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School bus with kids on board caught speeding through school zone in Kelowna

Driver was given a written warning and call to their supervisor

 

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No mask mandate for B.C. schools as province urges vaccination to curb COVID

Vaccination, regular health checks, and staying home when sick are the province’s recommendations

 

Avalynn Kwok, 4, walks with her dad, Manny Kwok, outside Lynn Valley Elementary School as her parents drop her off for her first day of kindergarten in North Vancouver on September 9, 2021. For years, Staples Canada has advertised back-to-school supplies to the tune of the “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with parents eager to see their children return to class after a busy summer. But back-to-school supplies can quickly add up, and parents already feeling the crunch from a rising cost of living may need to strategize how they approach this shopping season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Looking to save some money this back-to-school season? Here are some tips

Parents facing increased costs as they get the kids ready to return to class

 

Capt. David Hickman and Community Ministries director Pat Humble show off some of the school supplies already donated to the West Shore Salvation Army for its school supplies drive. (Courtesy of Capt. David Hickman)

Salvation Army collecting school supplies for West Shore families

The organization is anticipating a 30-per-cent increase in need this year

Capt. David Hickman and Community Ministries director Pat Humble show off some of the school supplies already donated to the West Shore Salvation Army for its school supplies drive. (Courtesy of Capt. David Hickman)
Co-organizers of the University of Victoria Thunderfest welcome back celebrations, Jenna Brodersen and Evan Libke, pause for a photo during the campus event Friday. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Thunderfest, other campus events kick off UVic students’ first week back

Students mingle, get to know Vikes teams, and learn about recreational programming at UVic

Co-organizers of the University of Victoria Thunderfest welcome back celebrations, Jenna Brodersen and Evan Libke, pause for a photo during the campus event Friday. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Caelum Murdock (left), Avery Murdock, and Dean Murdock walk on a shoulder of the road in Saanich en route to school. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Better Mobility Saanich advocates for safer back-to-school travel

Saanich residents asked to provide feedback on where improved infrastructure is needed

Caelum Murdock (left), Avery Murdock, and Dean Murdock walk on a shoulder of the road in Saanich en route to school. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Mayor Fred Haynes points to where bollards will soon be installed in the next week outside Spectrum Community School to improve traffic calming. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Back-to-school safety improvements near completion on West Burnside Road in Saanich

Projects across district aim to improve cycling and pedestrian experience as well as calm traffic

Mayor Fred Haynes points to where bollards will soon be installed in the next week outside Spectrum Community School to improve traffic calming. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
The new Children’s Development Centre on Cordova Bay Road will provide specialized education and support for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

New Saanich Children’s Development Centre safer, equipped with mental health supports

Children to receive education, support in a seismically safe and modern building

The new Children’s Development Centre on Cordova Bay Road will provide specialized education and support for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Adhering to safety measures like masks, hand-washing, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children. (Black Press file photo)

B.C. Children’s Hospital says COVID-19 hospitalizations for children remain low

Hospitalizations have remained at about two per cent throughout the pandemic

Adhering to safety measures like masks, hand-washing, social distancing and staying home if you’re sick will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children. (Black Press file photo)
British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. An independent report has found systemic racism in a northern B.C. school board and calls for a province-wide investigation of the issue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘Clearly discriminatory and systemically racist’: Report on B.C. school board

‘I walk into a school and my chest tightens,’ one person said in the report

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. An independent report has found systemic racism in a northern B.C. school board and calls for a province-wide investigation of the issue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Yasmine Nijjar, member service coordinator at the 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre, fills backpacks to get kids ready for school. (Courtesy 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre)
Yasmine Nijjar, member service coordinator at the 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre, fills backpacks to get kids ready for school. (Courtesy 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre)
A CUPE 723 memo misinterpreted a School District 72 communication. (CUPE 723)

CUPE memo indicating COVID protocol back-to-school for Campbell River a false alarm

School District 72 indicates that are waiting on guidance from Provincial Health Officer

  • Aug 19, 2021
A CUPE 723 memo misinterpreted a School District 72 communication. (CUPE 723)
Backpack Buddies, a charity that provides meals for students to address the weekend hunger gap, is bracing for a dramatic increase in the number of students who will need their service this fall. (Provided by Emily-Anne King)

Charity tackling ‘weekend hunger gap’ bracing for tripling of students in need

Backpack Buddies was serving 1,300 students per week in March, by June that number doubled

Backpack Buddies, a charity that provides meals for students to address the weekend hunger gap, is bracing for a dramatic increase in the number of students who will need their service this fall. (Provided by Emily-Anne King)
The Nanaimo RCMP sent out a public service announcement last week targeted toward motorists, reminding them that school zones are back in effect. (Stock photo)

EDITORIAL: RCMP remind motorists to drive carefully in our school zones

30km/h speed limit in school zones in effect 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on school days

The Nanaimo RCMP sent out a public service announcement last week targeted toward motorists, reminding them that school zones are back in effect. (Stock photo)
Jennifer Mahon, left, and Hanna Starkie, two Grade 12 students at Chemainus Secondary School, are getting used to the changes the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing. (Photo submitted)

Vancouver Island back to school: a student’s perspective

Chemainus Secondary student takes us inside to say staff has done its homework

  • Sep 16, 2020
Jennifer Mahon, left, and Hanna Starkie, two Grade 12 students at Chemainus Secondary School, are getting used to the changes the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing. (Photo submitted)
Saanich police stopped and ticketed a driver doing more than double the school zone speed limit near Campus View Elementary on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Impaired driver stopped for excessive speeding in Saanich school zone on students’ first day back

Driver slapped with a $368 ticket, 90-day driving ban and month-long vehicle impound

Saanich police stopped and ticketed a driver doing more than double the school zone speed limit near Campus View Elementary on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rob Ohly, Aspengrove School’s diploma program coordinator and Grade 11 chemistry teacher, says he is excited for the start of the school year. Ohly is scene here with a chemical model of alcohol. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island teacher says in-class learning engages and motivates students

Nanaimo chemistry teacher talks about back-to-school in COVID-19 times

Rob Ohly, Aspengrove School’s diploma program coordinator and Grade 11 chemistry teacher, says he is excited for the start of the school year. Ohly is scene here with a chemical model of alcohol. (Karl Yu/Nanaimo News Bulletin)
Ucluelet’s School Garden remained locked on August 3, despite pleas from community members who say the facility is in desperate need of care. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Frustration grows in Ucluelet as locked gate puts school garden in peril

‘You walk by there and it’s just dead. Everything’s dry and yelling for water’

Ucluelet’s School Garden remained locked on August 3, despite pleas from community members who say the facility is in desperate need of care. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Education Minister Rob Fleming in Chilliwack on Sept. 17. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

B.C. to announce plans for September return to school amid COVID-19 pandemic

Plan to include measures nimble enough to react to the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19

Education Minister Rob Fleming in Chilliwack on Sept. 17. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Principal Gillian Bruan has set up her office to allow for six feet of distance between her and anyone else. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Greater Victoria School District reports 50 per cent of students back in class

Students are on a rotational schedule alternating two days a week

Principal Gillian Bruan has set up her office to allow for six feet of distance between her and anyone else. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)