RVS gearing up for new school year

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While kids probably feel like they just began their summer vacation, the start of the new school year will soon be here and Rocky View Schools (RVS) is getting ready to welcome new and returning faces.

Classes begin Sept. 5 and there are a few things parents need to do in the upcoming weeks to prepare students to return to the classroom.

Registration for new students is currently underway. Kids who will be five years old by Feb. 28, 2018 can be registered for kindergarten, while children who will be six by Sept. 1, 2017 will be registered for Grade 1.

Registration is available online for students new to the division and attending their designated school only. All others will be required to register in person at the RVS Education Centre on Chinook Winds Drive S.W. The online registration is available at rockyview.schoolengage.ca

Parents or guardians are required to provide a number of items when registering their child – proof of age and legal name, proof of address at which the child resides, phone numbers, Alberta Health Care card number, etc. A full list of required documents is available on the RVS website at rockyview.ab.ca

If a parent or guardian wishes to register their child at a school other than their designated school, they will be required to complete an Out-of-Attendance Area application form. These forms are also available on the RVS website.

Under Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, which received Royal Assent May 4, schools in the province are no longer allowed to charge school fees for basic supplies such as textbooks, workbooks, photocopying and printing, or paper. Schools are allowed to charge a fee for instructional resources for optional courses or programs.

Some of the optional programs and courses which schools can charge a fee for include band, outdoor education, fine arts and advanced placement courses. Some of the items parents may have to purchase for their children to take these optional courses include flash drives, computer headsets, musical instruments and photographs.

Parents will also be required to pay for things such as field trips and graduation fees. The list of school fees for each particular school is listed on its website. School supplies for students in kindergarten to Grade 4 are provided free of charge. Supply lists for grades 5 to 12 are listed on the RVS website.

Transportation fees are increasing for some students. Parents of students who live more than 2.4 kilometres (kms) from their designated school are not required to pay a busing fee. Parents of those who live less than 2.4 kms from their designated school or who wish to attend a school other than their designated school will pay $325 per student to a maximum of $650 for a family per year.

Fees for non-resident students are also charged at $325 per student to a maximum of $650 for a family per year. Accessing a school bus inside of the RVS boundaries is subject to a $450 per year fee with no family maximum while families accessing a bus outside the boundaries will be charged $1,000 per student, also with no family maximum.

Many of the schools in RVS have special activities planned for the first few days of classes. For instance, Meadowbrook School will be serving coffee and donuts between 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 5 in the parking lot. A pancake breakfast is planned for Sept. 8 at Bert Church High School as part of the school’s Week of Welcome.

Some, including Cooper’s Crossing School, have planned orientation open houses prior to the start of the school year. Dates and times can be found on each individual school’s website.

All the details for ensuring your child has a smooth return to school Sept. 5 can be found at rockyview.ab.ca

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