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Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School Temporary School Closure – March 1-7, 2021

 

CMSD82 News Release – Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem School Temp School Closure, March 1-7, 2021

 

On February 26, 2021, Coast Mountains School District 82 received formal notification from the Northern Health Authority regarding a confirmed COVID-19 exposure at its Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School which is located on Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Gitanmaax Band Council.

The Gitanmaax Band Council, in an effort to allow the Northern Health Authority to conduct a fulsome contact-tracing process in light of this exposure, passed a Band Council Resolution on February 26 that effective immediately access is denied to the Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School (MGA) for the period of March 1 to 7 inclusive.  Notification was received by the school district on February 27.  The Gitanmaax Band Council will also close its daycare, nursery and language nest facilities for this duration to accommodate a full sanitation process for the return of regular services on March 8, 2021.  It is anticipated that MGA will re-open on Monday, March 8 for regular operation.

For clarification, this temporary school closure is not a COVID-19 closure.  That directive can only be authorized by the Northern Health Authority and the Ministry of Education.  This closure is based on the precautionary safety measures undertaken by the Gitanmaax Band Council for their community.  Our appreciation is extended to the Gitanmaax Band Council for their collaborative approach working with the school district on this matter.

During the temporary school closure, a full sanitation will be undertaken by the school district.  Staff, where able, will be redeployed to either work from home or from the temporary MGA remote hub located in the Game Changer Program building, separate to Hazelton Secondary School.  Access to the MGA remote hub will be permitted to MGA staff only while ensuring all social distancing protocols are followed.  The MGA School Principal will determine the specific duties and work location of staff on a case-by-case basis.

The MGA School Principal is presently notifying parents/guardians of the temporary school closure.  In the event students report to school tomorrow morning, March 1, the School Principal will be available at the Gitanmaax Band Council road blockade to meet the students and provide assistance.  Buses will operate on streamline routes and will not make any stops within the Gitanmaax Reserve for pick-up or drop-off during this temporary school closure.

Parents/guardians will receive a call from a school staff member by Tuesday morning, March 2 providing details of online educational engagement for their child(ren) during this temporary school closure.  An MGA reach-out contact number for parents/guardians will be communicated by 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 1.

We recognize this is an incredibly stressful time for the school staff, students and families.  Let us all remember to focus on our personal well-being at this time while taking care and supporting one another, our students, staff and families.

We extend our appreciation for everyone’s understanding and patience during these unforeseen circumstances.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at (250) 638-4407 or via covid@cmsd.bc.ca, should you have any questions or you require further information.

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

Updated CMSD82 District & School COVID-19 Safety Plans – 2020-2021 School Year

 

On February 4, 2021, the Ministry of Education announced changes to the health and safety requirements in place for schools. The updates include:

  • Prevent crowding at all times; pay particular attention at the start and end of day.
  • Avoid close face-to-face contact whenever possible.
  • Assign staff to a specific cohort whenever possible.
  • Stagger recess, lunch, and class transition times whenever possible.
  • Ensure that the use of masks does not reduce or replace practicing physical distancing and other prevention measures, for both students and staff.
  • Ensure prevention measures are in place in staff-only areas, including break and meeting rooms.
  • Implement music classes according to the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association and the Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia Guidance for Music Classes.
  • Ensure physical activity is delivered in line with the guidance in this document.
  • K-12 Health Check App

The following documents were updated in conjunction with the enhanced safety measures announced on February 4 as the Province continues to strengthen health and safety plans in K-12 schools to keep students, teachers and staff safe during the pandemic.

The updated CMSD82 District and School COVID-19 Safety Plans reflecting the revised Provincial Health & Safety Guidelines for Kindergarten to Grade 12 are provided below for your information and viewing:

CMSD82 Updated Education Re-Start Plan School Year – Feb. 24, 2020
Bear Valley School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 21, 2021
Caledonia Secondary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 5, 2021
Cassie Hall Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 4, 2021
Ecole Mountainview – Updated COVID Safety Plan – February 11, 2021
Hazelton Secondary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 19, 2021
Kildala Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 18, 2021
Kitimat City High School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 10, 2021
Kitwanga Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 23, 2021
Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 24, 2021
Mount Elizabeth Middle-School Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 18, 2021
Nechako Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan, Feb. 16, 2021
New Hazelton Elem. School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 24, 2021
NTETC – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 5, 2021
Parkside Secondary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 11, 2021
Skeena Middle School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 5, 2021
Suwilaawks Com. School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 10, 2021
Thornhill Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 8, 2021
Thornhill Primary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 23, 2021
Uplands Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 9, 2021

If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to covid@cmsd.bc.ca, which comes directly to the Superintendent’s email inbox.  If District staff cannot answer your questions, we will reach out to other organizations to secure the answer and respond to you.

CMSD82 Strategic Planning Engagement – February 17 to April 15, 2021

 

Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 (CMSD82) is holding a series of virtual Strategic Planning Engagement Sessions.  These sessions will provide an opportunity for everyone to participate and have their voice heard.  This input will play an important role in the direction of School District 82 in the next five years.

We share the following links to an introductory video that speaks to the CMSD82 Strategic Planning process as well as the CMSD82 Strategic Planning Engagement Poster for your information and for sharing with family and friends:

Introductory Video – CMSD82 Strategic Planning Process

CMSD82 Strategic Planning Engagement Invitation Poster

 What is Thought Exchange? – YouTube Demo Video

Low Tech Feedback Form – CMSD82 Strategic Planning

An invitation is extended for everyone’s participation in one of the five virtual interactive sessions as listed below.  All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing on CMSD82’s YouTube Channel.

Strategic Planning Engagement Interactive Zoom Sessions

Wednesday, February 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, February 26 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 9 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 15 – 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Zoom links for each interactive session are available here.

To stay engaged in the CMSD82 Strategic Planning process from February 17 to April 15, 2021, please access the following social media venues:

CMSD82 Twitter Account @CoastMtnSD – #NAUWU
The backgrounder to #NAUWU (“Nothing About Us Without Us”) will
be shared with participants during the interactive sessions.

CMSD82 Website – www.cmsd.bc.ca

Thoughtexchange (click on link) – A Crowd Sourcing Platform
A live information exchange platform that allows interaction with other individuals’ ideas.
An introduction
to Thoughtexchange will be offered during the interactive sessions.
Your input is welcome until April 16, 2021.

Your input will assist the Board of Education in the creation and development of the next Strategic Plan for School District 82.  We look forward to your participation and welcome your input.  

For further information, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, extension 4401.

2021-2022 CMSD82 Registration Procedures for Kindergarten

 

CMSD82 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Procedures Notice  (click on link to open)

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child for kindergarten.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

 It is important that parents/guardians take note of the specific deadlines and ensure registration procedures are followed as outlined below:

REGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN WILL BE HELD
BETWEEN JANUARY 15, 2021 AND FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Registration options for Kindergarten and Cross Boundary Applications:

 

1)  Complete the online registration through MyEducationBC  click on link, when the log-in screen opens, request an account (as illustrated to the right) and follow the step-by-step instructions (this is the school district’s preferred registration option), or

2)  Download a copy of the Student Registration Form (regular format or fillable format, click on the desired link to open document), complete and submit by “appointment only” or by email to the school of choice, or

3)  Contact your in-catchment school or school of choice to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Note:  For school and/or contact information, please access the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing

Kindergarten Registration and Confirmation:  Registrations will be received by February 26, 2021 for Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date 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:  Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive confirmation by April 1, 2021.  Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be confirmed by the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations. Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school years.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2021 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2021.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enrol in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at Ecole Mountainview, Kildala Elementary School and Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School.
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

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.