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Hazelton Secondary School & New Hazelton Elementary School Administration Changes – August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021

 

CMSD82 News Release – HSS & NHES Administration Changes – August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021

 

I am writing to share with you some interim changes effective August 1, 2020 in the administrative structures at Hazelton Secondary School and New Hazelton Elementary School.

Vince Dikaitis, Principal at Hazelton Secondary School has extended his current leave.  Paul Boisvert has been appointed Principal for Hazelton Secondary School effective August 1, 2020 through to July 31, 2021.

The school district is now actively seeking a Vice Principal for Hazelton Secondary School for the 2020-2021 school year (one-year assignment) and will commence a search beginning today.

Alison Campbell, Principal at New Hazelton Elementary School is taking a medical leave effective August 1, 2020.  Jan Thorburn has been appointed Principal at New Hazelton Elementary School effective August 1, 2020 through to July 31, 2021.

We are thankful that Paul and Jan are able to provide leadership in these assignments.  Paul and Jan are passionate educators who celebrate the uniqueness of each learner optimizing learning opportunities for every student.

The school district will be providing ongoing support to Paul and Jan as they transition into these assignments ensuring a continued safe and successful learning environment for students remains the focus of Hazelton Secondary School and New Hazelton Elementary School.

Your understanding and support is appreciated as we transition through these changes.

Please join me in welcoming Paul and Jan to these leadership assignments.

 

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools

 

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar

 

In late January-early February 2020, the school district’s School Calendar Committee was convened to develop a School Calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

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.

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Calendar – Backgrounder

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 carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

 

 

Tips and Resources for Talking to your Kids or Students about COVID-19


During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus.  As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.

Here are some tips and resources to help:

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
  • Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly; it’s okay if you can’t answer everything.
  • Follow their lead: Invite your child or student to ask questions and share their perspective: Invite them to tell you anything they may have heard about the coronavirus and express how they feel.
  • Check yourself: Feeling anxious?  Take some time to calm down before trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.
  • Focus on actions you can take: Emphasize safety precautions everyone can take to help keep themselves and others healthy: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, social distancing and staying home if you aren’t feeling well.
  • Stick to routine: Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping kids happy and healthy.
  • Keep talking: Tell kids/students you will keep them updated as you learn more.  Let them know the lines of communication are going to be open and as you learn more, you will share the information with them, too.

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