We are all doing our part to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to students being back in school. If your child will not be riding the bus, we ask that you call the Operations Department at 250-832-9415 or email email@example.com to advise. It is very important that all drivers have an up-to-date passenger list at all times.
Below are instructions for students to safely ride their school bus during COVID-19.
- Students who are sick will need to be kept home. Students who develop symptoms while at school will not be permitted to return home on a school bus and should be picked up by a parent or guardian. We are not able to transport students who are ill or showing symptoms.
- Parents will be responsible for their child’s safety at the bus stop. Parents must remain with their child K-5 until the bus departs in the morning and then again meet their child at the bus in the afternoon.
- To ensure that your child is as safe as possible, please review safety procedures before riding the bus:
- Line up with limited contact when waiting for the school bus.
- Always follow the driver’s instructions.
- When loading onto the bus, go to the furthest available seat unless the driver instructs otherwise.
- When unloading the bus, wait until the seat in front has moved before you get up to go, ensure physical distancing is observed.
- When space is available students will be seated in the window seat away from the aisle.
- When possible bus routes will utilize a strict seating plan that reflects cohort and family groupings.
- No eating or drinking (except water) on the school bus.
- School Buses will not be accepting unregistered riders which includes after-school friends coming home with a bus student. Alternate transportation will need to be arranged in those cases.
- Students from grades 6-12 will be required to wear masks while riding the school bus as directed by the Ministry of Education.
- Your child will receive an updated ‘Procedure and Code of Conduct for Bus Students’ form from their bus driver. Please review front and back of form with your child and return the signed bottom portion to the bus driver as soon as possible.
In order to keep students and staff as safe as possible, we will require bus students to follow the above rules very closely to avoid the risk of losing their busing privileges. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping everyone safe.
**PLEASE NOTE: Your child’s school bus driver has the option to wear a surgical mask while driving their bus as well as a face shield/safety glasses when the bus is stopped, and although this has become normal practice for some, please prepare your child for this change in their bus driver’s attire.
As this is an ever changing environment, Ministry needs may change as the school year progresses.
|In this unusual year, SD83 would like to share what information we currently have, and hopefully answer some questions our parents may have about the new school year.
When will my child begin school?
School District No. 83 staff will report to their schools on Tuesday, September 8 for safety orientations and planning sessions.
Students will report to schools on Thursday, September 10 for their welcoming and safety orientation sessions. Regular learning will commence as soon as appropriate routines are established. School staff will communicate any changes to student schedules. Graduated entry for Kindergarten will still occur in its usual manner.
What is a Learning Group or Cohort?
Will the school buses be running?
Please note that additional safety protocols are being finalized for all bus routes. These will likely include seating plans, use of masks for riders in grades four through twelve, as well as PPE for the drivers. Submission of regular health checks may also be required.
Will the school district be staggering school day start and end times?
What is happening at the high schools?
What health guidelines are being put in place?
Will there be “health checks” like there were in June
Our family has an immune compromised member and we don’t think our children should attend school. What are our options?
School District No. 83 currently has an online option for students in Grades 9-12 known as the Education Outreach Program (EOP). Students in EOP are supplied assignments and resources (such as textbooks and learning activities) as well as some access to a local teacher, but the program is primarily self-directed. The Education Outreach Program currently offers a wide range of online courses to students on a full-time or cross-enrolled basis in Grades 9-12.
School District No. 83 previously offered an Education Outreach Program option to elementary and middle schools student, but it was closed due to lack of demand. We will reopen this program option for the duration of the pandemic if there is sufficient interest. For more information regarding the EOP program, or to express your interest in registering, please contact Education Outreach Principal Rob Macaulay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that the Home Learning Opportunities program that School District No. 83 provided through June will not be available this coming year. Parents who are interested in homeschooling their children may wish to visit this website:
What about music/band/choir/musical theatre?
Students with special needs?
What about extra-curricular activities (clubs/sports)
Community use of school facilities?
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As planning continues for school re-start on Monday, June 1, School District No. 83 (North-Okanagan-Shuswap) transportation department has important information for the parents of any child who will be riding the bus.
Student pick up and drop off times will remain the same for their return to school on June 1st. However, due to lower ridership, parents are requested to please have their children at the bus stop a minimum of five minutes early in the morning. In addition, some high school students may return home a little earlier in the afternoon because fewer people are riding the bus.
Parents who have indicted their child will be riding the bus to school will be receiving an email directly from the SD83 Transportation Dept. with finalized information, later today or early Saturday. Please keep an eye out for it.
Drivers please be aware school zones are in effect. For the safety of all, we ask that everyone remember the importance of stopping for a school bus with red lights activated (We Stop – You Stop), please don’t rush the bus, and ensure you not driving distracted around our students or the bus.