Schools

A W.L. McLeod student wearing a mask in a school bus. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

UPDATE: Northern B.C. school to no longer acknowledge Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Elementary school adopts more inclusive approach to activities on those days

 

School District 83 is appealing a $200,000 penalty from March 2022 regarding handling of possible hazardous materials like asbestos after a contractor reportedly did not follow a work plan. (School District 83 photo)

3 small holes at Salmon Arm school lead to $200,000 WorkSafe BC fine

Fine review requested after contractor at Bastion school reportedly deviates from asbestos plan

 

WorkSafeBC issued a penalty to School District 83 in March 2022, saying it found drilling work in a school had disturbed drywall and vermiculite, both identified as asbestos-containing materials on the building’s hazardous materials survey. (File photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District appealing $200,000 fine for asbestos handling

WorkSafeBC states potentially hazardous materials weren’t contained or removed before renovation work

 

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Beairsto classroom challenges Vernon School District to support Ukraine

Students at Beairsto Elementary are hoping to expand their fundraising efforts as widely as possible

(Submitted photo)
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B.C. teacher reprimanded for angrily telling her class a student was failing

Teacher regulatory body document states Jasmine Kaur also ‘pulled on’ the student’s arm

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Vernon’s Okanagan Landing will receive $165,000 in provincial funding to build a safe and accessible playground, part of a $5 million provincial investment in the Playground Equipment Program in 2022. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

New playground coming to Vernon elementary school

Okanagan Landing Elementary received $165K from the province for a new play facility

Vernon’s Okanagan Landing will receive $165,000 in provincial funding to build a safe and accessible playground, part of a $5 million provincial investment in the Playground Equipment Program in 2022. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
A B.C. teacher is banned for 10 years after inappropriately communicating with at least four students in Grades 8 to 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. teacher dealt 10-year ban for inappropriate communication with 4 students

Joseph James Hizon Arnesto taught Grades 7 to 12 at an independent B.C. school

A B.C. teacher is banned for 10 years after inappropriately communicating with at least four students in Grades 8 to 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A juvenile cougar was captured in Vernon's East Hill sometime April 11-12. (Contributed)

UPDATE: Cougar that killed Vernon housecat euthanized

Conservation officer warns owners to keep pets indoors

A juvenile cougar was captured in Vernon's East Hill sometime April 11-12. (Contributed)
Kalamalka Secondary students walked out of class Monday, April 4 in support of the nationwide Making Waves Walkout for Consent movement. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Coldstream students take a stand for sexual consent in walkout

Kal youth support the nationwide Making Waves Walkout for Consent movement

Kalamalka Secondary students walked out of class Monday, April 4 in support of the nationwide Making Waves Walkout for Consent movement. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Kalamalka Secondary students walked out of class Monday, April 4 in support of the nationwide Making Waves Walkout for Consent movement. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Coldstream students take a stand for sexual consent in walkout

Kal youth support the nationwide Making Waves Walkout for Consent movement

Kalamalka Secondary students walked out of class Monday, April 4 in support of the nationwide Making Waves Walkout for Consent movement. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Vernon School District updated its communicable disease plan on March 19, 2022. Ahead of students’ return from spring break on Monday, the school district shared information on what they can expect in terms of COVID-19 requirements. (Pixabay photo)

COVID-19 rules updated for Vernon students returning from spring break

School District 22 updated its communicable disease plan on March 19

The Vernon School District updated its communicable disease plan on March 19, 2022. Ahead of students’ return from spring break on Monday, the school district shared information on what they can expect in terms of COVID-19 requirements. (Pixabay photo)
Jacob, Nik and Thomas, three students at Vernon Christian School, submitted the winning spaghetti bridge at an annual student competition on March 17, 2022. Their bridge was given the seal of approval by Eric Crum (right), a partner at local engineering firm Westwood Engineering, which sponsored the contest. (Submitted photo)

Vernon high school students’ spaghetti bridge gets engineer’s approval

Vernon Christian School held its annual spaghetti bridge building contest March 17

Jacob, Nik and Thomas, three students at Vernon Christian School, submitted the winning spaghetti bridge at an annual student competition on March 17, 2022. Their bridge was given the seal of approval by Eric Crum (right), a partner at local engineering firm Westwood Engineering, which sponsored the contest. (Submitted photo)
W.L. McLeod Elementary students in Vanderhoof spent a Thursday morning last June remediating the community’s new rainbow crosswalk that was recently damaged by a large burnout. (Photo by Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Vanderhoof moves to install surveillance cameras at rainbow crosswalk

The crosswalk has been repeatedly vandalized by drivers performing burnouts on it

W.L. McLeod Elementary students in Vanderhoof spent a Thursday morning last June remediating the community’s new rainbow crosswalk that was recently damaged by a large burnout. (Photo by Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Rapid antigen tests are being sent home with students in the Vernon School District next week. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Rapid COVID-19 tests available for Vernon School District families

Antigen tests can be picked up by parents/guardians at student’s school

Rapid antigen tests are being sent home with students in the Vernon School District next week. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Vernon School District and the Okanagan Indian Band have signed a local education agreement Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Black Press Media files)

Vernon School District signs local education agreement with OKIB

The agreement sets out goals for improving educational outcomes and graduation rates

The Vernon School District and the Okanagan Indian Band have signed a local education agreement Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (Black Press Media files)
Okanagan Landing Elementary School will be offering its Seamless Day Before and After School Child Care program in March 2022. (Contributed)

Child care program launching at Vernon elementary school

Before and after school day care to be offered at Okanagan Landing Elementary in March

Okanagan Landing Elementary School will be offering its Seamless Day Before and After School Child Care program in March 2022. (Contributed)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Court denies challenge of government decision to lift mask mandate in Alberta schools

Judge rejects Alberta Federation of Labour appeal, citing ‘no evidence of irreparable harm’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Students on the steps of Mt. Boucherie Secondary School (Photo/Dave Ogilvie)

‘No means no’ protest at West Kelowna high school

Students were on school steps chanting and holding up signs

Students on the steps of Mt. Boucherie Secondary School (Photo/Dave Ogilvie)
An online petition against having a vaccine mandate at the Vernon School District has garnered close to 1,000 signatures as of Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

$1.2M deficit on the books for Vernon School District

Reserves depleted as schools spending more than they make

An online petition against having a vaccine mandate at the Vernon School District has garnered close to 1,000 signatures as of Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Davidson Road Elementary students brought in 2,500 pounds of food for the Lake Country Food Bank. (Central Okanagan Public Schools photo)

Lake Country kids give back through school

Davidson Road Elementary students among those making a difference

Davidson Road Elementary students brought in 2,500 pounds of food for the Lake Country Food Bank. (Central Okanagan Public Schools photo)