Education

Dover Bay Secondary School. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo’s school COVID-19 cases come right before semester change

Teachers’ union president says new classes could increase potential for exposure

Dover Bay Secondary School. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)
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
Kwakiutl First Nation is hosting a mini business school for up to 20 Indigenous people with the aim of increasing Indigenous led entrepreneurship. (Kimberly Kufaas photo)

Mini Indigenous business school coming to Port Hardy

Applications for the free business program are being accepted now

Kwakiutl First Nation is hosting a mini business school for up to 20 Indigenous people with the aim of increasing Indigenous led entrepreneurship. (Kimberly Kufaas photo)
The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS FILE PHOTO

Alberni School District renamed ‘Pacific Rim’

School District 70 name change reflects district’s West Coast roots

The School District 70 administration office in Port Alberni. AV NEWS 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
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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

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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 71 distance learning program has seen a big jump in the number of registrants this fall, including ones from all over the world. Image, Screenshot

Comox Valley distance ed lands almost a thousand new students

International student visits down but students still signing up from all over for online ed

The School District 71 distance learning program has seen a big jump in the number of registrants this fall, including ones from all over the world. Image, Screenshot
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Nanaimo-Ladysmith families make decisions to send kids to school or keep them learning at home

School district’s transition learning program asking for decision by Nov. 6

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Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is expecting two electric buses, with seatbelts, in January. (Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools photo)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district to see two new electric buses with seatbelts

Seatbelt pilot project was previously announced for the school district

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is expecting two electric buses, with seatbelts, in January. (Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools photo)
A Sept. 28 COVID-19 exposure at Carihi Secondary School was confirmed by Island Health on Oct. 8. Photo by Binny Paul – Campbell River Mirror

COVID-19 case confirmed at Carihi Secondary School

Potential exposure at the school occurred Sept. 28

A Sept. 28 COVID-19 exposure at Carihi Secondary School was confirmed by Island Health on Oct. 8. Photo by Binny Paul – Campbell River Mirror
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Qualicum School District’s first electric school bus is on its way

Charging stations to be installed this fall

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FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

59% of B.C. teachers say COVID-19 safety measures in schools are inadequate: BCTF poll

Students have made up less than 10 per cent of B.C.’s cases, health officials say

FILE – A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on September 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Campbell River School District remains COVID-free, the superintendent said during the Sept. 29 virtual board meeting. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River classrooms remain COVID-free: school district

Superintendent asked community to remain committed to keeping spread of COVID-19 low

The Campbell River School District remains COVID-free, the superintendent said during the Sept. 29 virtual board meeting. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
A man sanitizes tabletop surfaces in a kindergarten classroom at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Pandemic concerns: Teachers worried about their health, quality of education

Teachers are feeling stressed about becoming sick, unable to adapt to the new hybrid teaching system

A man sanitizes tabletop surfaces in a kindergarten classroom at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Monday, September 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Here’s what to do as Canada Student Loan payments resume, starting today

Graduates like Cytko have a range of options, from requesting to postpone payments to tackling them on a budget

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The Campbell River School District’s team of teacher coordinators started work at the beginning of the school year. From left to right: Erin Pickering, Christine Fraser, Kim Stix, Audra Schroeder, Drew Williams, Rachel Friederich, Shannon Hagen, Gillian Kirke and Jeff Lontayao. Missing: Desiree Dallaire and Cathy Fowler. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

Teaching the teachers: investing in student success

Campbell River School District hires 11 new teacher coordinators

The Campbell River School District’s team of teacher coordinators started work at the beginning of the school year. From left to right: Erin Pickering, Christine Fraser, Kim Stix, Audra Schroeder, Drew Williams, Rachel Friederich, Shannon Hagen, Gillian Kirke and Jeff Lontayao. Missing: Desiree Dallaire and Cathy Fowler. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C.’s top doctor says most COVID-19 exposures at schools have been low risk

Ministry of Health removes some symptoms for children, but there are still symptoms to test for

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry answers questions during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic

Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic

Awesome, I thought, when the pandemic hit, I’ll learn some new skills.

Out on a Limb: What I learned from living through a pandemic