March 24, 2022

We are excited and hopeful at the Province’s gradual removal of more COVID health & safety mandates. Click on the following tabs for updates to our VCS School Safety Protocols!

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Start Time (M/W/F)

  • Elementary Campus (EC): 8:20am bell
  • Secondary Campus (SC): 8:30am bell

Start Time (Tu/Th)

  • Elementary & Secondary: 8:55am bell

Entrance & Exit Plans

  • Elementary Campus:
    • Preschool to Grade 4: External door use in each classroom
    • Grade 5 & 5/6: West gym entrance (lakeside)
    • Grade 6: Enter through portable
  • Secondary Campus:
    • No designated entrances/exits

Mid-day Breaks

  • Elementary – Staggered Breaks
    • Break 1:
      • K-2 → OUT 10:20-10:40, EAT 10:40-10:55
      • 3-6 → EAT 10:25-10:40, OUT 10:40-11:00
    • Break 2:
      • K-2 → OUT 11:55-12:25, EAT 12:25-12:40
      • 3-6 → EAT 12:10-12:25, OUT 12:25-12:55
  • Secondary – Shared breaks (no cohort requirement)
    • AM Break (Mo/Tu/Th/Fr): 10:05-10:15
    • LUNCH (Mo-Fr): 11:40-12:15
    • PM Break: 1:35-1:45
  • Designated rooms/zones (lunch & breaks):
    • Lunches can be eaten in common areas: hallways, Commons, lobby, etc
  • Wednesday Chapel Schedule:
    • High School: 10:00-10:40
    • Middle School: 10:55-11:35
    • Chapels will be held virtually (or with a 1-class in-person limit).

Day-End Staggered Dismissal:

  • Primary (K-2): 2:50pm
  • Intermediate (3-6):2:55pm
  • Middle School & High School (7-12): 3:05pm

Upon dismissal, students report to parent in parking lot.

2:50-3:15: teachers supervise & support dismissal & outdoor transition.


  • Elementary Campus Students Only: 2:50-3:05pm
  • Secondary Campus Students Only: 3:05-3:15pm

For parents with both EC/SC students: please arrive at the SC pick-up time. Parents are encouraged to vacate the campus as soon as possible at pick up time to avoid crowding and alleviate traffic congestion.

SC After School:

  • Campus will close at 3:20pm – students should exit to transportation.
  • Supervised spaces will be provided for students who have staff permission to stay later (ex. athletics, after-school clubs).

EC Supervision/Playground Schedule

VCS offers supervision before and after school for specific times, as well as during recess and lunch breaks. During these times, the school will be responsible for students in the building or at specified outdoor areas.

  • Before School: supervision in the playground and on the west side of the building
    • M/W/F 8:00-8:20am
    • Tu/Th 8:15-8:55am
  • Daily Breaks
    • 10:20-10:40: K-2 break 1 (all areas supervised)
    • 10:40-11:00: 3-6 break 1 (all areas supervised)
    • 11:55-12:25: K-2 break 2 (all areas supervised)
    • 12:25-12:55: 3-6 break 2 (all areas supervised)
  • After School:
    • 2:50-3:15PM: supervision in the playground

Prior to 8:00am and after 3:15pm, parents are responsible for their children and are expected to be present.

Traffic Flow and Parking

Our traffic flow and parking plan from 2020-21 will remain in effect for this coming year. To assist with the flow of traffic this year, we have made the following enhancements:

  • Parking lot lines re-painted (lane markings, cross walks, parking spaces): Please follows the markings as indicated in the diagram below
  • Sidewalk widened at waiting area: To increase student safety during drop-off/pick-up, we have widened the sidewalk thanks to a very generous donation by a VCS family

VCS Parking Lot

  • Lane 1: designated lane to the Preschool and K-2/Appointment Parking Spots
  • Lane 2: drop-off/pick-up ‘staging’ lane and for merging in/out of the drop-off/pick-up lane
  • Lane 3: drop-off/pick-up ‘staging’ lane
Please review the following information regarding our parking/pick-up/drop-off procedures:
  • Parents with EC only children are at campus for pick-up between 2:50-3:00pm.
    • Kindergarten – parents pick-up students at exterior door
    • Grade 1-2 – option to either have children proceed directly to parking lot or have parents pick up at playground
  • Parents with at least one SC child do not enter the pickup lane before 3:00pm.
  • Cars in the pick-up lane always pull as far forward as they can before stopping along the curb, and move forward as soon as a gap opens in front of them.
  • Students are diligent to watch and wait in a place where they can see that their parent has arrived in the pick-up lane.
  • Please have children exit/enter the vehicle on the passenger side whenever possible.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended in any of the lanes.
  • Do not stop on crosswalks at any time.
  • When exiting the parking lot, please turn right between 8:00AM-3:30PM.
  • Cell phones should never be used while driving.
  • Traffic attendants will help direct vehicles & pedestrians during drop-off and pick-up.
  • Students who are waiting in the upper lot are to remain on the sidewalk and not play on the grass hillside.

Parking Spaces

  • Please remember that parking stalls are reserved after school for Gr. PreK-2 parents until 3:00pm.
  • *NEW*: After 3:00pm, stalls are available for any parents/guests as needed since the vast majority of K-2 parents have by then been able to leave with their children.

Parent/Visitor Access

  • Per standard procedure, all parents/visitors are required to report to the office upon entry. VCS does not need to keep a list of the date, names and contact information of visitors for communicable disease prevention purposes.
  • The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice. A person’s choice is to be supported and respected.

Community Use

After hours community use of facilities is allowed per relevant local, regional, provincial and federal public health recommendations and orders.

Daily Health Check




Symptoms of Illness and Return to School

For complete information on what to do when experiencing symptoms, please click the following link:

COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Return to School


Students will be encouraged to wash hands frequently but especially:

  • Upon entering the school and before leaving at the end of the day
  • Immediately after sneezing, coughing, using a tissue
  • Immediately after using the toilet
  • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
  • When moving between different learning environment (eg. outdoor-indoor transitions)

Personal Protective Equipment

The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for staff, students and visitors. A person’s choice will be supported and respected.

VCS will continue to have non-medical masks on hand for those who have forgotten theirs but would like to wear one, or who become ill at school.

Guide: How to Wear a Face Mask

Space Arrangement

Schools can return to classroom and learning environment configurations and activities that best meet learner needs and preferred educational approaches, though should still consider strategies to create space between people. For example:

  • Students will be encouraged to respect each other’s personal space.
  • VCS will use available space to spread people out, both in learning environments and for gatherings and events, where possible.


  • Parents and caregivers must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school (see the Daily Health Check section for more information). If a child is sick, they must not take the bus or go to school.
  • Bus drivers, teachers and students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 may choose to wear masks or face coverings when they are on the bus.
  • Students should clean their hands before and after taking the bus.


For carpooling related to school activities:

  • Spread out vehicle occupants as much as possible.
  • Travel with the same people whenever possible.
  • Clean hands before and after trips.


Public health strongly encourages all eligible students and staff to be fully vaccinated (i.e., receive 2 doses) against COVID-19 to protect themselves and those around them including those who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, including where to get immunized, please visit ImmunizeBC.

We are excited to have students back and we are SO thankful that we can still be together on campus!

  • SportsSpring sports are well underway without restrictions and we are excited to see how our teams do! 
  • Celebration of Learning – the evening of Wednesday, May 11th
  • Grandparents Day – Friday, May 13th

Stay tuned for more information!