Students’ Return to HSS

The following is the Re-entry plan for Hazelton Secondary School students.  These rules are based off Dr. Bonnie Henry of the provincial health office and the ministry’s safety protocols.  Regardless of personal beliefs, we ask that you respect the rights of others and follow the physical distancing rules as laid out by Dr. Henry and the ministry.  At HSS, we take our students’ and staff’s safety very seriously.  Failure to follow these rules will result in students being sent home where they will continue their learning remotely. 

Entering the building

  • A schedule of which students will attend HSS on which days is being developed and will be issued to student, guardians and staff prior to June 1st. This will include a bus schedule.
  • While students are on the bus, they will be assigned seating that will be based on physical distancing rules.
  • Students who are being dropped off by their parents must first be sure that they are scheduled to be at HSS that day and will be dropped off in the student parking lot
  • Students will only enter from the front doors
    • Students will be met by teachers as they enter the school
    • They will be brought to a pre-designated washroom by their teacher where they will wash their hands one at a time
    • Student will then be taken directly to their pre-designated classroom by their teacher once they have got off the bus and washed their hands
    • Classrooms to be used will be rm. 101, 106, 107, 109, 152, 160 and 166. These rooms all have either sinks for washing hands or hand sanitizer station
    • Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers. Lockers have been cleaned out and are closed for the year

Classrooms

  • Students will sign into the room they are in
  • Classrooms will be arranged so that each desk follows the physical distancing guidelines
  • Students will work on a day schedule outlining their plan for the day.
  • Students will be responsible for bringing their own school supplies (no sharing school supplies). If a student does not have a pencil or a pen, one can be provided to them by their teacher
  • Students will be in one class for the entire day. Each class will be given specific times for eating lunch, as well as going outside
  • Classes will be broken up according to grade as much as possible (the following is subject to change based on numbers of students in each grade)
    • Grades 8 and 9 will be in one room. Will continue to work on their “points” activities
    • Grades 10 and 11 will be in their own rooms. Will continue to work on “subject based” classes
    • Grade 12s will be in their own room. Will focus on completing work for graduation
    • Life Skills students will be in room 182 with Ms. Muldoe
  • Gym and workout rooms will be closed for the remainder of the year
  • Education Assistance and First Nations Support Workers will continue to support students in class
  • Students in need of counselling will arrange meetings with Ms. Pretty

Hallways/Washroom

  • Students must respect social distancing
  • Floors will be marked to help allow students to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people
  • Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers
  • Only 1 student per washroom at a time
  • When students go to the washroom, they are to call the office. The office will instruct the student which washroom is available and the student will use that washroom
  • When the student has returned to class, they are to contact the office to inform them of their return. The office will then dispatch our surface cleaner to give the washroom a wipe for the next student who may need to use it
  • Students are not to leave school property
  • Students are not to go outside for the purpose of “smoke breaks”
  • Students are only to go outside when they are accompanied by a teacher

Lunch

  • Cafeteria will not be open to sell food
  • Lunch will be served in students’ classrooms
  • Lunch times will be staggered between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • We will serve students soup and sandwiches and a bottle of water
  • Students will not be allowed to wander the halls or leave their classroom during lunch unless accompanied by their teacher

Letter to Parents-Guardians from Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

Letter to CMSD82 Parents-Guardians from Acting Superintendent of Schools – May 22, 2020  (letter in PDF format)

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents and Guardians,

I would like to thank those of you who took the time last weekend to respond to one or both of our surveys and your feedback received regarding your thoughts on returning to school part-time. Your input is greatly valued and appreciated.

The Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced last week that we would be resuming face-to-face instruction on a part-time voluntary basis starting June 1, 2020. I feel it is appropriate to outline the reasons why BC’s Restart Plan includes kindergarten to grade 12 in-class instruction, in a gradual and controlled manner, while ensuring health and safety measures are in place. There are four reasons for this transition to Phase 3 of the Ministry’s plan:

  1. It is safe to do so.
  2. The importance of face-to-face instruction with children and youth.
  3. Education is a critical part of the BC Restart Plan.
  4. Our work now will set us up for success in September.

While remote learning will continue, we are making plans for a voluntary part-time return to school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Every possible step is being taken to ensure it is safe to return, we understand that this may not be the right choice for you or your children. If this is the case, rest assured, their remote learning will continue.

You have either been contacted by your child’s school already, or you will be contacted in the very near future, to determine whether you will opt for in-class instruction part-time or whether you will opt to continue with remote learning. We do not have enough information yet to be able to share what part-time in-class instruction will look like. You will receive that information next week from your child’s individual school. In-class instruction will look different in different schools across our school district. Remote learning will also look different than it has up to this point. We will be unable to guarantee that the educator providing instruction either face to face or remotely will be your child’s regular classroom teacher. In-class instruction will be two days a week for students for kindergarten to grade 5 and one day per week for students in grades 6 to 12. Again, each school may structure their Phase 3 differently and you will receive information on that next week.

The health and safety of our students, staff and parents/guardians is our priority. District-wide guidelines will be made public very soon and these guidelines will be consistent with those outlined by WorkSafeBC. A component of the guidelines focuses on individuals not attending school when they have symptoms of an illness. It is the school district’s expectation that all parents and guardians will monitor their children for symptoms and not send them to school if they are sick. Persons who are sick will not be allowed in school. Additionally, parents and guardians will be expected to confirm emergency contact numbers for their children prior to sending their children back to school. Should a student become ill or show symptoms of an illness while at school, the school must have accurate and reliable contact information in order that the child be taken home for the remainder of the day.

We understand that you may have other questions about what things will look like if your child returns to school. After your school staff works through all the details, additional information will be provided to parents and guardians during the week of May 25. Each school within Coast Mountains School District will be sending home a safety plan specifically addressing issues related to the pick-up, drop-off, hand washing, entry doors, etc.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the process to ensure a safe learning and work environment is provided as students and staff return to schools around the school district.

 

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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BC Restart Plan: CMSD82 Resuming In-Class Instruction .. Share Your Thoughts

 

On May 6, 2020, the Government of British Columbia released the BC Restart Plan, which includes a plan to re-open schools.

As COVID-19 spread, governments everywhere took action to slow the rate of transmission, including reducing in-classroom learning.  For most British Columbians with young children, this meant having to stay at home to look after their kids.  While many workplaces have made work-from-home accommodations, that hasn’t been an option for everyone.  Our schools and educators rose to the challenge with on-line instruction and resources to keep our kids learning, but this placed a heavy burden on parents/guardians to support their kids as they learned at home.  We know there is no substitute for in-class instruction — and an important step toward our recovery is getting kids back into the classroom, so parents/guardians can get back into the workplace.  Initial health data indicates children are less affected than adults by the COVID-19 virus.  Public health staff and officials will continue to review the health data.  The Ministry of Education and school districts all around BC are reviewing options to allow for a safe return to school.

An announcement on a phased approach to resuming in-class instruction will be made by the school district in the very near future.  This will not be a return to normal.  How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among Ministry of Education officials, school trustees, BC Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and other education sector partners.

In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District 82 has created a Thoughtexchange to discover your ideas and thoughts about what our school district should consider as it plans for the expansion of on-site learning services.  We are seeking feedback from our parents/guardians, students, school district staff and school communities.  Your voice is important and valued towards the continued success of our school district. 

 To share your thoughts, please access the following link to participate in the Thoughtexchange prior to 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20:

https://my.thoughtexchange.com/709294275

We thank you in advance for your input which is greatly appreciated.  Kindly note this information will be posted to the school district and school websites, to school Facebook pages and shared with the school district’s partner groups and school communities.

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca for assistance.

 

 

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