Health & Safety remains a top priority for SD8

COVID-19 Resources available on district website

NELSON - During these unprecedented times, Kootenay Lake School District continues to ensure the health and safety of our students, families and staff remains a top priority.

 A selection of recommended resources and supports dedicated to COVID-19 has been compiled and is now available on the district website: Topics include Mental Health and Wellness, Conflict Management, Self-Care and Digital Parenting.

Parenting during COVID-19 can be challenging with the changes to home, school and work life. Both parents and children may be feeling worried and overwhelmed. Families and students that are in need of further support and/or have questions are encouraged to contact the following school district staff:

Javier Gonzalez, Coordinator of School Mental Health and Addictions

Phone: 250-551-6105

Scott Rothermel, Manager of Safe Schools

Phone: 250-208-1566

It is also important to remember there are existing resources within the community as well as provincial resources dedicated to support the mental health of our students, families and staff. The COVID-19 resources on the district website will continue to evolve as we move away from a state of emergency and return to more typical activities.

While in-school instruction for K-12 was suspended by the Province on March 17th, 2020, the school district has also been organizing to ensure on-going school care and learning opportunities exist for the children of Essential Service Workers.

Initial sites opened April 6th, prioritizing Frontline Medical and Healthcare workers. The district has now expanded this service to include in-school services during school hours for an expanded list of all Essential Workers including (Hospital employees, medical services, pharmacists, law enforcement, fire services, paramedics, licensed daycare providers, social service workers, and childcare workers.)

Beginning Monday April 20th, in-school services for all Essential Service Workers will begin at all Elementary schools in the district: Kootenay Lake School District has also opened this service to parents and caregivers of students with unique needs as well as low income families with no other childcare options. Families are encouraged to contact their school Principal directly.


For more information:

Ben Eaton, Director of Instruction – Innovative Learning Services

About The Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.