Chilliwack School District

Parents and students at Central elementary in Chilliwack on June 1, 2020 for the first day back to part-time and optional school since March 12, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Chilliwack students make slow return to classes

Less than 40 per cent of allowable density across the district on opening day

Parents and students at Central elementary in Chilliwack on June 1, 2020 for the first day back to part-time and optional school since March 12, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Workers put the finishing touches on entrances to new portables at Mt. Slesse middle school in Chilliwack back in 2018. The school district has had about 100 portables in use since then. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Additions at Chilliwack schools may eventually replace portables

District’s capital plan illustrates which schools need to expand as community grows

Workers put the finishing touches on entrances to new portables at Mt. Slesse middle school in Chilliwack back in 2018. The school district has had about 100 portables in use since then. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)
Home-sewn masks help people contain their own droplets, but before going out, ensure a secure fit and don’t fiddle with it or touch your face until you return and remove it. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)

Chilliwack teachers and EAs concerned with health and safety plans

As schools get ready to open, many worry measures won’t be enough to protect students from COVID-19

Home-sewn masks help people contain their own droplets, but before going out, ensure a secure fit and don’t fiddle with it or touch your face until you return and remove it. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld is in hot water at the board table again, and was censured on May 26, 2020. (Submitted photo)

Board chair says Chilliwack trustee’s censure results from ‘egregious’ breach of ethics

Four forms of reprimand for Barry Neufeld after his Facebook post about Dr. Theresa tam

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld is in hot water at the board table again, and was censured on May 26, 2020. (Submitted photo)
Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. Neufeld has gotten into hot water with another Facebook post recently, setting his sites on Dr. Theresa Tam. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)

Chilliwack school board censures controversial trustee Barry Neufeld

Board chair issues statement on censure but little else regarding Facebook post controversy

Chilliwack school board trustee Barry Neufeld at the board’s last meeting before the Oct. 20, 2018 election. Neufeld has gotten into hot water with another Facebook post recently, setting his sites on Dr. Theresa Tam. (Paul Henderson/ Black Press file)
A high school graduate crosses the stage during the filming of Chilliwack secondary’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s graduation ceremony was filmed over the course of five days in small groups of 25 students. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

PHOTOS: Unique commencement ceremony as Chilliwack students graduate in small groups

It took five days for the high school to film all of its 370 graduates walking across the stage

A high school graduate crosses the stage during the filming of Chilliwack secondary’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s graduation ceremony was filmed over the course of five days in small groups of 25 students. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
The Chilliwack School Board, 2019.

Chilliwack school trustees discussed censure in closed meeting

No information made public yet on details of who could be censured, or why

The Chilliwack School Board, 2019.
The Chilliwack School District announced on May 19, 2020 that buses will be back to full operation along with the opening of schools to anyone who choses to attend, beginning June 1. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)

In-class learning optional for students in Chilliwack

Teachers asked to provide instruction in class and online for duration of school year

The Chilliwack School District announced on May 19, 2020 that buses will be back to full operation along with the opening of schools to anyone who choses to attend, beginning June 1. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)
Parking at some schools in Chilliwack, such as Vedder elementary as shown here on May 19, 2020, have small parking lots that accommodate staffing needs. But a proposed change to the city’s zoning bylaw would stymy plans for new schools that are underway. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Proposed parking changes in Chilliwack could impact future of school development

Chilliwack school district staff appealing to mayor and council for another look at bylaw amendment

Parking at some schools in Chilliwack, such as Vedder elementary as shown here on May 19, 2020, have small parking lots that accommodate staffing needs. But a proposed change to the city’s zoning bylaw would stymy plans for new schools that are underway. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
The COVID-19 pandemic will affect the budget for the 2020/2021 school year, according to Chilliwack School District staff, who laid out budget risks as part of the budget presentation on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. On May 12, 2020 the board gave first reading to the budget, which will fluctuate throughout the year. (Youtube image)

Chilliwack school district budget tops $161 million for next year

Current budget doesn’t include recent increases to teacher wages, says secretary treasurer

The COVID-19 pandemic will affect the budget for the 2020/2021 school year, according to Chilliwack School District staff, who laid out budget risks as part of the budget presentation on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. On May 12, 2020 the board gave first reading to the budget, which will fluctuate throughout the year. (Youtube image)
The Chilliwack School Board has twice rejected the binding arbitration on a calendar for the 2020/2021 school year, but on May 12, 2020 they voted unanimously to accept it. (File photo)

Chilliwack school board accepts arbitrator’s calendar decision

Unanimous vote for two-week spring break calendar, but one trustee still appealing to union

The Chilliwack School Board has twice rejected the binding arbitration on a calendar for the 2020/2021 school year, but on May 12, 2020 they voted unanimously to accept it. (File photo)
Chilliwack teachers call on education minister to investigate school board

Chilliwack teachers call on education minister to investigate school board

Action follows vote of non-confidence and disparaging remarks aimed at Chilliwack teachers

Chilliwack teachers call on education minister to investigate school board
Chilliwack school trustee issues public apology for Facebook post criticizing Dr. Theresa Tam

Chilliwack school trustee issues public apology for Facebook post criticizing Dr. Theresa Tam

Barry Neufeld says he will be further addressing his anti-LGBTQ post in the ‘near future’

Chilliwack school trustee issues public apology for Facebook post criticizing Dr. Theresa Tam
The hashtag #ThisIsMyChilliwack has been started to counter the negative news stirred on May 9, 2020 by a post bashing Dr. Theresa Tam, suggesting that if she is a transwoman, she shouldn’t be trusted. The post was made by Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld, who has voiced his views on transgender issues in the past. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

New hashtag created to counter Chilliwack school trustee’s anti-LGBTQ post

Teachers, staff and parents sharing what they love about education with #ThisIsMyChilliwack

The hashtag #ThisIsMyChilliwack has been started to counter the negative news stirred on May 9, 2020 by a post bashing Dr. Theresa Tam, suggesting that if she is a transwoman, she shouldn’t be trusted. The post was made by Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld, who has voiced his views on transgender issues in the past. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)
The Chilliwack School Board, 2019-2020. (Submitted)

Chilliwack school board minutes suggest legal advice being sought

Board has been divided on next year’s calendar for months, with two trustees in perceived conflict

The Chilliwack School Board, 2019-2020. (Submitted)
Chilliwack teachers issue vote of non-confidence in school board after ‘bizarre move’

Chilliwack teachers issue vote of non-confidence in school board after ‘bizarre move’

Chilliwack school board has rejected binding arbitration on 2020/2021 calendar twice

Chilliwack teachers issue vote of non-confidence in school board after ‘bizarre move’
The former UFV campus on Yale Road will be the home for a new integrated arts and technology school. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)

Imagine High officially added to Chilliwack school roster

New arts and tech school will be headed up by new principal to the district

The former UFV campus on Yale Road will be the home for a new integrated arts and technology school. (Paul Henderson/ Progress file)
Sardis secondary’s agricultural program relies on its annual plant sale for funding. It will carry on this year, with teachers organizing it. (File photo)

Sardis student plant sale forging ahead with drive-through pickup

Agricultural program benefits from proceeds of annual plant sale

Sardis secondary’s agricultural program relies on its annual plant sale for funding. It will carry on this year, with teachers organizing it. (File photo)
Sardis secondary students won’t get their prom, but they will cross the stage for commencement this year, with planners taking the COVID-19 safety measures into consideration. (Stock photo)

Sardis secondary graduates will have their moment on stage

Principal announces cap and gown ceremony will go ahead, with some major changes

Sardis secondary students won’t get their prom, but they will cross the stage for commencement this year, with planners taking the COVID-19 safety measures into consideration. (Stock photo)
The Chilliwack School Board has twice rejected the binding arbitration on a calendar for the 2020/2021 school year. (File photo)

Trio of Chilliwack school trustees reject arbitrator’s decision for second time

Chilliwack School District nearing final chances to submit calendar to Ministry of Education

The Chilliwack School Board has twice rejected the binding arbitration on a calendar for the 2020/2021 school year. (File photo)