Please Wear Orange Tomorrow, Monday, May 31

Good evening Jackson Families,

Please wear orange tomorrow, Monday, May 31, 2021.

In light of the news last week regarding the mass grave of 215 children discovered at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and in support of all Residential School survivors and in remembrance of those that didn’t survive, their families, and the greater community during this difficult time, Jackson will hold an “Orange Shirt Day” tomorrow, Monday, May 31.

If able, we are encouraging all staff and students to wear orange for remembrance and support.  In addition, the flags will be flying at half-mast to mark this unimaginably sad discovery.

Thank you,

Steve Drapala, Principal

PAC Meeting Rescheduled

Please note that the PAC meeting, originally scheduled for tonight, has been rescheduled to next Tuesday, June 1st at 7:00 pm. A Zoom link to the meeting has been emailed to parents.

Confirmed case of COVID 19 at Jackson

Updated: Monday May 24 (1:30 pm)

Dear Staff and Families,

A member of our Salmon Arm Secondary (Jackson) school community has tested positive for COVID-19. They are self-isolating at home with support from local public health teams.

All students, families and staff members have been notified with the attached letter:

Interior Health has identified and School District No. 83 has notified (by email and phone call) those individuals required to Self-Isolate (remain home, with school work provided remotely).

If you have not been contacted by Interior Health or the school, you have NOT been identified as being potentially exposed.

We will continue to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff by educating and enforcing our school-based protocols. The main features of these protocols include:

  • wearing a mask when entering the building, while in the hallway or in a common spaces and while on buses,
  • remaining in our Learning Cohorts,
  • following the physical distancing requirements, and
  • practicing effective hand hygiene.

We appreciate your continued patience and support as we all navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steven Drapala, Principal

Student Survey

All students in Grades 6-12 are being invited to take part in an optional survey to ensure a more safe, respectful, and equitable school-learning experience for all students.

“Your voice is important,” says District Principal Anne Tenning as she encourages all students to take part. She adds that much thought went into the survey and the district is hoping for a high participation rate from students as the information will be used to help set district goals, student improvement plans, and in-service, particularly for the Ministry’s Indigenous Education day. The survey was developed by the SD83 Equity Committee, which includes representatives from the local Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), North Okanagan Shuswap Teachers’ Association (NOSTA), SD83 Principals and Vice-Principals (PVP) and SD83’s senior leadership team (SLT).


All participant identities will be kept anonymous.

The survey will take about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on answers to a few of the open ended questions. Students are also invited to enter a separate contest at the end of the survey and have a chance to win some great prizes, including seven Samsung Galaxy Tablets. This survey closes on May 28, 2021 and the prize draw will take place on May 31, 2021.

Tenning explains the district received a small grant from the Ministry, and chose to use the funds for prizes for the students.