Check out some useful information and resources for the start of Vancouver School District’s 2019-20 school year.
As children start and return to school for the new year, it is important to help keep the area around school sites safe places to walk, cycle and roll, by following the posted signs.
Find out important dates for the school year ahead such as school and statutory holidays by visiting the District's calendar.
Find where District school sites are, their contact details and which programs take place at them by visiting our School Directory.
Visit our Schedule of School Fees page to learn about this year’s school fees for the Vancouver School District (you can now pay online).
Safe Arrival Procedures
If your child will be absent from or late to school, it is important to let the school know as soon as possible. Visit your child's school website for Safe Arrival Procedures.
StrongStart is a free drop-in program offered to parents and caregivers with children from newborn to five years old. Centres emphasize learning through play, language and positive social interactions. Discover more about StrongStart Centres at the District.
Starting school or heading back for a new year can be anxious for students. Nonprofit AnxietyBC offers some Simple Tips to Help Minimize Student Anxiety on the First Day.
Community School Teams
Lunch and after school programs vary by school; these may include sports, literacy, arts and culture, food and nutrition, social emotional skills, environmental stewardship and global citizenship. Contact your child's school directly to find out which programs are running.
Parent Advisory Councils (PACs)
Each school has a Parent Advisory Council (PAC) – which allows parents the right to assume an advisory role in every school. Parents are encouraged to join their child’s school PAC - membership is open to all parents. This may involve discussing parents’ concerns and aspirations for their schools, sharing expertise with other parents or volunteering at events. Please visit your child’s school website for further information.
Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC)
The District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) is a collection of parents working with the common goal of supporting education for all children of Vancouver. Their purpose is to support Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) at the school level and to encourage them to share their parents’ views at the District and provincial levels. To learn more please visit our DPAC page.
Welcome to Newcomers
The Newcomer Welcome Centre registers newly arrived students to Canada, and has numerous multilingual publications and videos available for students and parents to view and download on their website.
Welcome to Kindergarten
Visit our Early Learners Resource page for useful information on preparing for kindergarten.
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