STORM UPDATE - Some water and power problems
UPDATE: 11:20 a.m., Thursday, May 25
Wouldn't you know it . . . power has now been restored to the Sicamous schools! Enjoy the day and school will resume, at the usual time, on Friday.

Update 10:15 a.m., Thursday, May 25
Hydro had no estimated time to restore power to the schools in Sicamous so those two schools are being closed for the day.
Students at Eagle River Secondary are being dismissed as soon as parents are notified and a bus will be arriving to take bus students home at 10:45 a.m. At Parkview Elementary parents are being notified and bus students will be taken home at 10:45 a.m.
Please check the school district's website or Facebook page for further updates.
Thanks.

Update 9:17 a.m., Thursday, May 25
It has been a busy morning for the school district's Operations department with water problems at North Canoe Elementary and power outages at both schools in Sicamous (Parkview Elementary and Eagle River Secondary).
The water problem at North Canoe is being resolved and classes will continue.
Operations is gathering information on the expected length of the power outage in Sicamous. An update will be provided when more complete information is known (estimated time for update 10 a.m.).

Update 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 24:
After inspecting many of the trouble sites for bus routes tonight, Operations manager Trevor Betther reports that parents should expect bus delays in some areas of the school district again on Thursday, May 25. "Work is being done but in some areas more clean up as needed, and in some, crews haven't even got there yet."
He notes there will also be bus detours around some areas with routes being similar to Wednesday in such areas as 60th in Gleneden, parts of Lakeshore Rd, parts of Mallory Road, Gardom Lake and Edger Rds as well as Hidden Valley Road and Line 17. "There are problems scattered around the district," he noted.
On the bright side Sunnybrae Road is now open and the bus will be able to resume its regular route. If you have questions please contact Operations anytime after 7 a.m. at (250) 832-9415.

Update 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24:
Operations manager Trevor Bettcher reports that if your child's bus couldn't get through this morning there is a good chance it won't be able to this afternoon either.  Highways contractor JPW confirmed the following roads will still be closed for this afternoon's school bus routes:
• Edgar Rd is closed from Mackenzie Rd up;
• Mallory Rd from Musgrave Rd; and
• Sunnybrae from the TransCanada Hwy.
BC Hydro has not made it to those sites yet, and they were not able to provide the school district with any information on any of the other roads that were closed this morning so the transportation department is assuming if the bus run couldn't make it through in the morning it will not be running this afternoon.
If routes for Thursday, May 25 are still being impacted a further update will be provided, either later tonight or by 7 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Thanks for your patience.

Update 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24:
Operations manager Trevor Bettcher reports there were transportation issues in Trinity Valley, Sunnybrae, Mallory Rd, Riverside and Line 17. The transportation department is checking with B.C. Hydro and road crews to see if any problems are anticipated for the afternoon bus runs. Any additional information will be posted here. Thanks for your patience.

Update 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24:
Operations manager Trevor Bettcher reports there were transportation issues in Trinity Valley, Sunnybrae, Mallory Rd, Riverside and Line 17. The transportation department is checking with B.C. Hydro and road crews to see if any problems are anticipated for the afternoon bus runs. Any additional information will be posted here. Thanks for your patience.

Updated 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 24:
Please be aware! Bus drivers are reporting roads are closed in many locations around the school district. Transportation is busy manually calling parents as the storm took out some of our software programs but it could take a little while. Buses may be unable to reach the bus stops so please ensure the safety of your child!

7:15 am Wednesday, May 24:
With last night's storm some school buses may be running a little late, or in the case of part of the Sunnybrae area, not at all. Transportation will be notifying anyone on routes where buses are unable to travel to. Please, if your area was hard hit by the storm, ensure the safety of the area near your child's bus stop! At this time it appears all of our schools have power and are open. Will update if new information is received.
Thanks so much!

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20170419_95945_0.jpgGold Medal Winner headed to nationals
Pleasant Valley Secondary School student Dan Danley is headed to the national Skills Canada event set for Regina from May 31 to June 3, 2017.
Dan qualified in the autobody competition by winning hold at the provincial Skills Canada event in Abbotsford on April 5.
Also at the provincials Cassie Mceown of A.L. Fortune won bronze at the event, also in autobody.
District Career Supervisor Mark Marino commented the students were excellent ambassadors for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District and even though not all won medals they all did excellent work. "I'd like to extend my congratulations to Dan and Cassie as well as to Kaileigh Miller (hairdressing) and Jay Peterson (cabinetry)."

Staying Connected with Official Trustee Mike McKay . . .
The May, 2017 edition of Official Trustee Mike McKay's newsletter to the community, Staying Connected, is now available by clicking here.

School Year Calendars
Wondering about holidays and days off for the school year? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar.
Planning ahead? The 2017-18 calendar is available here.

StrongStart for newborns to age 5 and their parents or caregivers
StrongStart is a free school-based program that provides play-based early learning opportunities for children (0 to 5 years old) and their parents or caregivers. Click here for brochure.
Our full-time StrongStart programs run five days a week for three hours a day at the following locations: District Education Support Centre (Salmon Arm), South Broadview Elementary (Salmon Arm), MV Beattie Elementary (Enderby), Highland Park Elementary (Armstrong), and Parkview Elementary (Sicamous). Families are welcome to drop in for all or just part of the program on any day the program is running. There are also part-time programs at Sorrento, Falkland and North Shuswap.
Please note that in order to accommodate the construction schedule at Carlin, the StrongStart program at Carlin will be moved to Sorrento on Mondays starting in September until construction is completed (likely December or January). At that time, the Carlin StrongStart program will then move back to Carlin and run on Mondays.
 “We are so fortunate to have such an awesome team of Early Childhood Educators!” comments Early Learning Co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay.
For more information about StrongStart or other early learning programs please look for Early Learners under the drop down menu for Parents and Students on this website or call co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay at 250 833 2095. The 2016-17 StrongStart schedule is  available here.

Office Hours . . .
The District Education Support Centre (DESC) is located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can be reached at (250) 832-2157.

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