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

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.

Filming Day – May 28, 2020

The Graduation Ceremony video filming is on Thursday, May 28 – this is only a few days away. We wanted to send out a few additional details and reminders as we lead up to the filming day.

Mountain West will be at the school on Thursday to take a photo of you in your cap and gown before you cross the stage. Please wear clothing that will look appropriate under the gown – dress pants with nice, tidy shoes.

Come in through the main doors and check in at the table just outside the office. Each graduate will receive one ticket for one vehicle for the Drive-In. The Drive-In must keep numbers manageable, so they have asked that only immediate family members come to the event. Please take care of your ticket. Vehicles without a ticket will not be allowed inside the Drive-In. We have a limited number of additional parking spots. If you will require an additional ticket, please contact the school. We have a waiting list for families who need two vehicle spots.

The cap and gown are purchased for you as part of your grad fees, so you may take the gown with you when you leave after the filming. If you do not wish to take the gown, please feel free to leave it at the school. Please take your cap with you when you leave, and bring it to the Drive-In on June 17.

Schedule for Filming on May 28: (note that this is your arrival time at the school – be on time!)

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

Please note that the ceremony filming is for graduates only. We simply cannot accommodate additional people at the school while we are arranging the filming.  The Drive-In event is for families.

Thank you so much for all of your support. This will be an event to remember!

Chelsea Prince, Principal                                                               Patti Lemaire, Vice Principal

Grad Ceremony Information

To our PVSS Grad Families,

We hope you are doing well as you adjust to the new realities of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all working together to ensure that safety is the highest priority at this time.

We are excited to let you know that we have a plan in place for recognizing the milestone that our students have reached. We are working with a video production company to create a video of the graduation ceremony.  The filming will take place on Thursday, May 28, so students must be available that day. They will each be given a window of time to come to the school, put on their caps and gowns, and be filmed crossing the stage to receive a certificate. Our valedictorians (yet to be chosen) will also need to be here at another point that day to give their speeches. The production company will piece together the footage to create a video of the ceremony. We will be posting this video on the internet for you and your family members to view.

In addition, we have booked Starlight Drive-In for the evening of June 17, which was our original Graduation Ceremony date. Each graduate will be given a ticket to have one vehicle at the Drive-In to view the ceremony on the big screen. Please contact us if that is a hardship for you because of your family structure but be aware that there are limited spaces. This is a school-sponsored family event. Please do not wear formal wear, and remember that this is an important achievement for all of our students and their families. In recognition of the fact that both you and your families have been waiting for this time, please ensure that the expectations are followed. The concession will be open and washrooms are available. Families and students must stay in their allotted space other than using the washroom or one person going to the concession. Strict social distancing rules will be in effect for the protection of our families and the Drive-In staff, and because this is a school event, all school rules about the possession and use of drugs and alcohol are still in place. Please see the following page for the expectations at the Drive-In.

In support of expectations from the Provincial Health Office, we anticipate that all graduates will go home after the Drive-In. We strongly discourage all gatherings in addition to this one gathering at the Drive-In.

If you have not yet paid your grad fees, please do so as soon as possible. There is a significant outlay of funds for the yearbook, caps and gowns, the production company, and rental of the Drive-In.

All students in the Grad class will be sent an invitation to a Grad 2020 Students Microsoft Team this afternoon to share and gather information. Please tell your children to check their inboxes for these invitations.

We will send out additional information soon about the filming. Please contact the school if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Prince, Principal                                                               Patti Lemaire, Vice Principal

 

Information from the Starlight Drive-In:

The following are the highlights of our operational changes.

  • Limited Attendance:Capacity has been reduced drastically to accommodate social distancing. Each car will be given 20 feet of parking space. You will need to park, as directed, in the middle of said parking spot and will not be permitted to move once parked. Some of the things that people enjoy the most, open hatches, trucks parked backwards, along with sitting outside will all still be allowed – but please stay within the confines of your 20 foot parking stall.
  • Limited Hours:The gates will only open 1 hour before the first show in order to get everyone parked and situated safely, this also shortens your total time at the drive in.
  • Limited Activities:Some of the activities you enjoyed in the past won’t be possible until social distancing rules are relaxed, for example: ball playing, walking your dog, visiting between vehicles
  • Facilities:Washrooms in the concession will have social distancing measures including limited capacity and additional porta-potties will be on site
  • Concession Changes:Limited products will be available at the start the season which may be expanded depending on the success of our social distancing changes. Guests are asked to send one person from their vehicle to concession to minimize risk.

Please follow directions given by our team at all times, and be kind and patient with one another. We’re all working through this mess together. With a little extra effort, we’ll be able to continue welcoming everyone to movies, as they should be – under the stars!