It’s back to classes this week for Cowichan Valley School District students.
At Chemainus Secondary School, starting time is 8:45 a.m. and dismissal at 3:10 p.m. on regular days.
For Chemainus Elementary School, classes go from 9 a.m.-2:48 p.m. Lunch is from 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
At Crofton Elementary School, starting time is at 8:30 a.m., going until 2:15 p.m.
Motorists are reminded to obey posted speed zone signs around schools.
At the end of the first week of school, Crofton Elementary has a whole school community building activity, Everyone is it Tag, at the back field. During the second or third week of September, the school with the Parent Advisory Committee will host an informal meet the teacher event for parents.
Crofton and Chemainus kindergartens are separated into four groups A, B, C and D for a gradual entry into their new routine.
Two groups came with a caregiver at the scheduled morning or afternoon time on Wednesday, Sept. 7; Thursday, Sept. 8 the other two groups come in with a caregiver at the scheduled morning or afternoon time; and Friday, Sept. 9 is a drop open to any kindergarten student and caregiver.
Monday, Sept. 12 through Wednesday, Sept. 14, half the kindergartens attend in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. Thursday, Sept. 15 is the first full day with all kindergartens.
“Staff throughout our district have been preparing our schools, collaborating with colleagues and ensuring that everything is organized for our learners, teachers and support staff,” noted Robyn Gray, superintendent of the school district, in a letter to families. “We are looking forward to the start of the year and the return of our students.
“Every school year brings the opportunity for families, students and staff to walk together in the learning journey. This year is no different, and our whole school community, as well as your children, continue to need your support and guidance as we navigate this new year.”
Gray added Beyond Education, the Strategic Plan 2020-2024, will continue to guide the learning that happens each day throughout the district.
“As I visited classrooms throughout the district last year, I was impressed by the professionalism of our staff and the creativity and ingenuity of our learners. I am looking forward to starting these visits again and continuing to be amazed by our students as this year unfolds.
“I hope that there is enthusiasm and excitement in your household about the opportunities that this new school year holds. We all look forward to seeing your children back at school.”