• Plan to safely bring K-12 students back to class full time July 29, 2020
    Enhanced safety measures and additional resources will enable most students in grades K-12 to return to school on Sept. 8, 2020, with full-time in-class learning as the province moves to Stage 2 of B.C.’s Education Restart Plan.
  • Safer schools on the way for Vancouver students July 28, 2020
    Six safer schools are under construction in Vancouver, as students and families benefit from record investments in seismic upgrades and replacements in neighbourhood schools.
  • Minister and K-12 education partners’ statement of support for anti-racism July 24, 2020
    The following is a statement of support for anti-racism from Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, and the First Nations Education Steering Committee, First Nations Schools Association, BC School Trustees Association, BC Teachers’ Federation, CUPE BC, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, BC School Superintendents Association, BC Association of School Business Officials […]
  • New community roundtable to tackle racism in B.C. schools July 24, 2020
    A new Community Roundtable on Anti-Racism in education has been created to support the development of an anti-racism action plan and to strengthen the K–12 curriculum, ensuring the culture, beliefs and ancestry of all students and staff are accepted, celebrated and understood.

 

 

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.
  • Sign up on the mailing list (click on link) to receive the weekly communication messages direct from LifeSpeak.
  • Access the new LifeSpeak Expert Blog (click on link) introduced by LifeSpeak.
  • 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

  • Happy Summer Holidays!
  • Sept 7: Labour Day (schools are not in session)
  • Sept 10-11: First Day Back to School (to be confirmed)
  • Sept 23: Business Cttee Mtg
  • Sept 23: Education Cttee Mtg
  • Sept 25: District In-Service Day (schools are not in session)
  • Sept 30: Regular (Public) Board Meeting

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