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September 8, 2020

Dear Students from Christy Fennell, SD59 Superintendent
(Parents/Caregivers please direct your child to read this or read it to them.  Thank you.)
 
Welcome Back!
 
We have finally arrived at our first week back to school.  For some of you this is your first time back since before Spring Break.  We are excited to see you and we have missed you.  We can’t wait to show you our new way of doing things.  You probably already know that your school will look different on the inside and some daily routines will change. You may have specific entrances to go to, different breaks and lunch times, and you may be told that you have to stay in a certain area while using the playground.  Even though things will be different, I know that you will adapt to these changes and still have fun while at school.  Plus, you may even find that you like some of these new rules, because with less students on the playground, you might even get more time to spend on your favourite equipment or playing your favourite games.

Read the full letter below.

September 4, 2020

 

When Child is Sick

 

All schools will follow the same process when a child becomes ill while at school:

  1. The child will be separated from the class and moved to a supervised area away from other students and staff.  
  2. The child's parent/caregiver will be called immediately and asked to pick them up as soon as possible.
  3. The students will be provided with a mask and will remain in the isolated area until they are picked up.
  4. Spaces the student recently used will be cleaned/disinfected.
  5. Parents/caregivers will be given a letter outlining that they must keep the child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.  An example of the letter is provided in the link below.
  6. The school will call the parent/caregiver later in the day to follow up on the child's progress.

 

Sample Letter to Parent

 

 

September 4th, 2020

On September 10th students will be returning to classrooms for in-class instruction.  Schools have been reaching out by phone, e-mail, and posting information on their social media and school websites that outlines what returning to school will look like. 

For parents who still have concerns about returning to in-class instruction,  please connect with your principal who can guide you through the process of what options and support the District can put in place for your child.  The District and our schools are working hard to be flexible, address concerns, and provide supports that meet the needs of all students and parents in School District 59.  

If you have considered options outside of our district or homeschooling, please contact your school principal or Director of Instruction Paul Chisholm, to discuss your concerns prior to making your final decision.  We can provide you with information about what the District will be offering to parents and children who have concerns about returning to face-to-face instruction.  

Please check the SCHOOL DIRECTORY for your school's contact number, or contact Director of instruction, Paul Chisholm at 250-782-8571.

Parents/Guardians and Students,

Please find our return to school letter below.  There is a lot of information for parents and students to review with this return to school.  Please expect a phone call from the school on Tuesday or Wednesday to let students know what cohort they are a part of and what entrance to come into the school through.

Take care,

DCSS Administration

August 26, 2020 

Dear Parents/Caregivers: 

School District 59 (PRS) is excited to be welcoming students back to Stage 2. Since March families have been dealing with constant change to the education model. Once again, we are asking that you work with us in this new change. Teachers and principals are working together to develop plans for their school that meet the needs of all learners. Quality education and safety are our top priorities. Our goal is to maximize face to face instruction because that is the best model for students to thrive. 

The School District 59 Restart Plan for K-12 Education in Stage 2 has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Here is an overview of the most important things for you to know. More detail is provided in the links at the end of this document. Next week, schools will publish individualized school plans on their website. The last week has been focused on creating learning groups/cohorts, decreasing the amount of people that students and teachers come in contact with, in a day, and decreasing the amount of transitions students and teachers have in the school. 

Click here to read the full document. 

SD59 Stage 2 Documents (Updated September 3, 2020):

September 2, 2020

Thank you for your patience and staying connected to DCSS South Peace as we get closer to the startup of the 2020/2021 school year. 

We are finalizing cohort lists and student schedules. The school timetable is being reconstructed to align with the cohort and quarterly system.

Expect an email from the school later this week. The email will outline cohort and entrance information for the first day of school.

Important Dates

  • September 08 - 09: Staff preparation & orientation (NID)
  • September 10: First day of school for students: 11am - 2pm (School will be open from 10:50 AM - 2:00 PM) a plan regarding safe arrival and being directed to the appropriate entrance and classroom is currently being developed.
  • September 11: Full school day

For the upcoming school year, students can expect to: 

  • Wash / sanitize hands frequently
  • Wear a mask in hallways and common areas (concession, library)
  • Clean desk areas after use
  • Remain at home if exhibiting symptoms
  • Not have access to lockers

 

DCSS South Peace is developing comprehensive health and safety protocols to ensure the safest possible learning environment for our school community. Please be assured that during their first day back in school, students will review health and safety procedures and protocols with administration and teachers. As a school community, we will work together to practice and maintain the standards of these procedures and protocols to ensure we take care of ourselves, one another, and our families.  

Thank you for your continued support,

DCSS South Peace Admin

 

Dear Students & Parents/Caregivers,

We are keen to begin the school year with students returning to classes full-time.  There will be significant changes to school access and scheduling with the addition of necessary safety procedures. We are reconfiguring our timetable to align with Covid-19 protocols, including:

  1. Quarterly Rotations:

Students will take two classes at a time for a 9-week period. There will be four quarters for the year and students will complete eight courses for the year. Classes will be 2.5 hours long with in-class breaks.

  1. Cohorts:

Students will be assigned to cohorts of 120 students or less. Cohorts are a requirement from the Provincial Health Authority to reduce the potential of Covid-19 transmission and to aid in contact tracing. Cohorts will be assigned entrances, and staggered breaks and lunches.

School administration is currently reconfiguring the school timetable to align student cohorts and the quarterly system. With the new timetable, we are working to schedule students in the necessary courses required for graduation but will not be able to accommodate all course requests. Student schedules will be available during the week of Sept 8th.

Notes:

  • The first day of school: Sept 10 – shortened day for orientation
  • Lockers will not be in use
  • Masks will be required in public spaces where physical distancing is not possible

Information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

DCSS Admin

Updated: August 22, 2020

According to the Provincial Health Officer and the Centre for Disease Control, most children who are immunocompromised can return to in-class instruction where safety measures are in place. Protective self-isolation is only recommended for children who are severely immunocompromised as determined on a case by case basis. 

The advice from the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control for parents/caregivers of students with complex medical conditions or underlying risk factors, or who are immunocompromised themselves, is to consult with their medical health care provider to determine the level of risk regarding their child’s return to in-class instruction. If it is recommended that the parent/caregiver seek an alternative to in-class instruction for their student, and if they do not wish to register their student in a distributed learning program or homeschooling, they will be need to get a doctor’s note indicating the need for accommodations due to health-related risks. 

Parents/Caregivers with immune suppression concerns either for themselves or their student should contact their school to review the process for accommodations and to develop a collaborative plan with the school/district. Please contact your school administrator and/or the Director of Instruction of Learning Services, Jan Proulx, at 250-782-8571 or japroulx@sd59.bc.ca.

For more information on immune suppression, see the following:

BCCDC Guidelines for Children with Immune Suppression

BCCDC Guidance for Families of Immunocompromised Children in School and Group Gatherings

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