Education

FILE – The fence of Erickson Elementary School was lined with 22 orange shirts on Sept. 30 in honour of Orange Shirt Day. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)

B.C. teachers to wear orange shirts to honour children found dead at residential school

Discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children was confirmed by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation

FILE – The fence of Erickson Elementary School was lined with 22 orange shirts on Sept. 30 in honour of Orange Shirt Day. (Aaron Hemens - Creston Valley Advance)
Agassiz Elementary Secondary School shows of a display of the class of 2021. Grads will have their individual moments to shine June 3 to 5, capped off with an Agassiz-Harrison-wide grad parade. (Photo/Greg Lawley)

AESS class of 2021 prepares for graduation

Individual ceremonies take place June 3 to 5

Agassiz Elementary Secondary School shows of a display of the class of 2021. Grads will have their individual moments to shine June 3 to 5, capped off with an Agassiz-Harrison-wide grad parade. (Photo/Greg Lawley)
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Rod Peters receives accolades from Board of Education at retirement

Peters was the district’s Indigenous Education Coordinator

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Balan Moorthy, Superintendent of Schools (right) presented Rod Peters with a carved eagle feather inlaid with abalone. (Submitted)

Rod Peters receives accolades from Board of Education at retirement

Peters was the district’s Indigenous Education Coordinator

Balan Moorthy, Superintendent of Schools (right) presented Rod Peters with a carved eagle feather inlaid with abalone. (Submitted)
AESS grads raise money for graduation fees during a sunny Sunday car wash. The community came together to support the class of 2021 and the grad committee was very thankful for donations. (Photos/Nicole Pope)

AESS 2021 grads scrub the suds away in Sunday car wash fundraiser

Community support helped fund graduation fees, grad committee said

AESS grads raise money for graduation fees during a sunny Sunday car wash. The community came together to support the class of 2021 and the grad committee was very thankful for donations. (Photos/Nicole Pope)
The Science Fair Fun Run has gone virtual as Sweatin’ for Science, with over 470 participants logging their activity and collecting kilometres while fundraising for The Science Fair Foundation BC.

Science Fair Fun Run Goes Virtual as Sweatin’ for Science

The Science Fair Foundation BC fundraiser will help make science fairs more accessible

  • May 17, 2021
The Science Fair Fun Run has gone virtual as Sweatin’ for Science, with over 470 participants logging their activity and collecting kilometres while fundraising for The Science Fair Foundation BC.
Erik Christian Oun, who worked for the Coquitlam school district, has had his teaching licence suspended for half a year. (Pixabay)

B.C. teacher suspended after calling students ‘cutie’ and ‘sweetheart’ in online messages

Erik Oun’s licence has been suspended for half a year, a decision made by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation

Erik Christian Oun, who worked for the Coquitlam school district, has had his teaching licence suspended for half a year. (Pixabay)
Children walk back to their classroom while wearing masks and physical distancing at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., in October, 2020. A group of B.C. teachers has issued an open letter calling for the relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions for children in B.C. schools. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Group of B.C. teachers calls for easing of pandemic measures for students

Teacher group says ‘response to COVID is out of balance to the cost our youth are paying’

Children walk back to their classroom while wearing masks and physical distancing at St. Barnabas Catholic School in Scarborough, Ont., in October, 2020. A group of B.C. teachers has issued an open letter calling for the relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions for children in B.C. schools. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
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AESS to host fundraising car wash for class of 2021

Car wash takes place on Sunday, May 16

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Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

New Westminster school district votes to immediately cancel police liaison program

Vancouver school district officials have also pulled the program

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back to school, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on Sept. 2, 2020. Uniformed police officers will no longer be assigned to Vancouver public schools after trustees voted to end its school liaison officer program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trustees vote to end program assigning uniformed police officers to Vancouver schools

Trustees voted eight to one Monday in favour of a motion to halt the program at the end of June.

A physical distancing sign is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver on Sept. 2, 2020. Uniformed police officers will no longer be assigned to Vancouver public schools after trustees voted to end its school liaison officer program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A teacher-librarian in Nanaimo was fired in 2019 for checking out an age-inappropriate graphic novel to a student. The discipline agreement was published Wednesday, April 21. (News Bulletin file photo)

B.C. teacher-librarian fired for checking out too-graphic graphic novel to student

Teacher had been previously disciplined and suspended on two occasions

A teacher-librarian in Nanaimo was fired in 2019 for checking out an age-inappropriate graphic novel to a student. The discipline agreement was published Wednesday, April 21. (News Bulletin file photo)
B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom is offering free school tours of The Pencil Patch learning garden in Abbotsford in April, May and June.

Agriculture in the Classroom offers free school tours at learning garden

The Pencil Patch in Abbotsford provides 15 outdoor learning stations

B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom is offering free school tours of The Pencil Patch learning garden in Abbotsford in April, May and June.
Coquihalla elementary Grade 1 teacher Jenny Mossey hands out saplings to students at Rotary Park for them to plant themselves, on April 13, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Coquihalla students pitch in with Rotary Park re-planting efforts

Popular Hope park trail improved after trees with root rot removed

Coquihalla elementary Grade 1 teacher Jenny Mossey hands out saplings to students at Rotary Park for them to plant themselves, on April 13, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
John Koopman passed away in May 2020. The current school board is looking into restructuring the board, which means the future of the vacancy left by Koopman is uncertain. (Photo/Barry Stewart)

By-election to fill Koopman’s seat on hold

Fraser-Cascade board to consider restructuring

John Koopman passed away in May 2020. The current school board is looking into restructuring the board, which means the future of the vacancy left by Koopman is uncertain. (Photo/Barry Stewart)
Teachers from SD42 and other districts in the Lower Mainland flocked to Surrey on Tuesday in the hopes of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. (Sheelagh Brothers/Twitter)

Don’t line up for vaccines unless asked to come, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

Social media post shows teachers lining up outside of Surrey clinic for leftover doses

Teachers from SD42 and other districts in the Lower Mainland flocked to Surrey on Tuesday in the hopes of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. (Sheelagh Brothers/Twitter)
Teacher Elisa Infusini and her grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Teacher Elisa Infusini and her grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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B.C. teacher banned from teaching younger students after showing age-inappropriate movies

Teacher showed multiple inappropriate movies and failed to supervise students

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Pro-SOGI 123 rally in front of the Chilliwack school board office in January 2018, about the same time the BCTF filed a complaint against Barry Neufeld for his comments against SOGI 123. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Three years later, human rights complaint against Chilliwack trustee still in motion

Human Rights Tribunal moving forward to a hearing against Barry Neufeld

Pro-SOGI 123 rally in front of the Chilliwack school board office in January 2018, about the same time the BCTF filed a complaint against Barry Neufeld for his comments against SOGI 123. (Chilliwack Progress file)
FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. teachers’ union asks officials for COVID data to prove schools are still safe

BCTF president wants province to share criteria for when schools switch between in-person and remote learning

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck