5 things for Calgary parents to remember for back to school
Don't forget to fill out and hand back your child's yellow school bus transportation form
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As Calgary kids head back to school Metro thought of overwhelmed parents who might need a refresher course on some of the things they should remember and be looking out for in the coming months.
Here are five things to remember this September for back to school.
1) The bus
Last school year bussing and transportation caused many headaches for the Calgary Board of Education and parents alike. In order to alleviate some of these stresses and to ensure your child has a bus route, please make sure to fill out your child’s CBE bus registration forms and hand them back as soon as possible. Bus fees are approximately $335.
2) Bill 10
Alberta Education spent the latter part of the 2015-16 school year working on LGBTQ guideline and had asked all school boards to hand in their policies by March 31. Both CBE and the Calgary Catholic School District completed their policies and they will be active heading into school this year. Policies include the right for all students to form Gay Straight Alliances at their schools and to use the bathroom and change rooms of the gender they identify with.
3) New Schools
This September the CBE is opening eight new schools and two modernizations. There will also be an additional nine schools and one modernized Aboriginal Center opening in the New Year. Delayed opening are Buffalo Rubbing Stone School, which will now open Sept. 26, and Peter Lougheed School which will have a delayed start by three days, opening Sept. 9. Students who are supposed to attend Buffalo Rubbing Stone will be temporarily relocated at either Alex Munro School or Panorama Hills School.
The CBE recognizes that starting kindergarten is a totally new experience for parents and students alike. They have put together their very own five things list to help parents ease their kids into the new routine. Tips include reading to your child and encouraging literacy and numeracy with fun games, as well as helping them gain independence encouraging them to dress themselves and go to the bathroom alone.
5) Playground Zones
This one is for everybody¬– whether you have kids or not. Remember, there is no such thing as a school zone in Calgary anymore, all of them were transitioned to playground zones during the course of the last school year. All previous school zones are now playground zones and are in effect from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. everyday (even weekends) and are, as always, 30 km/h.