School Catchment Boundary Review

Following the completion of a catchment boundary review with community consultation, on November 18, 2020, the Board of Education approved the implementation of the following catchment boundary changes for the 2021/22 school year:

  • move study areas A1 and A2 to the Lochside Elementary catchment;
  • move study area C to the Brentwood Elementary catchment;
  • move study area D to the Cordova Bay Elementary catchment; and
  • move study area E to the Lochside Elementary catchment.

More information regarding the study areas and the catchment boundary review can be found in the attached materials. For additional information, enquiries can be sent to  .

Saanich Schools StrongStart Restart Information

The Saanich School District would like to thank all families for their patience and support as we worked through the challenges and logistics of opening StrongStart.  We are very happy to announce that Strong Start is open for in-person programming for small groups of families.

These programs are conducted by qualified early childhood educators who lead a variety of learning activities designed to support children on their learning path before they enter school. 

The current schedule will be :

Brentwood Elementary

Tuesday/Thursday Mornings 9:30-10:30AM
Tuesday Afternoons 1:15-2:15PM

Brentwood Protocols
Lochside Elementary

Monday/Wednesday Mornings 9:30-10:30AM
Monday Afternoons 1-2PM

Lochside Protocols
Sidney Elementary Tuesday/Thursday 9:15-10:15AM Sidney Protocols

 

Registration and Application Information

Please read the details below carefully before applying:

  1. Families will only be able to apply to attend StrongStart for one day a week for the offered consecutive weeks.  **please note, that because of contact tracing students will need to attend each week on the same day (i.e. only Mondays)
  2. The current schedule for Strong Start sessions offered will be the three weeks from the week of November 30 - December 18.  
  3. Space will be limited.  Families that do not get in will be waitlisted for next sessions.
  4. All families who are accepted to attend a StrongStart must complete a District Registration Form.  Bring your completed registration form to the StrongStart Centre you are accepted to.  
  5. The Application to Attend is live and consistently added to any waitlists or contacted for spaces available.  Application to attend is per child.  If you are bringing two children, please fill out the Application to Attend again.

Parkland Track 2021

Parkland Track 2021 is a community lead initiative to replace the running track at Parkland Secondary, which is at the end of its life, with a new 8 lane track and soccer field. For more information on this initiative to create a competition quality athletics facility for the community, please visit https://www.parklandtrack2021.com/.

Free Workshop: Parents as Education and Career Coaches - Virtual Zoom Session

The Saanich Career Education department invites you to attend a free seminar for parents! 

Please join us on Monday, November 9th, 2020 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm for an informative session to help parents and guardians navigate the new world of career options open to students!    

PLEASE NOTE Registration is required - click here for more information.

School Catchment Boundary Review

Saanich School District Seeks Community Input for School Catchment Boundary Review

The Saanich School District is seeking community input to inform a school catchment boundary review. The purpose of the review is to address imbalance between school capacities and catchment populations in the southern zone of the district, and to consider other catchment boundary issues that may exist in the district.

To balance school capacities with catchment populations, the district completed a study identifying options to add capacity where possible, and to adjust catchment boundaries where necessary

To participate in our survey, open until end of the day October 21, click here.

 

COVID-19 Testing Procedures for Children (Sept 18 2020)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today, Island Health provided school districts with a letter that we are sharing with all parents about the new gargle test for COVID-19.  It provides information about the new test, when to go for the test, as well as health checks and return-to-school protocols.  You can find the letter Taking Your Student For a Mouth Rinse & Gargle COVID-19 Test on our district website here.

Sincerely

Dave Eberwein
Superintendent of Schools

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Stage 2 - Q&A (Updated Sept. 7, 2020)

Q&A have been grouped into four themes: Click here to view the answers.

  1. RETURN TO SCHOOL
    1. Why are schools returning to in-class instruction in September?
    2. Is it safe for children to return to school?
    3. What has B.C. learned from the reopening of schools in other places?
  2. HEALTH & SAFETY
    1. Why are safety measures in K-12 schools regarding physical distancing and masks different than what is expected in the general community?
    2. What is the frequency and protocol for classroom cleaning?
    3. Will playgrounds be sanitized between the different learning groups using them?
    4. How is SD63 ensuring that the HVAC systems are satisfactory?
    5. Will parents need to supply masks and sanitizing supplies?
    6. What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school?
    7. Will children keep their school supplies at school, or will they be expected to bring in their items daily?
    8. What is a daily health check? When and how should I do them?
    9. Will I be notified if there is a positive COVID-19 case in my child’s school?
    10. Is it safe to share books and other paper documents?
    11. How were the learning group sizes determined?
  3. LEARNING COHORTS & PHYSICAL DISTANCING
    1. What are cohorts or learning groups?
    2. Are children required to be physically distancing in their classroom?
  4. STUDENT LEARNING
    1. ​If I register my child for distributed learning or home schooling, will they lose their place at their current school?
    2. When do I have to decide about whether to choose in-class instruction, distributed learning, remote learning or home schooling for my child?
    3. What is the Remote Learning option?
    4. Can students move back and forth between In-class and Remote Learning?
    5. What supports will be in place for students with disabilities and diverse abilities?
    6. What about immunocompromised students and parents/caregivers?
    7. What are the initial proportions of students in each of the learning options?
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