• B.C. grads, students to be celebrated by local artists, performers May 25, 2020
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The following updates were shared with employees, parents and guardians from our Acting Superintendent of Schools, Janet Meyer regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the related impacts on our families, schools and school communities.

The safety of our staff, students and their families is our main priority during this global pandemic.  Coast Mountains School District takes its direction from the BC Public Health Officer, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education during this ever-evolving and challenging COVID-19 situation.

By continuing to work together, we are confident we will find the way forward together.  Please take necessary preventative measures to keep you and your families healthy and safe.

Letter to CMSD82 Employees from Acting Superintendent of Schools – May 15, 2020
 Video Message from our Acting Superintendent of Schools, Janet Meyer – April 9, 2020
Video Message from Janet Meyer, Acting Superintendent of Schools – March 26, 2020
Message from Acting Superintendent to Parents, Guardians & Staff – March 18, 2020
Message to CMSD82 Parents & Guardians from Acting Superintendent – March 17, 2020
Letter to CMSD82 Employees from Acting Superintendent – March 13, 2020

 

BC Restart Plan: CMSD82 Resuming In-Class Instruction .. Share Your Thoughts

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:

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/709294275

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 carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca for assistance.

 

Parent/Guardian Survey re: CMSD82 Resuming In-Class Instruction for K-5 Students

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:

CMSD82 Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parent/Guardian Survey

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,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

Teacher & Support Staff Information Survey

In an effort to plan for our work moving forward, a survey was created for the completion by Teachers and Support Staff .  Teachers and Support Staff were provided the survey and details via CMSD82 email.  This survey was reviewed with the Coast Mountain Teachers’ Federation Co-Presidents and CUPE President, and they were in support of the completion of the survey.  The survey feedback is strictly confidential and viewed only by the Acting Superintendent of Schools’ office and the Acting Director of Human Resources.  The survey closed at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26.  Thank you for your time in completing this survey and sharing your feedback.  Together we are better!

 

Parent-Guardian Survey – Continuity of Education

In light of the provincial government’s announcement on March 17, 2020 suspending in-class instruction at all BC schools to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the following survey was shared with parents/guardians on March 22 to collect information.  Further information regarding the continuity of learning for our students, or what school will look like, will be communicated to parents/guardians after Spring Break.  Information was sought from parents/guardians involved in essential service work and whether they have child care arrangements in place.

 

Information Letter to Employees from Acting Director of Human Resources

An information letter was shared with employees on March 18, 2020 from our Acting Director of Human Resources, Kiran Bath addressing some important information and school district related procedures pertaining to COVID-19.  Further information from the provincial and federal governments is required to finalize any employee-related plans.  To that end, we may not be in a position to answer your questions immediately, therefore, we ask employees to email their inquiries to hr@cmsd.bc.ca.  Email responses will be provided in a timely manner, once the required government information is received, and plans are finalized.

Letter to CMSD82 Employees re COVID-19 Important Information – March 18, 2020

 

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Coming Events

  • March 17 - The provincial government suspended in-class instruction in all BC schools until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • May 6 - Education Committee Meeting (cancelled)
  • May 13 - Business Committee Meeting (rescheduled date)
  • May 18 - Victoria Day Holiday
  • May 27 - Cancelled Regular Public Board Meeting
  • May 29 - Professional Development Day