Back to School

On behalf of the 730 staff serving our 14 schools, we wish you and your family all the best for the coming school year. Our division’s motto is Together we learn. We work with parents and our communities to nurture and sustain excellent schools where children become active and ethical citizens.

We’ve prepared this guide to help new and returning students and their families get ready for school. The first day of school is September 3, 2019. Our school offices will be open before the first day to register students and answer questions. Please see the chart below for details. We look forward to seeing you!

Key dates for 2019-20

  • First day of school – Sept 3
  • Christmas break – Dec 23 – Jan 3
  • Teachers convention – Feb 6-7
  • Spring break – March 23-27
  • No school – Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22, Jan 31, Mar 13, Apr 24
  • Last day of school – June 26

When does the school office open in the fall?

Our school offices will be open to register students and answer your questions according to this schedule. Note – We will add information as it become available.
If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to call our Regional Office in Barrhead at 780.674.8500. Note: our office will be closed July 22 to August 5.

Schools Office opens Principal Phone
Barrhead Composite High
Grades 7 – 12
Darcie Eamor 780.674.8522
K – Grade 6
Aug 26-29
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Angie Bachand 780.349.2464
K – Grade 6
Aug 27-29
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Tammy Tkachuk 780.674.4401
École Barrhead Elementary
K – Grade 6
Aug 26-29
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dale Bujold 780.674.8518
École Westlock Elementary
K – Grade 6
Aug 27-29
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Pierre Ouimet 780.349.3385
Eleanor Hall (Clyde)
K – Grade 9
Aug 26-29
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nadine Marchand 780.348.5341
Fort Assiniboine
K – Grade 9
Aug 26-29
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Lorna Hiemstra 780.584.3751
Neerlandia Public Christian
K – Grade 9
Aug 26-29
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Brett Seatter 780.674.5581
Pembina North (Dapp)
K – Grade 9
Aug 26-29
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Raime Drake 780.954.3790
R. F. Staples (Westlock)
Grades 7-12
Aug 26-29
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wayne Rufiange 780.349.4454
Swan Hills
K – Grade 12
Slade Sekulich 780.333.4471
Vista Virtual (Online)
Grades 1-12
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Mike Loitz 1.855.974.5333
Edm Ext 6116
Cgy Ext 6240

Schools will contact parents of Kindergarten students before school starts with full details of their child’s schedule.

We also operate two schools serving the Pibroch and Sunny Bend Hutterite Colonies. We are proud to be the home of the Alberta Distance Learning Centre which provides distance learning courses to 40,000 Grade 1 to 12 students in schools across Alberta.

New to our schools? To register you will need:

  • Child’s birth certificate or proof of citizenship
  • Detailed land location or rural address

What about school supplies?

School supply lists are posted on your school’s website. Links will be updated here as they become available.

Barrhead Composite High School Fort Assiniboine School
Busby School Neerlandia Public Christian School
Dunstable School Pembina North Community School
École Barrhead Elementary School R. F. Staples Secondary School
École Westlock Elementary School Swan Hills School
Eleanor Hall School

All about busing

See the Transportation page for fees, registration and application forms.
Contact the Transportation Services office at 780.674.8510.
Barrhead 780.674.8510 Monday to Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Westlock office (summer) hours: Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Special orientation events

  • École Barrhead Elementary School Open House — August 29 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Meet the Bus for Kindergarten students
    Kindergarten students and parents are invited to find out what it’s like to ride the big yellow bus!

    • École​ Barrhead Elementary School – August 22 at 10:00 a.m. – In the bus lane behind the school
    • École Westlock Elementary School – August 21 at 10:00 a.m. – In the bus lane beside the school
    • Swan Hills School – August 20 at 10:00 a.m. – In the bus lane in front of the school

Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance

For your convenience, we have made arrangements for families to voluntarily purchase student accident insurance through the Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance program. Kids Plus™ Accident Insurance offers protection against the unexpected costs of injury from accidents. It is especially valuable for families who:

  • do not have medical or dental plans,
  • have limited plans, as it may help supplement health and dental benefits
  • have active children who enjoy sports and outdoor activities.

For complete plan details, please visit or access the registration form here.