A release issued on the SD52 website on July 13 informs parents of students they are not required to purchase general school supplies for elementary students.
The school supply master list for 2016/2017 saw parents of students at Conrad Street, Lax Kxeen and Pineridge elementary schools paying between $25 and $40 per student, to the school, for supplies. Students at Port Edward Community School and Ecole Roosevelt will also have supplies covered.
The supply list for students attending Prince Rupert Middle School has been reduced as well.
“The funds are part of a one time grant,” said outgoing SD52 Superintendent Sandra Jones, “the Student Learning Grant, provided about $50 per student.”
A February release announcing the fund stated that schools would be required to put a priority on purchasing supplies and resources that reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.’s new curriculum.
“It should help with the hands on aspects of the new curriculum,” said Jones.