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.

 

 

 

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

 

 

Return to School January 2022 – Informational Letter from Superintendent of Schools

 

CMSD82 Informational Letter from Superintendent of Schools – Return to School January 2022  (PDF Format)

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff and Community Members:

As announced by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry on December 29, 2021, the resumption of all K-12 classes in B.C. will occur in a phased approach with all students returning to school on Monday, January 10.

For the period of January 4 to 7, schools will be open for students with diverse needs, vulnerable students and students of essential service workers.

Please be aware that while there will be learning activities, this will not be considered regular instruction; students may not be working with their regular teachers or support staff.  Please email your School Principal in advance of sending your child to school.

Important Notation:  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 is expecting to send their child to school.  Please find a link to the School Principal Email Address Information for the convenience of parents and caregivers:

CMSD82 School Principal Email Address Information

Return to school for students in K-12 education is being delayed in order to give public health and BC schools administrative time to understand and assess the impact of the Omicron variant on students, teachers and staff over the holiday break, develop communications and learning plans for families in the event of school closures, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the safe continuation of in-class learning.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has developed additions to the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings.  It outlines focused actions and additional prevention measures BC schools must implement in response to the recent rise of cases of COVID-19 due to the more transmissible Omicron variant.

The Province and Coast Mountains School District 82 encourage eligible students and unvaccinated adults to be vaccinated – it remains the best protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19, to stay home when sick, and to wear a mask.  The safety of students and staff has been our focus from the beginning of the pandemic and we will continue to make decisions based on the guidance from health authorities.

Most questions can be directed to your School Principal for assistance.  If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please forward your question to covid@cmsd.bc.ca, which comes directly to my email inbox.

Yours truly,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

 

BC Government Delaying Start of School until January 10 for Most K-12 Students

 

A message from CMSD82 Superintendent Janet Meyer for parents, caregivers and staff.  There is a lot of information to digest for next week following the B.C. Government’s announcement delaying the start of school until January 10 for most K-12 students as detailed below.  Coast Mountains School District 82 will be issuing district-wide information tomorrow afternoon, December 31 to staff, parents and caregivers, so that everyone knows what to expect.  Right now, we are going through materials and planning on those communications.  Thank you for your patience.

The B.C. Government announced earlier today that a full return to school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be delayed until Monday, January 10 in order to give public health and B.C. schools additional time to adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant on communities and schools, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the continuation of in-class learning.

During this time, schools will be open for limited numbers of students in particular need.  While students will return to school on January 10, staff will return on January 3 or 4.  This will allow schools to implement enhanced safety measures and proactively implement continuity of learning plans.

B.C. school districts will be communicating out to families and caregivers about how this process will work.

 

The delayed return is supported by an Order from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, which applies to all public and independent schools.

“Schools have safety protocols in place that have kept students and staff in school over the past two years, but as the pandemic changes, our protocols must change, too,” said Dr. Henry.  “That’s why schools will be implementing enhanced public-health measures to ensure we can continue the in-person learning that is so important for well-being and mental health.”

To view the B.C. Government’s news release of earlier today, please access the following link:

Enhanced safety measures, delayed return to school to support safe, in-person learning

 

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.

 

 

CMSD82 is Hiring … Join our Team!

Coast Mountains Schools 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
  • Non-Certified Teachers Teaching on Call with relevant education and experience
  • Certified Education Assistants
  • Non-Certified Education Assistants with relevant education and experience

APPLY TODAY!  Please email your resume with references to our Human Resources Department at HR@cmsd.bc.ca.

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

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

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

To view this CMSD82 Recruitment Communique in PDF format, please access the following link.  Please feel free to share this link with family, friends and/or acquaintances as desired.

CMSD82 Is Hiring – Join our Team – November 8, 2021

 

 

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

 

Importance of FSA

 

What is FSA?

From October 4 to November 12, 2021, our students in grades 4 and 7 will be participating in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA).  This is an annual province-wide assessment of all B.C. students’ academic skills in grades 4 and 7, and provides parents, teachers, schools, school districts and the Ministry of Education with important information on how well students are progressing in the foundation skills of Literacy and Numeracy.

Why is the FSA important? 
To ensure that we continue to support successful learning, we routinely check our students’ growth and achievement.  The FSA assesses basic knowledge and skills in literacy and numeracy.  The FSA provides a systems level accountability check to ensure that we are delivering aligned learning experiences for all.

Coast Mountains School District 82 (CMSD82) would like you to know that we believe the FSA provides us with valuable information.  We use this assessment to inform our instruction, in-service, and our resource allocation for the betterment of student learning.

Facts?

  • FSA reflects B.C.’s redesigned curriculum.
  • FSA will be administered during the period of October 4 to November 12, 2021.
  • FSA is a set of interactive activities drawn from the provincial curriculum: a) Literacy (understanding and communicating with language); b) Numeracy (understanding and working with numbers).
  • There is an online section and a hand-written section.
  • FSA includes a group collaboration activity, a choice of reading themes and a self-reflection section.
  • FSA scores are not letter grades or percentages; they do not count toward students’ report card marks or promotion.
  • The handwritten section of your child’s FSA is scored in Coast Mountains School District, by CMSD82 educators.

How Can Parents Help?

  • Talk to your child about the FSA.  Explain why we complete it and cheer them on.  This is a chance for CMSD82 students to show what they know!
  • Ensure your child gets lots of rest and good nutrition.
  • Read through the information and help your child try the sample questions available at the BC Ministry of Education’s website on Foundation Skills Assessment (click on link to open).

Parents and caregivers should contact their School Principal if they have any questions or they require additional information.