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October 27, 2017 - 2:20 PM

KAMLOOPS - A special alert has been sent by the Kamloops-Thompson School District regarding the unfolding police situation on the Tk'emlups reserve.

The school district says in a news release students who get to and from school on district buses will be kept at school if they live in Sun Rivers area, the G & M Trailer Park or on East Shuswap Road.

An ongoing police incident is unfolding at the G & M Trailer Park which has closed access to Highway 5 North. As a result, school buses can't travel through the area.

Students who live in the vicinity of the police incident, travel by district school bus, and go to 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

The affected students will be kept at their school until they can be picked up by their parents or another approved adult, the school district says. Affected schools will stay open until all children have been picked up.

Additionally, a Kamloops RCMP media release says students at Sk'elep School on Tk'emlups Indian Band reserve will be bused home from school today at the regular time of 2:40 p.m. Parents are not to go to the school to pick up their children.

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

But due to Highway 5 North being closed due to the police incident, 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 aren't able to go to Lafarge Bridge, school staff will be with students at all times and will make further arrangements.

Only students at the listed schools are affected, all other schools will release students at the end of day as usual.

The school district says no schools or students are at risk and the police operation doesn't involve the school district. It only impacts school bus travel routes.

If you have questions or want more information, you are asked to call the schools directly.

— This story was updated at 2:38 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 to include more information from Kamloops RCMP.

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