Information on registration and opening day for the 2020-2021 school year.
RETURNING ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Thursday and Friday, SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2020
All students attending an elementary schools will either attend on the Thursday or the Friday. To support with orientation for the students, only half the students at a time will be in the school on these two days.
Most schools will send information regarding the first two days via email or post on their website or social media pages, we encourage you to check in with your principal should you have any questions.
RETURNING SECONDARY STUDENTS
Thursday and Friday, SEPTEMBER 10 & 11, 2020
All secondary schools will send information regarding the first two days via email or post on their website or social media pages, we encourage you to check in with your principal should you have any questions.
FIRST TWO DAYS ATTENDANCE — to help support with student orientation, attendance on the first two days are limited to the following:
- Frances Kelsey Secondary – Sept 10th – Grades 8/9s; Sept 11th – Grade 10-12.
- Lake Cowichan School – Sept 10th – All Grade 8 & 9s plus 50% of Grade 4-7; Sept 11th – All Grade 10-12 & 50% of Grades 4-7.
- Quamichan School – Sept 10th – Grade 8s; Sept 11th – Grade 9s
- Cowichan Secondary – Sept 10th – Grade 10s only; Sept 11th – ALL Students (Gr 10-12)
- Chemainus Secondary – Sept 10th – Grade 7/8s; Sept 11th – Grade 9-12.
Detailed program and course information is available at each school. Counselors are available at the school from Aug 31st to Sept 4th.
OPEN LEARNING STUDENTS
Cowichan Valley Open Learning Co-op (CVOLC) and satellite open learning centre students start school on the following days:
- Staff will be contacting families to set up individual Student Learning Plan meetings with families for Sept. 10th and 11th. Regular class attendance will begin on Sept. 14th.
THE GROVE DISTRIBUTED LEARNING
Returning K-9 students and K-9 students who were registered with The Grove last school year will be contacted by a teacher on Sept 10th or 11th to set-up a meeting to go over a Student Learning Plan.
Students who registered over the summer (after July 3rd) or in September will start by completing an online Student Learning Plan after September 10th. As we staff and build learning groups for the new registrants, a teacher will be in contact between September 10th and 22nd to discuss the Student Learning Plan and the remote learning model.
Students who were in Grove Grade 10-12 doing Distributed Learning last school year will be contacted by their online teachers on Sept 10th or 11th to confirm active status in courses. Students in Grade 10-12 who registered over the Summer will be contacted on September 10th and 11th to confirm new courses at The Grove. Grade 10-12 students who are registered only with us (not at another school) will start by completing an online Student Learning Plan. This will be followed up by a meeting to discuss a Grad Plan.
The Cowichan Valley School District is growing, and with the restored class size and composition requirements, as well as COVID 19 Health and Safety protocols, there is limited availability for out-of-catchment requests. If you have submitted a request and have not yet received approval, please go to your neighbourhood school for the first day. Every effort will be made to inform families of availability by the end of the first week of school.
Welcome to the Cowichan Valley School District! Please use the school locator tool to find your neighbourhood school (www.sd79.bc.ca – under Student Registration). This is the school you will register your child at. If your child will be registered at Thetis Island School, your registration is done at Chemainus Elementary Community School.
Registration requirements are set by the Ministry of Education. We require the child’s Canadian birth certificate or passport, as well as the parent’s identification and proof of residency (such as a BC Services Card). Students without Canadian documentation and/or proof of B.C. residency will be redirected to the Principal of International Education located at Cowichan Secondary School. Parents should accompany the student. Please bring the student’s most recent report showing final marks to help facilitate proper placement. Schools are open for registration beginning Aug. 31st. Please call your school to set up an appointment.
All schools in our district offer full-day Kindergarten. Kindergarten students start with a gradual entry to better support their transition into school. Please register by contacting your school. Children entering Kindergarten in September must be five-years-old by Dec. 31, 2020. We require the student’s birth certificate or passport, as well as the parent’s identification and proof of residency (such as a BC Services Card). Schools will be informing parents about the gradual entry process via email. If you have not heard from your child’s school, please call them.
STUDENTS WITH DIVERSE LEARNING NEEDS
If you feel that your child might need specialized support during the school year, please connect with your school Principal.
BUS REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULES
All students requiring bus service for the 2020-21 school year must register for busing. Registration information is available on the school district website (www.sd79.bc.ca – under Transportation). There are no transportation fees. Students who are registered can view their bus schedule and registration information on the website through e-Link.
Routes are registration driven, so times change as registrations are received. For the most up-to-date information, please check the schedule as close to the first day of school as possible. Bus routes and times are subject to change; please have your child at the bus stop five minutes prior to the scheduled time. You can also follow us on Twitter (@TransportSD79) for updates.
For registered students, bus passes will be available at the student’s school beginning September 8th. The transportation office will re-open on Aug. 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions about busing, please call 250-748-1066 ext. 276.