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UPDATE: Parents of Sk'elep students asked not to pick up children from school

(UPDATE 2:30 p.m.) — RCMP are letting parents know that all students of Sk’elep School on Kamloops Indian Band Reserve will be leaving the school today at the regular time of 2:40 pm.

However, parents are not to go to the school to pick up their children as police situation continues to unfold at G&M Trailer Park.

RCMP say students will be bused away from the school down Shuswap Road to the Lafarge Bridge. If they wish, parents may pick up their children on the North Side of Lafarge Bridge.

If parents choose not to or cannot pick up their children at Lafarge, the children will be bused home as usual.

However, due to Highway 5 being closed due to the police emergency happening, the buses could be up to one hour later than usual dropping the children off.

For parents who normally pick their children up from the school but are not able to go to the Lafarge Bridge to get them, school staff will be with the students at all times and will make further arrangements for the students.

RCMP say there is currently no update in relation to the ongoing police incident in G&W Trailer Park.

(2:15 p.m.) — Students who live in Sun Rivers, the G&M Trailer Park or on East Shuswap Road are being held at school as RCMP continue to search for an armed suspect in the area.

"As a result of an ongoing police incident happening near the G&M trailer park close to Sun Rivers and Highway 5, School District 73 has been advised that District buses will not be able to travel through the area or return students from their schools to the area under police control," the district said in a press release.

Students who live in Sun Rivers, the G&M Trailer Park or on East Shuswap Road and who rely on a bus to get to and from the following schools are affected:

  • South Kamloops Secondary School
  • Valleyview Secondary School
  • Marion Schilling Elementary School
  • Lloyd George Elementary School
  • South Sa-Hali Elementary School

School District 73 is keeping all affected students at their school until they can be picked up by their parents or another approved adult. The affected schools will remain open until all children have been picked up.

Only students at the schools listed above are affected. All other Kamloops and area schools will release students at the end of day as usual.

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