Schools

Girls attend school on the first day of the new school year, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 25, 2023. Two years after the Taliban banned girls from school beyond sixth grade, Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education. Now, the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly Monday, Sept. 18, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

The Taliban have banned girls from school for 2 years. It’s a worsening crisis for all Afghans

Two years after the Taliban banned girls from school beyond sixth grade,…

 

Vernon’s Allan Brooks Nature Centre is launching the first phase of its new online learning platform. (ABNC photo)

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Students are in the classroom for another year

 

Cowichan Valley School District has followed suit, and is also ending their long standing relationship with Camp Qwanoes due to some of their views on what they consider to be sin, and their lack of inclusivity. Seen here, is the entrance sign to Camp Qwanoes. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Third school district cuts ties with B.C. Christian camp over ‘values’

Districts drop relationships with Camp Qwanoes on Vancouver Island due to ‘lack of inclusivity’

 

Some of the largest school boards across Canada will begin the new school year without formal policies on the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom, despite concerns about how the technology will impact learning and academic integrity. Grade 3 teacher Catherine Rioux-Tache leads her students into class at Sainte-Cecile elementary school on their first day back to school in Montreal, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

School boards grappling with AI use in classroom, but formal policies still elusive

There seems to be wide consensus on the need for more guidance and vigilance

Some of the largest school boards across Canada will begin the new school year without formal policies on the use of artificial intelligence in the classroom, despite concerns about how the technology will impact learning and academic integrity. Grade 3 teacher Catherine Rioux-Tache leads her students into class at Sainte-Cecile elementary school on their first day back to school in Montreal, Monday, Aug. 28, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi
Kootenay Columbia School District held its Elementary School Track Meet on Thursday, June 1 at Haley Park with more than a dozen schools and 300 athletes participating. Athletes from Grades 4-7 competed in a variety of events, depending on age, including the 100-m and 400-m sprints, the high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin and relay races.

Sunny skies for SD 20 Elementary School Track Meet

About 300 elementary school students in Grades 4-7 participated in the annual event at Haley Park

Kootenay Columbia School District held its Elementary School Track Meet on Thursday, June 1 at Haley Park with more than a dozen schools and 300 athletes participating. Athletes from Grades 4-7 competed in a variety of events, depending on age, including the 100-m and 400-m sprints, the high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin and relay races.
RCMP vehicles were stationed outside Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon after a hold and secure was reportedly activated Friday, June 2, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Small explosion led to hold-and-secure at Vernon school

Students outside and near Fulton Secondary were behind blast that led to safety measure activation

RCMP vehicles were stationed outside Clarence Fulton Secondary School in Vernon after a hold and secure was reportedly activated Friday, June 2, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
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Central Okanagan teacher suspended for 4th time for ‘inappropriate conduct’

Most recently, Justin Enns has been suspended for five days from Jun. 5-9

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Oliver Elementary was the first school in B.C. to trial the Seamless Day Kindergarten. (Google Maps)

B.C. pilot that turns Kindergarten classrooms into daycare spaces deemed huge success

The program integrates before- and after-school care into the kindergarten classroom

Oliver Elementary was the first school in B.C. to trial the Seamless Day Kindergarten. (Google Maps)
Kinnaird Elementary and Castlegar’s other elementary schools are over-capacity. File photo

SD20 seeking feedback as it considers building new Castlegar school

New secondary or elementary school is being considered

Kinnaird Elementary and Castlegar’s other elementary schools are over-capacity. File photo
Kristin MacDonald, an educational assistant with the Coquitlam School District, is being threatened with termination of employment because of photographs she posted of herself to an adult-only platform. (Special to The News)

Lower Mainland woman threatened with termination over photos on adult-only website

Kristin MacDonald is an educational assistant in Coquitlam, but has been ordered to cease side gig

Kristin MacDonald, an educational assistant with the Coquitlam School District, is being threatened with termination of employment because of photographs she posted of herself to an adult-only platform. (Special to The News)
The B.C. government is investing $214 million over three years for school districts in the province to create or expand food programs for students. (Annie Barker/The Herald)

$214M coming to B.C. school districts to create, expand food programs

The funding will be over 3 years and will be available to all 60 school districts

The B.C. government is investing $214 million over three years for school districts in the province to create or expand food programs for students. (Annie Barker/The Herald)
FILE - Dolly Parton, left, and Miley Cyrus perform “Jolene” at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Administrators at Heyer Elementary School in Waukesha, Wis., aren’t letting a first-grade class perform “Rainbowland,” a Cyrus and Parton duet from Cyrus’ 2017 album “Younger Now,” promoting LGBTQ acceptance, because they say the song could be seen as controversial. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

American elementary school bans Miley, Dolly duet from class concert

Performance of the song Rainbowland ‘could be perceived as controversial’

FILE - Dolly Parton, left, and Miley Cyrus perform “Jolene” at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Administrators at Heyer Elementary School in Waukesha, Wis., aren’t letting a first-grade class perform “Rainbowland,” a Cyrus and Parton duet from Cyrus’ 2017 album “Younger Now,” promoting LGBTQ acceptance, because they say the song could be seen as controversial. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
Forensics on the scene at Charles P. Allen High School in Halifax, Monday, March 20, 2023. Halifax police have arrested a student after three people were stabbed at a high school this morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Smith

Halifax student charged with attempted murder as debate grows over school violence

Accused also treated in hospital for stab wounds, no indication of how he received those injuries

Forensics on the scene at Charles P. Allen High School in Halifax, Monday, March 20, 2023. Halifax police have arrested a student after three people were stabbed at a high school this morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Smith
A Halifax Regional Police emblem is seen on a police officer in Halifax on July 2, 2020. Halifax police say a student was arrested after three people were stabbed this morning at a high school in the Bedford area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Three people stabbed at high school in the Halifax area, student in custody

School was locked down and then closed for the remainder of the day

A Halifax Regional Police emblem is seen on a police officer in Halifax on July 2, 2020. Halifax police say a student was arrested after three people were stabbed this morning at a high school in the Bedford area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
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Many kids are struggling in school. Do their parents know?

Evena Joseph was unaware how much her 10-year-old son was struggling in…

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Rogue raccoon recesses class at Kelowna school

South Kelowna Elementary closed for the day after a visit by a raccoon

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The Mission Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously to ban Action4Canada from presenting at board and committee meetings for one year. /Kevin Mills File Photo

BC school district bans anti-LGBTQ group from presenting at board meetings

Mission Public Schools banned Action4Canada for one year after a graphic January presentation

The Mission Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously to ban Action4Canada from presenting at board and committee meetings for one year. /Kevin Mills File Photo
Coast Mountains School District 82 Superintendent of Schools Aaron Callaghan confirmed the teacher is no longer employed with SD82. (File photo)

Anti-vax outburst lands ex-northwest B.C. teacher in hot water

Secondary teacher who stormed cafeteria vaccine clinic no longer employed by school district

Coast Mountains School District 82 Superintendent of Schools Aaron Callaghan confirmed the teacher is no longer employed with SD82. (File photo)
Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)

Interior Health testing radon in schools

Pilot project taking place in all districts and participating independent schools

Radon is a concern for indoor environments such as schools. (National Health Authority video still)
An ex-principal of Britannia Community Elementary School in Vancouver is facing a lawsuit from the school district, which claims she stole more than $170,000 from the school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Former B.C. principal stole $170K from Vancouver elementary school, lawsuit claims

Tricia Low accused of stealing gift cards from families in need, using school funds for herself

An ex-principal of Britannia Community Elementary School in Vancouver is facing a lawsuit from the school district, which claims she stole more than $170,000 from the school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward