Education officials have decided to pause before weighing into a West Kelowna pot shop debate.

At a meeting Wednesday, trustees referred the issue of how far apart cannabis stores should be from schools back to a committee.

“We want our Safe Schools committee to take another look at this whole issue,” board chairwoman Moyra Baxter said Thursday.

The committee is made up of representatives from the school district, parent groups, police and Interior Health.

West Kelowna city council has accepted an application from the government’s marijuana retailer for a pot shop in the Westbank Towne Centre mall, near George Pringle elementary school.

The shop would be beyond the 100 metre minimum separation the city has set for pot shops and elementary schools.

Earlier, the school board supported the idea of pot shops being at least 500 metres from any school. But municipalities can set whatever separation distance they choose and Central Okanagan communities have adopted differing regulations.

The government's West Kelowna pot shop application won't be considered at a public hearing until January, Baxter said she has heard from city officials.

"So we do feel we have a couple months to study this issue before we make our position known," Baxter said.