Welcome Back to All Our Students!

 

CMSD82 Letter to Parents-Caregivers, Welcome Back to All Our Students, Jan. 10, 2022  (PDF format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents & Caregivers,

We look forward to welcoming your child back to school on January 10.  We are all waiting to see how the Omicron variant will impact the day-to-day operation of school.

From the information provided by the Provincial Health Office and the BC Centre for Disease Control, we know that Omicron is a more transmissible virus with reduced symptoms for those who are vaccinated.  While we hope that you, your child and the staff of Coast Mountains School District are not impacted by the virus, we need to be prepared when there may be high staff absenteeism.

A functional closure is when a school is not able to operate in a safe manner.  There are two ways that a school could be functionally closed:

  1. The Northern Health Authority could recommend a functional closure of a school due to the COVID-19 case count in or related to a school.
  2. The school district may close a school due to a shortage of staff to be able to provide a required level of student safety. This would likely be due to a high absenteeism of all staff or certain employees required for a school to function and the inability to replace those absences.

Another way in which you could be impacted is if a transportation route is closed due to a shortage of staff to be able to provide the required level of service and safety for students.  This would likely be due to the absenteeism of bus drivers and/or mechanics and the inability to replace those absences.

Coast Mountains School District has established a process where each morning the status of absenteeism for transportation and schools will be reviewed.  If a bus route or school is required to be closed, we commit to inform you, if possible, by 7:00 a.m. that morning.  Please contact your school to ensure we have the communication method you would want the school to use to share this information with you.  These closures will also be posted to the school district website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to the respective school website and social media (if applicable) by 7:00 a.m.

This is a new reality and complexity for all of us and while we want this to go well for you, your child and staff, we know that the next several weeks will be challenging.  We thank you, in advance, for your patience in these extremely challenging times.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

Return to School January 2022 – Informational Letter from Superintendent of Schools

 

CMSD82 Informational Letter from Superintendent of Schools – Return to School January 2022  (PDF Format)

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff and Community Members:

As announced by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry on December 29, 2021, the resumption of all K-12 classes in B.C. will occur in a phased approach with all students returning to school on Monday, January 10.

For the period of January 4 to 7, schools will be open for students with diverse needs, vulnerable students and students of essential service workers.

Please be aware that while there will be learning activities, this will not be considered regular instruction; students may not be working with their regular teachers or support staff.  Please email your School Principal in advance of sending your child to school.

Important Notation:  Parents and caregivers will be expected to notify their School Principal, in advance, via email prior to January 4 if their child falls in one of the three categories and the parent or caregiver is expecting to send their child to school.  Please find a link to the School Principal Email Address Information for the convenience of parents and caregivers:

CMSD82 School Principal Email Address Information

Return to school for students in K-12 education is being delayed in order to give public health and BC schools administrative time to understand and assess the impact of the Omicron variant on students, teachers and staff over the holiday break, develop communications and learning plans for families in the event of school closures, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the safe continuation of in-class learning.

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has developed additions to the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings.  It outlines focused actions and additional prevention measures BC schools must implement in response to the recent rise of cases of COVID-19 due to the more transmissible Omicron variant.

The Province and Coast Mountains School District 82 encourage eligible students and unvaccinated adults to be vaccinated – it remains the best protection against severe outcomes from COVID-19, to stay home when sick, and to wear a mask.  The safety of students and staff has been our focus from the beginning of the pandemic and we will continue to make decisions based on the guidance from health authorities.

Most questions can be directed to your School Principal for assistance.  If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please forward your question to covid@cmsd.bc.ca, which comes directly to my email inbox.

Yours truly,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

 

BC Government Delaying Start of School until January 10 for Most K-12 Students

 

A message from CMSD82 Superintendent Janet Meyer for parents, caregivers and staff.  There is a lot of information to digest for next week following the B.C. Government’s announcement delaying the start of school until January 10 for most K-12 students as detailed below.  Coast Mountains School District 82 will be issuing district-wide information tomorrow afternoon, December 31 to staff, parents and caregivers, so that everyone knows what to expect.  Right now, we are going through materials and planning on those communications.  Thank you for your patience.

The B.C. Government announced earlier today that a full return to school for students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be delayed until Monday, January 10 in order to give public health and B.C. schools additional time to adapt to the impacts of the Omicron variant on communities and schools, and to implement enhanced safety plans to support the continuation of in-class learning.

During this time, schools will be open for limited numbers of students in particular need.  While students will return to school on January 10, staff will return on January 3 or 4.  This will allow schools to implement enhanced safety measures and proactively implement continuity of learning plans.

B.C. school districts will be communicating out to families and caregivers about how this process will work.

 

The delayed return is supported by an Order from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, which applies to all public and independent schools.

“Schools have safety protocols in place that have kept students and staff in school over the past two years, but as the pandemic changes, our protocols must change, too,” said Dr. Henry.  “That’s why schools will be implementing enhanced public-health measures to ensure we can continue the in-person learning that is so important for well-being and mental health.”

To view the B.C. Government’s news release of earlier today, please access the following link:

Enhanced safety measures, delayed return to school to support safe, in-person learning