If students are not able to socially distance or stay within their educational cohort, both inside MBSS and outside on our campus, they should always wear a mask for the safety of themselves and for others.
Route 29 (Bear Creek) will be an additional mid-day trip added, effective Thursday, Oct 22. This trip will depart the bus stop on Ross Road, at Riffington Place, at 12:10 pm. This will provide MBS students who reside in the Bear Creek area with a transit option when dismissed mid-day. As this trip has been added in addition to regularly schedule service, this trip will not be viewable in the Rider's Guide, online schedules or NextRide.
Route 28 (Shannon Lake/Tallus Ridge) will have an additional midday trip added, effective Monday Sept 21. This trip will depart the bus stop on Ross Road, at Riffington Place, at 12:10 pm. As this trip has been added in addition to regularly schedule service, this trip will not be viewable in the Rider's Guide, online schedules or NextRide.
Now on sale! Deadline to order is Sunday, November 15, midnight. No late orders can be accepted. Click on the following link for the Spiritwear and how to place your order! https://mbssspirit21.itemorder.com/sale
Saturday, October 24 from 9 am to 1 pm. Pickup available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by drop off at Mount Boucherie Secondary this Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. See attached poster: MBSS DANCE BOTTLE DRIVE.pdf
Blocks on Tuesday will be 'B' Block in the morning, and A2 in the afternoon
Hello Everyone –
Please note that we are approximately half of the way through our first Quarter of schooling for the 2020-21 school year. As such, our block rotation will 'flip' with 'B' Block classes being in the morning, and 'A' Block classes being in the afternoon for the rest of the first Quarter.
All Grade 9 students will continue with their same two classes, but will also see a change in block order, with 'B' Block being the morning class.
For our grade 10-12 students, as per our Ministry of Education approved Safety Plan, their educational cohort will change from 'A' Block to 'B' Block.
For grades 10-12:
'B' Block students will attend full time in the morning
'A' block students, for most classes, will attend every second afternoon. (Please note that some classes will be meeting every day)
As well, please note that every afternoon is considered school time. Therefore, all students must be prepared to be in attendance if it is requested by their teachers or administrators. Students who are in specialty programs or who are falling behind in their courses may be asked to attend school on a full time basis.
- Students are encouraged to come into the school upon arrival and go directly to their B Block classrooms.
- Students can eat their lunch in their A block classrooms or can go outside or can leave the school grounds.
- For the safety of everyone, students must wear a mask in all common areas like hallways, the MPR, the Library, the Career Centre etc.
- Students should practice social distancing, at all times.
- Students must wash their hands upon entering the building.
- Wearing masks by all parties has been scientifically proven to reduce the active transmission of the Coronavirus.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our safety protocols as we work to flatten the curve and keep our school community safe!
For Tuesday October 13th, the blocks will be B Block in the morning and A2 in the afternoon.
The MBSS Admin Team
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, Oct 1 from 4-6 pm and Friday, Oct 2 from 1-3 pm. Please contact your student's teacher directly if you wish to set up an appointment. All appointments are virtual and you will be provided with a Zoom link.
Please email Principal Sieben at email@example.com to register for the PAC Meeting and to receive a ZOOM invite.
NO BLOCK "A" CHANGES AFTER SEPTEMBER 11th
The Virtual Grad Ceremony will take place June 25th at 6:00pm
As information about public health measures associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) emerges, we will post it here. Please check frequently for latest messages, updates, and useful links.
Central Okanagan Public Schools' top priority is always the safety of our staff and students. We continue to work closely with local and provincial health authorities to get the latest information and ensure we cooperate with any recommended measures for COVID-19.
We continue to educate on best practices for preventing the spread of viral illness, including frequent and thorough handwashing and encouraging people to stay home from school or work when they show symptoms.
School campuses will remain closed to visitors unless otherwise invited.
If you are an essential service worker (ESW) with a child aged 0-5, please see this news release from the Province of BC for information on how to connect with childcare.
British Columbians can now call 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300 for non-medical information on the virus, including topics such as travel recommendations and social distancing. The line will be manned by service representatives from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and information will be provided in more than 110 languages.
Update June 15
B.C. Grad Video Series - Please Watch Minister Fleming's Twitter and Facebook social media platforms to see the grad video of the day. Videos will be showcased till the end of June and will include local celebrities; including singers, actors and sports players from throughout the province – the videos all share a special message for our 2020 B.C. graduates.
Update May 26
Update May 15
Update May 1
Update April 30
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times. As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities. Please view Dr. Henry's video. Also, Dr. Bonnie Henry along with Minister of Education Rob Fleming, will answer questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on News 1130’s Facebook page from 1 to 2 pm on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130's website.
Update April 17
Update April 15
The new provincial Foundry Virtual Drop-In Counselling service was launched this week offering counselling services to young people ages 12-24 and their families who are living in British Columbia. Foundry is working to ensure all young people across BC have access to the care and support they need, when they need it. Foundry is now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions through chat, phone calls, or video calls!
For more information on how to access the service, what to expect and Q&A content, please access the link below:
Foundry Kelowna Virtual Drop-In Counselling
Practical Tips for Coping Well in Uncertain Times
Letters to Parents
April 17Board of Education Message to Families
April 3Board of Education Message to Families
March 27Ministry of Education Letter to Parents & Guardians
Notify your child's school if they are expected to attend and will not be there. Safe Arrival Absence Reporting has been disabled for the remainder of the school year.
Students must read the posted information to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Mount Boucherie Student Plan
-Attendance is optional, but parents must have registered their students through the School District's survey, or by contacting the school office at 250-870-5101
-Students are responsible for the work given by the teachers
-Students must bring all school supplies that are needed for school that day. Students are not to borrow or share school supplies.
-Please bring a lunch and a full water bottle (Fountains may be turned off)
-School store will have limited pre-packaged food and drink, but will not be serving hot food
-Students who have borrowed technology should not be bringing the technology back and forth from home to school. Please keep the device at home. All technology can be returned during the week of June 22-25.
-Students will be required to wash their hands upon entering the building, and will be encouraged to wash their hands throughout the day
-Students are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and/or 'wipes' to disinfect touchpoints, like desks and chairs etc.
-Students, because they are following our school block order (1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8) every day, will move from classroom to classroom, and can bring supplies to wipe down desks and other touchpoints. Custodians will wipe down touchpoints twice daily. Students are encouraged to wash hands prior to entering each classroom.
-Students will be able to wear masks, but masks will not be provided at school for students
-Students will not be using their lockers in the month of June. Students, who are planning on returning in June, will clean out their locker in the week of June 2-5, 2020. All other lockers will be fully cleaned out by MBSS in the week of June 8 – 12, 2020.
-Students will not be allowed to wander through the building. During class time, students must be in class
-PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS CANCELLED ALL REGULAR BUS ROUTES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE A SCHOOL BUS TO SCHOOL DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE!
SURVEY CLOSES TONIGHT AT 12:00 A.M. (PST) Please click here for information and the link to the survey.
The District has been tasked to provide learning/childcare services to parents that have no other option for childcare, as well as meet the definition below as Essential Service Workers (ESW):
- Tier 1: healthcare workers and emergency responders;
- Tier 2: workers supporting vulnerable populations (e.g. social workers, income assistance workers); utilities workers and workers supporting key supply chain functions (e.g. grocery store workers, warehouse workers); and
- Tier 3: teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare and who are providing care or instruction to children of ESWs
ESWs that can make other arrangements for care with older siblings, partners or other relatives must do so to support the practice of social distancing. Please see below for an update on how the District will be proceeding with its mandate to provide childcare service for ESWs:
- Childcare will only be provided for children from Kindergarten to grade 6.
- If one or more of your children are older than grade 6 and will require childcare due to special needs, this will be assessed on a case by case basis by the school principal and District Student Support Services.
- Childcare will be provided during the hours of 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday.
- We will be endeavoring for this service to be provided in your neighbourhood school.
- Should there be capacity issues and the District is not able to provide service to all parents that meet the ESW definition, the District will be prioritizing service based on the tiers, with Tier 1 workers taking priority. There may be further prioritization within Tier 1 under guidance from the Provincial Government and Health Authority.
- If you are a School District staff member, it is our expectation that the majority of staff will be able to accommodate childcare for their children by working from home. If you work in a position where you cannot work from home, please let your school know when you are contacted next week.
You will be notified by April 3 about the status of childcare for your child(ren). This service will be phased in with priority service expected to commence on April 6.
As all efforts are being dedicated to finalizing plans for safety, learning/childcare for essential service workers and continuity of learning, we please ask that you do not contact the District or your school prior to April 6. You will be provided more details and your school will be in touch with you as soon as planning is completed.
If you have not done so already and believe that you would qualify for this service per above, please go to https://sd23survey.sd23.bc.ca/COVID-19-EW.aspx
Students, Parents, and Guardians;
The end of our semester is rapidly approaching and will end before the end of January. Please note the following important dates:
Thursday January 23rd – This is the final day of classes for grades 10-12. All students should be attending their regular classes.
Friday January 24th – This is a regular day for grade 9 students. All grade 9 students should be attending their regular classes, and the block order is 1/2 & 3/4.
For Grades 10-12 students, no regular classes are scheduled. However, this day is available for teachers to have students attend who have 'incompletes' or who have not fully completed the learning outcomes and assignments or tasks for Semester 1 courses. Teachers will determine if they require a student to attend on this day.
Monday January 27th – This is the first day of Semester 2 (Term 3) and will be a 1/2 & 3/4 day. All students, grades 9-12, will attend classes with their Semester 2 teachers. To request a course change, use the link on the MBS website homepage.
(Please note that not all course changes may be possible, and that all changes need to be completed by February 3rd, 2020.)
2020-21 Course Selection Timeline –
All MBSS students are responsible to log in to MyEd and complete course selections. (More information will be given at the presentations listed below.)
- Student-Family Presentation Monday February 3rd at 6:00pm in the MBSS multi-purpose room
- Student-Family Presentation Tuesday February 4th at 6:00pm at the WFN Youth Centre -1880 Quail Lane
- This presentation will also focus on the Academy of Indigenous Studies and supports for Indigenous students at MBSS & the WFN Youth Centre
- Student grade level presentations in the gym during the day on Thursday Feb. 13th
- Students to complete selections online from Feb. 13th – Feb. 18th. Support will be available at lunch in room 136.
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2019-74577 Attempted child abduction in West Kelowna – Public Awareness
November 29, 2019
West Kelowna: The West Kelowna RCMP are investigating an attempted child abduction and would like to notify West Kelowna residents of the incident.
On November 27, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. an 11-year-old female was walking along Cougar Road in West Kelowna when she was approached by a lone male driving a vehicle. From the driver's seat, the male pointed to the backseat encouraging the young girl to get inside the vehicle. The young girl refused and ran home where she remains safe.
The male suspect is described as tanned, possibly bald, approximately mid 40's in age, heavier build, white bearded chin and was wearing small circular silver glasses. The suspect's vehicle was a blue 4-door sedan with rusted rims and squeaky brakes. The make and model of the vehicle are not currently known and the vehicle was last seen at Cougar Road and Grizzly Road in West Kelowna.
Police officers from the West Kelowna RCMP frontline and General Investigation Section are investigating the incident, and in the area canvassing for video surveillance.
Anyone with information about this attempted abduction is asked to call the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Cpl. Meghan Foster
This consultation offers interested parties the opportunity to provide comments to inform the development of proposed regulatory measures that aim to reduce youth access and appeal of vaping products. The deadline date is Saturday, May 25th.
Health Canada Consultation
School Clothing forms available in October
Mount Boucherie School Clothing order froms will be available from the Main Office and from the Bear Cave starting October 1- October 20th. The deadline to return the order forms and the payment to the office is Tuesday October 20,2015
Please note that the Board of Education Public Board Meeting on February 28, 2018 will be held in Room 1 at Hollywood Road Education Services, 1040 Hollywood Road commencing at 6:00 pm. One of the Agenda topics is the Reconfiguration Trigger Points for Families of Schools.
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00 pm at Mount Boucherie Secondary School
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss grade reconfiguration for the Central Okanagan Public Schools and specifically the Westside. The Agenda for the meeting can be located on the School District website (www.sd23.bc.ca) under Board of Education / Committees / General Affairs.
Please be advised that schools will be in session and school buses will be running on their regular schedules today.
Parents/guardians are asked to use their own judgment regarding safe transportation of their students to school. The District’s top priority is student safety.