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Please see below guidelines set out for Valentines Day

Activities that can go ahead:
Students can exchange valentines, paper only. No plastic knickknacks etc.
Valentine’s with erasers, pencils etc. are ok.
Students will wash hands before doing our Valentine exchange in class.

Activities that can’t occur this year:
No candy or food exchanged, including individually and or prepackaged treats. (As per BC CDC Guidelines)
Exchange of items wrapped in plastic or made of plastic, such as treat wrappers or plastic goodie bags.

 
 

As the weather is getting colder please ensure that your children are dressed appropriately; warm coat, scarf, mittens, hat, boots etc.  Please also supply an extra change of clothes for your student to keep at the school for those wetter days.

SD62 schools will do its best to be open for students and staff on all prescribed school days to provide duty of care. The safety of students and staff is our first priority. Circumstances like snow, flooding, power outage and more could cause disruption to a normal school day. During times like these, the decision to close schools or cancel school buses will be made by the Superintendent.

In all cases, announcements will be made to parents, students and staff as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible via one or more of the following:

  • School District website
  • Social media via District Twitter and Facebook
  • School Connect email
  • Telephone
  • Radio – CFAX 1070

School bus cancellation

School bus transportation may be cancelled when the Superintendent is advised by the Transportation Department that roads are in poor condition and not safe. The Superintendent will then make the decision to open schools as normal or close them. If buses are cancelled, but schools are open:

  • The choice to bring children to school is that of the parent/guardian.
  • Schools will not conduct a normal instructional day because of the decrease in students and staff.

School closure outside of school hours

Depending on the severity of the weather, the Superintendent may make a decision to close schools for students or for both staff and students. In rare circumstances, some schools may be kept open because of location and the need for a safe place for students.

School closure during school hours

If weather conditions create a concern for safety, the school principal may close the school after consulting with the Superintendent. While every effort will be made to keep schools open, parents are encouraged to establish a plan for their children in the event of early dismissal or school closure. Closure announcements will be made by the methods listed above.

Elementary and middle schools – teachers will contact parents or emergency contacts to advise of closure. Students may only leave with their parent/guardian.

Secondary schools – students will be free to leave after the closure announcement is made and it is deemed safe.

Schools will remain open until all students are picked up or transported home by school bus.

 
 

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year starts January 11th for French Immersion and Nature Kindergarten; January 25th for regular Kindergarten.  All SD62 elementary schools offer full day Kindergarten for our youngest learners.  Kindergarten students will begin school in the September of the year that they turn five. As a growing school district, some of our schools are nearing capacity. Visit our Student Enrolment Priorities page to learn more.

Please note registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Nature Kindergarten will take place two weeks before General Kindergarten registration. This change will allow families who are not placed in those programs to participate in General Kindergarten registration with ease.

HOW TO REGISTER
Read the Registration Guide to make sure you have the required documents ready to upload during registration. After online registration is complete, parents have 7 days to present original documents to their neighbourhood school. We will accept original documents only – no exceptions. Students will not be officially registered until all documentation has been received. Go Online at registration.sd62.bc.ca.

HOW TO REGISTER
Read the Registration Guide to make sure you have the required documents ready to upload during registration. After online registration is complete, parents have 7 days to present original documents to their neighbourhood school. We will accept original documents only – no exceptions. Students will not be officially registered until all documentation has been received. Go Online at registration.sd62.bc.ca.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATON

Registration for kindergarten is a first-come, first-served basis.  Please see below for Registration start dates.  Please visit the following pages for more information:

*Note: Parents MUST attend a Nature K info session prior to registration. Please see Nature Kindergarten page for dates.

FRENCH IMMERSION REGISTRATION

Early French Immersion
Students who opt for Early Immersion usually enter the program in Kindergarten and continue their French studies through to grade twelve. In Grade 12, they receive a ‘Double Dogwood’ (a bilingual graduation certificate). Students may also begin the program in Grade 1. Please visit the French Immersion – Kindergarten page for complete details regarding registration.

Late French Immersion
Registration for 2021/2022: January 25-29
Students who choose late immersion will enter the French program in Grade 6 at École John Stubbs Memorial School. In Grade 8, late immersion students will merge with the students who enrolled in early immersion.

Parents can register online or in-person at their neighbourhood school. If registering online, please select Late French Immersion as your preference. Parents who wish to register in person must do so at École John Stubbs Memorial School. As this is a popular program, parents are encouraged to register as close as possible to the opening of registration. Visit the French Immersion page to see a list of SD62 schools that offer French Immersion as well as more information about French in SD62.

 

 
 

We have moved this information – Please look for PAC news, fun food and fundraisers information on the PAC page (under “Parents”/”Parent Advisory Council”)

 
 

 
 

To maintain the health and safety of students and staff, the following changes have been made during drop-off and pick-up times starting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD:

MORNING DROP – OFF

  • We encourage parents to ‘DROP & GO’ or ‘KISS & GO’ at the parking lot
  • There will be cones placed both in the front of the school and at the back on the black top area
  • Please drop your children off at the designated areas behind the cones
  • Wishart staff will guide students to their cohort areas
  • Please DO NOT ENTER THE ZONED OFF AREAS DURING DROP OFF AND PICK UP TIMES – this is a safety bubble for students and staff
  • Please drop-off child/ren as close to 8:45 am and limit your time on school grounds
  • We always encourage parents to wear a mask and maintain social distancing
  • Please do not enter the school including portables at any time

DURING THE DAY

  • If you’re picking up your child/ren during the school day, please wait outside the office door and call the office (250 478 9528)

END OF THE DAY PICK-UP

      1. BACK OF THE SCHOOL: all parents/daycare providers, please stay behind the zoned off area
      2. Teachers/supervisors will bring your children to you, this includes KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS
      3. There should be no parents/daycare providers on the black top area immediately behind the school
      4. Please give students space to leave safely
      5. FRONT OF SCHOOL: please stay behind the coned off areas
      6. Kindergarten parents: supervisors or teachers will be there to help bring your child/ren to you

     

 
 

As you know, children are organized into cohorts of one or two classes while at school. Cohorts include the people who are able to stay in closer proximity during the school day. At drop of and pick up times, we ask that parents continue to ensure children stay with their immediate family or cohort friends. We are encouraging children to have a meeting place with families that allows for some distancing at pick up times

 
 

It is School Board Policy that animals are not allowed to be on School District property. The purpose of this policy and procedure is to ensure the greatest possible level of safety for students and staff with regard to animals on School District property and in school buildings. This general prohibition includes domestic dogs, cats, birds, and other pets, and especially applies to potentially dangerous exotic animals.

Some exceptions may be allowed, only with the prior approval of the Principal, and could include:
– Vision, hearing and service dogs.
– Police dogs under the control of a police officer.
– Pets for show-and-tell.
– Small pets kept in classrooms under the supervision and care of a teacher.
– A demonstration at a school assembly.

Prior to allowing animals in schools or classrooms, steps are to be taken to ensure that students and employees are not allergic to the presence of these animals, that the animals will present no physical danger to students or employees, and that the animals are free from any disease or parasites.  Prior to introducing any animals into classrooms and using animals as part of the educational program, teachers shall make all efforts to ensure that students receive instruction in the proper care and handling of animals. Owners of animals will be responsible for the safe and sanitary removal of their pet’s excrement from buildings and grounds.

 
 

The parent portal is now open.  Any parents unable to log in – please try to re-set your password.  If you are unable to re-set your password without assistance please email the school (nolsten@sd62.bc.ca) to inform us.  Once your passwords/usernames have been set up for you you will receive an email.

“MyEdBC” is a secured online portal used by most school districts in BC. Security is guided by BC’s School Act and FoIPPA. In the Family Portal, parents can:

  • Check attendance
  • Ensure contact information is up to date
  • See assessments/grade information/transcripts
  • View report cards and summary of progress reports (not in elementary schools at this time)

How to log in and access MyEducationBC:

  • For our initial log in you must use a laptop or desktop computer. After the initial log in, you can use your phone or other devices.
  • Make sure pop‐ups are enabled for your browser
  • Please follow the instructions on the attached document  to login and change your password-  SD#62 – MyEdBC Family Portal Instructional Manual

Once inside the MyEducationBC system you can navigate around to view information for your student(s). If you have a child in middle/secondary schools in the district, you will have already gained access and will not receive and additional email.

Who has access to the Portal?

        • Teachers, Principals and Vice Principal
        • Parents/Guardians (two max per child)
        • Students – each student has their own login

     

 
 

Sooke School District has set up a electronic consent portal for parents.  If you have not already done so, please use this link https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/ to sign your student(s) up for the following consents:

  • School Health Check
  • Fresh Grade
  • General School Fieldtrips (allows for neighbourhood walks with buddies etc.)
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Internet Access
  • Media
  • School Cash Online
  • Aboriginal Education Form

Please remember once you have consented to School Cash Online it is not an immediate response and will take 48hrs to populate.  Once populated you will be able to go to the school cash online link and start adding your students.