As many of you have heard, BC Ministry of Education has announced that BC students will be voluntarily returning to in-class instructional time in a part-time capacity for the month of June. Senpaq’cin is in the process of working through the Ministry guidelines regarding the new Health and Safety Standards and Practices that will be implemented into the school for a June 1st opening date. Please see the attached links that come directly from the Ministry of Education website for specifically what those guidelines contain.
Ministry of Education has recommended up to 50% of in-class time for students to attend for K5 to Grade 5 students and up to 20% for Grades 6 and 7. Senpaq’cin will be structuring our return to classroom learning for all of our school population K4 to Grade 7. If you chose to send your child back to school for the month of June, he/she will be attending school from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on an alternating schedule (either a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday). As teachers are being asked to provide continued on-line learning for home environments, there will be no classes held on Fridays to provide time for teachers to create on-line learning resources.
- · All students will be given the same opportunity to return the school environment
- · Your family will be assigned either a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule
- · In-class learning will be from 9:00-12:00 Mondays-Thursdays
- · There will NOT be any bussing offered for the month of June
- · Transportation to and from the school will be the responsibility of families
A staff person from the school will be contacting you to inquire whether you are intending to send your child(ren) to school for June. You will be able to ask questions and raise any concerns you have with this staff member. It is important that staff has a strong sense of the number of students who will be returning so we can appropriately configure our classrooms and other shared spaces to receive the volume of students anticipated. Please take the next few days to consider your answer so that when you are contacted on Thursday, you have had some time to think about your answer prior to the call.
Head of School, Senpaq’cin
Continuity of Learning – April 17, 2020 Notice
Dear First Nations Schools and Education Coordinators,
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Schools Association (FNSA) appreciate that, during the suspension of classes, the role of families in their children’s education is going to be especially critical.
With that in mind, FNESC and FNSA have prepared the attached paper, Suggestions for Families: Supporting Learning at Home, to share ideas intended to help families provide learning opportunities for their children. Families are encouraged to use and adapt these suggestions as they see fit. We also hope that families and schools will work together to identify how at-home contributions can complement the continued learning already taking place.
We would greatly appreciate your assistance in making this resource available to families. As always we welcome your feedback.
Senior Communications Officer
First Nations Education Steering Committee www.fnesc.ca
First Nations Schools Association www.fnsa.ca
Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association www.iahla.ca
Parents/Guardians, Please see attached letter an important update from Rob Fleming, Minister of Education and Andrea Sinclair, President of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils to share with parents and guardians regarding COVID-19.
To Parents/Guardians, I apologize if you were unable to open website to Minister Fleming’s letter (Minister Fleming’s Letter) regarding the Covid-19 virus. I sent you a PDF file not realizing you could not open website. If this happens again, please google web address manually to receive information. Again I will keep you posted as new information is released pertaining to parent information.
To SPC Parents,
Read the attached letter for Suspension of In-Class Instruction and click on the link from Rob Flemming, the Ministry of Education. I will continue to give updates as this progresses. (Minister Fleming’s Letter)
SPC Head of School
Senpaq’cin’s PAC will be selling school t-shirts, long sleeve shirts or sweaters tonight at the family night! If you are interested in purchasing we will have sample sizes to try on tonight. If you are unable to make it tonight but want to purchase that would be great!
Dear Independent School Leaders,
The following is updated messaging on the Coronavirus from the Ministry of Education and Health in consultation with FISA. These updates are intended for you to share directly with your school communities.
Update March 6, 2020
B.C. announces its BC Pandemic Coordination Plan in response to COVID-19, a worldwide public health outbreak. There have been 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in B.C., four people have recovered, one person is in hospital in critical condition and the other 16 cases are recovering, in good condition, at home.
B.C. is adding four additional COVID-19 testing labs. The province has struck a Deputy Minister’s Committee, which includes Ministry of Education DM Scott MacDonald, that will report to a special Cabinet Committee on government response to protect and contain the outbreak. Please see statement from Premier John Horgan, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0012-000404
The Pandemic Coordination plan is publicly available and can be found here:
For School Administration
TRAVEL Advice from the Provincial Health Officer
At this time, it is not necessary to cancel planned events, outings or trips to public locations in B.C. and Canada and to most places in the world. However, travellers should understand that as global efforts to contain COVID-19 continue, the availability of health care services in some areas may be limited and travel restrictions may be put in place suddenly.
People who are planning travel should check the latest travel notices and advisories on the Government of Canada’s website: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.
Information about COVID-19, including advice and guidance to schools, is regularly updated on the BC Centre for Disease Control site: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseasesconditions/coronavirus-(novel) Please routinely check this site and its resources.
- KIDS and COVID-19 QA:http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#For–schools–and–childcare
· CBC Kids along with the PHO produced a kid-centric Q and A video about COVID-19: https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/watch-coronavirus-facts-versus-fiction
· Mar. 5 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0062-000393
· Mar. 4, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0060-000380
· Mar. 3, PM joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0058-000370
· Mar. 3, AM joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0056-000365
· Mar. 2, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0054-000361
· Feb. 25, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0048-000330
· Feb. 24, joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0043-000320
· Feb. 20 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0041-000304
· Feb. 19 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0039-000294
· Feb. 14 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0036-000284
· Feb. 6 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0025-000236
· Feb. 4 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0023-000222
· Feb. 3 joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Officer – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000210
· Ministry of Health response plans – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza
· Novel Coronavirus Q&A from HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus
· BC Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)
· Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus in China Travel Health Notice: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210
|Shawn Chisholm | Executive Director Federation of Independent School Associations in BC4885 Saint John Paul II Way. Vancouver, BC V5Z 0G31 604 684 6023 | email@example.com | www.fisabc.ca|
This Winter we are selling beautiful, locally-grown plants to help raise money for our programs This is a link to the Winter Fundraiser. This will help support the Year End Field Trip!