The BC teachersâ€™ strike has come to an end and that means West Coast kids will put their noses back to the grindstone on Monday.
Wickaninnish Community School will welcome Tofinoâ€™s elementary students back for a two-hour first day on Monday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
â€œIt is nice to touch base with our families, students, and staff once again after an extended time away from our great school,â€ said the schoolâ€™s principal Drew Ryan.
â€œWhile the disruption to all of our lives over the past months has been unfortunate, it is wonderful to hear that everyone is eager to get back to school: learning from one another, playing with friends, listening to my long morning announcements, and of course eating Chef Rick's amazing lunches!â€
Students should be sitting in their last yearâ€™s classroom by 10 a.m. and any students new to the school must report to the office.
A school-wide assembly will be held at 11:15 a.m. to welcome students back and run a refresher course on how schooldays operate.
All class lists will be posted on the schoolâ€™s front doors on Monday at 2:30 p.m.
For Mondayâ€™s late start, buses will pick students up from Esowista and Ty-Histanis at 9:25 a.m.
When the school year kicks into its regular routine on Tuesday, classes will kick off at 8:38 a.m. and run until a 2:30 p.m. dismissal.
Ucluelet Elementary School will also run with a short first day on Monday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Students are not required to bring any school supplies to Mondayâ€™s short day and the school will launch into its regular routine and 8:33 a.m. start time on Tuesday.
Ucluelet Secondary Schoolâ€™s shortened first day will start at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Grade 9-12 students will be let go at 10:45 a.m. with Grade 8 students waiting a little longer before being dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
Students traveling from Tofino can hop on board the first school bus of the year at 9:15 a.m. at the Tofino Fire Hall.
This bus will also make stops at the North Chesterman pickup at 9:20 a.m., the Craig Road pickup at 9:25 a.m., Ty-Histanis at 9:35 a.m. and Esowista at 9:40 a.m.
The Hitacu bus will leave the Hitacu Community Hall at 9:30 a.m. with stops at Willowbrae at 9:45 a.m. and Millstream at 9:47 a.m.
Buses will leave the school at 10:45 a.m. for Grade 9-12 students and 12:30 p.m. for Grade 8 students.
The bus schedule will get back to normal on Tuesday with buses leaving from the Tofino Fire Hall at 7:40 a.m. and the Hitacu Community Hall at 8 a.m.
During the school year, buses will leave from USS at 3:05 p.m. except for Fridaysâ€™ 2 p.m. departure time.
The secondary schoolâ€™s late bus program for students from Hitacu, Port Albion, Ty-Histanis, Tofino and Opitsaht will begin on Sept. 30 and run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays leaving the school at 5 p.m.
USSâ€™ morning bell will toll at 8:25 a.m. on Tuesday with first classes starting at 8:30 a.m.
Any students new to the area can register by calling the school at 250-726-7796 and any students wanting to make a change to their course list are urged to call this number in short order because the deadline for course changes is Sept. 27.
The schoolâ€™s meal program will begin on Sept. 29 and any students wishing to participate must hand in their envelopes by Sept. 26.
Envelopes are available at the schoolâ€™s main office.