School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

StrongStart program for early learners

StrongStart is a free school-based program that provides play-based early learning opportunities for children (0 to 5 years old) and their parents or caregivers. All StrongStart programs will open Wednesday, April 6 with the exception of Falkland and North Shuswap. The North Shuswap program will open on Tuesday, April 19th and the Falkland program is temporarily closed due to repairs/renovations at the school.

SD83 STRONGSTART PROGRAM COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

  • Families will be required to stay at home when sick
  • SD83 is a “mask friendly” environment and medical grade masks will be available for those choosing to wear one
  • All participants will be required to follow safe hand hygiene practices: sanitizing/washing hands before and after eating, after using the washroom, etc.
  • Adults and children are encouraged to respect other people’s personal space
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be in place
  • All programs will follow the current public health guidelines as outlined in the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools
  • All programs will be open on their regular days, but for shorter periods of time (2.5 hours per day) to allow for the enhanced cleaning protocols, contact with families, and attendance scheduling
  • Only 10 families may attend a program at one time (a family unit includes members of the same family plus up to 2 children from another family, ages 0 to 5)
  • All families must be registered prior to attending the program
  • Once families have registered for the program, they will be contacted by the StrongStart Educator to discuss scheduling options for attendance
  • Snacks for children will be provided in individual portions and served by the StrongStart Educator
  • Coffee/tea will be provided for adults; please bring a reusable cup with a lid
  • Outside play and learning time will be encouraged as much as possible

We understand that StrongStart programs look a bit different due to COVID-19, but we are doing our best to provide quality early learning programming for families, while ensuring that everyone is safe.

SD83 StrongStart Program Information Spring 2022

Please contact Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, if you have any questions at jfindlay@sd83.bc.ca

StrongStart Programs in SD83

Salmon Arm
District Education Support Centre (DESC)
250-833-2095

South Broadview Elementary School
250-832-2167

Sicamous
Parkview Elementary School
250-836-2871

Enderby
M.V. Beattie Elementary School
250-838-6434

Armstrong
Highland Park Elementary School
250-546-8723

FalklandCLOSED AT THIS TIME
Falkland Elementary School
250-379-2320

North ShuswapCLOSED AT THIS TIME
North Shuswap Elementary School
250-955-2214

Click this link to view StrongStart brochure – SSEL_brochure