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It’s back to school season, which means school zones are back in effect (Black Press File Photo)

MAP: School zones back in effect across Greater Victoria

An interactive map helps drivers remember where school zones are activated

It’s back to school season, which means school zones are back in effect (Black Press File Photo)
More and more students across Greater Victoria school districts are enrolling in French immersion programs. (Contributed)

Record-breaking number of Greater Victoria students enrolled in French immersion programs

Enrolment has been increasing for 21 consecutive years across the province

More and more students across Greater Victoria school districts are enrolling in French immersion programs. (Contributed)
Parents at George Jay Elementary are advocating for the change of the school’s name after learning of its namesake’s history. (File photo)

Parents advocate for change of George Jay Elementary name, citing racist history

The namesake was an advocate for the segregation of Chinese-Canadian students

Parents at George Jay Elementary are advocating for the change of the school’s name after learning of its namesake’s history. (File photo)
The Greater Victoria Crossing Guard Association (GVCGA) is asking the City of Victoria for more funding to cover crossing guard duties from September 2019 to June 2020 (Black Press File Photo)

Greater Victoria Crossing Guard Association faces funding shortage after taking over in 2018

Victoria crossing guards request more funds from City of Victoria

The Greater Victoria Crossing Guard Association (GVCGA) is asking the City of Victoria for more funding to cover crossing guard duties from September 2019 to June 2020 (Black Press File Photo)
Students at George Jay Elementary will no longer have a music room as of this September. (File contributed/ Fernwood NRG)

Loss of music room at George Jay Elementary School hits sour note with PAC

Starting in September 2019 the music room will be converted into a classroom

Students at George Jay Elementary will no longer have a music room as of this September. (File contributed/ Fernwood NRG)
South Park Family School PAC chair Jenn Sutton says the parent participation model might “fade” once the more than a century-old facility becomes a catchment school. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

South Park parents disapointed in SD61’s decision to remove programs of choice

Elementary school to become a catchment facility by 2020/2021 school year

South Park Family School PAC chair Jenn Sutton says the parent participation model might “fade” once the more than a century-old facility becomes a catchment school. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
City council will hear suggestions about shifting plans for two turf fields at Topaz Park, to one at Topaz and one at Vic High. Photographed, the City of Delta is took steps to build a second artificial turf sports field at Mackie park. (File photo)

City considers shifting plans at Topaz Park to install turf field at Vic High

Splitting design costs for two separate fields would save time and money, staff say

City council will hear suggestions about shifting plans for two turf fields at Topaz Park, to one at Topaz and one at Vic High. Photographed, the City of Delta is took steps to build a second artificial turf sports field at Mackie park. (File photo)
Students from Janet Langston’s Grade 3 and 4 class at Margaret Jenkins elementary celebrate the school’s efforts to remove invasive species from Trafalgar Park (below King George Terrace). The park was covered in gorse and blackberry and wild flowers and roses are now thriving. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Elementary students restore, reclaim neighbourhood park

Margaret Jenkins students 2.5 years into restoration

Students from Janet Langston’s Grade 3 and 4 class at Margaret Jenkins elementary celebrate the school’s efforts to remove invasive species from Trafalgar Park (below King George Terrace). The park was covered in gorse and blackberry and wild flowers and roses are now thriving. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
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)
Const. Sandrine Perry with another police officer. Perry will be leading a number of yoga classes in schools. (Oak Bay Police File)

Yoga cop teaches Oak Bay youngsters about health and wellness

School liaison Const. Sandrine Perry is taking her yoga classes to the schools she works with

Const. Sandrine Perry with another police officer. Perry will be leading a number of yoga classes in schools. (Oak Bay Police File)
Greater Victoria schools to see more than $4.4 million in upgrades

Greater Victoria schools to see more than $4.4 million in upgrades

Province announces $206 million for B.C. school upgrades

Greater Victoria schools to see more than $4.4 million in upgrades
SD61 wrapped up its public consultation on proposed catchment changes with a third open house on Tuesday night. (File photo)

SD61 wraps up public consultation on catchment changes with final open house

Proposed catchment boundary changes in Victoria brought hundreds of parents out for discussion

SD61 wrapped up its public consultation on proposed catchment changes with a third open house on Tuesday night. (File photo)
UK school children stage a one day walk-out in protest at world governments’ slow response to climate change. Many of their teachers and Principals attended the demonstrations in solidarity. (Nick Ansell/Associated Press)

What would happen if Greater Victoria students went on strike?

Mass student walk-outs are taking place around the world, local districts react

UK school children stage a one day walk-out in protest at world governments’ slow response to climate change. Many of their teachers and Principals attended the demonstrations in solidarity. (Nick Ansell/Associated Press)
Parents were concerned about the future of their children who attend Victor School for inclusive learning as it was proposed to become a regular stream elementary with a local catchment for 2020. (Google Maps)

Victor School to remain as specialized education facility

After a unanimous vote SD61 opted to exempt Victor School from Victoria catchment boundary changes

Parents were concerned about the future of their children who attend Victor School for inclusive learning as it was proposed to become a regular stream elementary with a local catchment for 2020. (Google Maps)
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SD61 looking to have Oak Bay High rugby field repaired

District issues second request for bids to solve drainage issues

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District secretary-treasurer Mark Walsh (right) spoke with concerned South Park Family School parents on Wednesday night. (File contributed/ Rich Fleming)

Victoria parents want SD61 to ‘start over’ with catchment planning

Parents felt unheard after the first open house meeting

District secretary-treasurer Mark Walsh (right) spoke with concerned South Park Family School parents on Wednesday night. (File contributed/ Rich Fleming)
The modular classrooms at Ecole Willows School are just about complete. Mark Walsh, secretary-treasurer of SD61, is pretty confident that students will be able to move in by Remembrance Day. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Neighbours concerned over lack Willows School consultations

Residents worry field will turn into a trailer park without input

The modular classrooms at Ecole Willows School are just about complete. Mark Walsh, secretary-treasurer of SD61, is pretty confident that students will be able to move in by Remembrance Day. (Keri Coles/News staff)
Kindergarten registration for School District 61 begins on Monday. (Pixabay)

Kindergarten registration for SD61 starts on Monday

Parents and Guardians of Greater Victoria students must register their kids in their catchments

Kindergarten registration for School District 61 begins on Monday. (Pixabay)
Central middle school will no longer host late entry French immersion for Grade 6 students beginning in 2019. (Google Streetview)

Parents furious as late French immersion ends at Central Middle School

Late French immersion moves from Central to Shoreline in View Royal

Central middle school will no longer host late entry French immersion for Grade 6 students beginning in 2019. (Google Streetview)
The Greater Victoria Teachers Association is calling for school liaisons to come back. (File photo)

Greater Victoria teachers want school liaison officers back

Teachers say there have been violent incidents at schools where preventative care is necessary

The Greater Victoria Teachers Association is calling for school liaisons to come back. (File photo)