Welcome Back to School 2021

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

With the official school start day approaching quickly, we know many families are preparing for the start of new school year.

All elementary and secondary classes will begin at regular start times on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  Please note that the first day of classes will be an early dismissal day. Dismissal times for all schools will be 3 hours earlier than usual. Ensure you check your school website for start and pick up times.

Student Transportation & Bussing

On Tuesday, September 7, buses will pick up all students for the regular time start time and deliver students home 3 hours earlier than normal.  Bus route information is available on the district website. A friendly reminder that all riders from Kindergarten to Grade 12 need to register annually. To register your student, please refer to the SD8 bus registration process.

Further inquires regarding busing, contact:

  • Nelson Operations Phone: 250 354-4871
  • Creston Operations Phone: 250 428-5329


We are so excited to meet you! Please note that Kindergarten students will have a gradual entry schedule. Contact your child’s school for information on Kindergarten schedules. To register your student for school, please contact your school directly.

COVID-19 Safe Return to School

On Tuesday, August 24th, the Ministry of Education announced Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings. Further information regarding school specific COVID-19 Safety Plans will be available in the coming days. For information on SD8 COVID-19 response, please visit the COVID section on our website.

I wish you a wonderful start to the 2021-22 school year! Working together we can ensure a safe and successful school year. 


Trish Smillie, Superintendent of Schools

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.