Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Friday April 22, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

Today is Earth Day, which reminds us that on April 22 annually people internationally acknowledge the importance of sustaining our natural resources and environment.

NorKam Senior Secondary

NorKam Senior Secondary is one example in our district of how school leaders go beyond celebrating Earth Day as a single day to developing a culture committed to the sustainability of environmental resources. Principal Brady honoured Grade 12 students in Ms. Epp’s Chemistry 12 class who completed a “Climate Change Action Project” in second term. These students investigated climate change problems, researched root causes and possible solutions to them, and then acted on and shared with others what they found. Developing competencies such as critical and creative thinking, communication, and environmental stewardship by solving such challenges nurtures students’ curiosity to pursue innovative environmental projects. The school leadership team has been highlighting outstanding projects such as “Monkey to the Rescue” about ecosystems, endangered animals, and deforestation. Ongoing celebration of students’ climate change research honors the spirit of Earth Day which is to see every day as a celebration of our Earth’s precious resources.

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

On April 20, 2022, we revised our District’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan which enacts safety measures in the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings, Provincial Health Officer orders, and public health guidance from BCCDC and Interior Health.

Summary of safety measures that will continue in schools and district facilities:

  • Daily health awareness check (language change from Daily Health Check), which refers to staying home when sick
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Continued regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, including water fountain mouthpieces
  • Practice strategies to create space between individuals when gathering or working together while also adhering to preferred educational approaches
  • Sign in for visitors, but the additional information (i.e., whether you have done a daily health check) and/or contact information is no longer required by public health
  • Wearing a mask is a personal choice, which is to be supported and respected
  • Going on field trips and avoiding locations that place additional safety measures that could cause some students not to participate

Enjoy time with friends and family as you enjoy the outside and some rest and rejuvenation.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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