Welcome back: School District 69 (Qualicum) students return to class

School buses were busy transporting students for the first day of school in SD69 (Qualicum) on Thursday, Sept. 10). (Michael Briones photo)School buses were busy transporting students for the first day of school in SD69 (Qualicum) on Thursday, Sept. 10). (Michael Briones photo)
ONE DIRECTION: Ballenas Secondary School principal Rudy Terpstra directs Grade 8 students their classrooms on the first day of school, Sept. 10. (MIchael Briones photo)ONE DIRECTION: Ballenas Secondary School principal Rudy Terpstra directs Grade 8 students their classrooms on the first day of school, Sept. 10. (MIchael Briones photo)
MASK-QUERADE: Jessica Joy Gutierrez, Jade Kreschuk and Conchessa Low hide their delight behind their masks on their first day as high school students at Ballenas Secondary School, Sept. 10. (Michael Briones photo)MASK-QUERADE: Jessica Joy Gutierrez, Jade Kreschuk and Conchessa Low hide their delight behind their masks on their first day as high school students at Ballenas Secondary School, Sept. 10. (Michael Briones photo)
A Ballenas Secondary School teacher checks the students name on her list before directing them to their classrooms. (Michael Briones photo)A Ballenas Secondary School teacher checks the students name on her list before directing them to their classrooms. (Michael Briones photo)
Ballenas Secondary School principal Rudy Terpstra meets a student and his family before directing him to his classroom. (MIchael Briones photo)Ballenas Secondary School principal Rudy Terpstra meets a student and his family before directing him to his classroom. (MIchael Briones photo)
Ballenas Secondary teachers meet and greet Grade 8 students at the school parking lot to give them instructions on where to go. (Michael Briones photo)Ballenas Secondary teachers meet and greet Grade 8 students at the school parking lot to give them instructions on where to go. (Michael Briones photo)
ONE DIRECTION: Ballenas Secondary School principal Rudy Terpstra directs Grade 8 student Satie Holmes to her classroom on the first day of school, Sept. 10. (Michael Briones photo)ONE DIRECTION: Ballenas Secondary School principal Rudy Terpstra directs Grade 8 student Satie Holmes to her classroom on the first day of school, Sept. 10. (Michael Briones photo)
BACK TO SCHOOL: There’s no masking the happiness of sisters Raquel and Heidi Magas-Gale on their first day as high school students at Ballenas Secondary School. (MIchael Briones photo)BACK TO SCHOOL: There’s no masking the happiness of sisters Raquel and Heidi Magas-Gale on their first day as high school students at Ballenas Secondary School. (MIchael Briones photo)

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.

RELATED: PQBEAT Podcast: SD69 superintendent of schools Dr. Keven Elder

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

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