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Updated CMSD82 District & School COVID-19 Safety Plans – 2020-2021 School Year

 

On February 4, 2021, the Ministry of Education announced changes to the health and safety requirements in place for schools. The updates include:

  • Prevent crowding at all times; pay particular attention at the start and end of day.
  • Avoid close face-to-face contact whenever possible.
  • Assign staff to a specific cohort whenever possible.
  • Stagger recess, lunch, and class transition times whenever possible.
  • Ensure that the use of masks does not reduce or replace practicing physical distancing and other prevention measures, for both students and staff.
  • Ensure prevention measures are in place in staff-only areas, including break and meeting rooms.
  • Implement music classes according to the British Columbia Music Educators’ Association and the Coalition for Music Education in British Columbia Guidance for Music Classes.
  • Ensure physical activity is delivered in line with the guidance in this document.
  • K-12 Health Check App

The following documents were updated in conjunction with the enhanced safety measures announced on February 4 as the Province continues to strengthen health and safety plans in K-12 schools to keep students, teachers and staff safe during the pandemic.

The updated CMSD82 District and School COVID-19 Safety Plans reflecting the revised Provincial Health & Safety Guidelines for Kindergarten to Grade 12 are provided below for your information and viewing:

CMSD82 Updated Education Re-Start Plan School Year – Feb. 24, 2020
Bear Valley School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 21, 2021
Caledonia Secondary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 5, 2021
Cassie Hall Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 4, 2021
Ecole Mountainview – Updated COVID Safety Plan – February 11, 2021
Hazelton Secondary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 19, 2021
Kildala Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 18, 2021
Kitimat City High School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 10, 2021
Kitwanga Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 23, 2021
Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 24, 2021
Mount Elizabeth Middle-School Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 18, 2021
Nechako Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan, Feb. 16, 2021
New Hazelton Elem. School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 24, 2021
NTETC – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 5, 2021
Parkside Secondary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 11, 2021
Skeena Middle School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 5, 2021
Suwilaawks Com. School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 10, 2021
Thornhill Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 8, 2021
Thornhill Primary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 23, 2021
Uplands Elementary School – Updated COVID Safety Plan – Feb. 9, 2021

If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to covid@cmsd.bc.ca, which comes directly to the Superintendent’s email inbox.  If District staff cannot answer your questions, we will reach out to other organizations to secure the answer and respond to you.

COVID-19 Potential School Exposure Notification Received from Northern Health

Dear Bear Valley School Staff, Parents/Guardians & Families,

I am writing to inform you of a notification received on February 11 from the Northern Health authority regarding a COVID-19 exposure at Bear Valley School as detailed in the following link.  This notice does not mean that you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19.  This early notification letter is an alert that someone within the school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and if there was any increased risk to you or your child, you would be contacted directly by Northern Health.

NH Potential Covid Exposure Letter – Bear Valley School – Feb. 11, 2021

Our district is committed to transparency and we will continue to notify school communities of COVID-19 exposures at our schools as soon as public health directs us to do so.

  • This exposure alert is a general notice that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been at school. The dates that this individual attended school are included in the notice.
  • This notice does not mean that you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19.

What happens next?

  • If Northern Health identifies anyone at the school that needs to self-monitor or self-isolate, they will be contacted directly by Northern Health. That contact often occurs within 24 to 48 hours, however, may be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.
  • If you do not receive a phone call or letter, please continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms compatible with COVID-19 as per the school policy.

Again, please see the letter (above link) for additional information from Northern Health.  For privacy reasons, we cannot provide any further details.  If you have any health questions or concerns, we encourage you to call 811.

Please remember to be cautious against relying on social media for accurate information pertaining to COVID-19.  Be assured that the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families is the school district’s primary concern.  If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to covid@cmsd.bc.ca, which comes directly to my email inbox.  If District staff cannot answer your questions, we will reach out to other organizations to secure the answer and respond to you.

I would like to thank the staff, students and families at Bear Valley School for their diligent support in adhering to the safety plans and protocols within the school.  Through your continued adherence to these protocols, I am confident we will maintain a safe place for staff and students.  Take care and stay safe.  Together We Are Better!

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools