Dawson Creek Secondary (Central Campus)

Dear Students / Parents / Guardians,

Please fill out this survey if your child will be entering grade 9 or entering either grade 8 or 9 in the French Immersion Program at Central for the 2020-21 academic year. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKTRPKV

Thank you,

Ron Berg - Principal

Sean Cowie - Vice-Principal

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

Dear Parents & Guardians, 

Thank you to those who filled out the survey. If you haven't filled it out yet, don’t worry about it. This week, homeroom teachers will be contacting all families to see whether you would like your child to begin coming to school in June, and if so, which day of the week you would prefer. Students who take the bus will be limited to one child per seat. If your child takes the bus, we will be notifying you shortly with the new pickup time.

If you indicated that your child will not be coming to school in the survey, or responded to individual teachers, schoolwork will continue to be provided for those students continuing to study remotely. However, as teachers will be spending more time with students in the classroom, they may have less time to connect with students remotely.

We will also be implementing a number of safety measures in the school to ensure that your children are safe. First of all, in order to reduce the density of students, Grade 8s will be split between Monday and Tuesday, and Grade 9s will be split between Thursday and Friday (except for French Immersion). School will begin at 8:45am and end at 3:00pm as usual.

When students arrive at school, they may only enter through the main entrance. They will immediately disinfect or wash their hands when entering the building, then go to their designated homeroom. On their first day at school, students will review health and safety protocols and will be expected to follow them. This of course includes students maintaining a 2 meter/6 foot physical distance between one another.

Central is very excited to have student back in the building! We would like to remind students and their families that partial classroom instruction in June is for academic purposes. We recognize the important social value of school and the challenges that remote learning has created in the lives of our students and their families. There will be an inherent social component to partial in class instruction but it is important that we emphasize the purpose of June’s schedule. Students will not be hanging out in the hallways or using their lockers. Students will be working in one classroom during the day; students will sit at their designated desk for the day and teachers will rotate to each classroom. Students will be provided with spray bottles with soap and water to clean their work areas. We will only be offering in course-instruction for academic courses (Science, Math, English, Social Studies).

Breaks and lunches will be staggered. While we discourage students from leaving the school during lunch in regards to health and safety, students may leave the building if they can return in a timely manner. Students will need to return in time to wash their hands properly at designated hand-washing stations and be ready for class. If students eat lunch at school, they must do so at their designated workspace and classroom. There will be no microwaves available for heating food. Hot food will also be available at the school. Cooks will follow strict safety guidelines in terms of preparation and service. Bathrooms will be monitored and students will only enter one person at a time. Laneways and waiting spots for the bathroom are clearly indicated on the floor to ensure physical distancing. 

Above all, if your child has any symptoms of being sick (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or shortness of breath), if your child has left Canada in the last 14 days or has been in close contact with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, you must keep your child at home. If anyone students exhibit symptoms throughout the day, that student will be discreetly isolated while pickup can be arranged.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy June.

Sincerely,

Ron Berg - Principal

Sean Cowie - Vice-Principal

Dear Parents / Guardians,

As you've probably heard, BC schools will begin opening up to all students on a voluntary basis beginning June 1st (June 2nd in our district because June 1st is a non-instructional day). This survey will help us in planning for this re-opening. Please complete this survey Monday, May 25th at the latest. We will contact you early next week with more details. Also, rest assured that if you choose not to send your child to school, we will continue to provide remote learning opportunities. 

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZCJDD6Y

Thank you for your help!

Ron Berg - Principal - DCSS - Central Campus

Sean Cowie - Vice-Principal - DCSS - Central Campus

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

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In consideration of the health and safety of our employees and community members, StrongStart Programs across School District No. 59 are not providing in-class or in-program face-to-face services at this time.  Our indoor playgrounds and play areas are closed.  Please connect with your StrongStart’s Facebook page as well as the School District No. 59 website (https://www.sd59.bc.ca) for updated information.