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.
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.
Superintendent SD 59 Peace River South
As the provincial government moves towards easing the restrictions caused by Covid 19, students will begin a gradual return to school. However, there are strict health and safety protocols that must be followed in order to ensure the safety of students and staff. Please read the following documents which outline the process and safety protocols. Please note, the decision to send your child to school is optional for parents.
You all should have your seeds now. Here are some helpful tips for growing sunflowers. Enjoy!
You were given Mammoth Russian Sunflower seeds.
Sunflowers need a lot of sun! The ideal location provides 6-8 hours of sun a day in a sheltered location so there’s low risk of wind or storm damage.
It’s all about root space! Growing sunflowers in the ground in rich, well-draining soil, free of rocks or tree roots, is key. Any obstacles in the soil will inhibit root (and plant) growth.
You can grow sunflowers in containers, but that’s best for dwarf varieties, not when size is the goal.
I know, I know! We hear this all the time in gardening. But soil is key. Sunflowers are hungry plants, needing a lot of nutrients to grow those big flowers and thousands of seeds.
Step one is to provide nice, loamy soil. My garden soil is terrible, so I add loads of homemade compost to the soil to gradually build it up each year.
Most sunflowers can grow anywhere from 6 to 36-inches apart, but, when you want to grow giants, it’s best to allow as much room as you can.
Allow space for the roots to spread several feet in any direction, both horizontally and down into the ground.
The taller the sunflower, the more vulnerable it is to wind breakage or snapping under the weight of a climbing squirrel.
If you can, grow your sunflowers near a tall fence or wall, out of direct wind.
While sunflowers do not like swampy soil, neither will they tolerate drying out. An inch of two of compost or finely chopped bark mulch will help keep moisture in and gradually decompose to amend your soil.
If you are going to add any support stakes or tall cages, it’s best to add them when the sunflower is young and the roots are small.
The older sunflowers get, the fussier they get, so any disruptions later on should be avoided.
The number one killer of sunflowers is pests! The problem begins after sowing seeds. Birds, squirrels, mice, and all their distant cousins smell those seeds from far and wide and come ready for a snack.
At seedling stage, birds fine them irresistible. Cutworms can also take them down.
Place covers over germinating sunflower seeds and keep them protected until they are several inches tall at least.
On the flip side, the hungry critters return when the flower heads start turning to seed. Use bags or netting to protect the flower heads. Or let them dine.
Besides choosing super seeds, proven to grow big and tall, fertilizer is key to maximizing the height.
I am not a fan of adding a lot of fertilizer to anything because of the environmental repercussions, so do your homework first.
I have not tried any of these things, but here’s what others say they use: compost, kelp or fish fertilizer.
I also found tips saying to dig shallow trenches in circles around the plant—about 12 to 18-inches out, and add liquid fertilizer there, to reach more of the roots.
It’s easy to over-do fertilizer, hurting both the plant and the soil so follow the instructions on any product you use. More is not more with plants: they can only absorb what they need when they need it under the right conditions.
I mentioned that sunflowers do not like to dry out—or get waterlogged—and that means keeping the water nice and even, right through the growing season.
As the plant gets tall and starts to bud, you may notice that sunflowers start needing more water. You may need to increase your watering routine, especially during dry spells and heat waves, which tend to go together. If you’re worried about over or under watering, a moisture meter is your best friend.
This is an extra tip if you really want height beyond anything else. To keep your sunflower putting all its energy toward height, you can remove any extra side shoots, and grow just single stalk with a flower on top. You will end up with a giant bean pole, but, if this is what makes you win the school contest, so be it.
No data is available at this time. This may mean that school buses are not running today, or current information is not yet available.
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.