Greater Victoria School District

The Greater Victoria School District offers online mental health resources to help students navigate the COVID-19 crisis. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19: Victoria school district’s mental health ‘snapshots’ offer coping tools for youth

Online resources focus on relationships, anxiety, depression and more

The Greater Victoria School District offers online mental health resources to help students navigate the COVID-19 crisis. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria School District expects demand will rise for its essential workers’ school care program, which offers care 12 hours per day from Monday to Friday. (Courtesy of SD61)

About 80 children of essential workers attend SD61 school care program

Demand expected to rise for school-aged kids of health care, emergency workers

The Greater Victoria School District expects demand will rise for its essential workers’ school care program, which offers care 12 hours per day from Monday to Friday. (Courtesy of SD61)
Grade 11 student Jaqi Hinkle of Mount Douglas secondary is among the Greater Victoria students eager to complete the school year and stay on track or, in the case of Grade 12 students, to graduate. (Zoom Screenshot)                                Grade 11 student Jaqi Hinkle of Mount Douglas secondary is among the Greater Victoria students eager to complete the school year and stay on track or, in the case of Grade 12 students, to graduate. (Zoom Screenshot)

Parents not teachers, rather facilitators, says Victoria school board chair

Technology just one solution to continuing education amid COVID-19 pandemic

Grade 11 student Jaqi Hinkle of Mount Douglas secondary is among the Greater Victoria students eager to complete the school year and stay on track or, in the case of Grade 12 students, to graduate. (Zoom Screenshot)                                Grade 11 student Jaqi Hinkle of Mount Douglas secondary is among the Greater Victoria students eager to complete the school year and stay on track or, in the case of Grade 12 students, to graduate. (Zoom Screenshot)
With the help of community partners, the Greater Victoria School District is providing about 10,000 weekly meals to vulnerable families during the COVID-19 crisis. (Twitter/SD61)

COVID-19: School-based lunch programs expand to feed thousands during crisis

SD61 and community partners provide meals to 1,000 families per week

With the help of community partners, the Greater Victoria School District is providing about 10,000 weekly meals to vulnerable families during the COVID-19 crisis. (Twitter/SD61)
The Greater Victoria School District is seeking public input. (Black Press File Photo)
The Greater Victoria School District is seeking public input. (Black Press File Photo)
Campus View Elementary remains open to 440 students during a $4.2 million seismic upgrade. (Sarah Schuchard)

Campus View Elementary undergoes $4.2 million in seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary undergoes significant seismic upgrades

Campus View Elementary remains open to 440 students during a $4.2 million seismic upgrade. (Sarah Schuchard)
Board members of the Greater Victoria School District have voted to change the name of George Jay Elementary. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)

Greater Victoria School District will rename George Jay Elementary

The board will develop a committee to choose a new name

Board members of the Greater Victoria School District have voted to change the name of George Jay Elementary. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)
The Greater Victoria School District is having its kindergarten registration Jan. 20-24. (Black Press Media File Photo).
The Greater Victoria School District is having its kindergarten registration Jan. 20-24. (Black Press Media File Photo).
George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if its parental advisory council pushes forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)

Victoria residents divided over changing school name due to its racist history

50 per cent of survey respondents favour changing name of George Jay Elementary

George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if its parental advisory council pushes forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)
Island Health warns parents to keep up on immunizations to prevent illnesses like whooping cough. (Pixabay)

Island Health warns of whooping cough at Esquimalt’s Macaulay Elementary

Island Health is urging parents to watch out for signs, and to keep immunizations updated

Island Health warns parents to keep up on immunizations to prevent illnesses like whooping cough. (Pixabay)
George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if the public pushes it forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)

School district launches survey for George Jay Elementary name change

The Greater Victoria School District wants to take public cues before decisions are made

George Jay Elementary may have its name changed if the public pushes it forward. (File contributed/Fernwood NRG)
Michael Yakubowich, a former PAC veteran at Willow’s Elementary School is one of hundreds of parents against the idea of using the school’s field for daycare space (News Staff)

Parents protest childcare spaces at Willows Elementary in Oak Bay

Plans put forward by SD61 would place two buildings on the school’s field

Michael Yakubowich, a former PAC veteran at Willow’s Elementary School is one of hundreds of parents against the idea of using the school’s field for daycare space (News Staff)
A section of Torquay Elementary School’s blacktop is blocked off where service lines were installed. (Keili Bartlett / Black Press Media)

Torquay Elementary changes plans for portable on playground

PAC and School District 61 to discuss where to place a new childcare portable

A section of Torquay Elementary School’s blacktop is blocked off where service lines were installed. (Keili Bartlett / Black Press Media)
Ryan Painter, a local mental health and anti-stigma activist, announced his candidacy for trustee of the Greater Victoria School District in the Oct. 20 election. Photo contributed

Mental health activist running for seat on Greater Victoria School District board

Ryan Painter aims to build better strategies for youth: “We’re in a mental health crisis”

Ryan Painter, a local mental health and anti-stigma activist, announced his candidacy for trustee of the Greater Victoria School District in the Oct. 20 election. Photo contributed
Victoria High School. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Op-Ed: Province must choose education over pricey Vic High upgrade

Taxpayers watchdog Stan Bartlett looks at the costly Vic High seismic upgrade project

  • Jul 8, 2018
Victoria High School. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Greater Victoria School District is looking for public input on the disposition of Vic High. The existing building has been declared in critical need of seismic upgrading, but SD61 is weighing various options, including replacing the school. News file photo

OP-ED: Vic High debate needs a sensible fourth option

Stan Bartlett says spending wisely on Vic High upgrade crucial with other work looming in district

  • Apr 17, 2018
The Greater Victoria School District is looking for public input on the disposition of Vic High. The existing building has been declared in critical need of seismic upgrading, but SD61 is weighing various options, including replacing the school. News file photo
EDITORIAL: Could it be a fond farewell for Vic High?

EDITORIAL: Could it be a fond farewell for Vic High?

City’s iconic high school faces uncertain, but safer future

  • Apr 5, 2018
EDITORIAL: Could it be a fond farewell for Vic High?
Construction activity on a new parking lot behind École Margaret Jenkins elementary is scheduled to commence next Monday and run through spring break. A parent group is calling for a postponement of the work to allow for consultation on whether the paved lot is the best use of the land. Don Denton/Black Press

Parents look to halt spring break paving job at Margaret Jenkins school

New lot part of an enhanced design for portable buildings at school

Construction activity on a new parking lot behind École Margaret Jenkins elementary is scheduled to commence next Monday and run through spring break. A parent group is calling for a postponement of the work to allow for consultation on whether the paved lot is the best use of the land. Don Denton/Black Press
Students were sent home from George Jay elementary on Wednesday after a water main break left the school without running water. Fernwood NRG photo

Victoria water main break forces closure of George Jay elementary for the day

City crews were able to restore water service to school by mid-afternoon

Students were sent home from George Jay elementary on Wednesday after a water main break left the school without running water. Fernwood NRG photo
Greater Victoria School District Trustee Jordan Watters, with Wilder, one of her three children, encourages parents to “talk to kids about gender.” Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Greater Victoria School District moves to support LGBTQ students

Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) resource to inform district curriculum

Greater Victoria School District Trustee Jordan Watters, with Wilder, one of her three children, encourages parents to “talk to kids about gender.” Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
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