Message of Sympathy & Support from Superintendent of Schools

 

CMSD82 News Release – Message of Sympathy and Support – May 30, 2021

It is with profound sorrow that we acknowledge the discovery of 215 children found buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Our thoughts go out to the people of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and to all impacted by this devastating news.

Coast Mountains School District 82 mourns the loss of these precious young lives.  Flags at all our schools and office buildings will be lowered to half-mast from May 31 to June 8 at end of school day (215 hours) in memory of these children and to honour their lives.

We will take a moment of silence now to honour their memory and their families.  Staff and students are encouraged to wear orange on Monday, May 31.

When we lower our flags, we remember the 215 children who were taken and we also remember that we are ‘all of one heart’ – sagayt k‘üülm goot (suh-gite ghoul-em got).

 We will be here to listen and support.  We are here to learn and teach.  We are all brothers and sisters.  We are all of one heart.

We all have a part to play in Truth and Reconciliation.  It is all of our work to do.  Every Child Matters.

Sincerely,
Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

Gitxsan Language Family Bingo Night, May 27, 6pm-7pm via Zoom

Coast Mountains School District is located on the traditional territories of the Gitxsan, Haisla, Nisga’a and Tsimshian Nations … our Indigenous Languages Revitalization Coordinator, Colleen Austin and other Knowledge-Keepers invite you to experience the languages of these Indigenous Nations during Family Bingo Game Nights.

Join us for the upcoming Gitxsan Language Family Bingo Night scheduled on Thursday, May 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  It is a fun learning opportunity to enjoy with your family and win a prize!

A total of four Bingo games will be played during each Game Night.  These events are free and everyone is welcome to join for one Game Night or for all Game Nights!

Registration is required for a Family Bingo Game Night(s) by emailing Carole Gagnon at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.  Upon registration, Zoom details and distribution of bingo cards will be provided.

For your information, please find the upcoming dates and times of the virtual Family Bingo Game Nights:

 Gitxsan Language
Family Bingo Game Night – Thursday, May 27 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm via Zoom

Nisga’a Language
Family Bingo Game Night – Thursday, June 17 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm via Zoom

Please access the following link to view and/or share the Family Bingo Game Night poster:

Indigenous Languages Revitalization Family Bingo Game Nights

Should you have questions or you require more information, please contact Colleen Austin by email at colleen.austin@cmsd.bc.ca or Carole Gagnon at (250) 638-4401.

COVID-19 Potential School Exposure Notifications Received from Northern Health

Dear Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School Staff, Parents/Guardians & Families,

I am writing to inform you of notifications received on May 11, March 5 & 1, and February 26, 2021 respectively from the Northern Health authority regarding COVID-19 exposures at Majagaleehl Gali Aks 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 Covid Exposure Letter – Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem. School – May 11, 2021
NH Covid Exposure Letter – Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem. School – March 5, 2021
NH Covid Exposure Letter – Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem. School – March 1, 2021
NH Covid Exposure Letter – Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elem. School – Feb. 26, 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 letters (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 Majagaleehl Gali Aks 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