Recording & FAQs …Town Hall Q&A Session

 

Coast Mountains School District 82, Northern Health and CMSD82’s District Parent Advisory Council hosted an online Education Re-Start Town Hall Q&A Session last night, September 3.  Many thanks to everyone for submitting their questions and taking part in the Town Hall Q&A Session.

If you didn’t have an opportunity to join the online session, you can watch it by accessing the following link:

Recording – Town Hall Q&A Session Co-Hosted by CMSD82, Northern Health & DPAC

During the Town Hall Q&A Session, our Superintendent, Janet Meyer introduced an alternative back-to-school plan for parents/guardians of Kindergarten to Grade 9 students who are not comfortable sending their children back to school right away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This information is posted to the school district’s website, school websites and will be shared via schools with parents/guardians.  To learn more, please access the following link:

CMSD82 Alternative Back-To-School Plan for K-19 Students

We have developed the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as an information resource for all our school communities:

CMSD82 COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – September 10, 2020

Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to follow up with your School Principal for assistance.

 

Message for Parents/Guardians from our Superintendent

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Dear CMSD82 Parents & Guardians,

As you may know, on July 29 the Ministry of Education announced that schools across the province will enrol students at Stage 2 of B.C.’s Education Restart Plan.  Students will be organized in learning groups or cohorts within schools.  The goal of the cohort model is to attempt to minimize the number of contacts any child or adult will have in the school.  Elementary school groups and middle school groups will have cohorts up to 60 people while secondary can have up to 120 people per cohort.

There may be some confusion in the general public as to what educational options are available to parents.  The remote learning option that was available in spring 2020 is no longer an option for Stage 2 (September 2020).  Our goal is to maximize in-class instruction.

We offer the above graphic that outlines the educational options for parents and guardians.  These options have been available choices to parents and guardians for several years.  A parent or guardian has the choice to send their child to their neighbourhood school, enrol their child in a distributed (distance) learning program (Coast Mountains School District offers Kindergarten to Grade 12), or homeschool their child.  The graphic outlines these choices and provides links for information related to each option (click on the link to enlarge the graphic).

In the very near future, your child’s school will be reaching out to you to confirm that your child will be returning to school in September.  We recognize that not everyone is prepared to make that decision at this time, given that there is not a clear picture of what each individual school will look like.  We understand that.  Please take the time you need to ensure that you make a decision that is best for your child and your family.  If you do know now, please feel free to reach out to your school administration, via email, and communicate your plan with them.  Access the following link for your school administrator’s email address.

If you have any questions related to the options, please feel free to use the following designated school district email address for COVID-19 related issues:

covid@cmsd.bc.ca

Our goal is to design Stage 2 school plans that will help you feel confident in the safety measures provided to your child returning to school.

Families and communities can be further assured that Principals, Vice Principals, and District Staff are working on designing unique Stage 2 plans for each of our schools in Coast Mountains School District.  We will be sharing our plans with you on or before August 26 via the school district’s website.

Enjoy what is left of summer and know that we are working to ensure a safe and positive start to the 2020-2021 school year.

Sincerely yours,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

2020-2021 School Supplies Lists

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In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, please find the School Supplies Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools:

 

 

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School, Suwilaawks Community School and 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, 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.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 8, 2020.

Have a wonderful summer!