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Updated Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings effective First Day of Spring Break 2022

 

In follow up to Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement of earlier this afternoon, the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings have been updated to reflect changes to Provincial Health Officer orders announced today and updated public health guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

Recognizing schools and districts start Spring Break on different dates, this update is effective the first day of a school’s Spring Break to enable schools to finish the winter term with existing prevention measures in place.  The first day of Spring Break in Coast Mountains School District 82 is Monday, March 21, 2022.

Please access the following links to view Dr. Henry’s announcement, an overview summary of key changes in March 2022 and the updated K-12 Guidelines/Guidance:

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s Announcement – March 10, 2022
Changes – Prov. COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines K-12 Settings
Updated Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines K-12 Settings
Updated Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools

Everyone in schools continues to be encouraged to do a daily health check, stay home when sick, and to practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Masks and Face Coverings Update:

  • From March 11 to 20, 2022 inclusive – students, staff and visitors in all CMSD82 schools and facilities will still be required to wear a mask or face covering.  Exceptions will continue to be made for students and staff who cannot wear masks for medical reasons.
  • March 21, 2022 onwards – masks and face coverings will no longer be required to be worn by students, staff and visitors in all CMSD82 schools and facilities.  The decision to wear a mask or face covering is a personal choice for staff, students and visitors.  A person’s choice should be supported and respected.

This update marks a step forward in the transition towards sustainable communicable disease management, with another update to the guidelines expected mid-April to more fully align with the updated public health guidance.  This two-step transition allows schools, staff, students and families time to prepare for the planned easing of measures.

Parents/Caregivers are asked to contact their School Principal if they have any questions or concerns.

2022-2023 New Student Registration & Cross Boundary Application

 

CMSD82 2022-2023 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice  (PDF Format)

 

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/guardians take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the registration procedures listed below are followed:

New In-Catchment Registration and Confirmation: 

  • Registrations will be received by February 25, 2022 for new students including Kindergarten.  Contact your in-catchment school to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Student registration is by appointment only.  School and contact information is available by accessing the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2021-2022 Principal, Vice Principal & School Contact Listing

  • The school district will make every effort to place students who have registered by February 25, 2022 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after February 25, 2022 may not be granted placed in their catchment area school.
  • Applications received after this February 25, 2022  will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available. Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Cross Boundary Applications and Confirmation: 

  • By February 25, 2022, parents/guardians must first register at their catchment area school (by appointment only), then complete a Cross Boundary Application for their school of choice.  The catchment area school will forward the Cross Boundary Application to the school of choice.
  • Please note:  Effective the 2022-2023 school year, Cross Boundary Applications to Uplands Elementary School will be restricted to children with a sibling currently enrolled in the school.  Cross Boundary Applications, otherwise, will not be accepted for Uplands Elementary School.  For your information, we provide a link to the Backgrounder on this decision:

Backgrounder – UES Cross Boundary Application Restrictions 2022-2023

  • Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications will be provided by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staff allocations and school configurations.  Parents/guardians applying for cross boundary status are advised the decision related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2022-2023 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.

Definitions:

  • In-Catchment Students: Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.  The school the student would normally attend.
  • Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students: Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  • School of Choice: The opportunity to enroll in a school or school program available within the school district.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen at Home Tests for Students … Distribution to CMSD82 Schools

 

Each student in Public, Independent and First Nations K-12 schools, is being provided with a box of five Artron rapid antigen at-home tests distributed through their school.  Shipments from the Ministry began arriving on February 18 to CMSD82 schools c/o the School Principal for distribution to parents/caregivers.

To further clarify information in the recent  bulletin from Health Canada, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has updated information for parents/caregivers about the safety and proper use of the test kits they received or will be receiving.  Please see the BCCDC’s Rapid Testing At Home web page for this up-to-date information.

Test instructions are included in the box of five Artron rapid antigen at-home tests and also available here.  Reference the following BCCDC “Guidance for Parents on How to Use the Tests” with parents/caregivers, which provides information for when to use the test, instructions for administering the test and direction on what to do in the case of a positive or negative result:

Guidance for Parents on How to Use the Tests

These tests are being provided to support at-home testing of symptomatic students and are an additional tool to support the continuity of learning in our schools.  Rapid tests should be used by students when they are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms.

The rapid antigen tests being provided are in addition to existing testing pathways.  Testing continues to be available for individuals when recommended by public health and for use by Medical Health Officers when determined necessary as part of cluster and outbreak investigation.  All existing safety protocols and practices in schools should also be maintained.

Parents/Caregivers should contact their School Principal should they have any questions or concerns.