• 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:

 

During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus.  As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.

Here are some tips and resources to help:

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
  • Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly; it’s okay if you can’t answer everything.
  • Follow their lead: Invite your child or student to ask questions and share their perspective: Invite them to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus and express how they feel.
  • Check yourself: Feeling anxious?  Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
  • Focus on actions you can take: Emphasize safety precautions everyone can take to help keep themselves and others healthy: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Stick to routine: Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
  • Keep talking: Tell kids/students you will keep them updated as you learn more.  Let them know the lines of communication are going to be open and as you learn more, you will share the information with them, too.

Useful Link & Video Resources:

Foundry BC is now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to BC’s young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers!  Foundry is working to make sure all young people in British Columbia can get the care and support they need, when they need it.

Foundry’s virtual service offerings will expand over the weeks and months ahead to include peer support and primary care.

Foundrybc.ca is powered by BC Children’s Hospital.  Foundry is a province wide initiative supported by the Government of British Columbia, Graham Boeckh Foundation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Providence Health Care and St. Paul’s Foundation.

 Foundry Virtual services are:
– Available to young people in British Columbia ages 12-24 and their care-givers
– Free and confidential
– Easy to access; no referral or assessment required

  To access this service, call 1-833-FØUNDRY
(yes, that’s FØUNDRY with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379)
to book an appointment!

A staff member will schedule an appointment and provide information for next steps.  Each virtual drop-in counselling appointment is a single session service and will last between 15-45 minutes. Young people are welcome to use the service more than once, but we cannot guarantee they will see the same clinician every time.

For more details, access the following link to view the Foundry Virtual Poster Provincial.

Visit foundrybc.ca/virtual for up-to-date hours of operation and service details.

Email online@foundrybc.ca with any questions about Foundry’s virtual services.

 

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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