Important Update for Parents/Guardians from Minister Rob Fleming and Andrea Sinclair, BCCPAC President
The following important update was received May 28, 2020 for sharing with parents/guardians from the Minister of Education Rob Fleming and Andrea Sinclair, President of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils:
We will continue to share further updates with you as we receive them.
For all Parents and Students, please read over the Safety Protocol upon returning to school. We are looking forward to seeing you all next week!
Safety Protocol – KCH
Communication – Parents
All parents have been contacted by the school. (By teacher, YSW or administrator)
All information on MYEDBC is current for address, email and phone numbers.
We will continue to communicate with parents via website, email or phone.
Communication – Students
All students have been contacted by the school. (Teachers, YSW or administrator).
All information is current. Emails and cell numbers.
Communication – Staff
All staff communicate either through Microsoft Teams, text, phone or emails.
Constant communication and collaboration. All aware of students who are returning, where they are working, and safety protocols for themselves and students.
All Staff and students will be entering and exiting through the front door.
Upon arrival Staff will proceed to a designated washing station.
Firstly, all students will be greeted and met by the Principal/YSW to ensure that they are healthy enough to attend and safety protocols will be communicated.
Students will then proceed to the assigned classroom and use the wash station in that room.
Note: 20% of 60 students will be no more than 12 students in the building at one time.
There will be no access to inside the school for the above groups unless there has been a scheduled appointment. Safety protocols will be communicated and displayed.
Regular cleaning and disinfection of surfaces (CUPE – spot cleaners that will be rotated). There is a spray bottle at the photocopy machine to disinfect the copier and each classroom will have a bottle of disinfectant for tables, etc.
All spaces are open except the Student Lounge and Gym.
Youth Support Worker rooms are only available by appointment. There is enough space to meet with one student at a time with a safe distance in their offices.
Staff are designated to no more than 3-4 students in their classroom at one time. All tables will be restricted to one student as they are all working on a self paced curriculum. If students from another room need assistance, there will be space designated in the classroom for asking questions, etc.
There will be no access to lockers. Coats and backpacks will be at the student’s desk. No supplies to be left at the school, must return home afterschool.
The student bathrooms are accessible throughout the day. They will be cleaned twice during the day. Each bathroom in equipped with soap and paper towels.
Students will transition on their own throughout the school. Following the protocol of safe social distancing.
The water fountain will only be used to fill up a water bottle using the filling station. No drinking from the water fountain will be permitted. Only water in a closed container allowed in the classroom.
Photocopier – The students are permitted to pick up their photocopied work in the multi-purpose room, ensuring there is no one there at that moment.
Food: There will no food or eating allowed in the classroom. Students may bring in a water bottle and fill it up in the water station. There will be an assigned eating spot in the multi-purpose room with a safe distance between students. Each spot will be cleaned after use. NO EATING IN THE CLASSROOM
Recess: All students must wash hands/hand sanitize upon entry and exit of any room in the school. If a student vapes/smokes there will be NO sharing of vapes or cigarettes. The students will not be allowed in groups; they must be physically distanced. They will be monitored by myself or a Youth Support Worker. SMOKING/VAPING – MUST BE IN THE DESIGNATED AREA OFF THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Mac’s/Shell: students may go to Mac’s if they choose to during break. However, no outside food or drink will be permitted in the school. The food/beverage must be consumed outside. All packaging/plastics must be disposed of outside. (An outdoor garbage can and recycle bin will be near the front entrance).
PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE FOLLOWED
REMINDER: No consumption of Energy Drinks during the school day.
Multi-Purpose Room (Lunch Room):
As no outside food or beverages will be allowed in the school, all lunch and snacks will be provided free of charge to our students.
Lunch – Designated spots with safe social/physical distancing protocol. All utensils, dishes, etc. will be set up at their space and lunch will be served at the table.
Clean-up: students will scrape dishes, etc., and put in gray bins. They will not be permitted in the kitchen area. Stacy will be preparing all of the food.
The students and staff will follow the same guidelines, making a conscious effort to remain socially/physically distanced. Designated safety areas will remain the same.
Sponsors will continue to be responsible for taking the attendance and providing it to the school secretary.
Band Aids, ice packs will be made available if necessary.
If there is an emergency an adult will assist the student. A safety mask and gloves will be worn. The adult will assess the situation. Parents will be contacted and medical personnel will be contacted if necessary.
Bus: Students who ride the school bus will ensure that they follow the safety protocol of the bus company. Students who wait for the bus afterschool will have to follow safe social and physical distancing protocols.
Sickness: If a student becomes ill or shows symptoms of being sick, parents will be contacted and student will be sent home.
*** Continuing with KCH practices and procedures. If a student is unable to attend their assigned day, contact must be made with the school secretary. Please leave a message on the school answering machine.
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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:
- It is safe to do so.
- The importance of face-to-face instruction with children and youth.
- Education is a critical part of the BC Restart Plan.
- 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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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.
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 email@example.com.