Updated CMSD82 COVID-19 School Safety Plans

 

Further to the Provincial Health Officer’s announcement on March 29, the updated Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 schools were received from the Ministry of Education yesterday, March 30.  The changes to the new guidelines focus on masks, and the requirements for all students in Grades 4-12 to wear them at all times while in a school building and on the bus.  The guidelines strongly encourage mask wearing for K-3 students as well.

The two documents are linked here for your reference:

BCCDC Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools

Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings
(Changes have been highlighted and include revised guidance for Staff Only Spaces,
Student Transportation on Buses, Personal Protective Equipment (with updated exemptions), PHE,
music classes, school sports and theatre/film/dance programs.)

An abbreviated explanation for the new guidelines can be found here: 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-safe-schools

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 K-12 School Safety Plans for Coast Mountains School District 82, please reference the information below:

Bear Valley School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021

Caledonia Secondary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 29, 2021

Cassie Hall Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 30, 2021

Ecole Mountainview Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 30, 2021

Hazelton Secondary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 7, 2021

Kildala Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 6, 2021

Kitimat City High School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021

Kitwanga Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 7, 2021

Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021

Mt. Elizabeth Mid-Sec School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021

Nechako Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021

New Hazelton Elem. School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021

Northwest Trades & Employ. Trng. Centre Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 14, 2021

Parkside Secondary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021

Skeena Middle School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 30, 2021

Suwilaawks Community School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021

Thornhill Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021

Thornhill Primary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021

Uplands Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1 2021

Updated COVID-19 Potential School Exposure Notifications Received from Northern Health

 

Dear Suwilaawks Community School Staff, Parents/Guardians & Families,

I am writing to inform you of notifications received December 4, 11, 14 and February 11 respectively from the Northern Health authority regarding COVID-19 exposures at Suwilaawks Community School as detailed in the following links.  This notice does not mean that you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19.  This early notification letter is an alert that someone within the school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and if there was any increased risk to you or your child, you would be contacted directly by Northern Health.

NH Potential Covid Exposure Letter – Suwilaawks Com. School – Feb. 11, 2021
NH Potential Covid Exposure Letter – Suwilaawks Com. School – Dec. 14, 2020
NH Potential Covid Exposure Letter – Suwilaawks Com. School – Dec. 11, 2020
NH Potential Covid Exposure Letter – Suwilaawks Com. School – Dec. 4, 2020

Our district is committed to transparency and we will continue to notify school communities of COVID-19 exposures at our schools as soon as public health directs us to do so.

  • This exposure alert is a general notice that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been at school. The dates that this individual attended school are included in the notice.
  • This notice does not mean that you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19.

What happens next?

  • If Northern Health identifies anyone at the school that needs to self-monitor or self-isolate, they will be contacted directly by Northern Health. That contact often occurs within 24 to 48 hours, however, may be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.
  • If you do not receive a phone call or letter, please continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms compatible with COVID-19 as per the school policy.

Again, please see the letter (above links) for additional information from Northern Health.  For privacy reasons, we cannot provide any further details.  If you have any health questions or concerns, we encourage you to call 811.

Please remember to be cautious against relying on social media for accurate information pertaining to COVID-19.  Be assured that the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families is the school district’s primary concern.  If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to covid@cmsd.bc.ca, which comes directly to my email inbox.  If District staff cannot answer your questions, we will reach out to other organizations to secure the answer and respond to you.

I would like to thank the staff, students and families at Suwilaawks Community School for their diligent support in adhering to the safety plans and protocols within the school.  Through your continued adherence to these protocols, I am confident we will maintain a safe place for staff and students.  Take care and stay safe.  Together We Are Better!

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

2021-2022 CMSD82 Registration Procedures for Kindergarten

 

CMSD82 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Procedures Notice  (click on link to open)

In preparation for the 2021-2022 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 deadlines and ensure registration procedures are followed as outlined below:

REGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN WILL BE HELD
BETWEEN JANUARY 15, 2021 AND FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Registration options for Kindergarten and Cross Boundary Applications:

 

1)  Complete the online registration through MyEducationBC  click on link, when the log-in screen opens, request an account (as illustrated to the right) and follow the step-by-step instructions (this is the school district’s preferred registration option), or

2)  Download a copy of the Student Registration Form (regular format or fillable format, click on the desired link to open document), complete and submit by “appointment only” or by email to the school of choice, or

3)  Contact your in-catchment school or school of choice to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Note:  For school and/or contact information, please access the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing

Kindergarten Registration and Confirmation:  Registrations will be received by February 26, 2021 for Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date 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:  Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive confirmation by April 1, 2021.  Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be confirmed by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations. Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school years.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2021 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2021.  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 enrol 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.

 

2021-2022 CMSD82 New Student Registration & Cross Boundary Application

 

CMSD82 2021-2022 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice
(click on link to open)

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:

Registration options for New Student In-Catchment including Kindergarten and Cross Boundary Applications effective January 15, 2021:

1) Complete the online registration through MyEducationBC  click on link, when the log-in screen opens, request an account (as illustrated to the right) and follow the step-by-step instructions (this is the school district’s preferred registration option), or

2) Download a copy of the Student Registration Form (regular format or fillable format, click on the desired link to open document), complete and submit by “appointment only” or by email to the school of choice, or

3) Contact your in-catchment school or school of choice to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Note:  For school and/or contact information, please access the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing


New In-Catchment Registration and Confirmation: 
Registrations will be received by February 26, 2021 for new students including Kindergarten. Applications received after this date 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: 
Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive confirmation by April 1, 2021. Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be confirmed by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations. Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school years.

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.

Student Learning Survey 2020/2021

 

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 2020/2021 Student Learning Survey, an annual online satisfaction survey about their school experience.  This year’s survey is open from January 15, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

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 16 additional languages.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Education’s website at 2020/2021 Student Learning Survey or contact your School Principal.

Managing Stress related to COVID-19


News and information about the spread of COVID-19 around the world is coming at us quickly.  It can be hard to keep up and if you are keeping up on the latest, it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on. 

Access the following link to view the resource from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions for tips and information to help with stress management.

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Useful Links:

 

 

 

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar

 

In late January-early February 2020, the school district’s School Calendar Committee was convened to develop a School Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar at its February 26, 2020 Regular Board Meeting with final approval received from the Ministry of Education on May 7, 2020.

The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Please find the 2020-2021 School Calendar with non-instructional days, a district in-service day, early dismissal days, spring and winter breaks, etc.  A backgrounder page is also provided outlining details of the calendar for your convenience.

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar – Backgrounder

Further information regarding the 2020-2021 School Calendar can be obtained by contacting Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

 

 

Tips and Resources for Talking to your Kids or Students about COVID-19


During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus.  As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.

Here are some tips and resources to help:

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
  • Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly; it’s okay if you can’t answer everything.
  • Follow their lead: Invite your child or student to ask questions and share their perspective: Invite them to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus and express how they feel.
  • Check yourself: Feeling anxious?  Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
  • Focus on actions you can take: Emphasize safety precautions everyone can take to help keep themselves and others healthy: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Stick to routine: Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
  • Keep talking: Tell kids/students you will keep them updated as you learn more.  Let them know the lines of communication are going to be open and as you learn more, you will share the information with them, too.

Resources:

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

 

The provincial government has released a self-assessment tool (click on link to open) that can be accessed by the public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free, online tool, was made available on Monday, March 16 and tells users if they, or someone they know, requires further testing.

This self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.  You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else, if they are unable to.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

People with respiratory symptoms who are:

  • Hospitalized, or likely to be hospitalized
  • Health Care Workers
  • Residents of long term care facilities
  • Part of an investigation of a cluster or outbreak

Who does not need to be tested for COVID-19?

  • People without symptoms
  • Patients with mild respiratory symptoms who can be managed at home, including returning travellers with an onset of illness within 14 days of return to Canada

The BC Ministry of Health strongly urges anyone who has symptoms – including a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or difficulty breathing – to self-isolate for 14 days.  To protect yourself while out in public, wash your hands frequently and maintain a distance of about 2 metres from others. For more information on COVID-19, refer to HealthLink BC’s COVID-19 website.  Last updated: 3/16/2020 11:00 pm PDT

The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am – 8 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.

 

Happy Easter Long Weekend!

 

A reminder that all schools within Coast Mountains School District 82 and the Board of Education Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 22.

All schools will be back in session on Tuesday, April 23 as regularly scheduled.

 

Wishing all our students and staff a safe and happy Easter long weekend!