Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new school year!  It is with optimism and gratitude that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  I am optimistic that our school year will be safe, caring, and engaging.  I am grateful as we will see most learners in schools and engaged in learning.

On August 24, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced B.C. K-12 students will return to school for full time, in person instruction in September. Updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools were released from the Ministry of Education, as guided by the Ministry of Health.  Masks will also continue to be required in all indoor spaces for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12 in schools and on school buses. 

There will be continued emphasis on health measures such as: daily health checks, staying home when sick, hand washing, daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  Our plans and guidelines will be updated and communicated to parents, students, and staff next week.

We understand that there may be individuals (students, parents, guardians, employees) who are anxious at the thought of returning to school in September.  This is to be expected during a global pandemic.  Whether or not your child attended school last year in Coast Mountains School District 82, you can rest assured that students will be welcomed and accepted at their schools regardless of where they might be at in their learning.  We welcome children to school and will facilitate their growth along the continuum of learning.  We will meet your child where they are at in their learning.

Please visit our school district’s website for helpful “return-to-school after COVID” tips for parents and guardians.

Parents can expect that schools will be focussing on individual students realizing their potential in an environment that is safe, culturally aware, and respectful and welcoming of diversity.

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 7.

Sincerely,
Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools


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Pre-registration for all schools (with the exception of the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre) will be by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please contact the school to arrange an appointment time.  Students not pre-registered should register on the above-mentioned dates.

District Schools will open on Tuesday, September 7 for all students (except Kindergarten).
Kindergarten students are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours except for Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School students who will attend at 1:00 p.m. (bus times will be posted to the school district website by the end of this week).

Regular school hours and bus runs will begin on Wednesday, September 8.

Access the following links to view the 2021-2022 Return to School Messages and Bus Routes including school contacts:

CMSD82 2021-22 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-22 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-22 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-2022 Stewart Return to School Message

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.

 

2021-2022 School Supply Lists

 

 

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, please find links to the School Supply Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools.  Please reference the additional notations detailed below.

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School and Suwilaawks Community School provide classroom supplies to students at a fee of $40 that can be paid for after August 30.    This fee will cover the supplies required for the year.  Students are asked to bring: a clearly labelled water bottle, a backpack and indoor shoes suitable for all day wear and gym/sport activities.
  •  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 during the summer months, 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.  Alternatively, please contact your school during the last week of August 2021 for assistance.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 7, 2021.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

Reminder District of Kitimat Student Free Fares Pilot Program – Extension to August 31, 2021

As we welcome the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we wish to remind Kitimat parents and caregivers of the extension announced by the District of Kitimat regarding the Student Free Fares Pilot Program through to August 31, 2021.

In September 2020, the District of Kitimat sponsored the implementation of free fares for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students within the Kitimat Transit System as part of a one-year pilot project.  The District of Kitimat recently announced the extension of the one-year pilot project to August 31, 2021 allowing all Kitimat students to continue to enjoy the “complimentary student fare” over the summer months as follows:

  • Students 14+ are required to show their student ID with the K-6 U-Pass sticker when boarding the bus to ride for free.
  • Students who do not currently possess a sticker are asked to contact their School Principal no later than June 30, 2021 to arrange an appointment to receive a sticker.
  • Students, 14 and under, are not required to show a student ID.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to the District of Kitimat’s Director of Corporate Administration, Ethan Anderson at (250) 632-8900.  For information on Kitimat Transit bus schedules and routes, please visit:

https://bctransit.com/kitimat

Please be advised that BC Transit continues to follow the guidance of the PHO and WorkSafeBC, and face coverings are currently mandatory on all buses and at bus stops.

Wishing you a happy, fun and safe summer with your families and friends!