Here are a few links to resources we've developed for parents on our website:
Back to school factsheets
The Ministry of Education has prepared some back to school factsheets to help prepare students for the school year.
Mental Health and Your Child
Doctors of BC has released a policy paper entitled Reaching Out: Supporting Youth Mental Health in British Columbia and also launched a new website OpenMindBC.ca.
School counsellors are available to help students who are dealing with difficulties in school or at home. However, if urgent help is needed after school hours you may contact these emergency numbers for help.
How to solve a concern at school
Most concerns at schools can be solved through meeting with teachers and if necessary principals and vice-principals at school. Learn the process that parents/guardians should follow in solving a concern at school.
Resources for Newcomers
Parent Information brochures
The VSB and the team at the District Reception and Placement Centre have compiled a number of brochures to assist parents with some general questions they may have about BC schools.
- Multilingual resources for families including videos and publications
- Parent Information brochures in English
- Multi-language translated brochures in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, French, Punjabi, Vietnamese or Spanish.
- Steering Kids Away From Gangs booklet - was created with the input of parents in Vancouver as well as consultation with many professionals working with youth in schools and in the community.It has been translated into several languages.
- Go here for information on School Age Children and Youth - Substance Use Prevention Initiative (SACY) Schools Download the SACY information booklet
Getting to school safely
- Explore ways to get to school by walking, cycling and public transportation.
- Traffic safety tips for parents and drivers
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has issued a Cybertip.ca Alert for parents as well as a tip sheet on how parents can talk to youth about online extortion. You can read the alert here. You can review a tip sheet for parents here.