• B.C. grads, students to be celebrated by local artists, performers May 25, 2020
    British Columbia’s 61,000 Grade 12 graduates, along with kindergarten to Grade 11 students, will be the guests of honour at a special virtual graduation and end-of-school celebration.
  • Free, live coding workshops for kids May 24, 2020
    From creating online games to building websites, students now have access to free, live online coding workshops through the Ministry of Education website Keep Learning BC.
  • K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1 May 15, 2020
    Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.
  • Joint statement on Child and Youth Mental Health Day May 7, 2020
    Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions; Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development; and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education; have released the following statement in recognition of National Child and Youth Mental Health Day:

 

 

CMSD82 Employee & Family Assistance Program (FSEAP):

These services are available to all employees who currently have benefits as part of their employment with the Coast Mountains School District 82.  In addition to their counselling services, FSEAP also provides a variety of work/life services to help employees manage work and personal life responsibilities and reach their goals.  For assistance and further information, please visit the FSEAP website at fseap.bc.ca or call 1-800-667-0993.

Building Resilience in Challenging Times FSEAP webinar video, April 2, 2020.  In these uncertain times it is natural for each of us to feel stress, anxiety, fear and loneliness as we navigate through a new way of life with COVID-19.  By focusing on what we can control we can help ourselves become more resilient in these challenging or uncertain times. In this webinar, we discuss practical strategies that you can use daily to stay resilient over the coming months.

 

Online Employee Wellness Resource: Partnership with LifeSpeak:

As we all work together to meet the challenges of education continuity during the global COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that the professional and personal demands can be difficult and often stressful to navigate.  Starting immediately and continuing through to the end of August 2020, free access is available to all school district employees to the online services and supports available through LifeSpeak on Demand (LifeSpeak).

What is LifeSpeak and how do employees access?

  • LifeSpeak is an extensive online library of streaming and downloadable video modules with renowned experts speaking on a range of health, family, wellness, and professional development topics.
  • Content is offered in both English and French.
  • LifeSpeak experts are acclaimed authors, medical professionals, and professors — not simply speakers who have taught themselves about a topic.
  • LifeSpeak can be accessed at https://bcpsea.lifespeak.com/; Client password: lifespeak
  • Access is available immediately through to August 31, 2020.
  • Employees are encouraged to take advantage of this period of FREE access this valuable online wellness resource.  If you have any questions, please contact Kiran Bath, Acting Director of Human Resources at (250) 638-4441.

 

Taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis:

Read information to help you manage your stress and anxiety during this period of time.

Psychology Today
Learn how to stay emotionally healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

World Health Organization
See ways you can support the mental and psychological wellbeing of others.

Canadian Mental Health Association
Understand what the coronavirus is, including signs of infection, prevention recommendations, and the current risk to Canadians.

Anxiety Canada
Consider specific steps to take if you’re anxious or worried about the COVID-19 situation.

 

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression:

News and information about the spread of COVID-19 around the world is coming at us quickly.  It can be hard to keep up and if you are keeping up on the latest, it can be even harder to remain calm given all that is going on.

Access the following link to view the resource from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions for tips and information to help with stress management.

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

 

HealthLink BC:
Provides 24/7, confidential health information and advice. Call 8-1-1 or visit: www.healthlinkbc.ca.

Mental Health Digital Hub:
A provincial website that provides information, services and education and awareness about mental health and substance use for adults, youth and children. www.gov.bc.ca/mentalhealth

Bounce Back:
A free evidence-based program designed to help youth and adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood or stress, with or without anxiety. Bounce Back® teaches effective skills to help people improve their mental health. Call toll-free: 1 866 639-0522 or visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca.

Heretohelp:
Provides information about managing mental illness and maintaining good mental health, including self-management resources and screening self-tests for wellness, mood, anxiety and risky drinking. www.heretohelp.bc.ca

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre:
Provides con dential, non-judgmental, free emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide. Call 604 872-3311 (Greater Vancouver), or toll-free 1 800 SUICIDE (784-2433), or visit: www.crisiscentre.bc.ca.

The KUU-US Crisis Response Service:
Provides 24/7 culturally-aware crisis support to Indigenous people in B.C.  Call 1-800-588-8717 or visit: www.kuu-uscrisisline.ca.

MindHealthBC:
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care and community partners have created an online mental health counselling program. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health or substance use challenges, please visit the website for information and recommendations for further support in Vancouver, Richmond and other coastal communities. www.mindhealthbc.ca

 

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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