Students and families across School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) are getting ready for the new school year. Students are anticipating seeing friends again, adjusting to a new classroom or a new school, and joining their classmates at welcome assemblies and other back to school events on September 6.

“Our staff and educators are so happy to welcome our students back to each of our schools and programs from kindergarten to Grade 12. We have been working hard to ensure our classrooms, hallways, playgrounds, and virtual spaces are places where students feel safe, nurtured and connected with others so they can focus, learn and excel,” said Trish Smillie, SD8 Superintendent.

“On behalf of our Board of Education I welcome students and families back to another school year. The first day of school will be an exciting day for families, students and staff. It’s also an exciting day for trustees because as elected officials we are reminded of the 4,700 human reasons we advocate on behalf of students and families for high quality education across our district,” said SD8 Board of Education Chair Lenora Trenaman.

SD8 reminds families that instructional hours on Tuesday, September 6 include early dismissal times, with student bus transportation operating three hours early. Bell times vary at individual schools so families can contact their school for exact drop off and pick up times.

Anyone needing to register their child for school can contact their school principal. All SD8 schools are listed on the district website at Information about dismissal times, busing and principal contact information is on each school’s website.

A reminder that a new school year signals busy playgrounds and SD8’s yellow buses will be back on the road. Drivers are asked to slow down, follow school zone speed limits and watch for children walking, cycling and crossing the street. Drivers are reminded to yield to school buses when they merge into traffic. For more information go to

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