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

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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 COVID-19 Safety & Cohort 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
Mt. Elizabeth Middle-Sec. School Safety Plan (Revised) – Nov. 9, 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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

2020-2021 Leadership Staffing News

 

CMSD82 Press Release – 2020-2021 Leadership Staffing News – April 23, 2020  (PDF Format)

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the following leadership staffing appointments for the 2020-2021 school year effective August 1, 2020:

Cory Killoran
Currently a Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School, Cory has been appointed Principal of Uplands Elementary School. This position has become available as a result of the upcoming retirement of the current Principal.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in History and English, and a Bachelor of Education Degree, both from the University of Victoria. His graduate degree is a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Flinders (Australia).  Uplands Elementary School and the school community will benefit tremendously from having an educator with the experience and expertise that Cory will bring to the principalship role.

Joe Dominguez
Currently a Vice Principal at Caledonia Secondary School, Joe has been appointed to the position of Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School.  Joe holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Trinity Western University, a Bachelor of Physical Education degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg.  His reputation as a team player, combined with his passion for student achievement and his strong commitment to all learners and their families will serve him well in his role as Vice Principal at Skeena Middle School.

Eric Gearey
Currently the Vice Principal at Uplands Elementary School, Eric has been appointed to the position of Vice Principal at Suwilaawks Community School. This position has become available as a result of the upcoming retirement of the current Vice Principal.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from McGill University and a Master of Educational Technology Degree from the University of British Columbia.  His reputation as an outstanding and dedicated elementary educator with deep commitment to the success of young people at the school and community level, will serve Suwilaawks Community School very well.

Robert Whitmell
Currently the Vice Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, Robert has chosen to return to the classroom effective the 2020-2021 school year. The Board of Education extends its sincere gratitude and appreciation to Robert for his contributions and efforts in his leadership role.

Julia Jacobs
Currently the Vice Principal at Cassie Hall Elementary School, Julia has been appointed Vice Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.  She holds a Master of Education Degree through the Vancouver Island University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of British Columbia.  Julia is a strong and passionate advocate for the success of all learners including those from diverse and rich cultural backgrounds. Her energy and enthusiasm will have a positive impact on the continued success of the students and the school community at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.

Coast Mountains School District will be actively seeking a Vice Principal for Cassie Hall Elementary School effective the 2020-2021 school year and will conduct a Canada wide search beginning today.

 

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

For Parents & Guardians .. New COVID-19 Government Website

 


For parents and guardians, a new government website (click on link to open) has been launched with up-to-date non-clinical information on COVID-19.

British Columbians can also use the new provincial phone service by calling 1-888-COVID19, available seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with information in over 110 languages.

Specific public health questions re COVID-19 should be directed to your local health authority for response.

 

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.

 

2020-2021 CMSD82 New Student Registration & Cross Boundary Application

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CMSD82 2020-2021 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 take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the procedures listed below are followed:

  1. Students must be registered at their catchment area school.
  2. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Applications:  After registering at your catchment area school, applications must be received at your school of choice by February 14, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.
  3. Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications:  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 year.  Parents/guardians applying for Cross Boundary status are advised the decisions related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.
  4. New In-Catchment Registrations:  Registrations will be received up to March 13, 2020 for new students including Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrolment.  Wait-listed students who are in catchment area may be moved as soon as space is available.
  5. Notification of In-Catchment:  Wait-listed in-catchment area students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Definitions:

  1. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students:   Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  2. In-Catchment Students:   Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.

Inquiries regarding catchment areas should be directed to the principal of the school.  

For your convenience, provided below is the 2019-2020 CMSD82 School Principals Listing with contact numbers.

CMSD82 2019-2020 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing
(click on link to open)

 

2020-2021 CMSD82 Registration Procedures for Kindergarten

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In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child on the following dates.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

Schools are open to take registration for Kindergarten from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. between January 13, 2020 and March 13, 2020.

The School District will make every effort to place students who have registered by March 13, 2020 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after March 13, 2020 may not be granted place in their catchment area school.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2020 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2020.  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

To register for Kindergarten classes, please register your child at your neighbourhood primary/elementary school as detailed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).  If you wish information on school boundaries, please contact any of the principals as listed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures.

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 schools indicated with an * as listed in the CMSD82 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

Board of Education Rescinds Transition Plan to Re-Assign Principals-Vice Principals for the 2020-21 School Year

 

CMSD82 News Release – Board Rescinds Transition Plan to Re-assign Principals-Vice Principals 2020-21 School Year

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 at its In Camera Board Meeting held yesterday afternoon, December 18, 2019 passed the following motion:

THAT the 2020-2021 Principal and Vice Principal Assignments remain status quo as of January 6, 2020 except in the event of resignations, retirements or other emergent situations as determined by the Acting Superintendent of Schools.

In an effort to formalize the school district’s processes related to Principal and Vice Principal re-assignments, and in light of several recommendations by Independent Consultant Dianne Turner, the Board of Education has rescinded the one-year transition plan as passed at the June 26, 2019 In Camera Board Meeting.

Specifically, the aforementioned motion rescinds the transition plan to re-assign Principals and Vice Principals for the 2020-2021 school year.

In the future, Principal and Vice Principal re-assignments will be conducted using a Change Management Protocol, which will be collaborative, consultative in structure, and as transparent as possible.

The Board of Education values the strength and dedication of all employees in the school district and looks forward to engaging and working together with all of our communities in the school district towards continued student success.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools