Back to school start times from School District 20.

Back to school start times from School District 20.

Back to school start time for SD20

Class in session: school starts Tuesday, Sept. 3 for those in School District 20.

For many children (and perhaps some teachers) it probably feels as if the summer flew by, but there we have it. Barring any job action, the start of a new school year will be Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Here is some helpful information, found on the School District 20 website for all those heading back to classes.

All School District 20 schools will be open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3 for the registration of students new to the district and for any local Kindergarten and Grade One pupils not previously registered. Students will report for instruction on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at times noted below.

It was be a shortened day for students (buses will run accordingly) which will allow students an opportunity to become acquainted with their school, while at the same time enabling teachers to finalize their preparations for Wednesday, Sept. 4, the first full day of instruction.

Kindergarten students will have gradual entry over the first week and a half, so please contact your school for those times.

Home Schooled Students

As per the School Act and Regulations, parents/guardians who choose to school their children at home are advised that they MUST register their children by Sept. 30 with a public school in the school district, a distance education school or an independent school in the province.

Trail/Castlegar & Area School Buses

For bussing information, please call 250-365-8331 or 250-364-2224. Bus schedules may also be viewed on the district website: www.sd20.bc.ca/transportation.html

School Fees Schools may charge fees for: school supplies; the rental of musical instruments; tools, equipment and materials for personal use or for participation in a trades program; optional field trips and special events; and, specialty ‘academy’ costs. Each school has a financial hardship policy — please contact your principal for more information. School fees and school supply lists may be viewed on the district website: www.sd20.bc.ca/school-fees.145.html

Deb McIntosh, director of the Community Harvest Food Bank in Castlegar, also posted information via Facebook reminding food bank clients can register to tap into a cache of school supplies that have been donated.