Schools

A B.C. teacher has been banned for 15 years for engaging in inappropriate relationships with former students. (Pixabay)

15-year ban for B.C. teacher who travelled overnight, shared room with recent graduates

Teacher entered into intimate relationship with 1 former student during trip

 

A ball python that was found in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Aug. 5, 2015. A teacher in B.C. was publicly reprimended for bringing his own ball python to class in 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP, Jerry Jackson, The Baltimore Sun)

B.C. teacher disciplined for bringing 3-foot snake to middle school as costume prop

One student didn’t know it was real until it was wrapped around his neck and began to slither

 

A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)

VIDEO: California school district builds affordable housing to attract teachers

Rising rent, teacher shortages piquing districts’ interest in workforce housing

 

Coast Mountains School District 82 released highlights from a self-report questionnaire of students in various grades. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)

Northwest B.C. public school students report lack of well-being: Survey

Grade 8 students lag behind average well-being for B.C. school districts

Coast Mountains School District 82 released highlights from a self-report questionnaire of students in various grades. (Ben Bogstie/Terrace Standard)
Victoria police say an unknown man asked two students to accompany him to his car on Monday afternoon outside Sir James Douglas elementary in Fairfield. (Courtesy Greater Victoria School District)

Suspect sought in possible child luring incident near Victoria school

Man reportedly asked 2 students to accompany him to his vehicle Monday afternoon

Victoria police say an unknown man asked two students to accompany him to his car on Monday afternoon outside Sir James Douglas elementary in Fairfield. (Courtesy Greater Victoria School District)
A letter sent to parents of students at Dunsmuir Middle School said police visited a student’s home and a BB gun was turned in following a safety tip made to the school. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)

BB gun turned in after Colwood school receives safety tip

RCMP visited a student’s home where the BB gun was turned in

A letter sent to parents of students at Dunsmuir Middle School said police visited a student’s home and a BB gun was turned in following a safety tip made to the school. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
Beedie Luminaries founder Ryan Beedie announces the 2022 recipients of $6.2 million worth of scholarships for 140 high school graduates and 17 single parents in B.C., including four Grade 12 students from Greater Victoria. (Courtesy of Beedie Luminaries)

4 Greater Victoria students receive ‘life-changing’ award

Exceptional high school grads get up to $40,000 for post-secondary

Beedie Luminaries founder Ryan Beedie announces the 2022 recipients of $6.2 million worth of scholarships for 140 high school graduates and 17 single parents in B.C., including four Grade 12 students from Greater Victoria. (Courtesy of Beedie Luminaries)
A B.C. high school teacher has been banned from practising in the province for life for having a sexual relationship with a student. (Credit: Pixabay)

B.C. high school teacher banned for life for sexual relationship with student

Teacher pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation in 2019

A B.C. high school teacher has been banned from practising in the province for life for having a sexual relationship with a student. (Credit: Pixabay)
A classroom in Scarborough, Ont., on September 14, 2020. A North Vancouver School District teacher was suspended for five days in May 2022 for taking inappropriate actions against his elementary school students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. elementary school teacher suspended for cracking backs, pinching trapeziuses

Students called the one moved the ‘back-breaker,’ and several said it was painful

A classroom in Scarborough, Ont., on September 14, 2020. A North Vancouver School District teacher was suspended for five days in May 2022 for taking inappropriate actions against his elementary school students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A W.L. McLeod student wearing a mask in a school bus. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

UPDATE: Northern B.C. school to no longer acknowledge Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Elementary school adopts more inclusive approach to activities on those days

A W.L. McLeod student wearing a mask in a school bus. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Esquimalt High School is bringing musical theatre back for the first time since the pandemic with a production of Mamma Mia! (Photo Courtesy of Esquimalt High School/Facebook)
Esquimalt High School is bringing musical theatre back for the first time since the pandemic with a production of Mamma Mia! (Photo Courtesy of Esquimalt High School/Facebook)
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B.C. teacher reprimanded for angrily telling her class a student was failing

Teacher regulatory body document states Jasmine Kaur also ‘pulled on’ the student’s arm

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Long-time volunteer in the garden at Strawberry Vale Elementary, Sylvia Samborski, said it is magical to see children interacting hands-on with nature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Strawberry Vale Elementary students restore native species garden in Saanich for Earth Week

Teachers team up to provide remediation opportunities for the students

Long-time volunteer in the garden at Strawberry Vale Elementary, Sylvia Samborski, said it is magical to see children interacting hands-on with nature. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A B.C. teacher is banned for 10 years after inappropriately communicating with at least four students in Grades 8 to 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. teacher dealt 10-year ban for inappropriate communication with 4 students

Joseph James Hizon Arnesto taught Grades 7 to 12 at an independent B.C. school

A B.C. teacher is banned for 10 years after inappropriately communicating with at least four students in Grades 8 to 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
W.L. McLeod Elementary students in Vanderhoof spent a Thursday morning last June remediating the community’s new rainbow crosswalk that was recently damaged by a large burnout. (Photo by Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Vanderhoof moves to install surveillance cameras at rainbow crosswalk

The crosswalk has been repeatedly vandalized by drivers performing burnouts on it

W.L. McLeod Elementary students in Vanderhoof spent a Thursday morning last June remediating the community’s new rainbow crosswalk that was recently damaged by a large burnout. (Photo by Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Court denies challenge of government decision to lift mask mandate in Alberta schools

Judge rejects Alberta Federation of Labour appeal, citing ‘no evidence of irreparable harm’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A draft plan written for the Saanich Board of Education highlights key focus areas for the next five years. (Google Maps)

Saanich Board of Education seeks input on draft five-year strategic plan

Public invited to take online survey, comments welcomed until Feb. 25

A draft plan written for the Saanich Board of Education highlights key focus areas for the next five years. (Google Maps)
Dave Eberwein, superintendent of schools for School District 63, says the district is not reporting COVID-19 cases on school-by-school basis because it does not receive that information, as per new protocols designed in response to the Omicron variant. (Google Streetview)

Saanich School District monitors absentee levels; no school close to functional closure

SD63 does not have school-specific COVID case numbers, superintendent says

Dave Eberwein, superintendent of schools for School District 63, says the district is not reporting COVID-19 cases on school-by-school basis because it does not receive that information, as per new protocols designed in response to the Omicron variant. (Google Streetview)
FILE Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Staffing shortages, COVID-19 lead to postponement of B.C. provincial exams

Education ministry assures students that postponement will not affect university admissions

FILE Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)

Northern Vancouver Island high school announces ‘functional closure’

‘This closure is due to the shortage of staff and the inability to cover these staff shortages’

North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)