Are You Planning to Send Your Children to school in June? Please Read!

Some of you responded to the District Survey or contacted the school to let us know that you would like to send your child to school occasionally during the month of June. Secondary school students are invited come to school once a week starting tomorrow, June 1. This is an invitation only and not mandated or required. Home learning is continuing for students who are not returning to school.

When students attend school on their invited day (see schedule below), teachers and CEAs will assist and support students with the work that has been assigned through home learning. There will be no new instruction provided in addition to the home learning assignments. There is no block rotation.  Strict health and safety protocols will be followed at all times. Students may also set up appointments to meet with staff.  The staff will work with the office to ensure that we are adhering to occupancy targets.

  • Mondays: Grade 11
  • Tuesdays: Grade 12
  • Wednesdays: Home Learning Day
  • Thursdays: Grade 10
  • Fridays: Grade 9

Notes:

  • Students who are on IEP’s may be at school for additional time. Their schedules will be developed in conjunction with their case managers.
  • Students in Grade 12 who are in danger of not graduating may be at school every day except Wednesday.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Parents must fill out the health check form before sending children on the bus. Here is the link to that form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pP-hhz-WDkWNkBVd542b5XlBoSafUYFLhAiHWjkFMsJUNDU5NlQzT1NEUE5QWVNYNjhDSjdOVkxSUi4u
  • All students must enter the school through the main doors (the doors will be opened at 9:05am).
  • All students will undergo a verbal health check upon entering the school.
  • Students may fill their own water bottles at the water bottle filling station, but all fountains are closed.
  • Students must bring their own lunches.
  • Students will need to keep their personal belongings with them (no lockers).
  • Students must practice physical distancing.
  • The gym and weight room will be closed.
  • Students will have a lunch break at the regular time. Students must leave through the main doors by the gym and sign out. They must sign in upon returning from lunch.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • During the health check, students showing symptoms of COVID-19 or with a temperature greater than 38°C will not be allowed in the school. Parents, please keep your child at home if they are sick (i.e. fever, coughing).  Health checks will be completed each day prior to the child being granted access. Students who do not pass the health check will be quarantined until parents arrive for pick up.
  • Students and staff will be required sanitize their hands immediately upon entry into the school and will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
  • Students will go directly to their assigned learning space and will remain in that assigned space at all times when in the building (unless they need to go to the washroom – specific student bathrooms will be assigned).
  • If a child gets sick while at school, parents will be asked to come to the school to pick their child up.

Student Behavior

  • In addition to the expectations we already have at school, students will also be expected to adhere to the new safety guidelines in place. Students who cannot follow the rules we have put in place to ensure everyone’s safety will not be allowed to remain at school.

If you previously decided that you would keep your children at home and have changed your mind, please contact the school to arrange for your child to attend.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Prince, Principal                                            Patti Lemaire, Vice Principal

Parent Update May 31

Information for bus students

As planning continues for school re-start on Monday, June 1, School District No. 83 (North-Okanagan-Shuswap) transportation department has important information for students who will be riding the bus.

Student pick up and drop off times will remain the same for their return to school on June 1st. However, due to lower ridership, parents are requested to please have their children at the bus stop a minimum of five minutes early in the morning.  In addition, some high school students may return home a little earlier in the afternoon because fewer people are riding the bus.  

Parents who have indicted their child will be riding the bus to school will be receiving an email directly from the SD83 Transportation Dept. with finalized information, later today or early Saturday. Please keep an eye out for it.

Drivers please be aware school zones are in effect. For the safety of all, we ask that everyone remember the importance of stopping for a school bus with red lights activated (We Stop – You Stop), please don’t rush the bus, and ensure you not driving distracted around our students or the bus. 

Thank you!

Survey closing, finalizing plans for voluntary classes

The survey to determine who is planning on their child(ren) returning to school on a part-time basis, and whether bus transportation is needed, will be closing at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

This will give the schools a bit of time to finalize plans before students return to school on Monday, June 1. If you have not yet filled in the survey please do so here:

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE OUR K-5 RETURN TO SCHOOL SURVEY

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE OUR GRADES 6-12 RETURN TO SCHOOL SURVEY

It would be appreciated if you respond to the survey even if you are not planning on your child returning to class at this time.

After May 28, SD83 asks parents and caregivers to contact their child’s school directly if they change the status of whether their child is attending, or not attending, school. Each week school teams will create weekly class organization structures within the 50% normal classroom limits so this information is critical to planning. Also, after May 28, if your child is a bus student please ensure you also register with transportation (250 832-9415) so that they know who to expect on the bus.

Just a friendly reminder that as of Monday, June 1 our school buses are back on the road, school zones are in effect, and school playgrounds are in use during the school day.

Our staff and students will be following many safety protocols around health checks, handwashing, spacing, equipment use and cleaning. We ask for your support in ensuring your child is not sick if attending school, and in driving safely around our buses and schools. We are also asking the public to not use our schools and playgrounds during school hours as we will be working hard to keep student and staff density low and ensuring safety protocols are followed. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated as we do our best to keep everyone safe. Thank you!

Much organization and thought has gone into preparing our schools including:

  • Surveying all families to see if they intend to send their children to school, and how often.
  • Follow up communication to families that have not completed the survey to ensure all families are contacted regarding their intentions for June.
  • Inform parents which days their children will attend
  • Reduce kindergarten to grade 5 Home Learning support and interactions for May 25-29 to allow teachers and staff to set-up classrooms and prepare to receive students
  • Have Health and Safety Teams at each school review the site-based safety plans
  • Put in place health and safety procedures at each school
  • Have every school staff ‘practice’ the week before return to in-class instruction. This will allow us to identify any improvements we need to make before the return of students.
  • Follow Ministry Guidelines around maximum class sizes (50%) and school densities (50% for K to 5) and (20% for Grade 6 to 12) and strategies to minimize physical contact
  • Organize custodial staff for daytime cleaning supports in each school to accommodate occupancy

URGENT UPDATE TO FILMING PLAN TOMORROW!

To our PVSS Grad Families,

Yesterday we shared the unfortunate news that we have lost our booking with the Starlight Drive-In due to changes in a Provincial Health Order. We have included a copy of the Provincial Health Order at the end of this letter. The Drive-In feels that it is not in their best interest to honour the community bookings due to their new challenges but is hopeful that if the situation changes, we might be able to develop a new plan.

We are going ahead with the filming tomorrow – Thursday, May 28. This filming was meant to be graduates only, but in light of the change to the Drive-In plan, we are making some adjustments.

We would like to allow each graduate’s parents to watch them walk across the stage and receive diplomas during the filming. This is similar to the Salmon Arm Secondary plan for their Graduation Ceremony because they were unable to book the Drive-In due to the size of their graduating class. Each graduate should arrive at the school for the assigned time slot. The arrival time is half an hour before the filming time for each group. Parents (or two guests per graduate) may enter the school after the first 20 minutes and line up with their graduate to wait for filming (see schedule below). As each graduate enters the theatre to cross the stage, parents will stand behind the film crew to watch their child and will exit the theatre after their child exits. Because of building occupancy and assembly limits during this time, we are unable to let parents watch the entire filming, but this allows them to watch their child’s part. Photos with Mountain West will be immediately following crossing the stage. Parents may watch these photos as well.

Come to the main doors and check in at the table just outside the office. Parents will wait outside the main entrance, socially distanced, while we get the students organized with caps and gowns.

Group Student Arrival Parent Arrival
Aiello to Crandlemire (A to C) 10:00am 10:20am
Daly to Gunning (D to G) 10:30am 10:50am
Hadland to Louie (H to L) 11:00am 11:20am
Marshall to Richoux (M to R) 11:30am 11:50am
Sandli to Zandlvliet (S to Z) 12:00pm 12:20pm

 

We are working on additional FUN plans that fit within the parameters we have to follow right now. The cap and gown are purchased as part of the grad fees, and we ask that you take them with you when you leave to save for later.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Prince, Principal                                                      Patti Lemaire, Vice Principal

 

Drive-In News – Update May 26, 2020

By now, many of you have likely heard the news that effective May 23, there are new Provincial Health regulations that affect Drive-In Theatres. It has been confirmed that we need to cancel or postpone our booking for the Drive-In to screen the Graduation Ceremony video. The Drive-In is hopeful that if these regulations change over the next few weeks, we will be able to adjust our plans. If that happens, we will let you know as soon as possible. We are incredibly disappointed by this news, as we know you will be as well.

We are going ahead with filming the ceremony on Thursday, and we have plans to make sure all of our graduates and their families will have access to the video. We are so sorry.