The following open letter was sent to parents and guardians on May 28, 2020 regarding the transition to optional, part-time, in-class instruction as we move to Stage 3 of B.C.’s K-12 Education Restart Plan.
This letter includes information on the health and safety measures that are being implemented in schools, as well as information for parents/guardians who choose to keep their children learning at home.
We will continue to share further updates with you as we receive them.
Students Returning to NEW HAZELTON ELEMENTARY
June 1, 2020
The following is the Re-entry plan for New Hazelton Elementary School students. These rules are based on Dr. Bonnie Henry of the provincial health office and the Ministry’s safety protocols. Regardless of personal beliefs, we ask that you respect the rights of others and follow the physical distancing rules as laid out by Dr. Henry and the Ministry. At NHE, we take our students’ and staff’s safety very seriously. Failure to follow these rules will result in students being sent home where they will continue their learning remotely.
School begins at 8:55 am and ends at 2:52 pm.
Students are welcome on the school grounds any time after 8:45 am. Students need to be picked up no later than 3:00 pm.
School doors will open at 8:55 am – students will be asked to socially distance themselves under adult guidance when they arrive and will enter the building in an orderly, respecting social distancing manner.
All K-5 students signed up to return will come to school on Mondays and Tuesdays for the first three weeks of June. During the last week, students will come only on the Monday.
All Grade 6-7 students signed up to return will come to school on Mondays for the month of June.
Getting to and from School
Bus – For those that signed up to take a bus, the bus schedule will be posted on our website, emailed to you, and on Face Book. Students will be assigned designated seats on the bus and instructed how to get on and off the bus by the driver.
Drop off and Pick up – For those dropping off and picking up their children, use the back parking lot only. Please do not drop your child off before 8:45 am. Your child will have a designated spot to wait for you when you return to pick them up at the end of the day. Pick up time is to be no later than 3:00 pm.
Entering the building
- Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 4) will enter through the boot room.
- Intermediate (Grade 5 to Grade 7) will enter through the front door.
- All students:
- When students arrive they will be asked to socially distance themselves under adult guidance (the ground has been marked with an “x”) and will enter the building in an orderly, respecting social distancing manner.
- Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter and be asked a few health questions to see how they are feeling.
- Students will proceed to class where they will wash their hands and go to their assigned desk/table.
- All students will be instructed and guided regarding hand washing techniques, social distancing and safety procedures.
- Classrooms will be arranged so that each desk/table follows the physical distancing guidelines.
- Students will be responsible for bringing their own school supplies, lunch and snack (no sharing school supplies or food). If a student does not have a pencil or a pen, one can be provided to them by their teacher.
- The students will use the playground, field and gym based on a schedule that allows for social distancing.
- Education Assistance and First Nations Support Workers will continue to support students in class.
- Students must respect social distancing.
- Floors will be marked to help allow students to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people.
- Washrooms will be monitored and surface area cleaning will take place throughout the day.
- Students will eat their lunch in their classroom.
- Lunch times and recesses will be staggered between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM.
- Students are not to leave school property.
- Students are only to go outside when they are accompanied by staff.
Exiting the building/ Leaving at the end of the Day
- Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 4) will exit through the boot room.
- Intermediate (Grade 5 to Grade 7) will exit through the front door.
- All students
- Students will wash their hands before leaving school.
- Bus students will proceed to the bus if on site or to the designated waiting area (above the name wall in front of the school) for their bus.
- Pick up students will proceed to the parking lot side of the school to their designated spot and then proceed to their family vehicle.
- Walking students will be directed to walk straight home as soon as they are dismissed.
IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK IN THE MORNING, PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME. IF THEY SHOW UP AND OR SHOW SIGNS OF ILLNESS ANYTIME THROUGHOUT THE DAY, YOU WILL BE CALLED TO PICK YOUR CHILD UP IMMEDIATELY.
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
Dear Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parents & Guardians,
An announcement on the phased-in approach to resuming in-class instruction for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 (K-5) will be made by Coast Mountains School District 82 in the very near future. This will not be a return to normal. It will be voluntary and part-time. With only a few weeks left in the school year, we anticipate many K-5 students will not return to the classroom until September. We are, however, exploring ways to safely return K-5 students back to school before the summer, to allow more parents/guardians to return to work. How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among teachers, students, parents, support staff and communities.
In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District has created a two-minute survey that would provide an initial indication of how many of our K-5 students will return to school when invited. I would ask for a few minutes of your time to please consider the four-question survey found by clicking the link below:
This survey will remain open until 9:00 a.m., Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020. Once the survey closes, school personnel will contact families using a different means to gather the information necessary for us to plan our work moving forward.
With many thanks in advance,
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.
Subject: Student Lesson Deliveries the week of May 18 to 22nd
We wish to advise that as next week is a short week with Monday, May 18th a statutory holiday, please note student deliveries will be moved ahead one day as follows:
Tuesday, May 19th – Highway 16 west, Gitanyow, Kitwanga, Gitsegukla
Wednesday, May 20th – South Hazelton, New Hazelton, Hagwilget
Thursday, May 21st – Gitanmaax, Old Hazelton, Two Mile
Friday, May 22nd – Glen Vowell, Kispiox
Also, please remind all students that we are picking up completed assignments now and if students have completed work, to make sure that they have the following information on their work prior to handing in:
– First and last name
– Name of class or grade (eg. English 11)
– Teacher’s name
All completed assignments can be put in an envelope or bag and given to their Education Coordinator for pick up, or students can leave their completed work in the drop box outside of New Hazelton Elementary School.
Regarding where students can hand in completed assignments, please note students/parents can leave materials with the following contacts:
Glen Vowell students, Laurie Woods, Education Coordinator, 250 842-5241, ext. 205
Hagwilget Band students, Theresa, Secretary, 250 842-6258
Kitwanga Band students, Leslie Morgan, Education Coordinator, 250 849-5330
Gitanyow Band students, Jacqueline Smith or Loucille Bernard, 250 849-5384
Gitsegukla Band students, Alberta Milton or Erica Morgan 250 842-5490
Kispiox Students, Deb Jackson or Nathan Tom **Deb and Nathan will be at the Anspayaxw School (staff parking lot) every Thursday at 1 pm to deliver and receive student work.
Gitanmaax Band Students, Pansy Wright Simms, Education Coordinator 250 842-5297 ext 2006
Please remind students that completed assignments can also be dropped off in the Drop Box outside of the Administration Office at New Hazelton Elementary School.