K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies

 

The Advisory Committee established by the Ministry of Education on October 5, 2021, has completed a final draft version of a set of guidelines to support boards and independent school authorities who may be considering implementing a vaccine mandate for staff.

For clarity, these guidelines are for policies being contemplated for employees only, which should be interpreted broadly to include any employee of the board or authority, including contracted employees, regardless of classification or location.  The Ministry of Education fully respects the authority of individual First Nations to make decisions about the operation of First Nations schools in the best interests of their students, schools, and communities.

To view and/or familiarize yourself with these guidelines in advance of the final copy being distributed as soon as possible, please access the following link:

K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies

 

Importance of FSA

 

What is FSA?

From October 4 to November 12, 2021, our students in grades 4 and 7 will be participating in the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA).  This is an annual province-wide assessment of all B.C. students’ academic skills in grades 4 and 7, and provides parents, teachers, schools, school districts and the Ministry of Education with important information on how well students are progressing in the foundation skills of Literacy and Numeracy.

Why is the FSA important? 
To ensure that we continue to support successful learning, we routinely check our students’ growth and achievement.  The FSA assesses basic knowledge and skills in literacy and numeracy.  The FSA provides a systems level accountability check to ensure that we are delivering aligned learning experiences for all.

Coast Mountains School District 82 (CMSD82) would like you to know that we believe the FSA provides us with valuable information.  We use this assessment to inform our instruction, in-service, and our resource allocation for the betterment of student learning.

Facts?

  • FSA reflects B.C.’s redesigned curriculum.
  • FSA will be administered during the period of October 4 to November 12, 2021.
  • FSA is a set of interactive activities drawn from the provincial curriculum: a) Literacy (understanding and communicating with language); b) Numeracy (understanding and working with numbers).
  • There is an online section and a hand-written section.
  • FSA includes a group collaboration activity, a choice of reading themes and a self-reflection section.
  • FSA scores are not letter grades or percentages; they do not count toward students’ report card marks or promotion.
  • The handwritten section of your child’s FSA is scored in Coast Mountains School District, by CMSD82 educators.

How Can Parents Help?

  • Talk to your child about the FSA.  Explain why we complete it and cheer them on.  This is a chance for CMSD82 students to show what they know!
  • Ensure your child gets lots of rest and good nutrition.
  • Read through the information and help your child try the sample questions available at the BC Ministry of Education’s website on Foundation Skills Assessment (click on link to open).

Parents and caregivers should contact their School Principal if they have any questions or they require additional information.

 

 

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

 

BC Government Expands Health and Safety Measures for K-12 Students

 

The Provincial government updated its K-12 education health and safety guidelines to require masks for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Earlier today, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced updates to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings to require masks for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.

Beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses.  This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4 to 12.

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 of Health website.  School personnel will ensure that students exempt from wearing a mask are supported.

Parents/guardians should contact their School Principal if they have questions or they require further information.