Kingston Secondary School Snapshot
December 2, 2020
Move set for December 15, 2020
Classes are scheduled to begin for both Module Vanier and KSS students on December 15, 2020 which is the beginning of Octomester/Block 4. The last day of classes at the current Module Vanier and KSS is December 11, 2020. Students at Module Vanier and KCVI will have a scheduled (asynchronous) remote learning/turnaround day at home on December 14, 2020 to allow for the setup of physical classrooms at the new building to welcome students to school the next day.
Student Tours December 2 & 3
Leadership students from KCVI will lead students from KCVI and Module Vanier through pre-arranged tours of the new Kingston Secondary School site on December 2 or 3.
Classes will either take Kingston Transit or walk using the city community paths - a round trip walk of about 60 minutes. Tours will take about 30 minutes and will cover the main areas of the school. Students and staff are required to wear face coverings throughout.
A drone fly-through of the new school, featuring indoor and outdoor spaces, will also be produced to help familiarize students with the new school.
KCVI & Vanier students tour new Kingston Secondary School site
Student handbook coming soon!
Grade 11/12 Leadership Development students from KCVI are creating a student handbook to help KCVI and Module Vanier students become acquainted with the new school and neighbourhood. Information on transportation, walking/cycling trails and lunch options will be included in the guide.
School bus transportation eligibility
School bus transportation is available to eligible students currently attending KCVI and Module Vanier or those who will attend KSS for special programming.
For information on school bus eligibility to the KSS site, please visit Tri-Board Student Transportation or call 613.354.1981 or 1.866.569.6638.
Families who are eligible need to complete a Tri-Board busing application if they are brand new bus riders. To apply for busing, please visit the Tri-Board website. If you have any questions about busing to the new school, please call Tri-Board.
If you already ride the school bus, no action is required. If you are currently riding a bus but will walk, cycle or take Kingston Transit to the new school, no action is required.
Kingston Transit routes servicing KSS
Both KCVI and Module Vanier students may continue using their free Kingston Transit passes once the new school opens.
Kingston Transit has provided maps on which routes will service KSS. Transit will shift bus resources from the KCVI area to the KSS area to support peak demand at school dismissal time.
The transit passes will be key for students who live within 3.2 km of the new school and are not eligible for school bus transportation. School bus transportation is available to eligible students currently attending KCVI and Module Vanier or those who will attend KSS for special programming.
If your student doesn't have a Kingston Transit pass and needs one, they can obtain one from the Cataraqui Centre or Kingston City Hall. If this poses a barrier for students, please contact the school for assistance.
For information on school bus eligibility to KSS, please see below.
Walking & cycling paths around KSS
There are many options to get to and from the Kingston Secondary School site by bike or by walking using new and expanded city trails and pathways.
The new Leroy Grant Multi-use Pathway is an accessible asphalt pathway that connects Third Ave. to John Counter Blvd. through Champlain Park. The pathway feeds directly into the grounds of KSS through Champlain Park.
The sidewalk network in the area adjacent to the school is quite robust as sidewalks are located on one or both sides of street (with the exception of one or two small pieces within the neighbourhood).
For those who prefer to cycle, there are a couple of ways to get from KCVI area to KSS and back:
- If starting in the inner harbour/downtown area, the K&P trail (beginning in Doug Fluhrer Park) takes you Elliott Avenue, which has cycling lanes that take you to Lyons Street, or further west to a pathway that leads to the grounds of Molly Brant Elementary School.
- If starting in the Queen’s University/Sunnyside/Alwington area, you can take the buffered bike lanes along Brock/Johnson Streets (depending if starting from the east or west) to Macdonnell Street, then head up Macdonnell, which leads right into the Leroy Grant multi-use pathway beginning at Third Avenue and Connaught Street.