News Stories

2022-03-04

SD8 to Implement Proof of Vaccination Procedure in April instead of March

At a meeting on March 3, the SD8 Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to extend the implementation date of the district’s Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure from March 11 to April 11, 2022. This one-month extension will allow the Board time to consider evolving COVID-19 data and changes to public health directives.

The purpose of the Proof of Vaccination Procedure is to safeguard the health and safety of employees and students from COVID-19.

2022-01-26

Terrible Truths Shared by the Williams Lake First Nation

The recent announcement by the Williams Lake First Nation of 93 unmarked burial sites discovered at the former Williams Lake, St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School adds to the terrible truths of missing children buried at other former residential school sites in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada.

2022-01-20

Board to Require Proof of Vaccination from Employees & Contractors

January 20, 2022, Nelson, BC -

The Board of Education - School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) passed a resolution on January 18 that directs Superintendent Trish Smillie to create and implement a Proof of Vaccination Procedure for all staff and contractors. It will not apply to students.

The purpose of the Proof of Vaccination Procedure is to safeguard the health and safety of employees and students from COVID-19.

2022-01-14

SD8 Takes Next Step Toward Anti-racism Policy

- Partners and public invited to complete online survey

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) invites students, parents, staff and the wider community to share their voices in an online survey. The survey is part of a comprehensive public engagement process initiated by the Board of Education to inform a new policy to address racism.

2022-01-13

SD8 Continues to Follow Provincial COVID-19 Protocols

The past two weeks have been busy for families, students, teachers and other school district staff who have worked together to make sure students safely returned to school, and that we have plans in place for continued learning if school closures occur due to spread of the Omicron variant.

To assist us, the Ministry of Education has shared provincial protocols with school and district administrators and staff so together, we can manage school associated activity in the best way possible.

2021-12-13

Open School BC K-12 Professional Learning Resources

As a follow-up to the Teaching Tenaciously webinar series, Open School BC has created a set of K-12 resources for educators on topics such as trauma-sensitive classroom strategies, student-centred assessment and building compassionate communities. Resources include videos with reflection prompts and activities. Educators can also access a free online course (registration required) with practical strategies for teaching in a blended learning classroom. 

2021-12-13

Family Connections Hub to support families

Services are being improved for children and youth with support needs. In spring 2025, new family connections hubs across the province will offer accessible and inclusive services that are:

Available to all families, no matter where they live
Available from birth to age 19
Gender inclusive, culturally safe and free of stigma

Families will be able to easily and quickly access information or services based on individual needs. A referral or diagnosis will no longer be needed.

2021-12-10

Doors open at Kootenay River Secondary School in Creston

SD8 Board approves permanent name change for secondary school

At the December 7th, SD8 Board meeting, a motion to permanently change the name of the secondary school in Creston was unanimously passed. The school is now officially named the Kootenay River Secondary School.  

“A new name is necessary for a new start” said Principal Brian Hamm, who has been working together this year with a group of educators to find an inclusive name for the school, one that bestows the spirit of reconciliation.