2021-2022 Leadership Staffing Announcement

CMSD82 2021-22 Leadership Staffing Announcement
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The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District wishes to announce the following Leadership Staffing changes for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year:

Surinder Dhaliwal
Effective August 1, 2021, Surinder will assume the position of Principal for Thornhill Elementary and Thornhill Primary Schools.  He is currently the Principal at Thornhill Elementary School.  Surinder is a team player and a strong advocate for the success of all learners.  Students, staff and parents at Thornhill Elementary and Thornhill Primary Schools will benefit from Surinder’s proven commitment to student learning and his reputation as a team builder.

Sandy Kenmuir
Currently the Vice Principal at Cassie Hall Elementary School, Sandy will assume the position of Vice Principal for Thornhill Elementary and Thornhill Primary Schools effective August 1, 2021.  Sandy has always demonstrated passion in her profession, an understanding and respect for local diverse cultures and the importance of community involvement in making a difference in the lives of young people.  She is a passionate advocate for student success and has a reputation for bringing an enthusiastic, team-focused approach to everything she does.

Steve Wallace
Effective August 1, 2021, Steve will assume the position of Principal at Ecole Mountainview.  He is currently on a personal leave from his principalship role at Cassie Hall Elementary School.  His enthusiasm and reputation as a dedicated elementary educator and administrator with deep commitment to the success of young people at the school and community level, will serve Ecole Mountainview very well.

In the interim, the school district is actively seeking a new Principal and Vice Principal for Cassie Hall Elementary School.  A Canada-wide search will be initiated this week commencing with the Principal position, followed by the Vice Principal position.

We extend our congratulations to Surinder, Sandy and Steve on their appointments and wish them every success in their new roles for the 2021-2022 school year.

Sincerely,
Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 Potential School Exposure Notifications Received from Northern Health

Dear Cassie Hall Elementary School Staff, Parents/Guardians & Families,

I am writing to inform you of notifications received on April 21 and February 11 from the Northern Health authority regarding COVID-19 exposures at Cassie Hall Elementary School as detailed in the following links.  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 – Cassie Hall Elem. School – April 21, 2021
NH Potential Covid Exposure Letter – Cassie Hall Elem. School – Feb. 11, 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 links) 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 covid@cmsd.bc.ca, 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 Cassie Hall Elementary 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!

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

Updated CMSD82 COVID-19 School Safety Plans

 

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 sports and theatre/film/dance programs.)

An abbreviated explanation for the new guidelines can be found here: 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-safe-schools

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 K-12 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

Northwest Trades & Employ. Trng. Centre Updated Covid-19 Safety Plan – April 14, 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