’t soon forget. From left: MP Alistair MacGregor, Hannah Pachet, Morgan Bottomley and House Speaker Geoff Rega. (Photo submitted)

“Create your Canada” contest returns to Cowichan

MP challenges Grade 11, 12 students in the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding

Ottawa experience is one two Chemainus Secondary school students won’t soon forget. From left: MP Alistair MacGregor, Hannah Pachet, Morgan Bottomley and House Speaker Geoff Rega. (Photo submitted)
A debate team from Brentwood College is among the last teams standing out of 150 at the 19th annual International Public Policy Forum. Pictured is the team, which includes Mahir Arora, Nate Philips, Michael Wang and Ryangwon Kim. (Submitted photo)
A debate team from Brentwood College is among the last teams standing out of 150 at the 19th annual International Public Policy Forum. Pictured is the team, which includes Mahir Arora, Nate Philips, Michael Wang and Ryangwon Kim. (Submitted photo)
(Black Press Media files)

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

(Black Press Media files)
The old A.B. Greenwell school is a blank canvass for graffiti artists. The Town of Lake Cowichan has hit a snag in the transfer of the site from the school district for use s a public works yard. (Submitted)

Snag hit in Lake Cowichan’s A.B. Greenwell property transfer

“We ran into a brick wall,” confirmed Lake Cowichan chief administrative officer Joe Fernandez.

The old A.B. Greenwell school is a blank canvass for graffiti artists. The Town of Lake Cowichan has hit a snag in the transfer of the site from the school district for use s a public works yard. (Submitted)
Frances Kelsey graduate Eileen Wallgrove (left) is the recipient of the 2018-19 Governor General’s Academic Medal. (Submitted)                                Frances Kelsey graduate Eileen Wallgrove (left) is the recipient of the 2018-19 Governor General’s Academic Medal. (Submitted)

Cowichan school briefs: Koala fundraiser, gravity cars, trades grants, and academic award

There’s been a lot of activity within the Cowichan Valley School District schools

Frances Kelsey graduate Eileen Wallgrove (left) is the recipient of the 2018-19 Governor General’s Academic Medal. (Submitted)                                Frances Kelsey graduate Eileen Wallgrove (left) is the recipient of the 2018-19 Governor General’s Academic Medal. (Submitted)
More than a quarter of students at one Cowichan elementary school home sick

More than a quarter of students at one Cowichan elementary school home sick

Alex Aitken Elementary School reports more than one-quarter of students sick

More than a quarter of students at one Cowichan elementary school home sick
School district 79 superintendent Robyn Grey, district student advisory committee member Eilís Young, and board chair Candace Spilsbury were all on hand Wednesday morning to announce the SD79 2020-2024 strategic plan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Beyond Education: Cowichan Valley School District focuses on future with new strategic plan

The Cowichan Valley School District unveiled its 2020-2024 strategic plan Wednesday morning,…

School district 79 superintendent Robyn Grey, district student advisory committee member Eilís Young, and board chair Candace Spilsbury were all on hand Wednesday morning to announce the SD79 2020-2024 strategic plan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Jason Sandquist, school district secretary-treasurer. (Citizen file)

SD79 finalizes $106-million budget for 2019-20

$2.1-million increase in revenue from previous year

Jason Sandquist, school district secretary-treasurer. (Citizen file)
School district board chair Candace Spilsbury unveils a plaque at the Mill Bay Nature School. (submitted)

Cowichan Coffee Time: Nature School unveils plaque

• The Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District was…

  • Feb 10, 2020
School district board chair Candace Spilsbury unveils a plaque at the Mill Bay Nature School. (submitted)
MLA Doug Routley chats with early childhood educator while outdoor activities continue at Parkside Academy in the old Somenos School on Hall Road. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Parkside Academy future unclear as district ponders future of Somenos school site

Parkside had been leasing the site for the last five years

MLA Doug Routley chats with early childhood educator while outdoor activities continue at Parkside Academy in the old Somenos School on Hall Road. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)