Start of School Info for September

file1881282175101General Information for All Grades for September 2021

Due to health guidelines and school construction, this year will be very different from other years.  Please read the information below carefully.



TL;RL:  Students will access their own timetables online; printed copies will not be distributed at school.  Everyone must pass the health check at home, use assigned entrances, and mask/sanitize upon arrival before proceeding through the halls. Students will attend a limited schedule on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  Full SEMESTER schedule begins Wednesday September 8, 2021 .

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 NO TIMETABLE distribution in classes.  Please print your timetable at home or save a picture of it to your camera roll for easy access.

If your timetable looks wrong…

First, read the new school schedule information.  Some courses needed to be changed for the semester system.  In order to comply with the health guidelines, and ensure a smooth start-up to the year, we will not be making ‘course changes’ only course corrections in cases only 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.

If one of the three situations above describes your timetable, please complete the Course Correction form that will be posted on the school website after 9 am, Sept. 8, 2020. Do NOT attend an incorrect course to preserve our Learning Groups.  A counsellor will email or call you to verify that the correction has been made.


***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.  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 soilimpedes visibility and access across the horseshoe.  Please drop students off closest to the building they need to access as they cannot cross the horseshoe.
  • 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 will enter the building ONLY through the door assigned to their PERIOD 1 class.  Check the maps at right for the entrance assigned for your room.  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.





South Building map Sept 2020

Click to enlarge & view the entrances assigned for each room. (includes rooms 2-29, Library, S. Gym).

North building entrance assignments Sept 2020

Click to enlarge & view the entrances assigned for each room (includes rooms 100s to 400s, N. Gym, Alt. Gym, Gallery).




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 MAY NOT attend school and must contact the school to notify us of their absence.

“If a student presents with symptoms, parents or caregivers must keep their child at home
until they have been assessed by a health care provider, and where instructed, tested to
exclude COVID-19, and their symptoms have resolved.” (Burnaby School District Stage 2 Return to School Health and Safety Handbook COVID-19, Sept/21, p. 13)

Do not attend school if you have any symptoms of illness


When you arrive at school, you will need to follow a specific arrival protocol:

  1. woman putting on maskPut on your mask before entering the building.  Students, staff, and visitors are required to wear face masks indoors and to maintain as much social distancing as possible; entrances will be crowded.
  2. Enter the building through the entrance assigned to your Period 1 class (see step 2 above).
  3. Sanitize/wash your hands upon arrival at school at the locations provided.
  4. Proceed directly to your classroom.

You can exit the school through any door but need to use the arrival protocol 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


11:30 am


Students in sports academies go to the Library.

If you do not have a Block 1 course, view the “Opening Day PowerPoint” on the website.




14:30 Leadership students will meet you in your classroom and take you on a school tour after your class business is concluded.

Grade 8’s – During your orientation classes in Period 1, your teachers (with the help of our amazing Leadership and Mentorship students) will provide a school orientation, review schedules and health guidelines, introduce you to school staff, take you on a tour and outline the plans for the year ahead. You can expect a call from Leadership and Mentorship students early in September to welcome you to North and tell you a bit more about what to expect.

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 will begin the day. The portal is currently disabled but will be opened up the evening of Friday, September 3rd. You will be receiving a separate email later this week with login guidelines and a password so you are ready to go before the 7th. 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.


Chart of Blocks in Semesters

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The school schedule has been adjusted into a Semester system for 2021-2022 in order to give the flexiblity to meet potentially changing guidelines from the Provincial Health Office and Ministry of Education.  In a Semester system, students take four courses at a time. Each semester lasts 5 months.

2021-2022 Bell Schedule & Block Rotation

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Our new school bell schedule begins with “Flexible Student Support Time” (FLEX). 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.

Students are reminded not to gather before or after school and leave at the completion of their school day unless they have scheduled extra-curricular activities to reduce exposure to others during COVID.


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


The North Cafeteria is open with reduced menu options. Students can purchase individually packaged items and pay using debit. Seating in the cafeteria may be limited to preserve social distancing.  *The South Cafeteria has been converted into learning spaces for the North Burnaby Adult Education Centre.

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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