Flags at half-mast on Tuesday

Flags at SD83 school will be flying at half-mast on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to mark The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This day is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, centre the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviours.

More information is available here
Premier’s statement on National Day of Remembrance

Teen assaulted in Sicamous

SD83 would like to make parents and students aware of an incident which took place in Sicamous on Friday afternoon.

According to an RCMP press release a 14-year-old youth was sexually assaulted near Parkview Elementary School and Parkland Mall in Sicamous.

Sicamous RCMP say the victim, a 14-year-old youth was walking with her 13-year-old friend when the assault occurred on October 21 at 4:30 pm. They were approached by an unknown man who asked them, Hey, do you know… Without finishing the sentence, he grabbed the 14-year-old. Both youths began screaming and the man released his grip allowing them to be able to run away.

Police are now looking for the man who is described as: Caucasian, approximately 40 years of age, no facial hair, wearing a black toque, black zip-up jacket, and sunglasses.

These youth did everything correctly by screaming and running free. They were able to provide a description of the man. We commend their bravery, says Sgt. Murray McNeil in the press release, in charge of the Sicamous RCMP Detachment. Anyone with information on the incident, or who may have been in the area, is asked to call the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878.

Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger adds because of the concerning incident in Sicamous, a letter is being sent home to parent/guardians/caregivers and supports are being put in place in Sicamous schools. She is also asking that parents/guardians/caregivers please have a conversation with their child(ren) regarding what to do if approached by a stranger.

View RCMP Release Here

Rumours untrue

Recently there have been rumours about “cameras in student washrooms” that have generated some calls and emails to School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) and some of its schools.

“I want to assure everyone that these rumours are untrue and unfounded,” states Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger. “SD83 is committed to student safety, privacy, well-being and learning. We are grateful for those concerned stakeholders who reached out to us from a place of positive intent.”

S83 is currently enjoying a school start up filled with renewed optimism and hope. “Our intention is to continue this positivity through the 2022-23 school year as we focus on keeping students first.”

Kriger asks that if parents do hear these types of rumours/information please take the time to check with your school principal to ensure the information is indeed accurate.

Storage contained cleaned up in prep for rebuild

Concern over gym equipment which was disposed of by Pleasant Valley Secondary School in early July has recently been raised.

Secretary-Treasurer Dale Culler wants to assure the public that this was not serviceable equipment and the disposal followed school district policy.

“The equipment which was disposed of was at the end of its life and was removed from service at the school over quite a number of years. It has been stored in an onsite portable container.”

“With the upcoming rebuild of the gym, school staff were looking for a location to store the equipment currently in use and decided it was long past time to clean out the storage container.”

“The equipment disposed was determined by staff not to be usable by our students.”

Staff followed Board Regulation 4050.02R, which sets out how surplus assets are disposed of (SD83 Policy Binder pages 133-34).

As mentioned, the storage container was being cleaned out to make room for physical education equipment currently being used by students as it will need to be stored in a new location. 

The request for proposal for the demolition of the PVSS gym will be closing soon, with plans to rebuild as soon as this is complete.

The district is planning construction of the new $15.85 million gym will begin in Winter 2023, and hopefully open for students to enjoy in Winter 2024. The gym will be constructed according to LEED Gold standards and will include energy-efficient design elements. In addition, the gym is being built with non-combustible exterior materials to make the building more climate resilient and better able to withstand a wildfire.