Stories from Kamloops School of the Arts

Posted On Friday December 03, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

Although it is hard to believe that it is already December, it is a wonderful time of giving and caring for others this Christmas season. Thank you for your continued generosity and kindness for those who have relocated to Kamloops from areas impacted by floods.

Merritt Families

Assistant Superintendent Vessy Mochikas continues to work closely with City of Kamloops’ partners, and SD73 and SD58 staff to coordinate donations to help Merritt families. The donated items are available from Monday-Friday at Pineridge (@KOOL). Thank you for your support. For those families who require support, please provide them with this email: merrittsupport@sd73.bc.ca and let them know that someone will be in touch.

Kamloops School of the Arts

This week, I visited Mr. Blair Lloyd, Principal of Kamloops School of the Arts (KSA). He collaborated with staff to articulate what they most celebrate– Arts, Community, Collaboration, Inclusion, and Integration. As we toured the school, Mr. Lloyd said, “Students choose to come here because KSA is known for being accepting, a place where everyone belongs.” He provided numerous examples of cross-age collaboration, and one was how high school science students wrote books about water properties and then read them to primary students. Ms. Jayne Latta, Vice Principal, explained, “At lunch on Wednesdays, students who choose to share their talents come to perform at what is known as our ‘coffee house’, and they love it.”

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan- Updated FAQs

Based on Interior Health’s advice, we have provided a link to the K-12 Health Check App on both the District and individual schools’ websites. The K-12 Health Check App serves the same purpose of our daily health checks, but in an easy to use electronic version. Ensuring your children come to school healthy by completing a health check everyday is one of the most effective preventative measures in restricting the presence of COVID-19 in our schools. 

COVID-19 vaccination is now authorized by Health Canada for children five and older. Getting young people vaccinated helps protect them and the people around them. This week, all students under 11 took home the COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old Information Sheet developed by the BC Centre for Disease Control. The Ministry of Education has advised all elementary schools province-wide to provide this information to parents and caregivers. If you have questions about this document, or vaccinations of children ages 5-11 in general, please visit the BCCDC website on vaccinations.Parents and caregivers can register their children for vaccinations here.   

Vaccination Policy Committee

On November 22, 2021, the Board confirmed that it was necessary to prepare and present a timeline and process for collecting voluntary proof of vaccination from employees. This step is within step one of the K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies. The Vaccination Policy Committee meets again this week, and we expect to present results to the Board at the Board Meeting on December 13, 2021.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our students, staff, and community members and for welcoming those who have newly arrived in Kamloops-Thompson due to evacuations.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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