Chetwynd Secondary

May 27 , 2020

 

Dear Students and Families of CSS:

I hope that you are all doing well. Recently the Provincial government has introduced the multi-step plan to begin to move our Province out of some of the protective measures we have been experiencing. Included as part of this plan is the Education system, and the move to have students back in schools in a limited capacity. We wanted to let you know what that will look like at Chetwynd Secondary in the month of June.

During June those students/families who have indicated that they would like to return will be assigned a day to come into the school. Students will be able to attend 1 day a week to receive support on the assignments the teachers have provided. The number of students onsite and in class will be minimal and the school environment will be different. As we move into this phase the appointments that have been made to come to the school for an hour will stop,  as we will be welcoming students as outlined above.  As part of this plan buses will be running and will pick up students on the scheduled day.

Having students attend school will be voluntary on the part of the parents/students. Students will need to be assessed by parents/caregivers prior to sending them to school and will need to remain at home if they are ill. Students would arrive on their scheduled day, meet with administration outside the building, go through the safety measures we will require of them, and then enter the school in a set manner, wash their hands, and proceed to their first class. Once onsite students will be required to practice safe physical distancing, they are discouraged from leaving the school during breaks to pick up food, any food item brought should not need to be reheated as there will be no access to the microwaves, students must wash their hands before handling food, and lunch will be consumed in a designated area.

With students returning to school this will mean that teachers need to reduce the number of contact times and on-line sessions in order to accommodate the planning and on-going instruction for on-site students. Staff will continue to connect with students through whatever means you have indicated works best in your situation, and in doing so will continue to provide feedback and assess the work completed.

The formal structure in our plan is as follows:

 

Drop Off:

  • Students will use the designated entrance(s) and exit(s).
  • 8:32 – 2:45: Students will maintain social distancing as they enter the school.
  • Upon arrival, students will drop their bags, jackets, etc. at the designated drop area.
  • Students will wash their hands and report to their designated seat in the classroom.
  • Students will await instruction from the staff.

Pick Up:

  • Students will wash their hands and leave the school no later than 2:45 PM. 

If you or your child feel that taking part in a scheduled onsite day per week would be beneficial,  you may contact the office to arrange a day. We will have limited  students in a classroom at this point and requiring staff and students to maintain social distancing at all times. The continuity of learning that has been happening since March will continue and any students in the building will be here for the purpose of support or assessment and not a structured lesson that those at home would miss out on.

 

C. Mason

Principal         

Chetwynd Secondary

(250) 788- 2267

May 26, 2020
Dear Families, Students, Staff and Community:
On June 2, 2020, SD 59 is moving into yet another stage of the BC Education Restart Plan.  June 1, 2020 will find our teachers engaged in professional development as published in the 2019/20 school calendar. On June 2, 2020, we will be welcoming more students into our schools and hope their experience will be engaging and filled with positive and fun learning.

We are pleased to announce that we will be opening playgrounds effective June 2, 2020.  We will be posting signage indicating that playgrounds will be reserved for school use only during the school day with information about physical distancing.  It will be noted that no special cleaning of equipment will occur.  Health and safety protocols for use of playgrounds during the school day are included in our updated protocol.

To align with Stage 3 of the BC Education Restart Plan, we have developed new health and safety protocols, again referencing the recommended health and safety protocols for staff and students.  The new protocol will be available at the school and posted on the school district website.  The health and safety of your child and our staff remains our first priority.  Schools will develop and communicate the procedures for students and staff in line with the protocols for safe operation of the school.  There may be signage to help direct traffic and classrooms will be set up to simplify physical distancing recommendations.

Schools have been gathering information about which students will be attending in June and which students will require busing. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 will have the option to attend two days per week while students in Grades 6-12 will have the option to attend one day per week.  Schools will be communicating with parents about which days their child will attend and the requirement to assess the health of their child before sending them to school.

As I stated earlier, at-home learning will continue to occur for those students not choosing on-site instruction.  Teachers will be balancing the delivery of instruction for students at home and at school for the month of June.  They will continue to provide work for students at home, however, their contact time with children at home may be reduced.  Teachers will have Wednesdays available to focus on the students who continue to learn from home.
Schools will continue to be closed to the public. If you need to make an appointment to meet with a teacher or principal, please make arrangements ahead of time by contacting the school via e-mail or phone.  Outside drop off and pick up routines will be communicated by each school.

Please address any questions you might have to your school principal.  I always thank you for your patience and I do so again.  The constant change in the past ten weeks have been a challenge for all of us and the uncertainty continues.  We will continue to communicate with you and work through any issues that might arise as we enter into Stage 3 of the Education Restart Plan.

Regards,
Candace Clouthier
Superintendent SD 59 Peace River South

May 15, 2020

Dear Families, Students, Staff and Community: 

I want to provide you with an update to my letter from earlier this week.  You may be aware that Premier Horgan and Education Minister Fleming held a press conference this morning outlining the plan for students to return to school on a part-time basis in June.  The return for students will be a choice for parents.  If you choose to keep your child at home for the remainder of this school year, your child will continue to receive their school program from home.

At the district level, we will begin planning to put in place the recommended health and safety protocols for staff and students.  The health and safety of your child and our staff remains our first priority.

While at this time, we do not have specific details of what the rest of the plan will be for June in SD 59, I and school principals will continue to keep you up to date.  We need to gather information and coordinate the part-time education of your child, addressing numbers in the classroom and school, busing, staffing, and addressing health and safety.  You will be hearing from principals or teachers to ask if you are going to send your child to school on a part-time basis in June.  Following that, we will be communicating with you, the plan and schedule for what the part-time education will be in each school.  At home learning will continue to occur but may look a bit different, as teachers welcome students back into the classroom.

The first day for part-time education in schools will begin on June 2, 2020.  Staff will be engaged in a non-instructional day for June 1, 2020 as published in the 2019/20 school calendar.

Please address any questions you might have to your school principal.  I want to thank teachers, principals and all staff as they work to once again to define a new different way of offering education.  I thank you for your patience as we move into yet another stage of the K-12 Education Restart Plan.

Regards,

Candace Clouthier

Superintendent SD 59 Peace River South

Friday May 8th, 2020

 

Dear Students and Families of CSS:

 

I hope that you are all doing well. Recently the Provincial government has introduced the multi-step plan to begin to move our Province out of some of the protective measures we have been experiencing. Included as part of this plan is the Education system, and the move to have students back in schools in a limited capacity. We wanted to let you know what that will look like at Chetwynd Secondary in the coming weeks.

 

Over the next few weeks staff will continue to connect with students through whatever means you have indicated works best in your situation, and in doing so will continue to provide feedback and assess the work completed. Through these interactions we will start to provide an opportunity to schedule an appointment with a teacher for small group tutorial within the school environment. Having students attend school will be voluntary on the part of the parents/students. These appointments would be no longer than 1 hour a day and would not include time on site during lunch. Students would arrive at the scheduled time, meet with administration outside the building, go through the safety measures we will require of them, and then enter the school in a set manner, wash their hands, and proceed to their appointment. At the end of the time students would need to sanitize the areas they contacted and then leave the building and school grounds prior to the next scheduled appointments arrival.

 

The formal structure in our plan is as follows:

 

Drop Off:

  • Students will use the designated entrance(s) and exit(s).
  • 8:55 – 2:35: Students will maintain social distancing as they enter the school.
  • Upon arrival, students will drop their bags, jackets, etc. at the designated drop area.
  • Students will wash their hands and report to their designated seat in the classroom.
  • Students will await instruction from the staff.

Pick Up:

  • Students will wash their hands and leave the school no later than 2:35 PM.  Parents must make arrangements for drop off and pick up of their students.

 

If you or your child feel that taking part in a scheduled onsite appointment would be beneficial,  you may contact your teacher to arrange a time. We will have no more than 4 students in a classroom at this point and requiring staff and students to maintain social distancing at all times. The continuity of learning that has been happening since March will continue and any appointments will be for the purpose of support or assessment and not a structured lesson that those at home would miss out on.

 

C. Mason

Principal         

Chetwynd Secondary

(250) 788- 2267

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