District News

As part of our COVID continuity planning, we recognize public participation in Board business is important but will be different for the coming months.  Board Ad Hoc and Standing Committee meetings were suspended for April and May while staff continued to work on the pandemic response, along with the processes and structures that are required for start-up in Fall.  We resumed the Education Policy & Directions and the Operations Policy & Planning Committee meetings in June.

As of September 2020 we will continue to live stream Regular Open Board meetings, Education Policy & Planning Committee meetings and the Operations Policy & Planning Committee meetings.

All meetings that took place from April 2020 to August 2020 can be viewed using the following YouTube link: https://vcpac.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9820508e54f0b84d77791ba9&id=67eed3b409&e=d26a2224fa" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: rgb(101, 101, 101); font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRtyy8Uak0lVS-wxlwPeuXw/featured.

All meetings that will take place from September 1st 2020 onwards will be live streamed. To access the live stream please find the meeting date on the calendar https://vcpac.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f9820508e54f0b84d77791ba9&id=b9b4b0b81c&e=d26a2224fa" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: rgb(101, 101, 101); font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline;">here and click on the meeting. You will see a link that says “video”. Click on this link to access our live stream. You can also view the live stream by clicking on the “Agenda (HTML)” link.

An email address will be provided at the beginning of the meeting, for the public to email questions which will then be answered by staff or the Chair, through the Chair, if an answer is readily available. Please join us remotely as we continue the business of the Greater Victoria School Board.

Please note: At this time there is no public access to our Boardroom unless you have been scheduled to present. Our meetings are live-streamed for public viewing.

On Monday,  the Operations, Policy and Procedures committee will be discussing some things that parents have been discussing and have had a strong opinion about. Specifially; the regulations on Student Dress Code Policy and enforcement, Technology acceptable use policies, equity committee's 6 recommendations, and a method for getting funding for childcare space on school property.   If you wish, you can join in the conversation during the meeting.  

The meeting will be held at the Administrative Offices (Tolmie Building) in the Boardroom on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Here's the link to see the agenda and documents https://www.sd61.bc.ca/board-of-education/meetings/operations-meetings/

The proposed operating budget will be shared tomorrow at a Special Budget Meeting at 7 p.m. at the Tolmie Board Office. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Greater Victoria School District prepares a budget for the upcoming school year each spring. Over the month of April, several meetings will take place to determine the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. The meetings will outline how funds are allocated and invested in the upcoming year to support students and staff while delivering on the School District’s objectives.

“In the coming weeks, the draft operating budget will be shared broadly,” noted Board Chair, Edith Loring-Kuhanga. “We hope to hear from our community about what they value in our world-class education system.”

In the fall, the School District sought budget input from our educational partners and Parent Advisory Councils. The public will have several opportunities to provide feedback on the 2018-2019 Budget prior to its final consideration on the evening of Wednesday, April 25th:

  • ·Special Budget Meeting – Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 p.m.
  • ·Operations Policy and Planning (OPPS) Committee Meeting – Monday, April 16, 2018, 7 p.m.
  • ·Special Budget Meeting – Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7 p.m., or
  • ·In writing to 

All information will be compiled and shared with the Board of Education. For more details on the proposed budget please visit:www.sd61.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/91/2018/04/18-19-Budget-Process-Presentation.pdf

The Greater Victoria School District is planning for seismic upgrades to Vic High School. Opened in 1914, the high school has an H-1 seismic ranking, the highest level of priority need. The Ministry of Education has supported the seismic upgrades and the school district must submit seismic options to the Ministry for final funding approval. The school district is seeking community input to inform decision-making by the Board of Education.

Two open houses will be held in April to provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about the options and provide input about what’s important to them when planning for the future. Further consultation with community stakeholders and an online survey will also occur in April. All input will be presented to the Board of Education before considering options.

VIC HIGH OPEN HOUSES: Learn more about the options and provide input about what’s important to you when planning for the future. Further consultation with community stakeholders and an online survey will also occur in April. All input will be presented to the Board of Education before considering options.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
9 a.m. – 12 noon
Vic High gymnasium

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Vic High gymnasium


For those who cannot attend the second open house, please share the link to an online survey to help us gather as much input as possible. 

SURVEY: www.sd61.bc.ca/news-events/community/vic-high-planning-for-the-future/

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Monday, November 20, 2017

New student enrolment priorities and proof of residency requirements in effect for 2018-2019 school year

VICTORIA, BC – With the annual registration and transfer request process set to begin in January, schools are preparing for changes to student enrolment priorities and proof of residency requirements.  After extensive consultation, new student enrolment priorities were approved in June 2017, to come into effect for the 2018-2019 school year.  New proof of residency requirements are also being introduced. 

The new priorities place greater emphasis on catchment students attending their neighbourhood school, while including priority for siblings attending a school together.

New student enrolment priorities now in effect for the 2018/2019 school year:

  1. re-enrolling students
  2. a catchment area sibling
  3. a catchment area child
  4. a non-catchment sibling
  5. a non-catchment child
  6. a non-school district child

The new enrolment priorities apply to new registrations, transfer requests and student transitions between elementary and middle, and middle and secondary school for English and French programs.  The proposed changes differ from the previous priorities in that non-catchment siblings will no longer have priority over new catchment students, and out-of-catchment students transitioning out of elementary and middle school will no longer follow a school pathway giving them priority over catchment students.

In the new year, letters will be sent home from schools to parents of all grade five and eight students. Non-catchment Grade 5s and Grade 8s will have to apply for a transfer during the K-12 Student Transfer Process if they wish to continue on a catchment school pathway that does not align with their current home address. 

Every home address in the Greater Victoria School District is connected to a catchment school. New students register at their catchment school and current students wishing to transfer to a different school must apply at their current school. In addition to proof of school age eligibility and citizenship, new requirements are in place for proof of residential address. 

New proof of residency requirements

Home Owners must provide two of the following:

  • Purchase agreement of home
  • Recent property tax statement
  • Home owner’s insurance
  • Notice of Assessment
  • A purchase agreement (with subject removal and a deposit receipt if a recent purchase)

If a homeowner is able to only produce one of the above, they will be required to also produce two of the following:

  • Canadian bank or credit card statement
  • BC Vehicle registration
  • Income tax statement
  • Insurance documents

Renters must provide:

  • A rental agreement signed by landlord with landlords contact phone number

In addition to the above, two of the following are required:

  • Canadian bank or credit card statement
  • BC Vehicle registration
  • Income tax statement
  • Renter Insurance documents

*Please note, personal information other than address and full name can be redacted for privacy purposes.

Important Upcoming Dates in 2018:

January 8 – 12

Registration for schools of choice (South Park Elementary and Cloverdale Traditional)

January 15 – 19

Early French Immersion (Kindergarten and Grade One) Registration Week

January 29 – February 2

Kindergarten Registration and Kindergarten Transfer Week

Late French Immersion (Grade Six) Registration Week

February 15 – 23

Kindergarten to Grade 12 Transfer Process

Registration open for new Grade One–Grade 12 students for 2018-2019 school year

February 23 by 3 p.m.

Deadline to submit transfer requests.  Must be submitted to catchment school

March 31

Deadline to inform parents of all transfer decisions

Parent Information Nights:

For new registrants to the District, Parent Information nights will occur at S.J. Willis, 923 Topaz Avenue.

November 28, 2017

6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Early French Immersion (Kindergarten and Grade One) Information night

January 17, 2018

6 p.m. –8:30 p.m.

Welcome to Kindergarten Information night

January 24, 2018

6 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Late French Immersion (Grade Six) Information night

Each middle school and high school will also host an information/transition night in the new year.  Visit school websites for dates.

For more information about student registration and transfer process, please visit:  https://www.sd61.bc.ca/parent-student-resources/registration/



For media inquiries, please contact:

Lisa McPhail

Communications & Community Engagement

Greater Victoria School District #61

Office:  250.475.4103

Cell: 778.679.5049

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