• More Richmond students will learn in seismically safer schools January 21, 2021
    Nearly 700 more students in Richmond soon will be learning in safer schools when seismic upgrades are complete at James Whiteside and William Bridge elementary schools.
  • Joint statement on Black Shirt Day January 15, 2021
    Rachna Singh, Parliamentary Secretary for Anti-Racism Initiatives, and Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education, have released the following statement to mark Black Shirt Day on Jan. 15, 2021:
  • New Westminster students benefiting from new school January 12, 2021
    The wait is over for students in New Westminster who have begun the New Year in a new, modern, engaging and inspiring secondary school that will benefit the community now and in the future.
  • Safer school for Aldergrove elementary students January 8, 2021
    Students and staff at Shortreed Community Elementary school in Aldergrove will be better protected in the event of an earthquake, thanks to planned seismic upgrades.
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Dear CMSD82 Employees, Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

We hope you are taking time to relax this summer.

Last week, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Education Minister Rob Fleming announced a plan that enables Kindergarten through Grade 12 students to return to school in September, with full-time in-class learning, as the province moves to Stage 2 of British Columbia’s Education Restart Plan.

This stage is the second of five stages, in the five-stage return to school plan.  We are hoping to see larger numbers of students back in school on a full time face-to-face basis.

In this stage, students can expect regular face-to-face instruction. Minister Fleming also indicated that in Stage 2 students will be assigned to learning groups.  These smaller cohorts (60 for elementary/middle schools and 120 for secondary schools) will reduce the number of in-person, close interactions a student or staff member has in their school without requiring physical distancing or limiting their educational options.

CMSD82 District Staff began immediately to plan for the implementation of the new health and safety guidelines set out by the Provincial Health Office.  We will share our plan with our communities on or before August 26.  District Staff is working with Principals and Vice-Principals, and commencing this week, we will be engaging in consultation with our First Nations partners and communities, employee partner groups and parents/guardians as soon as possible.

To support this plan, the Ministry is providing additional funding ($45.6 million) to school districts for enhanced cleaning, hand-washing stations, re-usable masks and other measures to support safe learning.

District Staff, Principals and Vice Principals are asking for the public’s patience as we work through the logistics related to our move to Stage 2 in September 2020.  We shall endeavor to keep our partners updated on an ongoing basis.  When information becomes available, we will make it available to the public.

We believe that “Together We Are Better”.  In the spring, we adopted a consultative and collaborative approach to problem solving and creative solutions.

Not unlike the 2019-2020 school year, the upcoming 2020-2021 school year will surely present challenges. This will not change as we embark on our Stage 2 journey.  Our goal of improving outcomes for students, our goal of parity for Indigenous students compared to their Non-Indigenous counterparts and our commitment to equity and inclusion will remain consistent regardless of what stage of instruction we may find ourselves in.

There is another month left in the summer break.  On behalf of District Staff, I wish you a safe and relaxing time with people in your bubble and hopefully some sunny skies.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Coming Events
  • Jan 1: Happy New Year
  • Jan 4: Back to School
  • Jan 13: Business Cttee Mtg (virtual)
  • Jan 13: Education Cttee Mtg (virtual)
  • Jan 15: Student & Kindergarten Registration Opens
  • Jan 27: Regular (Public) Board Meeting (virtual)
  • Jan 29: Non-Instructional Day (schools are not in session)

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