Rumours untrue

Recently there have been rumours about “cameras in student washrooms” that have generated some calls and emails to School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) and some of its schools.

“I want to assure everyone that these rumours are untrue and unfounded,” states Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger. “SD83 is committed to student safety, privacy, well-being and learning. We are grateful for those concerned stakeholders who reached out to us from a place of positive intent.”

S83 is currently enjoying a school start up filled with renewed optimism and hope. “Our intention is to continue this positivity through the 2022-23 school year as we focus on keeping students first.”

Kriger asks that if parents do hear these types of rumours/information please take the time to check with your school principal to ensure the information is indeed accurate.

Ranchero Ceiling Project

School District 83 would like to let the Ranchero Elementary community know that due to a ceiling tile replacement project the school will be closed from June 25 through to July 16.

During this time there will be no access to the school, and the telephones will not be inservice. As ceiling tiles of that era have asbestos, an abetment company will be at the school to remove the old tiles.

We look forward to having a bright, clean and safe ceiling when students return in September.

Students in accident

RCMP have confirmed that two students from Ranchero were hit by a vehicle on their way home after school today (May 20).

Students were transported to the Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm by ambulance with their parent. The extent of any injuries is unknown at this time. Many staff from Ranchero were on-scene immediately after the accident.

School District No. 83 is currently working with RCMP to determine if anyone might have vehicle dash cam footage between Highway 97B and Ranchero Drive including Hudson Road and in the Ranchero area for May 20 between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The RCMP are also looking for any video surveillance of the road from home cameras.

If you have any footage, please contact the RCMP at 250 832 6044 and provide the file # 2022-2845.

RCMP have confirmed that further information will be released in the near future.

Thank you to families for your support with this. All of our thoughts are with our students at this time.