Further to the Provincial Health Officer’s announcement on March 29, the updated Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 schools were received from the Ministry of Education yesterday, March 30. The changes to the new guidelines focus on masks, and the requirements for all students in Grades 4-12 to wear them at all times while in a school building and on the bus. The guidelines strongly encourage mask wearing for K-3 students as well.
The two documents are linked here for your reference:
BCCDC Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools
Provincial COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings
(Changes have been highlighted and include revised guidance for Staff Only Spaces,
Student Transportation on Buses, Personal Protective Equipment
(with updated exemptions), PHE, music classes, school sport
and theatre/film/dance programs.)
An abbreviated explanation for the new guidelines can be found here:
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 School Safety Plans for Coast Mountains School District 82, please reference the information below:
Bear Valley School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021
Caledonia Secondary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 29, 2021
Cassie Hall Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 30, 2021
Ecole Mountainview Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 30, 2021
Hazelton Secondary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 7, 2021
Kildala Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 6, 2021
Kitimat City High School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021
Kitwanga Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 7, 2021
Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021
Mt. Elizabeth Mid-Sec School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021
Nechako Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021
New Hazelton Elem. School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021
Parkside Secondary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021
Skeena Middle School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 30, 2021
Suwilaawks Community School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – March 31, 2021
Thornhill Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021
Thornhill Primary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1, 2021
Uplands Elementary School Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 1 2021
CMSD82 News Release – MGA Temporary School Closure Extended – March 8-12, 2021 (PDF Format)
On March 1, 2021, Coast Mountains School District 82 received formal notification from the Northern Health Authority regarding a second confirmed COVID-19 exposure at its Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School, which is located on Provincial lands requiring access through the Gitanmaax Reserve located on Federal lands.
The Gitanmaax Band Council has passed a further resolution on March 2, 2021 indicating access to the Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School is denied until March 12 inclusive. The notification was received by the school district this morning, March 4.
This temporary school closure is not a COVID-19 closure. That directive can only be authorized by the Northern Health Authority and the Ministry of Education. This closure is based on the precautionary safety measures undertaken by the Gitanmaax Band Council for their community.
During this extended temporary school closure, the school principal and staff will continue to work out of the remote hub located in the Game Changer Program building, separate to Hazelton Secondary School. Access to the remote hub will be permitted to Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School staff only while ensuring social distancing protocols are followed. The school principal will continue to determine the specific duties and work location of staff on a case-by-case basis.
Parents/guardians will be contacted today regarding the extended temporary school closure. School staff will be engaged with families and students in an effort to continue online educational engagement.
We are extremely grateful for the resilience and perseverance demonstrated by the staff, students and families of Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School during these unprecedented times.
Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (250) 638-4407 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superintendent of Schools
Dear Hazelton Secondary School Staff, Parents/Guardians & Families,
I am writing to inform you of a notification received on March 4 from the Northern Health authority regarding a COVID-19 exposure at Hazelton Secondary School as detailed in the following link. This notice does not mean that you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19. This early notification letter is an alert that someone within the school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and if there was any increased risk to you or your child, you would be contacted directly by Northern Health.
NH Potential COVID Exposure Letter – Hazelton Secondary School – March 4, 2021
Our district is committed to transparency and we will continue to notify school communities of COVID-19 exposures at our schools as soon as public health directs us to do so.
- This exposure alert is a general notice that someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been at school. The dates that this individual attended school are included in the notice.
- This notice does not mean that you or your child have been exposed to COVID-19.
What happens next?
- If Northern Health identifies anyone at the school that needs to self-monitor or self-isolate, they will be contacted directly by Northern Health. That contact often occurs within 24 to 48 hours, however, may be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.
- If you do not receive a phone call or letter, please continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms compatible with COVID-19 as per the school policy.
Again, please see the letter (above link) for additional information from Northern Health. For privacy reasons, we cannot provide any further details. If you have any health questions or concerns, we encourage you to call 811.
Please remember to be cautious against relying on social media for accurate information pertaining to COVID-19. Be assured that the safety and well-being of our students, staff and families is the school district’s primary concern. If you have specific questions related to COVID-19, please do not hesitate to forward your questions to email@example.com, which comes directly to my email inbox. If District staff cannot answer your questions, we will reach out to other organizations to secure the answer and respond to you.
I would like to thank the staff, students and families at Hazelton Secondary School for their diligent support in adhering to the safety plans and protocols within the school. Through your continued adherence to these protocols, I am confident we will maintain a safe place for staff and students. Take care and stay safe. Together We Are Better!
Superintendent of Schools