Halloween at North Shuswap Elementary

North Shuswap students will be invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 29th. If a student would like to save their Halloween costume for Halloween night and not wear the costume to school, students can also choose to wear Orange and Black on October 29th. We would like to remind our students and their families of North Shuswap’s guidelines for Halloween costumes:

  • Please ensure costumes are respectful of various races and cultures;
  • Replica weapons (sword, dagger, gun, etc.) should be left at home and saved for Halloween night;
  • Scary costume masks should be left at home and saved for Halloween night;
  • Costumes should follow the school’s dress code in order to be respectful to self and others

In this current day and age, we have to be very careful with students bringing replica weapons to school or wearing masks at school.  There is a lot of sensitivity (for a variety of reasons) to these types of items and we need to be respectful to all members of our school community, while still providing a fun opportunity for students to celebrate the day in their Halloween costumes.

If there is a chance your son or daughter will become uncomfortable in his/her costume during the day, we are encouraging those students to bring a change of clothes to put on later in the day.  During the day, we would like all students to act responsibly with their costumes, to ensure that none of the costumes get ruined before Halloween night.

Classroom teachers will be deciding how their classrooms will celebrate Halloween, and make plans appropriate for the age group.  If you have any specific questions regarding the classroom activities, please contact your child’s teacher.

*Masks will still need to be worn by students while indoors at school, so please be aware that face make-up may not hold up*

Our school believes in healthy eating, we would like to strongly recommend that all students save their Halloween treats to be eaten and enjoyed at home, after school.  Thank you for support!

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION DURING COVID-19

We are all doing our part to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to students being back in school. If your child will not be riding the bus, we ask that you call the Operations Department at 250-832-9415 or email operations@sd83.bc.ca to advise. It is very important that all drivers have an up-to-date passenger list at all times.

Below are instructions for students to safely ride their school bus during COVID-19.

1. Students who are sick will need to be kept home. Students who develop symptoms while at school will not be permitted to return home on a school bus and should be picked up by a parent or guardian. We are not able to transport students who are ill or showing symptoms.

2. Parents will be responsible for their child’s safety at the bus stop. Parents must remain with their child K-5 until the bus departs in the morning and then again meet their child at the bus in the afternoon.

3. To ensure that your child is as safe as possible, please review safety procedures before riding the bus:

a. Line up with limited contact when waiting for the school bus.

b. Always follow the driver’s instructions.

c. When loading onto the bus, go to the furthest available seat unless the driver instructs otherwise.

d. When unloading the bus, wait until the seat in front has moved before you get up to go, ensure physical distancing is observed.

e. When space is available students will be seated in the window seat away from the aisle.

f. When possible bus routes will utilize a strict seating plan that reflects cohort and family groupings.

g. No eating or drinking (except water) on the school bus.

4. School Buses will not be accepting unregistered riders which includes after-school friends coming home with a bus student. Alternate transportation will need to be arranged in those cases.

5. Students from grades 6-12 will be required to wear masks while riding the school bus as directed by the Ministry of Education.

6. Your child will receive an updated ‘Procedure and Code of Conduct for Bus Students’ form from their bus driver. Please review front and back of form with your child and return the signed bottom portion to the bus driver as soon as possible.

In order to keep students and staff as safe as possible, we will require bus students to follow the above rules very closely to avoid the risk of losing their busing privileges. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping everyone safe.

**PLEASE NOTE: Your child’s school bus driver has the option to wear a surgical mask while driving their bus as well as a face shield/safety glasses when the bus is stopped, and although this has become normal practice for some, please prepare your child for this change in their bus driver’s attire.

As this is an ever changing environment, Ministry needs may change as the school year progresses.