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January 10 Return to School – Enhanced School Communicable Disease Prevention Plans

As we welcome all our students back to school on Monday, January 10, we share the following enhanced school safety plans and details for your information.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, Coast Mountains School District has worked closely with our public health officials and carefully followed their guidance.  The health, safety and well-being of students, you as families and staff remains our priority.  Thank you to our students, staff, families, partner groups, and community partners for their ongoing work in helping respond to this pandemic.

In schools, we have implemented health and safety measures as advised by public health, and have carefully followed the K-12 January 2022 Health & Safety Addendum in the enhancement of our school safety plans for the return of students on January 10 to reduce the risk of COVID transmission in schools.  Enhanced measures include:

  • Implement strategies that prevent crowding during class transition times.
  • Hold school gatherings and events virtually.  If they must be in-person, limit the number of people to no more than 50% operating capacity.
  • Hold staff-only gatherings virtually whenever possible.
  • Limit visitors to those who are supporting activities that directly benefit student learning and well-being.
  • Pause extracurricular sports tournaments.

Each school has developed a site-specific Communicable Disease Prevention Plan related to their contexts or uniqueness as shared below and posted to school websites.  If you have a question about your school’s measures, please reach out to your School Principal.

Bear Valley School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Caledonia Secondary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Cassie Hall Elem. School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Ecole Mountainview Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Hazelton Secondary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Kildala Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Kitimat City High School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Kitwanga Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem. Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
MEMSS Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Nechako Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
New Hazelton Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
NTETC Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Parkside Secondary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Skeena Middle School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Suwilaawks Community School Communicable Disease Prev. Plan Jan. 2022
Thornhill Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Thornhill Primary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022
Uplands Elementary School Communicable Disease Prevention Plan Jan. 2022

Important Updates/Information

 Daily Health Check Requirement & When To Get Tested for COVID-19

BC COVID-19 Safe Schools & Government Updates

Health Information

Welcome Back to All Our Students!

 

CMSD82 Letter to Parents-Caregivers, Welcome Back to All Our Students, Jan. 10, 2022  (PDF format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents & Caregivers,

We look forward to welcoming your child back to school on January 10.  We are all waiting to see how the Omicron variant will impact the day-to-day operation of school.

From the information provided by the Provincial Health Office and the BC Centre for Disease Control, we know that Omicron is a more transmissible virus with reduced symptoms for those who are vaccinated.  While we hope that you, your child and the staff of Coast Mountains School District are not impacted by the virus, we need to be prepared when there may be high staff absenteeism.

A functional closure is when a school is not able to operate in a safe manner.  There are two ways that a school could be functionally closed:

  1. The Northern Health Authority could recommend a functional closure of a school due to the COVID-19 case count in or related to a school.
  2. The school district may close a school due to a shortage of staff to be able to provide a required level of student safety. This would likely be due to a high absenteeism of all staff or certain employees required for a school to function and the inability to replace those absences.

Another way in which you could be impacted is if a transportation route is closed due to a shortage of staff to be able to provide the required level of service and safety for students.  This would likely be due to the absenteeism of bus drivers and/or mechanics and the inability to replace those absences.

Coast Mountains School District has established a process where each morning the status of absenteeism for transportation and schools will be reviewed.  If a bus route or school is required to be closed, we commit to inform you, if possible, by 7:00 a.m. that morning.  Please contact your school to ensure we have the communication method you would want the school to use to share this information with you.  These closures will also be posted to the school district website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to the respective school website and social media (if applicable) by 7:00 a.m.

This is a new reality and complexity for all of us and while we want this to go well for you, your child and staff, we know that the next several weeks will be challenging.  We thank you, in advance, for your patience in these extremely challenging times.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

CMSD82 Definition of Essential Service Worker .. Informational Message from Superintendent of Schools

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff and Community Members,

We hope on this New Year’s Day, that despite the Omicron news, that you have found the opportunity to celebrate the new year safely, in your own ways with family and friends.  I’d like to take this opportunity to provide clarity for you on the Coast Mountains School District 82 definition of an essential service worker.

Please be advised that the definition of an essential service worker for School District 82 includes the following:

  1. Healthcare Providers
  2. Daycare Workers
  3. Employees of Coast Mountains School District 82

It is important to note that we do not yet know our own availability of staff to provide any form of learning activities for the period of January 4 to 7, when schools will be open for students with diverse needs, vulnerable students, and students of essential service workers.  The purpose of the week will be for district and school staff to review and prepare to welcome students back on January 10 with renewed Health and Safety protocols as outlined by the BCCDC, Provincial Health Authority and Ministry of Education.  All of our staff will be engaged in this work, so we will only be able to provide “supervision” for the specific group of children outlined above.

A reminder that parents and caregivers will be expected to notify their School Principal, in advance, via email prior to January 4 if their child falls in one of the three categories and the parent or caregiver wishes to send their child to school.   It is critical that you communicate with your School Principal prior to your child attending.

Please find a link to the School Principal Email Address Information for the convenience of parents and caregivers:

 CMSD82 School Principal Email Address Information

We recognize this is yet another disruption to your child’s learning and your family’s routines.  We all want the pandemic to end, so that we can return to life as normal and we can all move forward.

Thank you again for your patience as we work through these new Orders and as we plan for the continued uncertainty of Omicron.  Once again, Coast Mountains School District remains committed to providing a safe and caring environment for all students and staff.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools