CMSD82 Safe Return to School Plans – 2020-2021 School Year

 

We share our updated District and School Plans related to Coast Mountains School District’s restart plan for the 2020-2021 school year, as provided below which reflect the updated Public Health Guidance documents for K-12 School Settings.

We were provided the parameters for Stage 2 from the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer.  The guidelines were developed based on the four principles.  The #1 principle is Healthy & Safety.  As you make your way through our plans, my hope is that they offer you reassurance related to your child’s safety and as they re-enter schools within Coast Mountains School District.

Our goal in the creation of these plans is to design safe environments that will provide families the reassurance that will allow them to send children back to school safely.  Please feel free to reach out to school administrators about school plans with any questions that you may have.

If you have any questions relating to the District Re-Start Plans, please email covid@cmsd.bc.ca.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 


 

 

CMSD82 District and Schools Plans for your information and viewing:

 

 

CMSD82 K-12 Education Re-Start Plan – 2020-2021 School Year – Updated Sept. 11, 2020

CMSD82 District COVID-19 Safety Plan – Updated Sept. 11, 2020

Bear Valley School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Caledonia Secondary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Cassie Hall Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020
Cassie Hall Elementary School Safety Plan (Revised), Sept 14, 2020

Ecole Mountainview – Safety & Cohort Plans (Revised), Sept. 14, 2020

Hazelton Secondary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Kildala Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Kitimat City High School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020
Kitimat City High School Safety Plan (Revised), Sept. 16, 2020

Kitwanga Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plan, September 2020

Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Mount Elizabeth Middle-Sec School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020
Mount Elizabeth Middle-Sec. School Safety Plan (Revised), Sept. 15, 2020

Nechako Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020
Nechako Elementary School Safety Plan (Revised), Sept. 16, 2020

New Hazelton Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Northwest Trades & Employ Training Centre, Safety & Cohort Plans – Sept. 2020

Parkside Secondary School Safety & Cohort Plans (Revised), Sept 14, 2020

Skeena Middle School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Suwilaawks Community School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Thornhill Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

Thornhill Primary School – Safety & Cohort Plans (Revised), Sept. 15, 2020

Uplands Elementary School – Safety & Cohort Plans, September 2020

 

 

 

Alternative Back-To-School Plan for K-9 Students & Information Sheet

 

Message for CMSD82 Parents/Guardians from our Superintendent of Schools:

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

For your information and interest, Coast Mountains School District 82 developed an alternative back-to-school plan for parents/guardians of Kindergarten to Grade 9 students who are not comfortable with sending their children back to school right away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are very challenging times and we understand that some families need more time to become comfortable with the safety protocols implemented by their schools.

This new Learn-from-Home Transition Plan will have students remain enrolled in their neighbourhood school and start the school year at home before transitioning back to the classroom.  To clarify, this is not a fourth option for educating children … this is a extension or a subset of Option 1: Brick and Mortar (Traditional School).

Important notations for parents/guardians to know regarding the new transition plan:

  • This a “temporary” plan intended to keep students connected to their school.  Students would work on literacy, numeracy and core competency skills.
  • This will not mirror the classroom.
  • Families would be responsible for supporting their child’s learning at home and there would be weekly check-ins by a Transition Program Teacher.
  • It is the school district’s expectation that families would transition back to school by the end of October/beginning of November.

We have developed a K-9 Learn from Home Transition Plan “information sheet” for the information of parents/guardians:

CMSD82 K-9 Learn from Home Transition Plan – Information Sheet – Sept. 11, 2020

The following illustration provides an overview of the Learn-from-Home Transition Plan:

(click on illustration to enlarge)(Adapted with appreciation from School District 39)

Parents/Guardians are asked to contact their School Principal should they have questions or they require more information.

Sincerely,

 

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

Welcome Back to School!

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of Coast Mountains School District, I would like to welcome families and communities to the 2020-2021 school year.  As you know, we will be starting our school year with staff only on September 8 and 9, and students beginning on September 10 with Orientation Sessions.

The school district’s first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff.  We have developed a Safety Plan and Cohort Plan that will see the school district maximize face-to-face instruction while at the same time ensuring safety.  Some of our students have not been in school since March and we are looking forward to providing face-to-face educational programs balanced with an environment that recognizes the importance of student social emotional and well-being.

Families and communities can be further assured that our Principals, Vice Principals, and District Staff have designed unique Stage 2 plans for each of our schools in Coast Mountains School District.  The school district’s plans were shared on August 25 via the school district’s website.

Enjoy what is left of summer and know that we are working to ensure a safe and positive start to the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have questions or you require further information, please email covid@cmsd.bc.ca or call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to our schools on September 10.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

back%20to%20schoolPRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL SCHOOLS
(WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE
NORTHWEST TRADES & EMPLOYMENT
TRAINING CENTRE)
WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
ON
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 1 & 2, 2020
 FROM 9AM TO 3PM
**PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TIME**

Kindergarten pupils are requested to begin attending
on the date arranged by the school.  Students not pre-registered should register on the
above-mentioned dates.

 

DISTRICT SCHOOLS WILL OPEN FOR ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 (EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN)
Special Note to Parents/Guardians … in light of COVID-19, each school will have unique student orientation sessions on September 10 and 11.
Schools will contact parents/guardians directly with full orientation details including additional bus run details.

 

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS AND BUS RUNS WILL COMMENCE
ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

SCHOOL DISTRICT 2020-2021 RETURN TO SCHOOL MESSAGES
AND BUS SCHEDULES/ROUTES

CMSD82 2020-2021 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2020-2021 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2020-2021 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes

 Note .. Middle and secondary students must wear non-medical masks
while riding the bus to and from school.  Masks must be
put on before loading.  Masks will be available to students.
All students must wash their hands prior to leaving their home for school.
Students within the city boundary should consult local transit.


Terrace
:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.

2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

 

Recording & FAQs …Town Hall Q&A Session

 

Coast Mountains School District 82, Northern Health and CMSD82’s District Parent Advisory Council hosted an online Education Re-Start Town Hall Q&A Session last night, September 3.  Many thanks to everyone for submitting their questions and taking part in the Town Hall Q&A Session.

If you didn’t have an opportunity to join the online session, you can watch it by accessing the following link:

Recording – Town Hall Q&A Session Co-Hosted by CMSD82, Northern Health & DPAC

During the Town Hall Q&A Session, our Superintendent, Janet Meyer introduced an alternative back-to-school plan for parents/guardians of Kindergarten to Grade 9 students who are not comfortable sending their children back to school right away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This information is posted to the school district’s website, school websites and will be shared via schools with parents/guardians.  To learn more, please access the following link:

CMSD82 Alternative Back-To-School Plan for K-19 Students

We have developed the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as an information resource for all our school communities:

CMSD82 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – September 10, 2020

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to follow up with your School Principal for assistance.

 

Message for Parents/Guardians from our Superintendent

Click on graphic to enlarge.

Dear CMSD82 Parents & Guardians,

As you may know, on July 29 the Ministry of Education announced that schools across the province will enrol students at Stage 2 of B.C.’s Education Restart Plan.  Students will be organized in learning groups or cohorts within schools.  The goal of the cohort model is to attempt to minimize the number of contacts any child or adult will have in the school.  Elementary school groups and middle school groups will have cohorts up to 60 people while secondary can have up to 120 people per cohort.

There may be some confusion in the general public as to what educational options are available to parents.  The remote learning option that was available in spring 2020 is no longer an option for Stage 2 (September 2020).  Our goal is to maximize in-class instruction.

We offer the above graphic that outlines the educational options for parents and guardians.  These options have been available choices to parents and guardians for several years.  A parent or guardian has the choice to send their child to their neighbourhood school, enrol their child in a distributed (distance) learning program (Coast Mountains School District offers Kindergarten to Grade 12), or homeschool their child.  The graphic outlines these choices and provides links for information related to each option (click on the link to enlarge the graphic).

In the very near future, your child’s school will be reaching out to you to confirm that your child will be returning to school in September.  We recognize that not everyone is prepared to make that decision at this time, given that there is not a clear picture of what each individual school will look like.  We understand that.  Please take the time you need to ensure that you make a decision that is best for your child and your family.  If you do know now, please feel free to reach out to your school administration, via email, and communicate your plan with them.  Access the following link for your school administrator’s email address.

If you have any questions related to the options, please feel free to use the following designated school district email address for COVID-19 related issues:

covid@cmsd.bc.ca

Our goal is to design Stage 2 school plans that will help you feel confident in the safety measures provided to your child returning to school.

Families and communities can be further assured that Principals, Vice Principals, and District Staff are working on designing unique Stage 2 plans for each of our schools in Coast Mountains School District.  We will be sharing our plans with you on or before August 26 via the school district’s website.

Enjoy what is left of summer and know that we are working to ensure a safe and positive start to the 2020-2021 school year.

Sincerely yours,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

2020-2021 School Supplies Lists

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In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, please find the School Supplies Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools:

 

 

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School, Suwilaawks Community School and Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.
  • Caledonia Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Hazelton Secondary School (Grades 9-12), Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

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

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 8, 2020.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

Safety Measures for Schools

August 14, 2020

Living through a pandemic, we find ourselves in a very unfamiliar situation that we haven’t encountered before.  We all want to keep our families and communities safe – and we want to assure you that we have carefully gauged risks in order to support your employer in keeping you safe in your workplace.  Based on public health advice and global research, in-class instruction is safe for students and teachers.

Comprehensive health and safety guidelines have been developed by the BC Centre for Disease Control, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, public health and the education sector, to ensure the safety of staff and students.  These guidelines will be reviewed by the Ministry’s Steering Committee and updated as needed.

We appreciate that every school is unique in design, number of students and staff requirements, which is why school districts and independent schools are developing Restart Plans that will be submitted to the ministry before the 2020/21 school year begins. Your district’s or school’s Restart Plan will be posted on its website by August 26.

The Ministry of Education is providing $45.6 million to support the implementation of enhanced safety measures in schools, such as increased cleaning of high-contact surfaces; increased number of hand-hygiene stations and masks upon request, among other safety measures. If you’d like to request a mask, please contact your school administrator.

2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure

 

For your information … kindly note the 2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 13 through to 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 17 to accommodate maintenance activities during that time.

Please note … FOB access for teaching staff will be turned off at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 13 through to 8:30 a.m., Monday, August 17.  Staff that may require access during the 2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure, should contact their School Principal for assistance.  School Principals will continue to have FOB access during the summer closure period.

A friendly reminder … effective March 13, 2020 until further notice, Coast Mountains School District is not accepting any Community Use of School Facilities and Grounds bookings until further notice, in an effort to limit and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact your School Principal for assistance.

For external inquiries, please contact our Director of Facility Services, Travis Elwood at (250) 638-4405.

 

 

Support for the BC Ministry of Education Schools Reopening Plan

 

Today the following joint letter was released by five education partner associations in support of the Ministry of Education’s K-12 Restart Plan on September 8.  This letter of support was distributed today to all partner groups, the Ministry of Education, and Media Outlets.

Joint Partners Letter of Support, MoE Schools Reopening Plan

 

The letter is signed by the presidents of the following education partner associations:

BC School Trustees Association
BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils
BC Association of School Business Officials
BC Principals’ & Vice Principals’ Association
BC School Superintendents Association

 

 

CMSD82 Begins Work on its School Re-Start Plan for September

 

In response to the announcement today by the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education (as shared below) that the province will be moving to Stage 2 in its Re-Start Plan for September 8, Coast Mountains School District 82 is taking all necessary steps to plan for a safe return to school for all students and staff.

District staff is committed to communicating the specific plans for School District 82 on or before August 26 and will be working diligently from today forward to ensure schools are safe and ready for the return of students and staff.

We know how important it is for children to be back in school – to both support their emotional and mental health and their ability to socialize and to learn.  We understand the uncertainty over what September will look like is difficult for families and for our staff as we move forward.  Every stage brings challenges and that’s why it is critical that we stay in touch as much as possible.  We expect to begin providing answers to specific questions by August 26 or earlier, where possible.

Thanks to the efforts and hard work of our teachers, support staff and administrative staff in June, we had a preview of what it will be like to return to school.  This will greatly benefit the school district as we prepare for this next stage commencing on September 8.

School District 82 has adapted and implemented public health and infection prevention and control measures including staying home when ill, physical distancing, minimal physical contact, hand hygiene and frequent cleaning and disinfection.  The BC Government is setting aside $45.6 million to ensure increased cleaning, hand hygiene stations, and the availability of masks.  School authorities will be required to implement health and safety measures consistent with new guidelines from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

The Ministry of Education is developing operational guidelines that will further assist school districts and independent schools with their planning for September.  District staff will be working closely with school leaders and school partners to develop its School Re-Start Plan for September.

Students and parents can expect to hear regular updates about what’s being planned, how it will affect them, and how they can get ready for September.

We look forward to welcoming students and staff back to our schools on September 8.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

Ministry of Education Plan to Safely bring K-12 students back to class full time (BC Government News Release – July 29, 2020)

Enhanced safety measures and additional resources will enable most students in grades K-12 to return to school on September 8, 2020, with full-time in-class learning as the province moves to Stage 2 of B.C.’s Education Restart Plan.

“The classroom is an essential part of a child’s social, academic and mental development, and that’s why we are working hard to ensure students can safely spend the next school year with their teachers and classmates,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “We were the only jurisdiction in Canada that brought students back into the classroom province wide before the end of the school year and this has given us valuable information that we are using to develop our plans, ensuring health and safety at schools remain paramount.”

In September 2020, all schools will reopen in Stage 2 of the Five Stages Framework for K-12 Education.   The 2020-2021 school year will look different for students, teachers and parents.

For more information on the K-12 Education Restart Plan, visit: gov.bc.ca/covid19returntoschool.