Devereaux Elementary

Dear Devereaux Parents/Guardians,

The BC Ministry of Education announced that schools will be partially reopening in June. For Devereaux that will begin on Tuesday, June 2nd. Students will be able to return for two full school days per week if they are in grades K to 5 and for one full school day per week if they are in grade 6 or 7. The busses will be picking up and dropping off students as usual on those days, and the bell schedule will remain the same. Our teachers and staff will be getting ready for returning students as well as maintaining the distance learning models that have been operating for the past several weeks. Returning to school in June is optional. If you choose to keep your children at home for the remainder of this school year, they will continue to receive lessons through the online platforms and paper packages. The pick up/drop off system will continue as well throughout June.

If you have chosen to send your child, we will be contacting you by the end of this week to let you know which day(s) your child will attend. Please help prepare your child: school will look and feel quite different for these remaining weeks. There will be some new rules to follow as we all learn to live with COVID-19. The classrooms will be emptier and the gym will not be available. Not all of their friends will be at school. However, the staff is still here and we are very much looking forward to having fun learning together in June.

The health and safety of your child and our staff remains our first priority. When students arrive at school they will be required to wash their hands upon arrival and often throughout their day. They will spend the school day in their classroom and go outside for recess and lunch as usual. They will need to bring their own filled and labeled water bottle and lunch, appropriate attire for outdoor play and their school work packages. We will minimize the shared use of items, interactive and group play, and endeavour to teach the children to avoid all physical contact and maintain physical distancing. If your child is sick, please keep them home. If they show signs of illness while at school, we will be sending them home.

Adults other than SD59 staff will need to phone ahead to make an appointment to come into the school, and the external doors will be locked during the school day. If your child is not riding the bus because you are driving them, please drop off and pick up from the parking lot.

Please see the link below for more information in regards to the expectations for parents and protocols for staff. Also, find a link for a story to read and talk about with your child called “Back to School”. Please do not hesitate to call the school with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to seeing your children soon! Take care,

Ms. Richer

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

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