Here are some great resources to help ease the transition and get your kids ready for the classroom.
New routines, new teachers and new friends – it’s all a part of heading back to school for 650,000 K-12 students in British Columbia this September.
New curriculum gives students a better chance of success
All K-9 students in B.C. are benefiting from a new curriculum that provides a hands-on learning approach that encourages collaboration, critical thinking and communication. This year, the new curriculum will be in place for Grade 10. Grades 11 and 12 will be added next year: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/
Making life more affordable for families on income assistance
Families on income and disability assistance can get help with back to school costs like school supplies and clothing. Find out more about the School Start-up Supplement: http://ow.ly/YKUS303mQKB
Is your child an academic star, athlete or artist?
Make their hard work pay off by applying for a B.C. scholarship: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/awards
Keep your children free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence
New resources and training for students, parents, education and community partners, including an updated safety-reporting tool, will be launched this September: https://www.erasebullying.ca
Concerned about your child’s mental health?
Foundry centres provide a one-stop-shop for young people to access mental health care, substance-use services, primary care, social services and youth and family peer supports: http://www.foundrybc.ca
Tuition-free English language learning courses
Browse the list of public institutions that offer tuition-free English-language learning courses and find out how to apply: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/adult-education/adult-upgrading-learn-english
Thinking about upgrading or making a career change?
Academic courses are free of charge for all B.C. adult learners. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/pMEf30ezu6n
A $1,200 grant for elementary students born between 2006 and 2010
No additional fees or financial contributions are needed to sign up for the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant, which will help you plan for your child’s future: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/bc-training-and-education-savings-grant
Floods, fires or earthquakes – are you prepared?
Learn how to put together an emergency kit and create an emergency response plan: