All families should have received an email yesterday from the School District with information around Return to School plans, Transportation, and Safety and Cleaning protocols. If you didn’t receive that email, please visit the School District No. 83 webpage: https://sd83.bc.ca/
We hope everyone has managed to enjoy everything our area has to offer this summer, even with the current COVID siutation. Our last regular day of school was March 13, right before our Spring Vacations, and we are very much looking forward to having students back at school starting Thursday September 10th.
The Ministry of Education’s announcement of cohort sizes of 120 students at the secondary school level represents a significant change in practice for most secondary schools in the province, PVSS included. To limit the number of contacts each student has, PVSS will be operating under a quarter system for upcoming school year. This means that students will take two classes at a time (for Quarter 1) and these two classes will meet every school day for just over 10 weeks. The start and end times of our school day will not change (Start – 9:10 am, End – 3:26 pm). After 10 weeks, Quarter 2 will begin, and students will take another two classes. The school year will have 4 quarters.
Because PVSS was operating on a different timetable with five blocks a day (usually four classes and one learning centre), we had to completely rebuild the timetable and load students into classes. This means the schedules that we provided in June WILL NOT be the schedules that students follow in September.
We have successfully rebuilt the timetable, and we are now working hard to ensure that students have their required classes, full timetables, and most of the other courses they requested. We have already had a few requests for course change appointments, but we ask that you wait to see what the new schedules are before booking those appointments. Later this week, we will post the student schedules on MyEducationBC, and reset all of the passwords. Because of the way our system works, password instructions will be sent to School District student emails. We will send out additional information about this when we are ready to post the schedules. We know that MyEducationBC is a new system for our students and families, and it can sometimes be very frustrating trying to log in. Luckily, the school office is now open, so we will be available to help you log in.
In addition to rescheduling students, we are busy developing site specific safety procedures to ensure that we are providing the safest environment possible for our students and staff.
In the coming weeks, please continue to watch your emails and check the website for updated information regarding our safety plan, student schedules, and first day expectations.
Although this school year will look different from any other, it is the people that make the experience of education engaging and memorable. We have a caring and dedicated staff at PVSS and an amazing group of students. We are excited about going to back to school and can’t wait to welcome our students back in the building full time.
Thank you for your patience through all the unknowns during this time and we look forward to providing more updates in the near future.
After last week’s announcement that schools will be in Stage 2 (full return to in-class instruction with safety modifications and protocols) of the Revised Five Stage Framework for K-12 Education, some PVSS families are probably wondering what that might look like.
Since the announcement, we have been looking at adjusting timetabling and processes to support the new learning group/cohort model (120 at secondary) which was announced by the Ministry of Education Rob Fleming and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
What we know for sure at this point is that there will be full time school for secondary school students, and that our timetable will likely look quite different than it usually does. SD83 school buses will be running with safety protocols in place (specific details will be determined and shared in the coming weeks). We will send out information to our families by August 26 at the latest with details around this.
Links for further information:
- Ministry of Education Schools Restart Plan – 5 Stages explanation
- BC CDC COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings
- Ministry announces plans for September
Please continue to check our website for any further updates. More detailed information will be sent directly to parents and staff as we draw closer to school start up and plans are finalized.
We hope you are having a healthy and happy summer!
The office will be open beginning August 31.
If you would like to see what courses you are in, you can log into MyEducationBC to take a look. Here’s the link: MyEducationBC Log-In.
Passwords were just reset because many had expired since the last reset. Check your student emails to find password reset information. Here’s the link to your email: Student Email Access.
To log into your email, you need to enter your email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your password (your regular student password here at school).
See the documents above for more information.
Have a great summer!
The Drive-In is back on with some very specific limits. Please check your emails and RSVP. The link to the RSVP survey is here: Drive-In Survey Link