Some Details About Returning to School

Pause on Return to School for Most Students

As you have probably already heard, there is a delay on a return to school for most students. This delayed start allows our school staff to prepare for a safe return to full time instruction on Monday January 10. Students with exceptional needs, or students of health care workers or school district employees who require care during school hours for the week of January 4-7 may return through special arrangement. Please reach out to Chelsea Prince by email (cprince@sd83.bc.ca or pvs@sd83.bc.ca) if you would like to make those arrangements. At some point tomorrow we may be reaching out to you to let you know that your child(ren) would benefit by returning this week.

We are very hopeful that this is the last time we will have to make major changes to how we run our school because of the pandemic. The silver lining to this cloud is that while the Omicron variant seems to be much more contagious than other variants we have seen, it also appears cause less serious illness. Thank you so much for your continued support as we work toward having a safe a caring school for your child(ren).  

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What Does This Mean?

There are many unknowns right now, and as we learn more, we will share that information with you. However, here are a few details we know for sure.

  1. There is a pause on instruction this coming week. Teachers will not be sharing new learning or assigning any learning tasks for students. Regular instruction will resume on Monday January 10. We anticipate that most students who are at school are either on individualized plans or require extra learning support.
  2. Medical grade or procedural masks are now the requirement for students and staff rather than cloth masks or gaiters. The school has a good supply of disposable masks for student use, but if you have some at home, we encourage you to send them to school for your child(ren)’s use. We will be enforcing proper mask wearing. Our Superintendent, Donna Kriger, will be sending out a letter to families with information about expectations around masking very soon.
  3. School sports are continuing, but there will be no games until January 10. Previously scheduled practices can continue.  We anticipate that spectators will not be allowed to attend for the next while.
  4. All meetings – PAC, Grad Committee, etc. – will happen virtually through Microsoft Teams. Watch your emails for invitations to these meetings.
  5. The PAC Raffle is going ahead as planned. This Lottery Ticket raffle is meant to help support clubs and groups in our school such as Dance, Athletics and Leadership.  The tickets will be on sale January 1-31, and the draw will take place on February 16 at the PAC Meeting. Tickets are $2 each and can be purchased at the PVSS office, from a member of PAC, or by contacting PAC through pvsspac@gmail.com.  Payment must be made in cash, and ticket purchase is restricted to people 18+. We are selling 1500 tickets, and the prize is $60 in scratch tickets and $50 cash. Thank you to Valley First Credit Union for donating the prize!

Grad Parent Committee Meeting – Wednesday January 12 at 7:00pm

We will have our Grad Parent Committee Meeting is postponed to Wednesday, January 12, at 7:00pm. This meeting will only be held online through Microsoft Teams.  If you would like to join us online, please click on the following meeting link: Click here to join the meeting

Grad Bottle Drive

As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, there will be a bottle drive at the school on Saturday, January 15. Please note that this is a change in dates. Save your empties from over the holidays and drop them off at the school that morning. More details will sent out soon.

Musical Theatre Production – “Golly Gee Whiz!”

We are not sure what these new regulations will mean for our Musical Theatre Production, but as soon as we know, we will send information home.