Re-opening info for StrongStart Program

We are looking forward to welcoming our North Okanagan-Shuswap StrongStart families back to our programs starting on Thursday, October 1st. StrongStart is a free early learning program for preschool children, 0 to 5 years old, and their parent or caregiver. There will be COVID-19 guidelines in place at all programs to ensure the safety of our families, StrongStart educators, and school community. 


  • Registration for all SD83 StrongStart programs will open on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 and will be ongoing 
  • If your child was previously registered in a StrongStart program in our district, please call the school to indicate that you and your child are interested in attending the StrongStart program again this school year 
  • If your child is new to StrongStart, please phone the school to request a time to come in and complete the registration process 
  • Interested families will need to choose one program to attend as we will not be supporting participation at multiple programs due to COVID-19 

Click here for complete information

Carlin Safety Plan

Hi Carlin Parent/Guardians and Students,
After meeting with our school’s Health and Safety Committee, our PAC Executive, and receiving approval from our Assistant Superintendent we are now in position to post to our website Carlin’s Covid-19 Safety Plan Notes and Routines.

Please note this plan can change as we review and adjust.
 This is a start-up unlike no other. Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.

Shane Corston/Noah Ralston
Carlin Elementary Middle School

Kindergarten Gradual Entry

Hello Carlin Kindergarten families,
Thank you for your patience as we meet and plan on how to make this the best year for our new Kindies.  I hope this schedule and information helps with your planning and helps answer some pressing questions.

Gradual Entry Schedule:
Thursday, September 10, 9:00-10:00 AM
Students with last name starting with A through M

Friday, September 11, 9:00-10:00 AM
Students with last name starting with N through Z

Monday to Wednesday, Sept 14 through 16
All students 8:37-10:00 AM
Please send a water bottle and snack that your child can open on their own.

Thursday and Friday, Sept 17 and Sept 18
All students 8:37-11:40 AM
Please send a water bottle and snack that your child can open on their own.

Monday, Sept 21 is a non-instructional day (no school)

Tuesday, September 22: begin full time school
All students, all day: 8:37-2:40
Please send a water bottle, snack, and a lunch that your child can open on their own.


  • If you have older students that you drove to school in June, the routine will be the same for drop off and pick up.  That is, parents drive into the lower drop off/pick up area below the school.  Parents can get out and hug their child goodbye while an adult from the school will come down and walk the child up to their teacher and their classmates.  Parents stay at their vehicle.  For pick up, school staff will walk the children back to their parents. 
  • Your child’s teacher will be calling you on Tuesday or Wednesday (Sept 8 and 9) to talk with you directly and answer any questions you have and to discuss your child and their needs.  This will be a great chance to connect with your child’s teacher.
  • School supplies will be taken care of and purchased by your teacher.  Information about school fees will come home in the first week or two of school.
  • Proper handwashing will be an important skill for your child to have and extra practice at home would be great.

We look forward to having the kindergarten students joining the Carlin school community and the joy they bring our school.
Please email or call the school if you have other questions for us to answer.  Otherwise, take care and look for a phone call on Tuesday or Wednesday next week from your classroom teacher.

Lastly, if you didn’t fill out the kindergarten survey back in June (or can’t remember if you did, or just want to do it again to ensure information is most up to date) can you go through this link and fill it out?  It will help us with planning the best environment for your child:

Return to school information

Hello Carlin Families,

We hope your summer was safe and you had time to be together as a family or with some friends. We will have more information to send out next week.  However, we also wanted to reach out to you this week and share some of the important information we have now.  Please see the attached pdf:

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a return to full time learning with your children.

Shane Corston and Noah Ralston