The sign in front of Kwalikum Secondary School in Qualicum Beach welcomes students back to classes.

Students head back to school Wednesday in Parksville Qualicum Beach

An originally scheduled non-class planning day Friday will be postponed, so Thursday and Friday will be normal school days

With an 86 per cent vote in favour of the deal worked out between the province and B.C. Teachers’ Federation, school is back in session tomorrow (Sept. 24) in District 69.

Students in most districts returned to school Monday, but the complications of school reconfigurations here over the summer mean local students are starting two days later, as originally scheduled.

“As there is a great deal of preparatory work that remains following the job action, we will be honouring our commitment to two transitional/reconfiguration days in order to ensure that students are coming into safe, orderly and well-prepared learning environments,” said superintendent Rollie Koop in a news release.

Monday and Tuesday are non-instructional days, “in order to ensure that our school readiness levels are what we need them to be for the arrival of students on Wednesday.”

Wednesday will be as normal a first day back to school as possible, with all students — with the possible exception of Kindergarten students — starting class an hour late and ending an hour early, which school bus schedules will match. Parents of Kindergarten students will be contacted by their schools about their schedules.

Following the locally familiar “reconnect start” system, elementary students will return to their class from the end of last year to take enrolment and be directed to their new class.

Students entering grades 8-12  should attend Ballenas or Kwalikum secondary schools.

Here’s a look at how the schools have been reconfigured from last year, and where students up to and including Grade 7, should go on Wednesday morning.

(Note the names of the former middle schools have already been changed):

• Former French Creek Community School students go to Errington or Qualicum Beach Elementary.

• Parksville Elementary English students go to Springwood Elementary School, French immersion go to Oceanside Elementary School.

• Former Qualicum Beach Elementary students go to the new Qualicum Beach Elementary (former Middle) or Arrowview Elementary.

• Winchelsea Elementary students go to Springwood or Oceanside Elementary School.

An originally scheduled non-class planning day Friday will be postponed, so Thursday and Friday will be normal school days.

Despite a burst water pipe at the new Qualicum Beach Elementary Aug. 13 which caused considerable damage, the school will open Wednesday along with the rest of the district.

Koop said they had crews re-doing floors over the weekend and will be working right down to Tuesday, but as of Monday morning he was confident they would be able to open Wednesday.

“We are excited about beginning the school year and once again feeling the excitement and energy that comes with the sights and sounds of student learning,” Koop concluded.

Visit the websites of The NEWS (www.pqbnews.com) and the district (www.sd69.bc.ca) for the latest developments.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach soccer club assists young player in quest to attend elite European academy

Eagles donate $750 to Franks, who plans to further career in Portugal

WATCH: Berwick Qualicum Beach residents back with another music video

Residents and staff dance to ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers

Virtual Qualicum school district meeting includes talk of return to class, masks and more

SD69 to hold town hall discussion featuring questions from parents

Qualicum Beach woman reunited with wedding ring she lost in Nanaimo

Woman ‘over the moon’ after getting ring back, say RCMP

‘Don’t kill my mom’: Ryan Reynolds calls on young British Columbians to be COVID-smart

‘Deadpool’ celebrity responds to premier’s call for social influence support

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Garbage truck knocks down lamp post onto pickup in north Nanaimo

Emergency crews respond to Dickinson Crossing plaza mall Friday afternoon

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Most Read