Education

The DPAC is holding an online forum on Nov. 30 for candidates for the upcoming school district byelection. Screenshot DPAC poster

Online forum for Comox Valley school board byelection is Nov. 30

Six candidates have filed papers to fill the trustee position in Area C

 

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s education minister hopes the government will be able to entirely avoid school closures under any scenario but it would defer to advice from public health officials should COVID-19 cases worsen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. education minister wants to avoid school closures completely

Four out of 643 schools in the Fraser Health district have been closed

 

School District 71 office. File photo

School district briefs: New secretary-treasurer in Comox Valley

School district joins with Village of Cumberland on child care application

  • Nov 18, 2020
School District 71 office. File photo
A teacher from Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School has been suspended indefinitely after audio clip of his inappropriate conversation surfaces. (Black Press file photo)

Vancouver Island teacher suspended after audio of inappropriate conversation in class surfaces

An investigation is underway in Kyuquot school and the suspension will be in place pending report

A teacher from Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School has been suspended indefinitely after audio clip of his inappropriate conversation surfaces. (Black Press file photo)
Surrey teachers demonstrate what classrooms look like in their school district amid the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020. (BCTF)

B.C. teachers’ union calls on Horgan to limit Fraser Health class sizes to 15 students

Three schools have temporarily shut down in Fraser Health due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Surrey teachers demonstrate what classrooms look like in their school district amid the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020. (BCTF)
The school district’s International Student Program has seen growth in recent years and will now need a new home in the Valley. Image, screenshot

Comox Valley school district OK’s new home for international program

Current site at Lake Trail Middle School will not be available in near future

The school district’s International Student Program has seen growth in recent years and will now need a new home in the Valley. Image, screenshot
Classrooms are no longer empty, and students in the Comox Valley are apparently happy to be back. (Pixabay photo)

Schools finding fewer problems like truancy this fall

Board members are happy to see students taking leadership roles

Classrooms are no longer empty, and students in the Comox Valley are apparently happy to be back. (Pixabay photo)
President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is interviewed outside the Victoria Convention Centre in Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. British Columbia’s Labour Relations Board says it will provide neutral third-party “troubleshooters” to help iron out challenges arising from COVID-19 and related protocols in schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. labour board to provide neutral ‘troubleshooters’ for COVID-19 school plans

The BC Teachers’ Federation filed an application to the board in September asking for help

President of the BC Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) Teri Mooring is interviewed outside the Victoria Convention Centre in Victoria, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. British Columbia’s Labour Relations Board says it will provide neutral third-party “troubleshooters” to help iron out challenges arising from COVID-19 and related protocols in schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Six people are running for a vacant board position with School District 71. File photo

Six running for vacant school trustee position in Comox Valley

General voting is Dec. 12 for voters to decide who replaces Ian Hargreaves

Six people are running for a vacant board position with School District 71. File photo
Highland students take part in an exercise around disaster prediction using math as part of a resource for teachers. Image, screenshot

Comox students help create online resource for teachers

Grade 10 class from Highland Secondary are now in their graduation year

Highland students take part in an exercise around disaster prediction using math as part of a resource for teachers. Image, screenshot
The distance education program through Navigate (NIDES) has been seen some large gains in enrolment. Image, screenshot

Comox Valley school enrolment up despite fewer kids in class

Growth being driven heavily by increase in distance education numbers

The distance education program through Navigate (NIDES) has been seen some large gains in enrolment. Image, screenshot
Several local schools took part in Student Vote for the B.C. election. Black Press file photo

Students in Student Vote support NDP in Courtenay-Comox

Unlike actual vote, students in Mid Island-Pacific Rim back Greens

Several local schools took part in Student Vote for the B.C. election. Black Press file photo
École de L’Anse-au-sable. (Google Maps)

B.C. records first COVID-19 outbreak at school, six weeks after students return to class

Three cases of the virus have been identified at École de L’Anse-au-sable

École de L’Anse-au-sable. (Google Maps)
Alberta's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Advisers are reportedly recommending Alberta's kindergarten to Grade 4 arts and social studies curriculum remove all references to residential schools because it's "too sad" for young children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Advisers suggest Alberta students not learn about residential schools before Grade 4

Documents suggest children younger than Grade 4 are too emotionally vulnerable to learn about residential schools

Alberta's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Advisers are reportedly recommending Alberta's kindergarten to Grade 4 arts and social studies curriculum remove all references to residential schools because it's "too sad" for young children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
(Pixabay)

Vancouver teacher suspended after swearing, touching students and complimenting underwear

McCabe touched students, including rubbing their backs and necks, touching their hair and hugging them

(Pixabay)
Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students in the classroom. He was one of two fathers who filed a court application in August to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections weren’t in place. That application was dismissed last week. (Contributed photo)

B.C. dad pledges to appeal quashed call for mandatory masks, distancing in schools

Bernard Trest and Gary Shuster challenged health, education ministries’ return-to-school plan

Bernard Trest and his son Max, 10, are concerned about B.C.’s plan for students in the classroom. He was one of two fathers who filed a court application in August to prevent schools from reopening if stricter COVID-19 protections weren’t in place. That application was dismissed last week. (Contributed photo)
An aerial view of the turf and proposed field house. Image, SD71 report

Comox Valley board of education backs soccer field house

Several school district capital projects are on time and on budget

  • Oct 17, 2020
An aerial view of the turf and proposed field house. Image, SD71 report
The Surrey school district classrooms using physical distancing in September 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Parent group plans school walkout over B.C.’s handling of COVID-19 in classrooms

Right to Fight COVID-19 group calling on parents to keep kids home on Oct. 20

The Surrey school district classrooms using physical distancing in September 2020. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
The school district will be taking nominations for a byelection to replace Ian Hargreaves on the board of education after he stepped down in September. Submitted file photo

School district accepting nominations soon for byelection

General voting day for the Area C trustee position will be Dec. 12

The school district will be taking nominations for a byelection to replace Ian Hargreaves on the board of education after he stepped down in September. Submitted file photo