Back to School Stories

Posted On Friday September 10, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

This has been an exciting week of greeting our students, staff, parents, and caregivers. The positive energy was evident as we entered into a “near normal” school and work day.  We are continuing to share responsibility for working together as partners in taking safety precautions (daily checklist, stay home when sick, wash hands, cover mouth, wear a mask) while we return to usual school programming and activities.


This week, we welcomed nearly 15,000 students and 2,000 employees across 27,000 km in Chase, Barriere, Heffley Creek, Pinantan, Logan Lake, Westwold, Savona, Sun Peaks, Clearwater, Vavenby, Blue River, and Kamloops. 

We asked: What was the best part of coming back to school and work?  We heard back from our students and staff in all of our communities and put their statements into a Wordle:

We can see how much students and staff appreciated seeing old friends, making new friends, seeing teachers, learning, playing, having routines, being part of a school community, and that it was the “best” to be “back”.

COVID-19 Protocols 

We will continue to be vigilant about how we implement our COVID protocols. Our SD73 Communicable Disease Prevention Plan has information about our protocols, which are based on Ministries of Health and Education guidelines:  Provincial Communicable Disease Guidelines for K to 12 Settings, BCCDC COVID-19 Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K to 12 School Settings and B.C.’s K to 12 Education Recovery Plan.  

In addition to our District Plan, every school has posted their communicable disease prevention plans on their websites. We continue to respond to questions as we live our plan, so we have developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here. 

Finally, our school district has worked with Interior Health to determine locations for vaccination clinics in secondary schools for mid-September. Information is forthcoming from these schools.

Thank you for working together to make this a wonderful start to our 2021-2022 school year.

???Rhonda Nixon, PhD


Contact Us

Summit Elementary School

425 Monarch Court
Kamloops, BC V2E 1Y3
Phone: 250-372-1224 Fax: 250-377-2241

Safe Arrival/Attendance: 1-844-350-2647