Schools close in the Elk Valley due to an evacuation alert

Rocky Mountain Elementary and Elkford Secondary School until further notice due to the evacuation alert in the Elkford area.

School District #5, Southeast Kootenay has closed Rocky Mountain Elementary and Elkford Secondary School until further notice due to the evacuation alert in the Elkford area.  The School District will provide updates and communicate with families through the School District website www.sd5.bc.ca

SCHOOL CLOSURES IN ELKFORD!

​As of 3:30 p.m, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 a Fire Evacuation Alert was given for the District of Elkford and Rural Properties North of the District of Sparwood

Schools in Elkford will be closed starting September 13, 2017 until further notice. Updates will be provided as new information is received.

“An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Regional District of East Kootenay, the District of Elkford and the District of Sparwood due to wildfire and the potential danger to life and health to residents in the area north of the District of Sparwood to Bingay Creek.

This includes the District of Elkford, Line Creek, Green Hills and Fording River Operations and all rural properties north of Sparwood”. In the case of an Evacuation Alert, we must close schools that are in areas under an Evacuation Alert as an Evacuation Order could come at any time at that point.

Therefore, we will be closing the two Elkford schools – Rocky Mountain Elementary School and Elkford Secondary School until further notice. The safety of our students and staff will always be our first priority. On the advice of Emergency personnel, the Ministry of Education and examples from other school districts, we have seen the absolute need to take this step. We will be working with the Regional Districts and individual communities to give updates as soon as they are available and will be communicating with families through our School District website.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email with questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Jason Tichauer, Safe Schools Coordinator, SD5

Information on Evacuation Alerts/Orders in the Regional District of East Kootenay

For the most up-to- date information regarding the current evaculation orders/alerts visit the Regional District of East Kootenay website at ​http://www.rdek.bc.ca/departments/emergencyservices/emergencyinfo/

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