Daily Archives: March 17, 2020
A Message for CMSD82 Parents, Guardians and Staff,
We share the following letter from the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming written to parents, guardians and school district staff regarding updated direction from the Provincial Health Officer to all schools to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice.
This letter follows up on a joint announcement from the Premier, Minister of Education and Minister of Finance earlier today regarding COVID-19.
March 17, 2020 – Joint Statement from the Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer
Parents and guardians are encouraged to share B.C.’s new dedicated phone service for non-medical information about COVID-19: 1-888-COVID19. Service representatives are available seven days a week from 7:30AM to 8PM, and information is available in more than 110 languages.
A Message for CMSD82 Parents/Guardians,
During a news conference held early this afternoon with the B.C. Premier and Ministers of Education and Finance, we learned that under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the Provincial Government is directing all schools to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice. Education Minister Rob Fleming shared the province made “the difficult decision” to suspend in-class instruction in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 which is moving quickly and its impact on British Columbians is growing. Minister Fleming noted that “99 per cent” of B.C.’s 550,000 students are currently out of school until March 30, but independent schools and private schools that are still open have been told to suspend in-classes immediately.
On the heels of the news conference, I wanted to write to reassure you that school districts around the province are working collectively with the Ministry of Education to maintain a continuity of instruction for our learners. Details about what this looks like exactly and how the school district plans to roll it out is being finalized.
Our Principals and Vice Principals, who are on a well-deserved Spring Break, will also be apprised of the plans for the continuity of instruction upon their return on March 30. We wish to respect their time away allowing them an opportunity to rest and spend time with their families.
Please continue to monitor our school district website and our twitter feed for updates. We will share all relevant information as soon as appropriate to do so. The District Leadership Team is “boots on the ground” finalizing the school district’s plans around health, safety and instruction.
I am encouraging people to trust only reliable sources of information and to refrain from passing on information which may not be accurate.
For now, I strongly encourage you and your family to practice social distancing while enjoying probably one of the most interesting Spring Breaks in history. With every challenge, comes many things positive. Find the positive in this ever-evolving unprecedented and challenging situation. It’s there. We just have to look for it.
Your children are our priority. Please stay safe and check in with us regularly on our website at www.cmsd.bc.ca or twitter @CoastMtnSD.
Acting Superintendent of Schools
The province has created a phone service to provide non-medical information about COVID-19, including the latest information on travel recommendations and social distancing. Information is available in more than 110 languages, 7:30 am – 8 pm at 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319) or via text message at 604-630-0300.