On May 6, 2020, the Government of British Columbia released the BC Restart Plan, which includes a plan to re-open schools.
As COVID-19 spread, governments everywhere took action to slow the rate of transmission, including reducing in-classroom learning. For most British Columbians with young children, this meant having to stay at home to look after their kids. While many workplaces have made work-from-home accommodations, that hasn’t been an option for everyone. Our schools and educators rose to the challenge with on-line instruction and resources to keep our kids learning, but this placed a heavy burden on parents/guardians to support their kids as they learned at home. We know there is no substitute for in-class instruction — and an important step toward our recovery is getting kids back into the classroom, so parents/guardians can get back into the workplace. Initial health data indicates children are less affected than adults by the COVID-19 virus. Public health staff and officials will continue to review the health data. The Ministry of Education and school districts all around BC are reviewing options to allow for a safe return to school.
An announcement on a phased approach to resuming in-class instruction will be made by the school district in the very near future. This will not be a return to normal. How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among Ministry of Education officials, school trustees, BC Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and other education sector partners.
In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District 82 has created a Thoughtexchange to discover your ideas and thoughts about what our school district should consider as it plans for the expansion of on-site learning services. We are seeking feedback from our parents/guardians, students, school district staff and school communities. Your voice is important and valued towards the continued success of our school district.
To share your thoughts, please access the following link to participate in the Thoughtexchange prior to 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20:
We thank you in advance for your input which is greatly appreciated. Kindly note this information will be posted to the school district and school websites, to school Facebook pages and shared with the school district’s partner groups and school communities.
Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or email@example.com for assistance.
The Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar at its February 26, 2020 Regular Board Meeting with final approval received from the Ministry of Education on May 7, 2020.
The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Please find the 2020-2021 School Calendar with non-instructional days, a district in-service day, early dismissal days, spring and winter breaks, etc. A backgrounder page is also provided outlining details of the calendar for your convenience.
Further information regarding the 2020-2021 School Calendar can be obtained by contacting Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Bonnie Henry & Minister of Education Rob Fleming – COVID-19 Questions from Kids – May 2, 2020
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Education, Rob Fleming will be answering questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on Saturday, May 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on News 1130’s Facebook page.
Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130’s website.
This event will be posted to CMSD82 school websites and shared with our District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and School PACs for the information of parents and guardians.