The first day back to school was a unique one for students in School District 69 (Qualicum).
Due to COVID-19 concerns, at times it appeared like a huge masked ball.
Teachers, staff and students wore face coverings of varying designs and colours. Smiles were still detected from behind the masks of students who could not contain their excitement to be back in school and see friends and acquaintances.
Ballenas and Kwalikum secondary schools welcomed the first wave of students back, for Grade 8 students only on Thursday, Sept. 10. On Friday, Sept. 11 it will be the first day for Grades 9 and 10 and on Sept. 14, it will be the Grade 11 and 12 students who return.
At Ballenas Secondary on Sept. 10, the parking lot was a hive of activity as teachers met and greeted Grade 8 students being dropped off. Teachers quickly checked their names on the list and immediately directed them to their respective classrooms to avoid any lingering and groups fraternizing.
— NEWS Staff