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Superintendent Letter to Parents, Guardians & Caregivers – K-12 Mask Mandate Announcement

Dear CMSD82 Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Earlier today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside announced a Kindergarten to Grade 12 mask mandate for all schools in B.C.  Beginning Monday, October 4, all students in Coast Mountains School District 82 (CMSD82) will be required to wear non-medical face masks while indoors, including at their desks and on school buses. Masks will be available for students that may not have their own.

As always, students will not be required to wear a mask if they are unable to for health or behavioural reasons.  A full list of exemptions can be found on the B.C. Ministry COVID-19 Safe Schools website.  School personnel will ensure that students exempt from wearing a mask are supported.

Today’s new order was developed under the guidance and direction of the Public Health Officer (PHO) and B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), in consultation with education partners, as an extra measure of protection to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

The health, safety, and well-being of students and staff, continues to be a top priority for our School District.  This expanded mask mandate will provide an additional layer of protection to CMSD82 schools in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

Earlier this week, the PHO announced an updated exposure notification process.  Individuals who are directly affected by an exposure will be contacted directly – there will not be a school-wide announcement following each exposure.  You will find all potential exposures listed on the Northern Health website.

Finally, vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools and everyone eligible is strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 Ongoing health and safety measures for all students and staff:

  • Complete the Daily Health Checklist before coming to school.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • All Kindergarten to Grade 12 staff and students must wear masks while indoors, including at their desks and on school buses.
  • Focus on washing or sanitizing hands.
  • Continued monitoring and enhancing building ventilation.
  • Continued cleaning and disinfecting.

Helpful links to more information by accessing the following links:

Ensuring a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment is a priority for our School District.  Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your School Principal.  If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please forward your questions to covid@cmsd.bc.ca which comes directly to my email inbox.

Please stay safe and check in with us regularly on our website at www.cmsd.bc.ca or Twitter @CoastMtnSD.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

Letter in PDF Format:

CMSD82 Letter to Parents-Guardians from Superintendent Meyer, K-12 Mask Mandate – Oct. 1, 2021

 

Superintendent’s Letter to Parents, Guardians & Caregivers – Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

 

CMSD82 Superintendent’s Letter to Parents-Guardians, Welcome to 2021-22 School Year

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  I hope this letter finds you and your family happy, rested and eagerly anticipating a positive and engaging school year.  Your children will be welcomed into our schools on September 7 regardless of where they are at academically, physically, socially and/or emotionally.

With greater community protection against COVID-19, schools can return to closer to normal operations, with some prevention measures continuing to be in place to keep schools as lower risk settings for communicable disease transmission.  While COVID-19 is present in our communities, there will continue to be COVID-19 exposures in schools and cases amongst students and staff.  Because cases in schools reflect those in the community, these are more likely to occur in communities with lower vaccination uptake.  Children continue to be a low risk for serious outcomes from COVID-19, including variants of concern detected in BC.

For your information, we take this opportunity to share links to the Ministry of Education Return to School Announcement of August 24 and the updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines for K-12 Schools.

Together, we can make 2021-2022 a safe and productive year.  We will be asking for your support in this regard.  You can do your part by:

  • Getting vaccinated;
  • Conducting the daily health check for your children prior to sending them to school;
  • Keeping your children home when they are sick;
  • Following the requirement for all students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear a mask while indoors, including at their desk and on school busses, and encouraging Kindergarten to Grade 3 students to wear a mask.

Coast Mountains School District 82 and its individual schools have developed Communicable Disease Prevention Plans.  These plans outline safety procedures to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  These school plans will be posted to the school district’s website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to school websites in the coming week.

On June 3, 2021 the federal government announced that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be observed by federal government employees and by federally regulated workplaces every year starting on September 30, 2021.

The BC provincial government also recognized the importance of honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  All provincial public sector employers, which includes public school districts, will recognize September 30, 2021, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a holiday for staff and students.  The 2021-2022 District School Calendar has been amended in accordance to the School Act and the revised School Calendar Regulations as directed by the Ministry of Education.  Students will receive copies of the amended calendar during the first week of school.

Coast Mountains School District 82 will support all learners to achieve their individual success while inspiring a passion for lifelong learning.   We value:

  • student engagement;
  • an appreciation for culture and diversity;
  • respectful and meaningful relationships;
  • a welcoming, safe and caring community;
  • the vital importance of well-being.

Our priorities include:

  • individual students realizing their potential;
  • honouring and respecting culture and diversity;
  • well-being within the educational community.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you and our school communities during the 2021-2022 school year.  We will continue to provide families with updates as new information becomes available.

A special thank-you is extended to all staff in School District 82 who are committed to ensuring a safe and caring learning experience for all our students.

We look forward to welcoming your children to the 2021-2022 school year in Coast Mountains School District.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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!