Families in the North Shuswap have a little more time to prepare for back to school amid the wildfire situation.
The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District welcomes most students back to class Wednesday, Sept. 6. But in the North Shuswap, the first day of school has been pushed to Monday, Sept. 11.
“As we approach the last days of summer, I want to express my heartfelt concern for those families who have been directly impacted by the recent wildfires,” said Superintendent Donna Kriger. “I recognize that many of our students will return to school having experienced uncertainty and trauma because of the smoke and fires across the district. I want to assure you that we are exercising care, concern, and compassion as we welcome students back to their classrooms and schools.”
The district said it will be relocating North Shuswap Elementary staff and students to Carlin Elementary Middle School beginning Monday, Sept. 11, and implementing alternate transporation routes to Carlin for families displaced by the Bush Creek East wildfire. High school students from the North Shuswap who attend Jackson and Salmon Arm Secondary have been given the choice of attending classes in person or through a hybrid model.
“For those students and families who have suffered unimaginable loss over the past weeks, our hearts go out to you. The district is committed to providing your children with options and opportunities that will allow them to experience some form of normalcy amidst the uncertainty that surrounds you.
“Despite the many challenges that we have faced, I’m reminded of the acts of kindness which many have demonstrated to neighbours and strangers alike. This is what makes this district such a special place to live and raise families. The goodness of humanity has served as a beacon of hope during some very dark moments.”