Fergus Horsburgh takes over from Brenda Stevenson as principal at Chemainus Elementary School. (Photo by Don Bodger)

School principals embrace safe return to school for students

Preparations with staff will be made in advance of Thursday’s official welcome

It’s the first September of back to school under the most unusual circumstances.

But principals of the schools in the area are ready for Tuesday’s orientation for COVID-19 requirements with teaching staff Tuesday before students return to class Thursday.

“The staff at Chemainus Secondary are excited to welcome everyone back to school,” noted principal Lori Hryniuk in a statement. “Last year was a challenge, but we’re glad we were able to get through it together. Preparations have been made to ensure we are ready to have a safe return to school and a fulfilling school year.

“Our switch to the quarter system this year will allow us to keep our learning groups small while still ensuring we can provide quality educational opportunities to all of our students, Grade 7 through 12.”

“Chemainus Elementary is ready to welcome all of our students, new and old, for this school year,” said principal Fergus Horsburgh. “I can certainly relate to the new students coming into the school for the first time. It’s my first year here as well. I know that the staff will be as great to all our learners as they have been to me. This is a time for us to make our welcome and restart slow and purposeful, taking extra time to ensure a warm and healthy return to school is certainly our goal.”

“Everyone at Crofton Elementary is looking forward to seeing our learners again,” added principal Tim Ylagan. “I know our school and our staff are ready to warmly welcome back our community. I’m grateful to be a new part of this school community and am looking forward to getting to know our learners and staff better as the year progresses. I’m confident that together we can ensure a safe, healthy and fruitful school year.”


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Chemainus Secondary School principal Lori Hryniuk. (Photo submitted)

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