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Important Letter to Parents/Guardians from our Superintendent of Schools, September 20, 2020

 

Letter to CMSD82 Parents & Guardians from Superintendent of Schools – Sept. 20, 2020

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to provide clarification in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in one of our school communities.  A confirmed case is defined as a person with laboratory confirmation of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 performed at a community, hospital or reference laboratory.

At this point, while we have very reliable information to potential cases within the Witset First Nation located in Moricetown, we have not been officially notified by the Northern Health Authority.  At this stage in the school district’s protocols, we are mandated to allow the Northern Health Authority the time to complete their work.  Northern Health will notify Coast Mountains School District should this impact our school communities.

At this time, we have not been officially notified by the local health authority regarding any student or staff being confirmed to have COVID-19.  The local health authority will connect directly with any individuals who may have been exposed with further instructions.

We ask for your patience, and we will communicate out additional information as it becomes available.

The safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority.  Please be assured that our schools will continue to implement the strict protocols and procedures we have in place so that children can continue to attend school as safely as possible.

We understand that families will do what they believe is in the best interests of their children as it relates to sending them to school or keeping them home.  We respect your right to make this difficult decision.  Please know that:

  1. Children are welcome at school.
  2. Students who are absent from school will continue to receive an educational program.
  3. Students will be welcomed back to their school when their parents/guardians consider it appropriate for them to return.

The Northern Health Authority has been very clear about the steps that will be taken should there be a confirmed case in school or in the community.  We will take our lead from Northern Health every time there is a confirmed case.

Your children are our priority.  Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your School Principal.  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

 

 

Alternative Back-To-School Plan for K-9 Students & Information Sheet

 

Message for CMSD82 Parents/Guardians from our Superintendent of Schools:

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

For your information and interest, Coast Mountains School District 82 developed an alternative back-to-school plan for parents/guardians of Kindergarten to Grade 9 students who are not comfortable with sending their children back to school right away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are very challenging times and we understand that some families need more time to become comfortable with the safety protocols implemented by their schools.

This new Learn-from-Home Transition Plan will have students remain enrolled in their neighbourhood school and start the school year at home before transitioning back to the classroom.  To clarify, this is not a fourth option for educating children … this is a extension or a subset of Option 1: Brick and Mortar (Traditional School).

Important notations for parents/guardians to know regarding the new transition plan:

  • This a “temporary” plan intended to keep students connected to their school.  Students would work on literacy, numeracy and core competency skills.
  • This will not mirror the classroom.
  • Families would be responsible for supporting their child’s learning at home and there would be weekly check-ins by a Transition Program Teacher.
  • It is the school district’s expectation that families would transition back to school by the end of October/beginning of November.

We have developed a K-9 Learn from Home Transition Plan “information sheet” for the information of parents/guardians:

CMSD82 K-9 Learn from Home Transition Plan – Information Sheet – Sept. 11, 2020

The following illustration provides an overview of the Learn-from-Home Transition Plan:

(click on illustration to enlarge)(Adapted with appreciation from School District 39)

Parents/Guardians are asked to contact their School Principal should they have questions or they require more information.

Sincerely,

 

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

Welcome Back to School!

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of Coast Mountains School District, I would like to welcome families and communities to the 2020-2021 school year.  As you know, we will be starting our school year with staff only on September 8 and 9, and students beginning on September 10 with Orientation Sessions.

The school district’s first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff.  We have developed a Safety Plan and Cohort Plan that will see the school district maximize face-to-face instruction while at the same time ensuring safety.  Some of our students have not been in school since March and we are looking forward to providing face-to-face educational programs balanced with an environment that recognizes the importance of student social emotional and well-being.

Families and communities can be further assured that our Principals, Vice Principals, and District Staff have designed unique Stage 2 plans for each of our schools in Coast Mountains School District.  The school district’s plans were shared on August 25 via the school district’s website.

Enjoy what is left of summer and know that we are working to ensure a safe and positive start to the 2020-2021 school year.

If you have questions or you require further information, please email covid@cmsd.bc.ca or call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to our schools on September 10.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

back%20to%20schoolPRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL SCHOOLS
(WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE
NORTHWEST TRADES & EMPLOYMENT
TRAINING CENTRE)
WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
ON
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 1 & 2, 2020
 FROM 9AM TO 3PM
**PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT TIME**

Kindergarten pupils are requested to begin attending
on the date arranged by the school.  Students not pre-registered should register on the
above-mentioned dates.

 

DISTRICT SCHOOLS WILL OPEN FOR ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 (EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN)
Special Note to Parents/Guardians … in light of COVID-19, each school will have unique student orientation sessions on September 10 and 11.
Schools will contact parents/guardians directly with full orientation details including additional bus run details.

 

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS AND BUS RUNS WILL COMMENCE
ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020

SCHOOL DISTRICT 2020-2021 RETURN TO SCHOOL MESSAGES
AND BUS SCHEDULES/ROUTES

CMSD82 2020-2021 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2020-2021 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes

CMSD82 2020-2021 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes

 Note .. Middle and secondary students must wear non-medical masks
while riding the bus to and from school.  Masks must be
put on before loading.  Masks will be available to students.
All students must wash their hands prior to leaving their home for school.
Students within the city boundary should consult local transit.


Terrace
:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.

2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

 

Recording & FAQs …Town Hall Q&A Session

 

Coast Mountains School District 82, Northern Health and CMSD82’s District Parent Advisory Council hosted an online Education Re-Start Town Hall Q&A Session last night, September 3.  Many thanks to everyone for submitting their questions and taking part in the Town Hall Q&A Session.

If you didn’t have an opportunity to join the online session, you can watch it by accessing the following link:

Recording – Town Hall Q&A Session Co-Hosted by CMSD82, Northern Health & DPAC

During the Town Hall Q&A Session, our Superintendent, Janet Meyer introduced an alternative back-to-school plan for parents/guardians of Kindergarten to Grade 9 students who are not comfortable sending their children back to school right away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This information is posted to the school district’s website, school websites and will be shared via schools with parents/guardians.  To learn more, please access the following link:

CMSD82 Alternative Back-To-School Plan for K-19 Students

We have developed the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as an information resource for all our school communities:

CMSD82 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – September 10, 2020

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to follow up with your School Principal for assistance.