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CMSD82 Board of Education Open Letter – March 12, 2019

 

In light of the recent renewal signing of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 wishes to publicly declare its commitment to ongoing collaboration with communities in the school district to close the education outcome gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations students.

The renewed BC Tripartite Education Agreement is the result of an extensive engagement process between BC’s First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Services and BC’s Ministry of Education. The agreement benefits First Nations students across the province, recognizing that First Nations people have the right to make educational decisions that affect their students, within their education institutions, consistent with their unique needs, experiences, beliefs and values.

The Board of Education further recognizes the importance of breaking down barriers and ensuring all students are provided skills and opportunities to achieve success. The school district continues its focus on Indigenous cultural and traditional learnings including enhancing Indigenous languages for our learners. Currently Indigenous language learning in Coast Mountains School District includes mentorship and collaboration with Dr. Lorna Williams, University of Victoria Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and recipient of the Indspire Award that represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.

Coast Mountains School District 82 is located in the northwest of British Columbia and includes the main communities of the Hazeltons, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Stewart, Terrace and Thornhill serving a student population of approximately 4,300 students. The school district is located on the traditional territories of three Indigenous Nations: the Gitksan, the Haisla, and the Tsimshian. The Gitksan‐Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Hazelton area is made up of seven First Nations communities consisting of Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget and Kispiox located through the Hazelton communities and the Kispiox Valley. The Haisla Nation is centered in the Kitamaat Village and the Tsimshian Nation has two distinct First Nations communities, the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, in the Terrace and Thornhill areas.

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution which defines the rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada.

The Board of Education reinforces its commitment to work in partnership with Indigenous communities in support of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Report. It further commits to working in partnership with the First Nations to affirm Indigenous voice in decision making in accordance to the implementation of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success.

Further, the Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to ensure ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As a public institution, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes the responsibility of all its employees and Canadian citizens to work with Indigenous peoples to ensure we achieve reconciliation by honouring the truth of Indigenous peoples’ historical and current experiences in Canada.

The Board of Education is committed to learning from all First Nations it serves to continue enhancing the curriculum in our schools with local Indigenous history, language and culture. The importance of our partnerships is greatly valued and the ongoing collaborative work to elevate success levels for Indigenous learners in our schools.

Respectfully yours,

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

Open Letter distribution:

  • Chief Councillors & Education Coordinators: Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget, Haisla, Kispiox, Kitselas & Kitsumkalum First Nations
  • Calvin Albright, Executive Director, Kermode Friendship Society
  • Sid Peltier, Interim President, Northwest BC Metis Association
  • Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Honourable Rob Fleming, BC Minister of Education
  • Tyrone McNeil, President, First Nations Education Steering Committee
  • Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley
  • Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena
  • Cindy Lindley, Executive Director, Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Gordon Swan, President, BC School Trustees Association
  • Tina Last, President, North West Branch, BC School Trustees Association
  • Mayor Carol Leclerc, City of Terrace
  • Mayor Philip Germuth, District of Kitimat
  • Mayor Gail Lowry, District of New Hazelton
  • Mayor Gina McKay, District of Stewart
  • Mayor Dennis Sterritt, Village of Hazelton
  • Board Chair Philip Germuth, Regional District Kitimat-Stikine
  • Glen Hansman, President, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
  • Michael Wen & Kim Meyer, Co-Presidents, Coast Mountain Teachers’ Federation
  • Monica Brady, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2052
  • Krystal Miller, Chairperson, Coast Mountains District Parent Advisory Council
  • Local and Regional Media Outlets

Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82:

  • Board of Education School Trustees
  • Katherine McIntosh, Superintendent of Schools
  • Raymond McDonald, Secretary Treasurer
  • All Employees

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In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child on the following dates.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

Schools are open to take registration for Kindergarten from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. between January 14, 2019 and March 15, 2019.

The School District will make every effort to place students who have registered by March 15, 2019 in their catchment area school.  Students registering after March 15, 2019 may not be granted place in their catchment area school.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2019 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2019.  A birth certificate, proof of immunization, a BC Care Card and parent/guardian proof of ordinarily resident will be required at the time of registration.

Acceptable documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident”:

  • BCMSP (BC CareCard) coverage AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows; or
  • Valid BC Services Card (replacement for BC CareCard) AND one item from the list of supporting documentation that follows

Supporting documentation for evidence that parent/guardian is “ordinarily resident” (address must match the address listed on the Student’s Registration & Verification Form):

  • Provincial Driver’s License
  • Document indicating British Columbia resident (i.e. utility bill)
  • Proof of ownership of a dwelling or long-term lease or rental of a dwelling
  • A current income tax return filed as a BC resident

To register for Kindergarten classes, please register your child at your neighbourhood primary/elementary school as detailed in the CMSD82 2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).  If you wish information on school boundaries, please contact any of the principals as listed in the CMSD82 2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Procedures.

French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One:

  • A student does not have to be of French origin to enrol in French Immersion.
  • Registration for French Immersion Kindergarten and Grade One takes place at schools indicated with an * as listed in the CMSD82 2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Procedures (click on link to open).
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

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2019-2020 CMSD82 New Student Registration & Cross-Boundary Application Notice  (click on link to open)

 

School District 82 Policy 1030 outlines student attendance/catchment area procedures in accordance with Ministry of Education policies on Schools of Choice.  It is important that parents take note of specific deadlines defined within this policy and ensure the procedures listed below are followed:

  1. Students must be registered at their catchment area school.
  2. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Applications:  After registering at your catchment area school, applications must be received at your school of choice by February 14, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.
  3. Confirmation of Cross Boundary Applications:  By the first Friday following school opening, or as soon as possible following this date, pending staffing allocations and school configurations.  Unsuccessful applicants may be held on a waiting list for the subsequent school year.  Parents/guardians applying for Cross Boundary status are advised the decisions related to Cross Boundary Applications may not be decided until the first week of school in the 2019-2020 school year.  Parents/guardians, therefore, must register first at their catchment area school.
  4. New In-Catchment Registrations:  Registrations will be received up to March 15, 2019 for new students including Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrolment.  Wait-listed students who are in catchment area may be moved as soon as space is available.
  5. Notification of In-Catchment:  Wait-listed in-catchment area students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Definitions:

  1. Cross Boundary/Out-of-Catchment Students:   Those students who do not live within the defined attendance areas for the school they wish to attend.
  2. In-Catchment Students:   Those students who live in the attendance areas defined for each school.

Inquiries regarding catchment areas should be directed to the principal of the school.  

For your convenience, provided below is the 2018-2019 CMSD82 School Principals Listing with contact numbers.

 CMSD82 2018-2019 School Principals & School Contact Information
(click on link to open)

 

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Coast Mountains’ schools and the Board of Education Office will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Remembrance Day, and will re-open as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, November 13.

Remembrance Day assemblies will be held throughout our school district on Friday, November 9.

On this Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to those past and present who served our country with courage and compassion.  Lest we forget …

 

 

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