Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new school year!  It is with optimism and gratitude that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  I am optimistic that our school year will be safe, caring, and engaging.  I am grateful as we will see most learners in schools and engaged in learning.

On August 24, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced B.C. K-12 students will return to school for full time, in person instruction in September. Updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools were released from the Ministry of Education, as guided by the Ministry of Health.  Masks will also continue to be required in all indoor spaces for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12 in schools and on school buses. 

There will be continued emphasis on health measures such as: daily health checks, staying home when sick, hand washing, daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  Our plans and guidelines will be updated and communicated to parents, students, and staff next week.

We understand that there may be individuals (students, parents, guardians, employees) who are anxious at the thought of returning to school in September.  This is to be expected during a global pandemic.  Whether or not your child attended school last year in Coast Mountains School District 82, you can rest assured that students will be welcomed and accepted at their schools regardless of where they might be at in their learning.  We welcome children to school and will facilitate their growth along the continuum of learning.  We will meet your child where they are at in their learning.

Please visit our school district’s website for helpful “return-to-school after COVID” tips for parents and guardians.

Parents can expect that schools will be focussing on individual students realizing their potential in an environment that is safe, culturally aware, and respectful and welcoming of diversity.

If you have questions or you require further information, please email covid@cmsd.bc.ca or call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to our schools on September 7.

Sincerely,
Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools


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Pre-registration for all schools (with the exception of the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre) will be by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please contact the school to arrange an appointment time.  Students not pre-registered should register on the above-mentioned dates.

District Schools will open on Tuesday, September 7 for all students (except Kindergarten).
Kindergarten students are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours except for Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School students who will attend at 1:00 p.m. (bus times will be posted to the school district website by the end of this week).

Regular school hours and bus runs will begin on Wednesday, September 8.

Access the following links to view the 2021-2022 Return to School Messages and Bus Routes including school contacts:

CMSD82 2021-22 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-22 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-22 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-2022 Stewart Return to School Message

Terrace:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.
2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

2021-2022 School Supply Lists

 

 

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, please find links to the School Supply Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools.  Please reference the additional notations detailed below.

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School and Suwilaawks Community School provide classroom supplies to students at a fee of $40 that can be paid for after August 30.    This fee will cover the supplies required for the year.  Students are asked to bring: a clearly labelled water bottle, a backpack and indoor shoes suitable for all day wear and gym/sport activities.
  •  Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.
  • Caledonia Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Hazelton Secondary School (Grades 9-12), Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

Should you require further information during the summer months, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.  Alternatively, please contact your school during the last week of August 2021 for assistance.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 7, 2021.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

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