Superintendent’s Letter to Parents, Guardians & Caregivers – Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

 

CMSD82 Superintendent’s Letter to Parents-Guardians, Welcome to 2021-22 School Year

 

Dear CMSD82 Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  I hope this letter finds you and your family happy, rested and eagerly anticipating a positive and engaging school year.  Your children will be welcomed into our schools on September 7 regardless of where they are at academically, physically, socially and/or emotionally.

With greater community protection against COVID-19, schools can return to closer to normal operations, with some prevention measures continuing to be in place to keep schools as lower risk settings for communicable disease transmission.  While COVID-19 is present in our communities, there will continue to be COVID-19 exposures in schools and cases amongst students and staff.  Because cases in schools reflect those in the community, these are more likely to occur in communities with lower vaccination uptake.  Children continue to be a low risk for serious outcomes from COVID-19, including variants of concern detected in BC.

For your information, we take this opportunity to share links to the Ministry of Education Return to School Announcement of August 24 and the updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines for K-12 Schools.

Together, we can make 2021-2022 a safe and productive year.  We will be asking for your support in this regard.  You can do your part by:

  • Getting vaccinated;
  • Conducting the daily health check for your children prior to sending them to school;
  • Keeping your children home when they are sick;
  • Following the requirement for all students in Grades 4 to 12 to wear a mask while indoors, including at their desk and on school busses, and encouraging Kindergarten to Grade 3 students to wear a mask.

Coast Mountains School District 82 and its individual schools have developed Communicable Disease Prevention Plans.  These plans outline safety procedures to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  These school plans will be posted to the school district’s website at www.cmsd.bc.ca and to school websites in the coming week.

On June 3, 2021 the federal government announced that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be observed by federal government employees and by federally regulated workplaces every year starting on September 30, 2021.

The BC provincial government also recognized the importance of honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  All provincial public sector employers, which includes public school districts, will recognize September 30, 2021, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a holiday for staff and students.  The 2021-2022 District School Calendar has been amended in accordance to the School Act and the revised School Calendar Regulations as directed by the Ministry of Education.  Students will receive copies of the amended calendar during the first week of school.

Coast Mountains School District 82 will support all learners to achieve their individual success while inspiring a passion for lifelong learning.   We value:

  • student engagement;
  • an appreciation for culture and diversity;
  • respectful and meaningful relationships;
  • a welcoming, safe and caring community;
  • the vital importance of well-being.

Our priorities include:

  • individual students realizing their potential;
  • honouring and respecting culture and diversity;
  • well-being within the educational community.

We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you and our school communities during the 2021-2022 school year.  We will continue to provide families with updates as new information becomes available.

A special thank-you is extended to all staff in School District 82 who are committed to ensuring a safe and caring learning experience for all our students.

We look forward to welcoming your children to the 2021-2022 school year in Coast Mountains School District.

Yours sincerely,

Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Reminder District of Kitimat Student Free Fares Pilot Program – Extension to August 31, 2021

As we welcome the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we wish to remind Kitimat parents and caregivers of the extension announced by the District of Kitimat regarding the Student Free Fares Pilot Program through to August 31, 2021.

In September 2020, the District of Kitimat sponsored the implementation of free fares for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students within the Kitimat Transit System as part of a one-year pilot project.  The District of Kitimat recently announced the extension of the one-year pilot project to August 31, 2021 allowing all Kitimat students to continue to enjoy the “complimentary student fare” over the summer months as follows:

  • Students 14+ are required to show their student ID with the K-6 U-Pass sticker when boarding the bus to ride for free.
  • Students who do not currently possess a sticker are asked to contact their School Principal no later than June 30, 2021 to arrange an appointment to receive a sticker.
  • Students, 14 and under, are not required to show a student ID.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to the District of Kitimat’s Director of Corporate Administration, Ethan Anderson at (250) 632-8900.  For information on Kitimat Transit bus schedules and routes, please visit:

https://bctransit.com/kitimat

Please be advised that BC Transit continues to follow the guidance of the PHO and WorkSafeBC, and face coverings are currently mandatory on all buses and at bus stops.

Wishing you a happy, fun and safe summer with your families and friends!

2021-2022 CMSD82 Registration Procedures for Kindergarten

 

CMSD82 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration Procedures Notice  (click on link to open)

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, the Board of Education is seeking the cooperation of parents/guardians in registering their child for kindergarten.  Pre-registration is requested in order to provide the School District Administration the time to plan staffing to meet school needs.

 It is important that parents/guardians take note of the specific deadlines and ensure registration procedures are followed as outlined below:

REGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN WILL BE HELD
BETWEEN JANUARY 15, 2021 AND FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Registration options for Kindergarten and Cross Boundary Applications:

 

1)  Complete the online registration through MyEducationBC  click on link, when the log-in screen opens, request an account (as illustrated to the right) and follow the step-by-step instructions (this is the school district’s preferred registration option), or

2)  Download a copy of the Student Registration Form (regular format or fillable format, click on the desired link to open document), complete and submit by “appointment only” or by email to the school of choice, or

3)  Contact your in-catchment school or school of choice to make an appointment to receive the registration forms.

Note:  For school and/or contact information, please access the following links:

CMSD82 Schools & Contact Information

CMSD82 2020-2021 School Principals, Vice Principals & School Contact Listing

Kindergarten Registration and Confirmation:  Registrations will be received by February 26, 2021 for Kindergarten.  Applications received after this date will have to wait until school staffing is complete before receiving status of school enrollment.  Wait-listed in-catchment students may be moved as soon as space is available.  Wait-listed in-catchment students will be notified of their status for the school year as soon as possible or by the first Friday following school opening.

Cross Boundary Applications:  Applications received by February 26, 2021 will receive confirmation by April 1, 2021.  Applications received after February 26, 2021 will be confirmed 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 years.

To be eligible for entry to school in September 2021 students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2021.  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

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 Ecole Mountainview, Kildala Elementary School and Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School.
  • Registration for French Immersion Grade One is for students presently attending Kindergarten in English, who would like to begin in the French Immersion Program.

Should you require further assistance, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.