News Stories


Terry Fox Run 2021 - Hume Elementary School

On September 27th, 2021 Hume Elementary School participated in the annual Terry Fox Run.  Students were encouraged to donate a loonie or toonie to this tremendous national cause.  Throughout the past week, the school raised $608.80, exceeding our goal of $500.00.  May we all support the ongoing research and community support offered by the Terry Fox Foundation.


Feelings First

SD8 promotes support campaign for Early Learners and their caregivers

SD8 – Kootenay Lake works closely with families and partners throughout the Kootenay region to identify how they can best support early years services and supports for children 0-5 years. “These rapidly changing times have increased our need to support our youngest learners and their caregivers,” said Javier Plasencia, SD8 Schools Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator.


Stay Informed this year with Schoolkit Hub app

District releases new version of mobile app

September is back to school month for the students and staff of SD8 Kootenay Lake and it is important to keep up to date with the rapidly changing nature of these times. To stay connected and remain informed this 2021-2022 school year, students, parents and guardians are being encouraged to download our district’s Schoolkit Hub mobile app.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation added to school calendar

SD8 Kootenay Lake will be joining the province and the country with the new federal statutory holiday on September 30th, as an acknowledgement of the atrocities of the residential school experiences here in our country.  This day will be a day for district wide reflection on reconciliation and history, and our shared responsibility in moving education forward in truth and reconciliation.  


Safe and Healthy Return to School

Working closely with Interior Health, we are committed to supporting a safe return to in-person classes September 7th, 2021. 

For your child or youth’s safe return to school, please:


Welcome Back to School 2021

Dear Students, Parents & Guardians,

With the official school start day approaching quickly, we know many families are preparing for the start of new school year.

All elementary and secondary classes will begin at regular start times on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.  Please note that the first day of classes will be an early dismissal day. Dismissal times for all schools will be 3 hours earlier than usual. Ensure you check your school website for start and pick up times.

Student Transportation & Bussing


Letter from the Chair of the Board of Education: Former St. Eugene Residential School

Dear School District 8 – Kootenay Lake Community,

SD8 Kootenay Lake acknowledges and honours the lands of the Ktunaxa peoples, on whose traditional territory our school district operates. We honour the lands of the yaqan nukiy peoples on whose territory our schools operate. It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we also acknowledge the 182 unmarked graves at the former St. Eugene Residential School at ?aq’am.


Cultural Learning Opportunity - Become a Homestay Family!

Dear SD 8 Families and Staff,

In a world that is growing smaller every day, cultural competencies are increasing in importance. One great way to have an international experience, right here at home for you and your family, is to welcome an international student into your home.

The Kootenay Lake School  District is hoping to welcome international students back into our schools and communities. International students allow for our communities, families and local students to learn about other cultures and to make global friendships.