Student & Family Affordability Fund

 

At the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, the Ministry of Education and Child Care announced a one-time grant to school districts to help make life more affordable for families who are facing financial challenges. Coast Mountains School District received a grant of $510,045 to be used primarily to support healthy food programming and expenses related to school fees and supplies.  Through a consultative process, priorities and allocations have been identified and the grant is being actioned with the support of schools and partners.

In Coast Mountains Schools District, approximately 75% of the fund will be used to support existing food programming both during and outside of the school day.  School food, including breakfast, lunch, snack and pantry programs, will receive support, ensuring all learners have access to healthy, nourishing options every day.  Funds have also been committed for local community partners and First Nations to support feeding learners and their families through other channels.  Additionally, approximately 5% of the grant will be used to support school concerts and cultural events, while the remaining 20% will help offset costs related to school fees and other expenses for children to fully participate in their schooling experience.  Examples of expenses that may be submitted include school based extra-curricular activities, athletics fees, school supplies, or clothing for winter.

School staff members, parents, or caregivers can make a request for financial support of a learner’s fee or expense by completing a Student & Family Affordability Fund form.  The form is available in every school office in Coast Mountains School District and is also available for download at: CMSD82 Student & Family Affordability Fund 2022 (fillable)

Completed forms must be submitted to the child’s school, where they will be received by the Principal.

Any inquiries about the Student & Family Affordability Fund should be directed to the school Principal.

CMSD82 Strategic Plan 2022-2027 – Engage, Ignite, Empower

In Coast Mountains School District 82, we are proud of our successes and the positive impact we have on students’ lives.  Our Board of Education remains committed to putting students at the centre of everything we do with special thanks to the hard work and commitment of our staff who are highly skilled, motivated and committed to the well-being, inclusion and success of our students in every one of our schools.  We are always challenging ourselves to be even better for our students.

As School District 82 continues to grow and evolve, our Board of Education has developed a Strategic Plan through the culmination of extensive consultation with students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members.  The commitment and enthusiasm shown in developing this plan has demonstrated how deeply passionate our communities are about the education and well-being of our children, our youth, and our communities.

The Board of Education is pleased to present a clear, strong, collective vision and plan to guide us as we move forward over the next five years (2022-2027).  To view the CMSD82 Strategic Poster & Plan 2022-2027, please access the link provided below.  The development and implementation of the Strategic Plan provides a collective focus for the school district to pursue the Board’s significant priorities and goals.

CMSD82 Strategic Poster & Plan 2022-2027

Guided by the Mission, Values and Vision statements, the Strategic Plan identifies our strategic priorities and goals.  These priorities reflect our commitment to:

 All Students Realizing their Full Potential
Honouring and Respecting Culture and Diversity
Well-Being within the Educational Community

Our five-year Strategic Plan offers a framework to guide administration, staff, parents/guardians and students towards more relevant and engaging learning experiences.  Now that the Board of Education has finalized the priorities, the school district’s senior leadership will create the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL).  The goals outlined in the operational plan (FESL) will be clearly outlined, with measurable and achievable goals, providing the next steps for our school district.  There is a commitment from the school district to use our plan for continuous quality improvements, being reflective, accountable and innovative in our focus on excellence in achieving learning outcomes.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Strategic Plan.  The Board of Education recognizes that we cannot achieve our goals alone – your engagement and involvement in this process is highly valued and very gratefully received.  We invite staff, students, families, educational partner groups and community members to learn more and support us in achieving our Goals, living our Values and achieving our Vision.

Please continue to engage in the conversations about the future of our school district community by attending Public Board Meetings, DPAC and PAC Meetings or emailing our Superintendent Janet Meyer at janet.meyer@cmsd.bc.ca with feedback or questions.

Learning Together, Realizing Success for All – Engage, Ignite, Empower!

 

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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

Resource Information for Parents & Families – COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 5-11

 

 

COVID-19 vaccination is now authorized by Health Canada for children five and older.  Getting young people vaccinated helps protect them and the people around them.

Coast Mountains School District 82 (CMSD82) supports families to receive trusted information about vaccines for children ages 5-11 by sharing the following resource information provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC):

BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccination for children 5-11 years old resource

Please note that at this time vaccination clinics will not be held in CMSD82 schools during instructional hours.

Consent is required for children ages 5-11 to be vaccinated and consent for a child can be provided by a:

  • Parent, legal guardian or foster parent
  • Custodial caregiver like a grandparent or relative
  • Only 1 parent, legal guardian or foster parent is required to give consent.  You will be asked to provide consent at the clinic location.

For information on COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people ages 5 to 17, including how to register your child, please visit the following trusted websites:

BC Centre for Disease Control  /  ImmunizeBC

Please contact your School Principal, should you have questions or you require further information.

 

 

K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies

 

The Advisory Committee established by the Ministry of Education on October 5, 2021, has completed a final draft version of a set of guidelines to support boards and independent school authorities who may be considering implementing a vaccine mandate for staff.

For clarity, these guidelines are for policies being contemplated for employees only, which should be interpreted broadly to include any employee of the board or authority, including contracted employees, regardless of classification or location.  The Ministry of Education fully respects the authority of individual First Nations to make decisions about the operation of First Nations schools in the best interests of their students, schools, and communities.

To view and/or familiarize yourself with these guidelines in advance of the final copy being distributed as soon as possible, please access the following link:

K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies