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Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year here in Coast Mountains School District.  I hope you have had an enjoyable summer break with some time to both relax and recharge, as well as pursue some of your personal interests.

The return to school is an exciting time for staff, students, and their families, often accompanied by a new-found energy and optimism for the year ahead.  For me, this year in particular brings a great sense of enthusiasm for the opportunities to build positive relationships that support the well-being and engagement of students in meaningful learning within classrooms that are welcoming, safe and inclusive.

This year Coast Mountains School District will embark on the Board of Education’s new strategic plan – Engage, Ignite, Empower – focused on student academic success and school community wellness, all while embracing and honouring the rich cultures and diversity within our classrooms and school environments.  You are encouraged to have a look at the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan (access link to view).

This communication includes important school start-up and bussing information for our school communities (as detailed below).  Please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any questions or require further clarification.  For your convenience, we provide a link to the CMSD82 2022-2023 School Contact Information.

Again, welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!  We all look forward to seeing you in September.

Aaron Callaghan
Superintendent of Schools


Pre-registration for all schools (with the exception of the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre) will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 30 and 31, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Students not pre-registered should register on these dates.

District Schools will open on Tuesday, September 6 for all students (except Kindergarten).

  • Kindergarten students are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school.
  • Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours EXCEPT for students enrolled at Hazelton Secondary, Kitwanga Elementary, Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary, Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary and New Hazelton Elementary Schools who will attend at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6
  • The Alternate Bus Times for the afternoon of September 6 only for Kitwanga/Hazelton Schools and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School as well as the 2022-2023 Bus Schedule/Routes effective September 6 and 7 respectively are available here (click on link to view).

Regular school hours and bus runs will begin on Wednesday, September 7. Access the following links to view the 2022-2023 Return to School Messages and Bus Routes including school contacts:

CMSD82 2022-23 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2022-23 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2022-23 Stewart Return to School Message
CMSD82 2022-23 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.
2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.


2022-2023 School Supplies Lists



In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, please find links to the School Supplies Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools.  Please reference the additional notations detailed below.


Please Note:

Suwilaawks Community School provide classroom supplies to students at a fee of $40/student.  Details regarding payment for classroom supplies will be provided to parents/guardians during the first week of school.  This fee will cover the supplies required for the year.  Students are asked to bring: a clearly labelled water bottle, a backpack and indoor shoes suitable for all day wear and gym/sport activities.

Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.

Caledonia Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

Should you require further information during the summer months, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at  Alternatively, please contact your school during the last week of August 2022 for assistance.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 6, 2022.

Have a wonderful summer!


2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Procedures


CMSD82 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Procedures Notice
(PDF Format)


In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child for Kindergarten.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

It is important that parents/guardians take note of the specific registration deadlines and contact their in-catchment school to make an appointment to receive the required registration forms.  Inquiries regarding catchment areas should be directed to the school of choice.


School and contact information is available by accessing the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2021-2022 Principal, Vice Principal & School Contact Listing

Kindergarten Registration and Confirmation: 

  • The school district will make every effort to place students who have registered by February 25, 2022 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after February 25, 2022 may not be granted place in their catchment area school.
  • Applications received after February 25, 2022 will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available.  Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school openings.

Cross Boundary Applications and Confirmations: 

  • By February 25, 2022, parents/guardians must first register at their catchment area school (by appointment only), then complete a Cross Boundary Application for their school of choice.  The catchment area school will forward the Cross Boundary Application to the school of choice.
  • Please note:  Effective the 2022-2023 school year, Cross Boundary Applications to Uplands Elementary School will be restricted to children with a sibling currently enrolled in the school.  Cross Boundary Applications, otherwise, will not be accepted for Uplands Elementary School.  For your information, we provide a link to the Backgrounder on this decision:

Backgrounder – UES Cross Boundary Application Restrictions 2022-2023

  • Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications will be provided by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staff allocations and school configurations.  Parents/guardians applying for cross boundary status are advised the decision related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2022-2023 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2022 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2022.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enroll in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at Ecole Mountainview, Kildala Elementary School and Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School.
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at