Learning at Cultus Lake School Starting June 1st

Please find the most recent letter from Superintendent Rohan Arul by clicking here.

Please keep checking the Chilliwack School District website (at https:www.sd33.bc.ca) for the most recent information on planning around COVID-19.

Please find attached a Letter from Fraser Health on Safely Returning to School here

Please find attached a Letter from Minister of Education Rob Fleming here

May 27th, 2020

Re: Return to School Monday to Thursday (starting June 1st)

Dear Cultus Lake Families,

As we start to prepare for a partial return to school on June 1st, I wanted to provide parents with some specific details on what they and their child can expect in a number of areas in and around the school.

Days in Attendance – Your child will be scheduled to return to school on either a Monday & Tuesday or a Wednesday & Thursday. Teachers will have tried to share this information with you by now. If you are unsure which days your child is attending please give the school a phone call. For families involved in the daycare program, a different letter will follow shortly.

Closed Campus – Under Stage 3 of the COVID-19 re-opening, our school now needs to be a closed campus. This means that at all times of the day the doors to the school will remain locked and parents will not have access to the building or the school grounds where students are participating in learning activities.

Health Checks – Parents are required to certify that their child is healthy before sending them to school. Please see the attached check list and if your child has any of the symptoms on the list please do not send them to school. Students who get sick while at school will be isolated from other students and staff. Parents will be called immediately and will need to pick-up their child. Parents or caregivers must keep their child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID – 19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have been resolved. Parents must provide school administration with documentation from a health care professional clearing their child of COVID – 19 before returning to school.

1st Day Back to School – For the first day back to school (either June 1st or June 3rd) please let your child know they are to go directly into the school when they arrive using their “regular” entrance doors. Once in the school they need to go directly to their classroom and wash their hands. As keeping all kids safe is very important to us in these times, this process will allow us to then go over new routines we have in place right at the start of the day.

Morning Drop Off – For dropping off children in the morning (after the first day), please do not bring your child to the school before 7:50am. Parents will need to drop their child off at the entrance to the school black top area and not enter the school grounds. Thanks for your help with this. Buses will run as normal and will communicate any changes in their schedule to parents.

LATES – Should your child arrive late at the school,  parents MUST bring them to the front door, ring the door bell, step back from the door and wait for a staff member to escort their child into the school. Please DO NOT drop your child off at the school without ensuring they have been admitted ot the building. As all doors will be locked, we want to ensure your child safely enters the building to start their day.

Afternoon Pick-up – As much as possible please maintain social distance when picking up your child. A pre-arranged meeting spot is recommended for families. We ask all families to exit the school grounds and not use playgrounds at the end of the day as cleaning and disinfecting needs to take place. Buses will run as normal and will communicate any changes in their schedule to parents.

Emergency Contact & Pick-Up – Should you need to pick up your child during the day please call the office and we can make these arrangements. When you arrive at the school please ring the front door bell and a staff member will assist you.

Supplies – Students should bring supplies back to the school for use on school days. This includes a water bottle as students will not be able to access water fountains but can use the touchless water station. Please make sure all student supplies are labeled with your child’s name. Supplies (and food items) cannot be shared between students.

Parent Meeting – To help answer parent questions about what a return to school looks like we will be having a parent meeting on Zoom on Thursday @ 6:00pm. This meeting is entirely optional but will allow parents to ask questions of Mr. Gemmell about the return to school plan. 


Topic: Cultus Lake Students Return to School Meeting

Time: May 28, 2020 06:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting


* Please see the email sent to parents for the Meeting ID & Password

We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming back Cultus Lake students to school and seeing many of our students at school in the coming weeks. I hope that parents who are interested can join us tomorrow evening where we will try and answer some of the questions you may still have.



Wade Signature

Wade Gemmell


Cultus Lake Community School


Welcome to Cultus Lake Community School

Cultus Lake Community School is a “family-friendly” learning place that is situated only 8 minutes from Vedder Crossing.   

Visit our website often to learn about the School Programs we have to offer and the Extra-Curricular Activities happening. You may also want to check the Calendar for up to date news and events. 

We believe that cooperation and respect are important when working, learning and playing together.  We  hope that our quality school programs will help your child to develop: solid skills and a positive attitude leading to academic excellence; confidence and self-esteem; creative thinking and problem-solving skills and self-reliance and confidence.

Cultus Lake Community School is a great school with much to offer our students and their families:

  •  a school-wide focus on improving students’ literacy and numeracy skills
  •  school successes related to social responsibility
  •  an on-site, licensed care program providing before and afterschool care
  •  a Strong Start Centre for pre-schoolers and their families
  •  a  wide range of special events, spirit days and other activities 
  •  a dedicated Parent Advisory Council


The Chilliwack School District has moved to a centralized, electronic registration system. Our schools no longer accept paper registration forms. This online process provides parents and guardians an option to register their child at any time, even over the summer break. This includes registration for K - 12, French Immersion and out of catchment requests. You will be required to:

1.      Provide a valid email address
2.      Upload a copy of the child’s birth certificate
3.      Upload proof of residency

To register at Cultus Lake Community School or any school in SD33 please click here!

For more information and FAQ, please visit ​SD33 - Registration or email ereg@sd33.bc.ca


Outdoor Place Based Learning Programs

Outdoor place based learning is a key focus and teaching philosophy in our school. Place-based education promotes learning that is local and considers the unique history, environment and culture of Cultus Lake. It recognizes and uses students’ own “place” or immediate schoolyard, neighbourhood, town or community.

Outdoor  and community locations in the local communities of Cultus Lake, Soowhalie and Columbia Valley are used to  provide students with a “hands-on, first hand experience” in learning their curriculum. For more information on our outdoor programs check out the following pages on our website

  1. Nature Kindergarten Program (Information)
  2. Outdoor Place Based Learning Grades 1 - 5


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

School Supplies - Information on school supplies and a list that can be downloaded and printed for your child's grade level can be found here.

Bussing – All students who wish to take the bus to schools in Chilliwack MUST register with our transportation department. For information on bussing click on the link here or call the transportation department at 604 792 – 1255.

Bell Schedule 2019 - 20 – This year our school has a new bell schedule which is as follows:

  • 7:55 a.m.                         Warning Bell
  • 8:00 a.m                          School Starts
  • 9:50 – 10:05a.m.             Recess
  • 11:55 – 12:40p.m.            LUNCH 
  • 1:52 p.m.                          Dismissal

ATTENDANCE MATTERS!!! – We strongly believe, encourage and reward students who are on time and at school on a regular basis !! While we understand that children may be absent from time to time we would ask that you contact us and let us know on these occasions.

Calendar & Upcoming Events – The calendar on this website is a “live” calendar meaning it is updated as soon as we are aware of an event or a change in an event. Keeping checking this calendar for information as well as the Upcoming Events section on the first page of this website for information. Important dates and information will also be published in our monthly newsletters.​


Information & Announcements

PAC Halloween Party

The PAC is hosting a Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 30th from 5 - 8pm at Cultus Lake Community School. Please find a flyer attached to this email with further information on this event.

In preparing for this party we could use some:

-Volunteers the day of the dance to help decorate, work concession, etc.

- We’d also appreciate any donations of baked goods or help decorating baked-good that the PAC is baking.

Guidelines for a Chilliwack School District Dress Code

We would like your feedback on the most important things we should consider as we review the guidelines for a Chilliwack School District Dress Code. We are using an online platform called ThoughtExchange where you can share your thoughts independently and confidentially, and consider and rate thoughts shared by others. Note that the deadline for the forum is Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

BC Government's Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program for School Aged Children from April to June 2019

The Province is launching a measles immunization catch-up program to help BC families ensure their children are protected from measles. The program will run from April through June 2019. Please see the Measles Campaign Letter to Parents from Fraser Health on the District Website at: https://sd33.bc.ca/announcement/bc-governments-measles-immunization-catch-program-school-aged-children-april-june-2019