SD8 Funding for COVID-19 Expenses Confirmed

Board set to receive remaining Federal Safe Return to Class Funding

As the 2020-2021 school year remains focused on safety for students and staff amidst the pandemic, SD8 - Kootenay Lake reports they have sufficient funding to cover the myriad of added expenses and budget costs associated with the implications of COVID-19.

To support B.C.’s COVID-19 response for K-12 education, the federal government announced $242.4 million in one-time funding for the 2020-21 school year last fall. Kootenay Lake School District received the first half of the investment ($1,326,859) in September 2020. It has now been confirmed that the second instalment of this funding ($889,192) will arrive by March 2021, bringing the total additional Safe Return to Schools & Classrooms funding to $2,216,051.

The Safe Return to School funding was earmarked for:

  • Additional Staffing costs to handle COVID-19 challenges
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and students (e.g. masks, sanitizer, plexiglass)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • A GPS transportation system for District buses
  • HVAC & Ventilation equipment and upgrades including 50 air scrubbers
  • Learning Resources for homebound students
  • Technology resources and devices to facilitate online learning
  • Additional staffing to handle COVID-19 challenges

For the current fiscal year 2020-2021, the Board had adopted its original budget on April 28, 2020.  On September 22, 2020, the Board had already authorized amending its budget to authorize the additional Safe Return to Schools & Classrooms spending of the $2,216,051.

The Board will consider the final 2020-2021 Amended Budget at its next meeting on February 9, 2021.

Detailed Annual Financial Results are available on the district website: (


For more information:

Michael McLellan, Secretary-Treasurer & CFO

About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.