Next week is the final week of school which is incredibly hard to believe. This is a reminder that the schedule for the final week of school is not changing, so if your child is attending Monday and Tuesday, than Tuesday June 23 will be their final day of school. Report cards will be distributed on Tuesday to students; however, they can also be accessed on Parent Connect. For students that aren’t attending right now, reports will be ready for pick up on Tuesday and you are free to stop by and pick up your child’s report card through the end of the week (June 23-26).
For those who have students returning to school next week, here is the health check that needs to be completed before you drop your child(ren) off at school OR before your child(ren) get on the bus to go to school. For students riding the bus, please send a note with your child(ren) that you have done the health check and they are safe to ride the bus.
Please contact your school if the answers to any of the following questions are “Yes”.
Does my child have a fever of greater than 37 degrees Celsius/98.6 degrees Fahrenheit?
Does my child have the chills?
Is my child experiencing any of the following?
– Shortness of breath
– Difficulty in breathing
– Chest pains
– Feelings of confusion
– Loss of consciousness
Does my child have a sore throat or pain when swallowing?
Does my child have and unusually stuffy or runny nose?
Has my child experiences a loss of their sense of smell?
Is my child experiencing an unusual headache?
Is my child experiencing muscle aches?
Is my child more fatigued than normal?
Is my child experiencing a loss of appetite?
Have you or your child traveled anywhere outside of Canada (including the USA) in the past 14 days?
Have you or your child been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19?
Thank you for your patience and understanding with all this. This is an unprecedented time that has required some different thinking and procedures.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend 🙂
As planning continues for school re-start on Monday, June 1, School District No. 83 (North-Okanagan-Shuswap) transportation department has important information for the parents of any child who will be riding the bus.
Student pick up and drop off times will remain the same for their return to school on June 1st. However, due to lower ridership, parents are requested to please have their children at the bus stop a minimum of five minutes early in the morning. In addition, some high school students may return home a little earlier in the afternoon because fewer people are riding the bus.
Parents who have indicted their child will be riding the bus to school will be receiving an email directly from the SD83 Transportation Dept. with finalized information, later today or early Saturday. Please keep an eye out for it.
Drivers please be aware school zones are in effect. For the safety of all, we ask that everyone remember the importance of stopping for a school bus with red lights activated (We Stop – You Stop), please don’t rush the bus, and ensure you not driving distracted around our students or the bus.
It would be appreciated if you respond to the survey even if you are not planning on your child returning to class at this time.
After May 28, SD83 asks parents and caregivers to contact their child’s school directly if they change the status of whether their child is attending, or not attending, school. Each week school teams will create weekly class organization structures within the 50% normal classroom limits so this information is critical to planning. Also, after May 28, if your child is a bus student please ensure you also register with transportation (250 832-9415) so that they know who to expect on the bus.
Just a friendly reminder that as of Monday, June 1 our school buses are back on the road, school zones are in effect, and school playgrounds are in use during the school day.
Our staff and students will be following many safety protocols around health checks, handwashing, spacing, equipment use and cleaning. We ask for your support in ensuring your child is not sick if attending school, and in driving safely around our buses and schools. We are also asking the public to not use our schools and playgrounds during school hours as we will be working hard to keep student and staff density low and ensuring safety protocols are followed. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated as we do our best to keep everyone safe. Thank you!
Much organization and thought has gone into preparing our schools including:
Surveying all families to see if they intend to send their children to school, and how often.
Follow up communication to families that have not completed the survey to ensure all families are contacted regarding their intentions for June.
Inform parents which days their children will attend
Reduce kindergarten to grade 5 Home Learning support and interactions for May 25-29 to allow teachers and staff to set-up classrooms and prepare to receive students
Have Health and Safety Teams at each school review the site-based safety plans
Put in place health and safety procedures at each school
Have every school staff ‘practice’ the week before return to in-class instruction. This will allow us to identify any improvements we need to make before the return of students.
Follow Ministry Guidelines around maximum class sizes (50%) and school densities (50% for K to 5) and (20% for Grade 6 to 12) and strategies to minimize physical contact
Organize custodial staff for daytime cleaning supports in each school to accommodate occupancy
As you well know, schools are scheduled to re-open starting June 1st and parents have the option of sending their child(ren) to school and thank you for responding to the survey that went out from the District. There is lots of work being put into restarting schools again ours is no exception. Staff has been hard at work to prepare the school and make sure that students and staff will be healthy and safe. Here are some things that you need to know as we restart.
Public Heath Measures
In the classroom (indoor or outdoor) physical distancing is not an expectation for students.
We will be practicing a “hands-off” approach.
If a Child of Staff Member is Ill
All children and staff who are ill with fever or infectious respiratory symptoms of any kind need to stay home and be assessed by their health care provider and tested for COVID-19.
If your child is showing symptoms of sickness at school, you will be asked to come pick them up. We will be erring on the side of caution during these times. We ask you do the same.
Health and Safety
Hand sanitizer will be provided to schools.
Camping jugs with water and foaming hand soap will be set up outside (one per class) for hand washing.
Students to wash their hands before entering the building.
General cleaning of the school will happen once per day
Frequently-touched shared surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected twice a day
Washrooms should be cleaned at least twice per day
Water fountains will be disabled but students and staff can still fill water bottles at the sink. Please send your child with a water bottle to school.
Using gym equipment is permitted. A “Needs Disinfecting” bin and a “Disinfected” bin will be set up outside. After a class uses the equipment it will be disinfected/wiped down.
Students are not to bring personal toys/items from home.
Students will not be sharing school supplies.
Arrival and Pick up Procedures
If you indicated you will not be sending your child(ren) back to school and change your mind, please contact the classroom teacher at least the day before. Some teachers have different schedules so the child’s teacher may be working from home that day. Plus, if too many students just show up it can throw off the student ratio we have been asked to maintain for health and safety reasons. Also, their class may be off site that day.
The onus will be on parents to NOT send their child if they are showing any signs of sickness.
There is a Health Check Check-List that will be emailed to parents and posted on the school website and if they can check off YES to any of the questions, they keep their child home.
Again, students are to wash hands/disinfect hands before they come to school and upon arrival.
Teachers need to be outside at 7:50 to start gathering their students.
We will continue to meet as a group at the drum. Cones will be set up. Classes will meet in lines at the cones for attendance then we will move to into a circle.
Jared will stay by the bus lane until 8:30 am for any late comers and text Stacy that students have arrived. Any student that checks in after 8:30 am will go to the office.
Pick up for Mrs. Scott’s class will be at the south end of the school to alleviate congestion by the bus lane.
Please pick up your child(ren) on time (2:00 pm).
Parents are asked to not follow their child(ren) onto the school grounds. You can get them out of the vehicle and drop them off at the fence entrance, say goodbye, and then move on.
Students need to be prepared to spend the majority of their time outside so please make sure they have their gear for the day.
No sharing of food or water bottles.
No library book sign outs for June.
Max — 2 students in the bathroom at once.
Thanks everyone for you support and patience. We truly have an amazing family community that helps to make our job more enjoyable and less stressful. There is a lot of gratitude here.
SD83 recently sent an email and survey to all our parents (with an email listed with their children’s school). By any chance did we miss you?
With the positive news about the decline in COVID-19 comes recent direction from the Ministry of Education to re-open our schools effective June 1, 2020, to provide additional in-class instruction. Parents will still have the option of keeping their children at home, and some home learning opportunities will continue on-line until the end of the school year.
Stage 3 of the Ministry plan allows for students in kindergarten to grade five to attend up to two to three days per week, with students in grades six through twelve attending up to one day per week. Schools will be open five days a week for children of Tier 1 Essential Services Workers and students requiring additional supports. Busing will be available with capacity limits in place.
We are following all Health and Safety Guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and the Ministry of Education in order to ensure that our schools are safe places to learn and to work. These guidelines include having no more than 50% of students in attendance in grades K-5 and no more than 20% of students in grades 6-12 at any given time.
In order to meet all of the Health and Safety Guidelines, including the limits described above, we will need to know which students will be returning to schools in the coming weeks. Additional surveys will follow shortly to gather more specific information as June 1st draws closer.