Information Parents Need

We know this pandemic is affecting parents and children.  Northern Health information about COVID-19 school exposures and community information can be found by accessing Northern Health’s COVID-19 school exposure webpage providing timely and accurate information for parents, teachers, staff and students about COVID-19 cases in schools as they occur and details about the school notification process.

Our operational guidelines, developed with our education partners and health authorities, ensure a consistent district-wide approach to keep schools safe for all students, teachers and staff.  Our updated Health and Safety Guidelines can be found here.

Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings

If you require more information about your child’s specific situation please contact your school’s principal.

 


Parenting through the Pandemic

Anxiety, worry and concern are all normal human emotions and it is natural for them to increase during times of uncertainty. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development created a new teacher education program to provide age appropriate tools for children and anxiety management called EASE – Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Teachers. It has been very well received throughout the province and in this district.  EASE at Home offers helpful tips for parents, like how to teach children calming breathing techniques or use structured games like scavenger hunts to build routine in a way that’s fun: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease

The Virtual Calming Room provides a variety of ideas for adults and children and has something for everyone to de-stress. There are links to sounds and music, yoga, live animal cameras, colouring and creativity, mindfulness and much more.

 


Educational Resources

The Ministry of Education has posted Keep Learning – a resource for families with ideas for everyday educational activities, links to free learning resources.  There is information about how to help children learn and ensure their wellbeing while they’re at home. Even so, the ministry reminds us that teachers and schools still have primary responsibility for continuous learning.

The Ministry of Education has developed a website called Open School BC – Keep Learning.  This site contains free resources designed to support learning for students in K-12, their parents/caregivers, teachers and adult learners.  Play is a critical component of learning.

The Province of British Columbia has developed several booklets of activities for families, which focus on the importance of play in early learning.  You can access these resources using the following links:

Let’s Play! And On Joue?!
– English version: Let’s Play – Early Learning / French version: On Joue?!

Play Today, a Guide for Families

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/early-learning/teach/earlylearning/play_today_family_guide.pdf

Science World British Columbia – Science World for Kids has free science activities available on both their website and YouTube channel.

Numeracy & Literacy for Grades 5 and 6:

Place Value Scavenger Hunt Grades 5-6

Addition at Home – Scavenger Hunt Grades 5-6

Literacy – Sentences Grades 5-6

Literacy Activities for Kindergarten to Grade 2 with special acknowledgement to CMSD82 teacher, Sophie Ellis for sharing these resources:

Literacy – K-2 (B)

Literacy Dice Game K-2

Coming Events

  • March 29: Back to School following Spring Break
  • March 30: Tsimshian Language Family Bingo Night, 6pm to 7pm (virtual)
  • April 2: Good Friday (schools are not in session)
  • April 5: Easter Monday (schools are not in session)
  • April 7: Business Cttee Meeting (virtual)
  • April 7: Education Cttee Meeting (virtual)
  • April 15: Strategic Planning Engagement Session, 12noon to 1pm (virtual)
  • April 21: Regular (Public) Board Meeting, 5pm (virtual)
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 23: Non-Instructional Day (schools are not in session)
  • April 28: Day of Mourning
  • April 29: Haisla Language Family Bingo (virtual), 6pm to 7pm

Northern Health Info Line

COVID-19 Online Clinic and Info Line for Northern BC residents:

1-844-645-7811