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Parent and Public Resources
New Westminster Schools welcomes parent/guardian and community involvement in the education of children and the life of our schools. Information and resources related to education, health and community updates, as well as upcoming and recent district events can be found below and on the menu to the left.
Severe Weather Conditions
November 25, 2019 – As we head into winter, please be aware that all schools in the New Westminster School District will remain OPEN, if at all possible, during severe weather conditions, including snowfalls.
In rare instances where a school closure is warranted, the decision will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest and will be announced over the radio stations CKNW AM 980 and CBC AM 690.
Phone calls and emails will also be made to parents and guardians who are part of our SchoolMessenger System. Further, school and district websites will be updated accordingly.
Student safety is our priority and we ask that if a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, then they should make alternate arrangements for their child. Student absences due to unsafe travel to school during inclement weather conditions will be excused. We also encourage parents/guardians to make advance alternate plans in the event of an unexpected school closure.
If you have any questions, please speak with your school principal.
See Letter from the Superintendent of Schools regarding severe weather conditions.
Vaping Health Risks: Resources
Please see our Vaping Resources page on the menu to the left.
Best Routes to School
September, 2019 – Walking to school promotes healthy and safe communities and benefits children and families. New Westminster Schools is pleased to collaborate with the City of New Westminster, Translink, and HASTe BC to develop best routes to schools.
For a complete list of the maps that indicate safe walking routes to elementary and middle schools in New Westminster follow this link.
You will also find maps related to your school on individual school websites under Parents > Notices & Information > Best Routes to School.
For more information about active trips to school and pedestrian safety, follow these links:
- HASTe BC (Hub for Active School Travel)
- For cycling information, education and advocacy, check out the HUB: Your Cycling Connection.
Foundation Skills Assessment
September 16, 2019: Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) is a set of reading, writing and numeracy assessments of student learning in Grades 4 and 7.
These provincial assessments are administered in the fall and provide a ‘snapshot’ of how well BC students are doing in key foundational areas of learning. They also play a role in helping plan for student success.
We invited you to read the information brochure below for parents, and a Letter from our Superintendent of New Westminster Schools: