SD73 briefs: Grads like TRU, electronic eyes watch you and more


Of the graduates this year who plan on attending college or university, most will be staying home and taking classes at Thompson Rivers University.

The school district conducts an annual survey of graduates, asking them for their future plans.

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Sixty-five per cent of surveys were returned. Of those who returned their surveys, 75 per cent indicated they will be pursuing a post-secondary education.

TRU is the No. 1 choice, with 46 per cent response rate among those attending post-secondary schools. Just less than 29 per cent said they will be attending school outside of Kamloops or B.C.

Because the declining number of completed surveys being returned by grads, the school district will be looking at ways to counter the trend.


A review of video surveillance in the Kamloops-Thompson school district in the 2018-2019 school year reveals that all 78 district buses use the technology daily.

In addition, the Twin Rivers Education Centre in Brocklehurst has five surveillance camera outside, recording to catch acts of vandalism. There are two cameras outside the school district’s maintenance office on Notre Dame Drive, used to deter theft.

There is one camera in the medical room of South Kamloops secondary, with a live feed activated when a student is in the room. Westwold elementary, which did not open this school year due to no students enrolling, has one camera outside to deter theft of diesel.


An annual report on maintenance orders in the school district — orders that prohibit a person from being on school property — reveals that 21 such orders were issued during the past school year.

Of those, 16 involved students at secondary schools, three dealt with parents/adults at elementary sites and two were focused on parents/adults in secondary schools.

The maintenance orders issued to students who presented a threat to other students, while the maintenance orders issued to adults involved those people being verbally abusive or exhibiting intimidating behaviour toward staff.


School District 73 has about 15,000 students attending 46 schools.

Of those 15,000 students, 299 are anaphylactic, meaning they have severe allergies. The 1.9 per cent of the student population with severe allergies is down from last year.

In the 2018-2019 school year, there were four reported incidents of anaphylaxis. Two led to administrations of epinephrine in secondary schools and one resulted in the administration of epinephrine at an elementary school. In the fourth incident, emergency services was called to treat the student.

All school district staff who supervise children receive annual anaphylaxis training.

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