Letter to CMSD82 Parents-Guardians from Acting Superintendent of Schools – May 22, 2020  (letter in PDF format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents and Guardians,

I would like to thank those of you who took the time last weekend to respond to one or both of our surveys and your feedback received regarding your thoughts on returning to school part-time. Your input is greatly valued and appreciated.

The Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced last week that we would be resuming face-to-face instruction on a part-time voluntary basis starting June 1, 2020. I feel it is appropriate to outline the reasons why BC’s Restart Plan includes kindergarten to grade 12 in-class instruction, in a gradual and controlled manner, while ensuring health and safety measures are in place. There are four reasons for this transition to Phase 3 of the Ministry’s plan:

  1. It is safe to do so.
  2. The importance of face-to-face instruction with children and youth.
  3. Education is a critical part of the BC Restart Plan.
  4. Our work now will set us up for success in September.

While remote learning will continue, we are making plans for a voluntary part-time return to school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Every possible step is being taken to ensure it is safe to return, we understand that this may not be the right choice for you or your children. If this is the case, rest assured, their remote learning will continue.

You have either been contacted by your child’s school already, or you will be contacted in the very near future, to determine whether you will opt for in-class instruction part-time or whether you will opt to continue with remote learning. We do not have enough information yet to be able to share what part-time in-class instruction will look like. You will receive that information next week from your child’s individual school. In-class instruction will look different in different schools across our school district. Remote learning will also look different than it has up to this point. We will be unable to guarantee that the educator providing instruction either face to face or remotely will be your child’s regular classroom teacher. In-class instruction will be two days a week for students for kindergarten to grade 5 and one day per week for students in grades 6 to 12. Again, each school may structure their Phase 3 differently and you will receive information on that next week.

The health and safety of our students, staff and parents/guardians is our priority. District-wide guidelines will be made public very soon and these guidelines will be consistent with those outlined by WorkSafeBC. A component of the guidelines focuses on individuals not attending school when they have symptoms of an illness. It is the school district’s expectation that all parents and guardians will monitor their children for symptoms and not send them to school if they are sick. Persons who are sick will not be allowed in school. Additionally, parents and guardians will be expected to confirm emergency contact numbers for their children prior to sending their children back to school. Should a student become ill or show symptoms of an illness while at school, the school must have accurate and reliable contact information in order that the child be taken home for the remainder of the day.

We understand that you may have other questions about what things will look like if your child returns to school. After your school staff works through all the details, additional information will be provided to parents and guardians during the week of May 25. Each school within Coast Mountains School District will be sending home a safety plan specifically addressing issues related to the pick-up, drop-off, hand washing, entry doors, etc.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the process to ensure a safe learning and work environment is provided as students and staff return to schools around the school district.

 

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

Dear Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parents & Guardians,

An announcement on the phased-in approach to resuming in-class instruction for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 (K-5) will be made by Coast Mountains School District 82 in the very near future.  This will not be a return to normal.  It will be voluntary and part-time.  With only a few weeks left in the school year, we anticipate many K-5 students will not return to the classroom until September.   We are, however, exploring ways to safely return K-5 students back to school before the summer, to allow more parents/guardians to return to work.  How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among teachers, students, parents, support staff and communities.

In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District has created a two-minute survey that would provide an initial indication of how many of our K-5 students will return to school when invited.  I would ask for a few minutes of your time to please consider the four-question survey found by clicking the link below:

CMSD82 Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parent/Guardian Survey

This survey will remain open until 9:00 a.m., Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020.  Once the survey closes, school personnel will contact families using a different means to gather the information necessary for us to plan our work moving forward.

With many thanks in advance,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

On May 6, 2020, the Government of British Columbia released the BC Restart Plan, which includes a plan to re-open schools.

As COVID-19 spread, governments everywhere took action to slow the rate of transmission, including reducing in-classroom learning.  For most British Columbians with young children, this meant having to stay at home to look after their kids.  While many workplaces have made work-from-home accommodations, that hasn’t been an option for everyone.  Our schools and educators rose to the challenge with on-line instruction and resources to keep our kids learning, but this placed a heavy burden on parents/guardians to support their kids as they learned at home.  We know there is no substitute for in-class instruction — and an important step toward our recovery is getting kids back into the classroom, so parents/guardians can get back into the workplace.  Initial health data indicates children are less affected than adults by the COVID-19 virus.  Public health staff and officials will continue to review the health data.  The Ministry of Education and school districts all around BC are reviewing options to allow for a safe return to school.

An announcement on a phased approach to resuming in-class instruction will be made by the school district in the very near future.  This will not be a return to normal.  How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among Ministry of Education officials, school trustees, BC Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and other education sector partners.

In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District 82 has created a Thoughtexchange to discover your ideas and thoughts about what our school district should consider as it plans for the expansion of on-site learning services.  We are seeking feedback from our parents/guardians, students, school district staff and school communities.  Your voice is important and valued towards the continued success of our school district. 

 To share your thoughts, please access the following link to participate in the Thoughtexchange prior to 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20:

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/709294275

We thank you in advance for your input which is greatly appreciated.  Kindly note this information will be posted to the school district and school websites, to school Facebook pages and shared with the school district’s partner groups and school communities.

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca for assistance.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Education, Rob Fleming will be answering questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on Saturday, May 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on  News 1130’s Facebook page.

Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130’s website.

This event will be posted to CMSD82 school websites and shared with our District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and School PACs for the information of parents and guardians.

 

 

Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer has prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times.

As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., Dr. Henry shares it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities.

Please watch Dr. Henry’s video and share with your colleagues.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Hello Parents and Guardians,

This is an important email regarding picking up school supplies and personal items. We will be handing out supplies by class.  We will start with our kindergartens classes but will be sure to organize supplies from   For the safety of our students, families, staff and community, please read it carefully and ensure you follow all directions when you come to the school.

1.  Drive into the parking lot through the regular entrance and PARK in a parking spot.

2.  ONE ADULT exits the vehicle.  Any other family members remain in the vehicle.  We love your children and we want to keep them safe by respecting physical distancing requirements and minimizing the interactions of people.

3.  Tables will be labelled by grade.  Approach the table for whom you are collecting supplies.  If there is someone in line already, please give them the two meter distancing space required, as marked by orange cones.  If there are 2 people already waiting in line, please wait in your vehicle.

4.  Approach the table and pick up your child’s bag, which is labelled, and return to your vehicle.

As much as we miss our students and families, this is not a time to visit as we wish for this process to move quickly and efficiently to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Some staff members will be present to assist with the process and say hello; those not present are respecting the need to minimize the number of people in the parking lot tomorrow afternoon.

If you intend for someone else to pick up your child(ren)’s supplies, please reply to Isy at this email (idemedeiros@cispg.ca) informing her who is picking up on your behalf.  We wish to avoid you arriving to pick up your supplies, only to find that another parent has done so.

We are relying on parents to respect these directions and adhere to all physical distancing requirements.  We thank you for working with us to stop the spread of COVID-19 while collecting your child(ren)’s supplies.

As stated in the newsletter, the pick up times are by last name and are as follows:

1:00 – 1:30  A – F
1:30 – 2:00  G – M
2:00 – 2:30  N –
2:30 – 3:00  S – Z

 

As part of our continued efforts to communicate regularly with staff, parents-guardians and school communities, please find a video message from our Acting Superintendent of Schools, Janet Meyer issued April 9:

 

 

By continuing to work together, we are confident that we will find the way forward together.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!  Let’s remember to continue to flatten the curve by adhering to social distancing over the Easter Long Weekend.  Stay safe and be well.

 

 

Coast Mountains School District would like to make parents and guardians aware that teachers will be making phone calls to students and parents, and many of these calls will not be coming from your school’s phone number.   Some of the calls may show up as No Caller ID.

The school district would like to request that you please consider answering these calls over the next while as it could be a teacher attempting to contact you.

If by the end of this week, parents or guardians who have not had any contact from your school(s), or the school district, through phone or email, please contact your school to ensure your contact information is up to date.

Thanking you in advance for your support and assistance.

 

 

Calendar

  • Jan. 25 Chinese New Year, 8:30-3:00
  • Jan. 27 Girls Basketball Game at Suwilaawks
  • Jan. 29 Boys Basketball at Veritas
  • Jan. 31 NID
  • Feb 3 Girls Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb 10 Girls Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 12 Boys Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 13 Grade 6 Ski Trip 8:15-4:00
  • Feb. 14 Passion Hour Day
  • Feb. 17 Family Day Holiday
  • Feb. 19 Boys Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 24 Girls Basketball Game at Veritas
  • Feb. 26 Boys Basketball Game at Uplands
  • Feb. 26 Pink Shirt Day
  • Mar. 4 Boys Basketball Game at EMV
  • Mar. 6 Grade 6 Ski Trip 8:15-4:00