Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Friday December 10, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

As we near Christmas, I have seen how students and staff throughout the District have brightened the hallways of their schools with art work and by wearing festive sweaters.

Cards for Seniors

Nearly 100 elementary classes created over 2,200 homemade cards in a recent “Cards for Seniors” campaign. Each uniquely created card exemplifies how staff and students go above and beyond to lift the spirits of those in need. I agree with Mr. Grant Reilly, Assistant Superintendent, Early Learning and Elementary Education who said, “I’m amazed, but not surprised, by the willingness of educators to devote the energy and time needed to make the lives of residents living in long-term care facilities a little brighter this holiday season.”

NorKam Senior Secondary School

At NorKam Senior Secondary School, I visited Mr. Jonathan Brady, Principal, Ms. Nikki Stewart, Vice Principal, and Ms. Cherie Finley, Vice-Principal. They shared, “We have 30+ students in the Key Club who commit to 50 hours of service focused on helping peers locally and internationally.”  As we toured the school, students were working on building small houses (framing, plumbing, electrical). Mr Brady said, “The houses are sold in the local community, and students see how school extends beyond these four walls.”

Beattie Elementary School

This week, I visited Mr. Mark Orr, Principal of Beattie Elementary School. Beattie’s student leadership team had designed doors with Christmas scenes for all classrooms to inspire a festive spirit. As we toured the school, many teachers were using white boards to have students share their learning with each other and to demonstrate their approaches to solving problems. Mr. Orr commented, “We have committed to professional learning with our Math Coordinators that has supported everyone to explore research-based practices.”

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan- Updated FAQs

Interior Health guidelines for gatherings and events outlined by the Ministry of Education have now changed. There are no capacity limits for school gatherings and events that bring together students and staff from the same school. For those extracurricular activities, social gatherings, and other inter-school events that include individuals beyond staff, students and necessary volunteers from the same school, the capacity limits are:

  • Indoor: 50 individuals or 50% operating capacity, whichever is greater.
  • Outdoor: 5,000 individuals or 50% seated capacity, whichever is greater.

All students 11 years of age and under took home the COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old Information Sheet. If you have further 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.

We have one more week of classes before our winter break. Thank you for continuing the daily health check, one of the most effective preventative measures in restricting the presence of COVID-19 in our schools.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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