For your information … kindly note the 2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 13 through to 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 17 to accommodate maintenance activities during that time.
Please note … FOB access for teaching staff will be turned off at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 13 through to 8:30 a.m., Monday, August 17. Staff that may require access during the 2020 District-Wide School Summer Closure, should contact their School Principal for assistance. School Principals will continue to have FOB access during the summer closure period.
A friendly reminder … effective March 13, 2020 until further notice, Coast Mountains School District is not accepting any Community Use of School Facilities and Grounds bookings until further notice, in an effort to limit and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact your School Principal for assistance.
For external inquiries, please contact our Director of Facility Services, Travis Elwood at (250) 638-4405.
The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Janet Meyer has accepted the Board’s offer to assume the position of Superintendent of Schools on a permanent basis. Janet has been performing that role as Acting Superintendent since June 2019. Janet succeeds Katherine McIntosh, who is seconded to the Ministry of Education, and who will not be returning as Superintendent when that secondment ends.
Janet’s appointment as Superintendent is the culmination of a long and varied career with School District 82, having worked in this District as a Teacher, a Principal, a Director of Instruction and Director of Human Resources before taking on the role of Acting Superintendent of Schools.
When Janet was appointed Acting Superintendent, the Board recognized her as a widely respected effective leader, team builder and committed educator. Throughout her career, Janet has demonstrated her passion for education, and a “children first” approach to her work. She has demonstrated her skills over the last year, as she helps the Board navigate through and implement actions recommended within the Independent Consultant’s Report and works to strengthen ties with partner groups and the community. Janet has worked tirelessly as we deal with COVID-19 and ensuring our school district provides a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff.
Janet holds a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) from the University of Victoria and a Master of Education in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria with a focus on Indigenous Parent Participation in Schools.
The Board of Education extends congratulations to Janet on her appointment as Superintendent of Schools.
Chairperson, Board of Education
The following open letter was sent to parents and guardians on May 28, 2020 regarding the transition to optional, part-time, in-class instruction as we move to Stage 3 of B.C.’s K-12 Education Restart Plan.
This letter includes information on the health and safety measures that are being implemented in schools, as well as information for parents/guardians who choose to keep their children learning at home.
We will continue to share further updates with you as we receive them.
Letter to CMSD82 Parents-Guardians from Acting Superintendent of Schools – May 22, 2020 (letter in PDF format)
Dear CMSD82 Parents and Guardians,
I would like to thank those of you who took the time last weekend to respond to one or both of our surveys and your feedback received regarding your thoughts on returning to school part-time. Your input is greatly valued and appreciated.
The Ministry of Education, in consultation with the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced last week that we would be resuming face-to-face instruction on a part-time voluntary basis starting June 1, 2020. I feel it is appropriate to outline the reasons why BC’s Restart Plan includes kindergarten to grade 12 in-class instruction, in a gradual and controlled manner, while ensuring health and safety measures are in place. There are four reasons for this transition to Phase 3 of the Ministry’s plan:
- It is safe to do so.
- The importance of face-to-face instruction with children and youth.
- Education is a critical part of the BC Restart Plan.
- Our work now will set us up for success in September.
While remote learning will continue, we are making plans for a voluntary part-time return to school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Every possible step is being taken to ensure it is safe to return, we understand that this may not be the right choice for you or your children. If this is the case, rest assured, their remote learning will continue.
You have either been contacted by your child’s school already, or you will be contacted in the very near future, to determine whether you will opt for in-class instruction part-time or whether you will opt to continue with remote learning. We do not have enough information yet to be able to share what part-time in-class instruction will look like. You will receive that information next week from your child’s individual school. In-class instruction will look different in different schools across our school district. Remote learning will also look different than it has up to this point. We will be unable to guarantee that the educator providing instruction either face to face or remotely will be your child’s regular classroom teacher. In-class instruction will be two days a week for students for kindergarten to grade 5 and one day per week for students in grades 6 to 12. Again, each school may structure their Phase 3 differently and you will receive information on that next week.
The health and safety of our students, staff and parents/guardians is our priority. District-wide guidelines will be made public very soon and these guidelines will be consistent with those outlined by WorkSafeBC. A component of the guidelines focuses on individuals not attending school when they have symptoms of an illness. It is the school district’s expectation that all parents and guardians will monitor their children for symptoms and not send them to school if they are sick. Persons who are sick will not be allowed in school. Additionally, parents and guardians will be expected to confirm emergency contact numbers for their children prior to sending their children back to school. Should a student become ill or show symptoms of an illness while at school, the school must have accurate and reliable contact information in order that the child be taken home for the remainder of the day.
We understand that you may have other questions about what things will look like if your child returns to school. After your school staff works through all the details, additional information will be provided to parents and guardians during the week of May 25. Each school within Coast Mountains School District will be sending home a safety plan specifically addressing issues related to the pick-up, drop-off, hand washing, entry doors, etc.
We appreciate your patience as we work through the process to ensure a safe learning and work environment is provided as students and staff return to schools around the school district.
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Dear Kindergarten to Grade 5 Parents & Guardians,
An announcement on the phased-in approach to resuming in-class instruction for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 (K-5) will be made by Coast Mountains School District 82 in the very near future. This will not be a return to normal. It will be voluntary and part-time. With only a few weeks left in the school year, we anticipate many K-5 students will not return to the classroom until September. We are, however, exploring ways to safely return K-5 students back to school before the summer, to allow more parents/guardians to return to work. How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among teachers, students, parents, support staff and communities.
In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District has created a two-minute survey that would provide an initial indication of how many of our K-5 students will return to school when invited. I would ask for a few minutes of your time to please consider the four-question survey found by clicking the link below:
This survey will remain open until 9:00 a.m., Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020. Once the survey closes, school personnel will contact families using a different means to gather the information necessary for us to plan our work moving forward.
With many thanks in advance,
Acting Superintendent of Schools
On May 6, 2020, the Government of British Columbia released the BC Restart Plan, which includes a plan to re-open schools.
As COVID-19 spread, governments everywhere took action to slow the rate of transmission, including reducing in-classroom learning. For most British Columbians with young children, this meant having to stay at home to look after their kids. While many workplaces have made work-from-home accommodations, that hasn’t been an option for everyone. Our schools and educators rose to the challenge with on-line instruction and resources to keep our kids learning, but this placed a heavy burden on parents/guardians to support their kids as they learned at home. We know there is no substitute for in-class instruction — and an important step toward our recovery is getting kids back into the classroom, so parents/guardians can get back into the workplace. Initial health data indicates children are less affected than adults by the COVID-19 virus. Public health staff and officials will continue to review the health data. The Ministry of Education and school districts all around BC are reviewing options to allow for a safe return to school.
An announcement on a phased approach to resuming in-class instruction will be made by the school district in the very near future. This will not be a return to normal. How these changes unfold is the focus of intensive discussions among Ministry of Education officials, school trustees, BC Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and other education sector partners.
In anticipation of the eventual return to on-site learning services, Coast Mountains School District 82 has created a Thoughtexchange to discover your ideas and thoughts about what our school district should consider as it plans for the expansion of on-site learning services. We are seeking feedback from our parents/guardians, students, school district staff and school communities. Your voice is important and valued towards the continued success of our school district.
To share your thoughts, please access the following link to participate in the Thoughtexchange prior to 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20:
We thank you in advance for your input which is greatly appreciated. Kindly note this information will be posted to the school district and school websites, to school Facebook pages and shared with the school district’s partner groups and school communities.
Should you have questions or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
The Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar at its February 26, 2020 Regular Board Meeting with final approval received from the Ministry of Education on May 7, 2020.
The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Please find the 2020-2021 School Calendar with non-instructional days, a district in-service day, early dismissal days, spring and winter breaks, etc. A backgrounder page is also provided outlining details of the calendar for your convenience.
Further information regarding the 2020-2021 School Calendar can be obtained by contacting Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at email@example.com.
It is with a deep sense of loss and profound sadness that we inform employees of the passing of a respected educator and colleague, and a good friend. Gabriele (Gabe) Lazzarotto passed away on April 15, 2020 in Hazelton surrounded by his family.
Gabe spent his entire career with the school district working at Hazelton Secondary School, beginning in September 2000 teaching math, science, physics and computer technology. He worked tirelessly with passion for the school, students, staff and the Hazelton community. Gabe’s deep rooted values around children becoming successful learners guided everything he did. He truly made a difference for the students at Hazelton Secondary School. Gabe was highly regarded by his students and the teaching and administrative staff for his inspiration, calmness, strength and leadership.
Prior to his teaching career and following Gabe’s graduation from high school in Northern Italy, he became an academy military pilot from 1977-1981. His military pilot training provided an opportunity for Gabe to work within the airline industry in Sardinia performing aircraft maintenance and in Ireland performing both aircraft maintenance and teaching aircraft technicians. Gabe relocated to Canada in 1985, where he successfully completed his aircraft maintenance engineering degree receiving top student recognition.
A virtual Memorial Service in memory of Gabe was held on April 18 in Hazelton with his family, and friends from around the world as well as colleagues and community members. Gabe’s extended family and friends in Italy joined the virtual service via Zoom.
On behalf of the Coast Mountains School District, we extend our love and heartfelt sympathy to Gabe’s wife, Liz Lazzarotto, a French Immersion Teacher at Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School and long-term employee, and to their three loving daughters, all graduates of Hazelton Secondary School.
Hazelton Secondary School and Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School share a great sadness with the Lazzarotto family on the loss of this wonderful individual. Thank you Gabe for everything you did for so many people over so many years – you will be dearly missed.
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Education, Rob Fleming will be answering questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on Saturday, May 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on News 1130’s Facebook page.
Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130’s website.
This event will be posted to CMSD82 school websites and shared with our District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and School PACs for the information of parents and guardians.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer has prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times.
As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., Dr. Henry shares it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities.
Please watch Dr. Henry’s video and share with your colleagues.