Vice Principal Appointment, Suwilaawks Community School

 

CMSD82 News Release – Vice Principal Appointment, Suwilaawks Community School, August 1, 2022  (PDF Format)

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Ewald to the position of Vice Principal of Suwilaawks Community School effective August 1, 2022.

Joel joined the School District on September 1, 2019, in a Primary Classroom Teacher position at Suwilaawks Community School and has since been part of the school’s teaching staff.  He was born and raised in the Northwest, with a strong sense of place and tie to local landscapes, people and cultures.

He holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Northern B.C., a Bachelor of Science Degree (Physical Geography) from the University of the Fraser Valley and an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems from the Vancouver Island University.  Joel will be enrolling in a Master’s of Education program as a requirement of the Vice Principal position.

Joel has demonstrated passion in his profession, an understanding and respect for local diverse cultures, history and the importance of building positive relationships with students, staff and the community.  He has impacted the lives of many learners at Suwilaawks Community School in a positive way, both inside and outside the classroom, as an outstanding teacher and through his commitment to success for all learners.

He will continue to serve Suwilaawks Community School well with his knowledge and deep commitment to their students and families.

We extend our congratulations to Joel on his appointment and we wish him every success in his new leadership position.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

CMSD82 is Hiring … Join our Team!

 

Coast Mountains School District 82 is accepting applications for the following positions currently available in its Hazelton, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Terrace and Stewart school communities.  The school district provides educational support for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in nineteen schools with a teaching, professional and support staff of more than 650 employees.  Learn more about an interesting career in education and about our team by viewing the school district’s recruitment video (click on link to open) via YouTube. 

  • Certified Teachers Teaching on Call (pay based on Teacher Qualification Service)
  • Non-Certified Teachers Teaching on Call (daily rate $187.91 plus 4% vacation pay)
  • Certified Education Assistants ($27.75 per hour)
  • Non-Certified Education Assistants ($27.75 per hour)
  • Summer Student Labourers ($17.30 per hour)
  • After School Program Worker at Cassie Hall Elementary School ($27.35 per hour)
  • Tradesperson – Kitimat Maintenance ($32.15 per hour, 40 hours per week)

Hours of work are generally 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

All of our employment opportunities are posted on our school district website at www.cmsd.bc.ca under the Quicklinks section of the website’s home page.

APPLY TODAY!  Please email your resume with references to our Human Resources Department at HR@cmsd.bc.ca.  Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Should you have questions, or you require more information, please contact:

Jennifer Connor – Human Resources Officer, Teachers & Exempt Staff
Tel: (250) 638-4403

Kyla Magnusson – Human Resources Officer, Support Staff
Tel: (250) 638-4440

To view the CMSD82 Recruitment Poster in PDF format, please access the following link.  Please feel free to share this link with family, friends and/or acquaintances for their interest.

We Are Hiring – Join our CMSD82 Team – April 19, 2022

 

Student Learning Survey 2021/2022

 

Help us plan for the future – tell us about your education experience.  Students in Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12, their parents and all staff in B.C. public schools are invited to participate in the 2021/2022 Student Learning Survey, an annual online satisfaction survey about their school experience.  This year’s survey now open to April 29, 2022.

The survey covers a range of topics, providing a comprehensive picture of the educational experience in B.C. public schools. Questions were developed with input from partner groups, teachers and experts in educational measurement and special education.  If a school district or school has added questions, it may take longer.  The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.

All responses are anonymous and confidential.  Student and staff surveys are available in English and French. Parent surveys are available in 18 additional languages.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Education’s website at 2021/2022 Student Learning Survey or contact your School Principal.

 

 

 

Updated Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings effective First Day of Spring Break 2022

 

In follow up to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement of earlier this afternoon, the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings have been updated to reflect changes to Provincial Health Officer orders announced today and updated public health guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

Recognizing schools and districts start Spring Break on different dates, this update is effective the first day of a school’s Spring Break to enable schools to finish the winter term with existing prevention measures in place.  The first day of Spring Break in Coast Mountains School District 82 is Monday, March 21, 2022.

Please access the following links to view Dr. Henry’s announcement, an overview summary of key changes in March 2022 and the updated K-12 Guidelines/Guidance:

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Announcement – March 10, 2022
Changes – Prov. COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines K-12 Settings
Updated Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines K-12 Settings
Updated Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools

Everyone in schools continues to be encouraged to do a daily health check, stay home when sick, and to practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Masks and Face Coverings Update:

  • From March 11 to 20, 2022 inclusive – students, staff and visitors in all CMSD82 schools and facilities will still be required to wear a mask or face covering.  Exceptions will continue to be made for students and staff who cannot wear masks for medical reasons.
  • March 21, 2022 onwards – masks and face coverings will no longer be required to be worn by students, staff and visitors in all CMSD82 schools and facilities.  The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for staff, students and visitors.  A person’s choice should be supported and respected.

This update marks a step forward in the transition towards sustainable communicable disease management, with another update to the guidelines expected mid-April to more fully align with the updated public health guidance.  This two-step transition allows schools, staff, students and families time to prepare for the planned easing of measures.

Parents/Caregivers are asked to contact their School Principal if they have any questions or concerns.

2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Procedures

 

CMSD82 2022-2023 Kindergarten Registration Procedures Notice
(PDF Format)

 

In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child for Kindergarten.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

It is important that parents/guardians take note of the specific registration deadlines and contact their in-catchment school to make an appointment to receive the required registration forms.  Inquiries regarding catchment areas should be directed to the school of choice.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:
REGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN WILL BE HELD
BETWEEN JANUARY 19, 2022 AND FEBRUARY 25, 2022

School and contact information is available by accessing the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2021-2022 Principal, Vice Principal & School Contact Listing

Kindergarten Registration and Confirmation: 

  • The school district will make every effort to place students who have registered by February 25, 2022 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after February 25, 2022 may not be granted place in their catchment area school.
  • Applications received after February 25, 2022 will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available.  Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school openings.

Cross Boundary Applications and Confirmations: 

  • By February 25, 2022, parents/guardians must first register at their catchment area school (by appointment only), then complete a Cross Boundary Application for their school of choice.  The catchment area school will forward the Cross Boundary Application to the school of choice.
  • Please note:  Effective the 2022-2023 school year, Cross Boundary Applications to Uplands Elementary School will be restricted to children with a sibling currently enrolled in the school.  Cross Boundary Applications, otherwise, will not be accepted for Uplands Elementary School.  For your information, we provide a link to the Backgrounder on this decision:

Backgrounder – UES Cross Boundary Application Restrictions 2022-2023

  • Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications will be provided by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staff allocations and school configurations.  Parents/guardians applying for cross boundary status are advised the decision related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2022-2023 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2022 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2022.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enroll in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at Ecole Mountainview, Kildala Elementary School and Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School.
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

 

 

2022-2023 New Student Registration & Cross Boundary Application

 

CMSD82 2022-2023 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice  (PDF Format)

 

School District 82 Policy 1030 outlines student attendance/catchment area procedures in accordance with Ministry of Education policies on Schools of Choice.  It is important that parents/guardians take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the registration procedures listed below are followed:

New In-Catchment Registration and Confirmation: 

  • Registrations will be received by February 25, 2022 for new students including Kindergarten.  Contact your in-catchment school to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Student registration is by appointment only.  School and contact information is available by accessing the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2021-2022 Principal, Vice Principal & School Contact Listing

  • The school district will make every effort to place students who have registered by February 25, 2022 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after February 25, 2022 may not be granted placed in their catchment area school.
  • Applications received after this February 25, 2022  will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available. Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Cross Boundary Applications and Confirmation: 

  • By February 25, 2022, parents/guardians must first register at their catchment area school (by appointment only), then complete a Cross Boundary Application for their school of choice.  The catchment area school will forward the Cross Boundary Application to the school of choice.
  • Please note:  Effective the 2022-2023 school year, Cross Boundary Applications to Uplands Elementary School will be restricted to children with a sibling currently enrolled in the school.  Cross Boundary Applications, otherwise, will not be accepted for Uplands Elementary School.  For your information, we provide a link to the Backgrounder on this decision:

Backgrounder – UES Cross Boundary Application Restrictions 2022-2023

  • Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications will be provided by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staff allocations and school configurations.  Parents/guardians applying for cross boundary status are advised the decision related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2022-2023 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.

Definitions:

  • In-Catchment Students: Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.  The school the student would normally attend.
  • Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students: Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  • School of Choice: The opportunity to enroll in a school or school program available within the school district.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen at Home Tests for Students … Distribution to CMSD82 Schools

 

Each student in Public, Independent and First Nations K-12 schools, is being provided with a box of five Artron rapid antigen at-home tests distributed through their school.  Shipments from the Ministry began arriving on February 18 to CMSD82 schools c/o the School Principal for distribution to parents/caregivers.

To further clarify information in the recent  bulletin from Health Canada, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has updated information for parents/caregivers about the safety and proper use of the test kits they received or will be receiving.  Please see the BCCDC’s Rapid Testing At Home web page for this up-to-date information.

Test instructions are included in the box of five Artron rapid antigen at-home tests and also available here.  Reference the following BCCDC “Guidance for Parents on How to Use the Tests” with parents/caregivers, which provides information for when to use the test, instructions for administering the test and direction on what to do in the case of a positive or negative result:

Guidance for Parents on How to Use the Tests

These tests are being provided to support at-home testing of symptomatic students and are an additional tool to support the continuity of learning in our schools.  Rapid tests should be used by students when they are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms.

The rapid antigen tests being provided are in addition to existing testing pathways.  Testing continues to be available for individuals when recommended by public health and for use by Medical Health Officers when determined necessary as part of cluster and outbreak investigation.  All existing safety protocols and practices in schools should also be maintained.

Parents/Caregivers should contact their School Principal should they have any questions or concerns.

 

 

January 10 Return to School – Enhanced School Communicable Disease Prevention Plans

As we welcome all our students back to school on Monday, January 10, we share the following enhanced school safety plans and details for your information.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, Coast Mountains School District has worked closely with our public health officials and carefully followed their guidance.  The health, safety and well-being of students, you as families and staff remains our priority.  Thank you to our students, staff, families, partner groups, and community partners for their ongoing work in helping respond to this pandemic.

In schools, we have implemented health and safety measures as advised by public health, and have carefully followed the K-12 January 2022 Health & Safety Addendum in the enhancement of our school safety plans for the return of students on January 10 to reduce the risk of COVID transmission in schools.  Enhanced measures include:

  • Implement strategies that prevent crowding during class transition times.
  • Hold school gatherings and events virtually.  If they must be in-person, limit the number of people to no more than 50% operating capacity.
  • Hold staff-only gatherings virtually whenever possible.
  • Limit visitors to those who are supporting activities that directly benefit student learning and well-being.
  • Pause extracurricular sports tournaments.

Each school has developed a site-specific Communicable Disease Prevention Plan related to their contexts or uniqueness as shared below and posted to school websites.  If you have a question about your school’s measures, please reach out to your School Principal.

Bear Valley School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Caledonia Secondary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Cassie Hall Elem. School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Ecole Mountainview Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Hazelton Secondary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Kildala Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Kitimat City High School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Kitwanga Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem. Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
MEMSS Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Nechako Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
New Hazelton Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
NTETC Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Parkside Secondary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Skeena Middle School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Suwilaawks Community School Communicable Disease Prev. Plan Jan. 2022
Thornhill Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Thornhill Primary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Uplands Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022

Important Updates/Information

 Daily Health Check Requirement & When To Get Tested for COVID-19

BC COVID-19 Safe Schools & Government Updates

Health Information

Welcome Back to All Our Students!

 

CMSD82 Letter to Parents-Caregivers, Welcome Back to All Our Students, Jan. 10, 2022  (PDF format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents & Caregivers,

We look forward to welcoming your child back to school on January 10.  We are all waiting to see how the Omicron variant will impact the day-to-day operation of school.

From the information provided by the Provincial Health Office and the BC Centre for Disease Control, we know that Omicron is a more transmissible virus with reduced symptoms for those who are vaccinated.  While we hope that you, your child and the staff of Coast Mountains School District are not impacted by the virus, we need to be prepared when there may be high staff absenteeism.

A functional closure is when a school is not able to operate in a safe manner.  There are two ways that a school could be functionally closed:

  1. The Northern Health Authority could recommend a functional closure of a school due to the COVID-19 case count in or related to a school.
  2. The school district may close a school due to a shortage of staff to be able to provide a required level of student safety. This would likely be due to a high absenteeism of all staff or certain employees required for a school to function and the inability to replace those absences.

Another way in which you could be impacted is if a transportation route is closed due to a shortage of staff to be able to provide the required level of service and safety for students.  This would likely be due to the absenteeism of bus drivers and/or mechanics and the inability to replace those absences.

Coast Mountains School District has established a process where each morning the status of absenteeism for transportation and schools will be reviewed.  If a bus route or school is required to be closed, we commit to inform you, if possible, by 7:00 a.m. that morning.  Please contact your school to ensure we have the communication method you would want the school to use to share this information with you.  These closures will also be posted to the school district website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to the respective school website and social media (if applicable) by 7:00 a.m.

This is a new reality and complexity for all of us and while we want this to go well for you, your child and staff, we know that the next several weeks will be challenging.  We thank you, in advance, for your patience in these extremely challenging times.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

CMSD82 Definition of Essential Service Worker .. Informational Message from Superintendent of Schools

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff and Community Members,

We hope on this New Year’s Day, that despite the Omicron news, that you have found the opportunity to celebrate the new year safely, in your own ways with family and friends.  I’d like to take this opportunity to provide clarity for you on the Coast Mountains School District 82 definition of an essential service worker.

Please be advised that the definition of an essential service worker for School District 82 includes the following:

  1. Healthcare Providers
  2. Daycare Workers
  3. Employees of Coast Mountains School District 82

It is important to note that we do not yet know our own availability of staff to provide any form of learning activities for the period of January 4 to 7, when schools will be open for students with diverse needs, vulnerable students, and students of essential service workers.  The purpose of the week will be for district and school staff to review and prepare to welcome students back on January 10 with renewed Health and Safety protocols as outlined by the BCCDC, Provincial Health Authority and Ministry of Education.  All of our staff will be engaged in this work, so we will only be able to provide “supervision” for the specific group of children outlined above.

A reminder that parents and caregivers will be expected to notify their School Principal, in advance, via email prior to January 4 if their child falls in one of the three categories and the parent or caregiver wishes to send their child to school.   It is critical that you communicate with your School Principal prior to your child attending.

Please find a link to the School Principal Email Address Information for the convenience of parents and caregivers:

 CMSD82 School Principal Email Address Information

We recognize this is yet another disruption to your child’s learning and your family’s routines.  We all want the pandemic to end, so that we can return to life as normal and we can all move forward.

Thank you again for your patience as we work through these new Orders and as we plan for the continued uncertainty of Omicron.  Once again, Coast Mountains School District remains committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all students and staff.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools