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UPDATE: Impasse declared ... no school on Tuesday
As has been widely reported in the media, the two provincial parties were unable to reach an agreement this weekend which would allow schools to open on schedule on Tuesday, September 2nd.  As reported in the Vancouver Sun, mediator Vince Ready said “I just see no basis at this point for meaningful negotiations or mediation, so I’ve just declared an impasse,” he said. “I just don’t see an agreement here at this point.”

Further, he does not anticipate that there will be an agreement that will result in students being able to attend school in the first week of the new school year.  It is important to note that Mr. Ready will remain involved in the process, and will keep in touch daily with the parties to determine if and when conditions will be created which could break the current impasse.

Our school district will continue to provide the most up to date information to parents that we can on our website and facebook page on this regrettable and unfortunate situation.  We encourage parents to become informed about the important issues being discussed by reviewing the information on both the BCTF (www.bctf.ca) and BCPSEA (www.bcpsea.bc.ca) websites.

Our board and district staff remain very concerned that the parties are unable to reach an agreement so that our 6,000, as well as students from around the province, can be back in school and learning.

Minister of Education issues statement . . .
The Ministry of Education issued a statement on Saturday about the ongoing teacher labour dispute. It can be read by clicking here.

Government announces support program . . .
The Ministry of Finance recently announced the Temporary Education Support for Parents to help with learning and supervision in the event the labour disruption goes into September. More details on how parents can apply will be made available in the coming weeks. The Temporary Education Support for Parents is a one-time payment available to the primary caregiver, usually the parent, of eligible children under 13 attending B.C. public schools.  ... read more at http://bcparentinfo.ca/parent-support-resources/

New to the school district?
Are you new to the school district and have not yet registered your child(ren) for school?
If your catchment school is being picketed, and you would prefer to register your child by phone, this option will be available. Please call the school principal at your catchment area school.  If the principal is not available, please contact Director of Instruction Wendy Woodhurst at 250 804-7826.
We regret the inconvenience the job action is causing your family.
Thank you for your patience.

Letter to the Ministry of Education and BCTF . . .
The North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education has written a letter to the Ministry of Education and the BCTF expressing its concern about the lack of resolution to the labour dispute and the affect it is having on students. The entire letter can be read here.

Please keep in touch . . .
As this situation is changing daily we will do our best to keep you informed of any developments through the school district’s facebook page, the school district website (www.sd83.bc.ca), the media, and our automated phone system.

Spots still open in late French Immersion
There are some spots still available for Late French Immersion (Grade 6). For further information please contact Silke Yardley at Shuswap Middle School.

2014-15 School Year Calendar
The school year calendar for 2014-15 was recently approved by the North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education. This calendar sets dates for such things as professional development days as well as vacations. To see the complete calendar please click here. It is also available in the Parents and Students section of our website. Click on District School Year Calendar.

Are you using Parent Connect?
Parent Connect is an on-line tool in the school district’s Central Information Management System (CIMS) that helps parents communicate with teachers and schools. Parents can review their child(ren)’s courses, marks and attendance and NEW THIS YEAR, parents can now “digitally sign” some district forms, including Personal Consent, Outside Media Consent, Verification, and Digital Citizenship. Please check it out!

Summer Office Hours. . .
The School District office, located at 220 Shuswap St. In Salmon Arm,  is open from 8 a.m. - noon and from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday from June 30 to August 29. The office will be closed to the public from August 5-8. Regular office hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday0 will resume on September 2. To contact the district office please call  (250) 832-2157.

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If you have educational questions or concerns please contact the School District office at 250 832 2157.

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District News(6)

Do you want to be a school trustee? The Board of Education of School District #83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) OFFICE OF SCHOOL TRUSTEE NOMINATION PACKAGE The 2014 General Local Government Election will be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014. As part of the election proceedings, there will b Full Story...

Trustees meet with MLA Please get back to bargaining and find a negotiated way to end the labour dispute between the government and the BCTF, was the message shared with MLA Greg Kyllo by Board Chair Bobbi Johnson, Vice Chair Chris Coers and Superintendent of Schools Glenn Bort Full Story...

Letter to Minister and BCTF The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District Board of Education has written a letter to the Ministry of Education and BCTF expressing its concern about the affect on students with the ongoing labour dispute. You can read the complete letter here.[Image:lett Full Story...

Properties for Sale The school district has a couple of properties for sale. These include: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTIES FOR SALE Site Description 1. North Broadview RFP 13-06 The 2.98 acre (1.206 ha) Property located at 4480 30th Street North Full Story...

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying Website Every child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence. The ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) Bullying website, www.erasebullying.ca, is here to help. This provincial website includes online a Full Story...

Student Accident Insurance available North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during off-site school activities.~ Accidents can and do happen.~ Some injuries incur medical, dental or other Full Story...