Start of School Info for September

file1881282175101Updated August 22, 2022

General Information for All Grades for September 2022

Due to health guidelines and school construction, this year will be very different from other years and may change as new events occur.  Please read the information below carefully and check the updated date at the top of the page to see if it has changed since you last checked.



TL;RL:  Students will access their own timetables online; printed copies will not be distributed to gr. 9-12.  Everyone must pass the health check at home, and follow hygiene best practices by hand washing/sanitizing when arriving, distancing when possible, using the closest access points to avoid crowding in halls, following traffic flow signage.  Students will attend a limited schedule on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  Full LINEAR schedule begins Wednesday September 7, 2022 with Day 1 classes (blocks FLEX1234 only) .

Important! Please read the following documents BEFORE the start of school. Please translate if necessary.

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How to Prepare for Coming to School:

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Students should log into the MyEducation Portal (via computer or phone) anytime after the evening of Friday, September 3 to CHECK THEIR TIMETABLE. 

  • *Remember, if you are checking your timetable on your phone, you must load the desktop version of the website.  The ‘Schedule’ tab is not accessible on the mobile site.
  • Grade 8’s You should have receiived a separate email later this week with login guidelines and a password
  • Returning students:  If you need to reset your MyEducation password, or have forgotten how to access your account, please see the login information here.

There will be NO HOMEROOM LISTS POSTED at building entrances and only grade 8 classes will receive printed timetables.  Please print your timetable at home and save a picture of it on your device for easy access.  Remember, viewing the timetable is only available in the desktop version of the site; if viewing MyEd on your mobile device, select the option to view the desktop version.

If your timetable looks wrong…

First, read the new school schedule information to learn how the LINEAR timetable works.  Some changes may have occurred since course selection.

The school with NOT accommodate course changes for the following reasons:
  • –wanting a class in a different timetable block/period
  • –wanting to take a course with a different teacher
  • –wanting to be in a different block/course to be with different people (e.g. friends)
    1. Grade 8 Students
    2. Go to Student Services (North Building; 3rd floor; end of the hall) to see your counsellor on Opening Day (the first Tuesday of school) if
        1. you are missing a course, OR
        2. you have been scheduled into the wrong grade level of a course OR
        3. you have a duplicate course on your schedule.
    3. Grade 9-12 Students
    4. Follow the instructions provided in-school to request an appointment with your counsellor beginning the second day of school.
    5. Requests will be addressed according to this priority:
        1. your timetable is incomplete (fewer than 8 courses; including authorized spare blocks; may result from being assigned two blocks of the same 1-block course);
        2. you did not complete or failed a Summer School or Online course so are missing a course (e.g. scheduled into the wrong grade level of a course or missing a graduation requirement),
        3. you did not receive your requested/alternate elective course (this may occur when the original course caused a timetable conflict or the original course has been cancelled)have been scheduled into the wrong grade level of a course
      1. The deadline for course request changes/corrections is Friday, September 16th. The later your request is made, the fewer options counsellors may have to address your request.

If your timetable changes, remember to update the photo on your device.


    ***To improve community wellness & reduce traffic, we encourage students to walk or bike to school whenever possible.  Bike racks are located at the North end of the South Building and in the North Courtyard.***

    BNS Road & Pedestrian Access Map Sept. 2020

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    Access to our buildings has changed due to road/school construction and current health guidelines.  Students will not be able to arrive and enter the buildings the way they did pre-Covid/pre-construction.  Our usual traffic and pedestrian patterns have changed.  This will mean MORE WALKING for everyone and using only SPECIFIC ENTRANCES to the buildings.  Please note the following and plan your new school arrival accordingly:

    Road and building construction vehicles will be coming and going from campus. Please slow down and respect all signage and traffic control personnel.
    • There is no loading zone along Kensington or Hammarskjold.  Please do not use the bus stops or street parking for drop-off.
    • Drop-off/Pick-up along Curtis; at Kensington Rink; along Kensington north of Union or south of Curtis; in the back parking lot on Fell; or in the reconfigured North Horseshoe.
    • The Kensington crosswalk has moved permanently to the Dunedin Street intersection.
    • Pedestrians may cross Kensington only at the lights at Curtis or Union or the new signalled crosswalk at Dunedin Street.
    • Pedestrian access is also available from Curtis; Kensington Rink; Kensington north of Union or south of Curtis only; from the back parking lot on Fell; or via the North Horseshoe.
    • The Translink bus stop (directly in front of the South Building) has reopened.  
    • Do not use this space as a drop-off zone.
    • The North Building driveway has moved and parking lot access reconfigured.  Vehicles now enter from the North end of the Horseshoe (the previous exit). Please take your time and watch for students crossing the roads and traffic crossing from the new road into the parking lot.  The new pile of soil impedes visibility and access across the horseshoe.  Please drop students off closest to the building they need to access as they cannot cross the horseshoe.
    • Please avoid using the driveway unless dropping off students with large packages/projects/instruments or those needing ease of access to reduce congestion and increase pedestrian safety.
    • Alternative drop off zones are in the parking lot on Fell (behind the North building), and Kensington Ave. next to the pool.
    • The former North Staff parking lot is closed due to construction.  The main North lot is now Staff/Student parking.  All remaining lots are for STAFF ONLY.
    • We encourage students to walk, bike, or take transit.  If you must drive to campus and the shared lot is full, there is street parking along Curtis, Fell, and Kensington next to the pool or south of Curtis.  Please respect our neighbours and do not park on residential streets adjacent to campus.
    • Students are encouraged to enter the buildings using the closest access to their destination  Check the maps at right to plan your route  The entrances from the South Parking Lot (by the dumpsters & gym) are closed permanently to North students due to the relocation of the North Burnaby Adult Education Centre.





    Map of the North Building

    NORTH Building–Click to enlarge

    Map of the South Building

    SOUTH Building–Click to enlarge




    Complete a daily health check with your caregivers at home before coming to school.  If you exhibit any symptoms of illness listed on the health check you need to stay home and away from others (as much as possible).  How long you need to remain at home depends on your answers on the helalth check.  Please have your caregivers contact the school to advise us of your absence. (See How to Report your Child’s Absence from School)

    “If you are sick or feel unwell, stay at home. This is important to stop the spread of illness, including COVID-19, in schools.” (Burnaby School District Stage 2 Return to School Health and Safety Handbook COVID-19, Apr/22, p. 23)

    Do not attend school if you have any symptoms of illness


    When you arrive at school, students are reminded to follow hygiene best practices::

    1. woman putting on maskIf you prefer to mask, put on your mask before entering the building.
    2. Enter the building by the access point closest to your destination to reduce crowding in hallways.
    3. Wash or sanitize your hands upon entry.  There are handwashing stations, washrooms, and/or hand sanitizer stations located near all entrances.
    4. Maintain social distances whenever possible as you move through the building.

    You can exit the school through any door but should clean your hands each time you (re)enter either building.


    Bring pen & paper for notes.

    *Arrive early so you have time to sanitize before proceeding to your classroom.    

    11:00 am

    PERIOD 1

    11:30 am


    Students in sports academies go to the Library.

    If you do not have a Block 1 course, view the “Opening Day Presentation” on the website that will be posted by Wednesday, Sept, 7, 2022.






    Leadership students will meet you in the gym and take you to your period 1 classroom for activities and tours of the school.

    Grade 8’s – During your orientation classes in the North Gym, the admin will provide a school orientation, review schedules and health guidelines, introduce you to school staff.  Then you’ll accompany the leadership students to your Block 1 classroom where you’ll complete some other activities and tour the school.

    Prior to arriving on Opening Day, you will need to login to the MyEd Portal to see your schedule and determine the classroom where you move to after the assembly. The portal is currently disabled but will be opened up the evening of the Friday before school begins. You will not require any specific materials on the first day but you should bring a pen or pencil and something to write on.

    Grades 9-12–During your orientation classes in Period 1, your teachers will provide a school orientation, review schedules and health guidelines, and outline the plans for the year ahead.


    Day 1/2 Timetable Rotation chart

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    The school schedule has returned to the LINEAR system for 2022 onward.  In a linear system, students take eight courses from September to June; four courses on alternating days (Day 1 & Day 2).  Days where there are no classes count as a Day 0 so the rotation days are not on the same day each week.  See the Calendar for the rotation for each day.

    2022-2023 Bell Schedule

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    Our school bell schedule begins with “Flexible Student Support Time” (FLEX). It is mandatory for grade 8 students to attend FLEX; gr. 9-12 students are encouraged to make the best use of FLEX to support their learning.  This is time for students to have more ownership of their learning by choosing how to use their time at the beginning of each school day.  For example, students may opt to meet with a teacher for some extra help, for some enrichment opportunities, and/or to collaborate with some classmates on a class or extra-curricular project.   Teachers will be available for extra support, but student attendance will not be taken as students will very likely move between different teachers and classrooms each morning.  On Fridays, teachers meet in Collaboration Groups, so their availability for direct student help may vary.  Teachers may also be available during FLEX due to prep time requirements, meetings, etc.  Check with your teacher in advance if you plan to see them for specific assistance.

    Chart showing the times and duration of each block in the timetable

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    Students must register for their lockers in advance using the online booking system.  Complete instructions are available here.


    The North Cafeteria will be open beginning September 7, 2022.  Students can purchase hot & cold items and drinks and pay using cash or debit. Seating in the cafeteria may be limited .  (*The South Cafeteria has been converted into learning spaces for the North Burnaby Adult Education Centre.)

    The school store (run by the Marketing students) is also located in the North Cafeteria and has a variety of snack items available for purchase.  Opening date and service levels are to be determined and are subject to change due to health guidelines.

    General School Info (All info below is subject to change to meet health guidelines)

    Technology & Media At North

    Technology/Internet Resources

    • Internet/Network Agreement Form (.pdf) — must be signed and returned (if not previously submitted) for students to have permission to use school computers. Be sure to read the policy before signing.
      • Students who have provided signed Internet/Network agreement forms are provided with a SchoolConnect network login (to access school computers and wifi) and an Office365 account, which includes access to a email address and services to support classroom instruction.
    • District Technologies and Information Systems’ Digital Responsibility Guidelines for Students
      • Teachers may have additional classroom policies regarding electronic devices and network access.  Please refer to each teacher’s orientation lessons/documents.

    Media Resources

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