To the Families of Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw (Capilano Littlest Ones School)

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With the end of spring break approaching, we understand the uncertainty and concern that may arise due to the complex nature of current global concerns. We want to reassure you that we are taking appropriate measures to support Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw students during this trying time.

Since
the Ministry of Education announcement suspending all in-class instruction,
Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw has been developing a Continuity of Learning Plan. Our
intent is not to replicate regular classroom instruction, but to provide
quality home learning opportunities during this challenging time. We want to emphasize
that learning plans will differ across public schools and various independent
school settings, as access to technology, geography and many other factors can
be influential.

As shared by The Ministry of
Education; all students will receive a final mark, and students on track move
to the next grade in the fall.

Your Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw
Principal and teachers are connecting, and planning to provide opportunities
for learning remotely. You can expect communication from the Principal
and/or classroom teacher by phone or email within the first week of April. There
will be follow up to provide students and families with a general learning
overview focusing on essential learning.

We recognize that this is an
incredibly complex time for many families and understand that it may be
challenging for students to focus on learning. While in-class learning has
been suspended, Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw will continue to provide
opportunities and resources to support our learners adapting to individual family
circumstances.

Chen wanáxwstúmiyap

Education, Employment and Training

NV School District Message: End of Spring Break

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March 26, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As Spring Break comes to an end, I wish to provide you with an update on the work that has taken place this week and what to expect over the next few days. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge this is an extremely challenging time for our school communities and thank those who have reached out to express their concerns.

For our students, there is a realization that the sudden and abrupt pause on in-class instruction means they are not going to see their teachers and friends for a while. For our Grade 12 students, they have many questions about their academic standing as they prepare to enter the next phase of their life. I also want to acknowledge the frustration and disappointment of their final year disruption, and the uncertainty over graduation celebrations. While we do not have all the answers right now, we will update Grade 12 students and their parents specifically about what comes next in their process once we know more.

For our parents, you are facing enormous pressures – the struggling economy, job uncertainty, child-care concerns and the responsibilities of keeping your family healthy and safe, to name a few.

For our staff, they are juggling many things, personally and professionally, and they have many questions about work expectations and how to support their students when face-to-face classroom instruction is not possible at this time. Collectively, we are worried about our health and well-being and that of our loved ones, and there is no one untouched by the reality of this global pandemic.

In my letter of March 20, 2020, I thanked all parents and staff for your patience and understanding as we continue to plan for the provision of continuity of educational services during the suspension of in-class instruction.

To assist with our planning and decision-making, the Ministry of Education has directed school districts to prioritize the following principles:

  1. Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and families, and all employees.
  2. Provide services to support children of essential workers.
  3. Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
  4. Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.

It has become clear the school system is part of a bigger solution during this COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. government is calling on us to do our part, to provide educational and child-care services so essential services workers can continue to do their jobs – preserving life, health and public safety. Our health-care system needs us and it is our civic duty and role as public servants to stand together and collectively support the efforts of our front-line workers. I have full confidence that the North Vancouver School District will step up and respond to this call with professionalism, compassion and commitment.

To assist parents and staff with planning, please find the following communications timeline for the upcoming week:

  • School Principals will be sending a message to their staff and parents/guardians on Friday, March 27;
  • School Staff will be planning and collaborating the week of March 30-April 3 and will begin to connect (via phone, email or other) with their classes/students toward the end of the week;
  • School Principals will be sending a message to their staff and parents/guardians on Friday, April 3 with an update for the following week;
  • A new website for parents to help support their children and their learning will be launched late next week.

As a reminder:

In-class instruction for all K-12 students in B.C. has been suspended and students and parents are not to attend school at this time. If you have emergent and/or specific questions, please contact your school Principal/Vice Principal by email or phone.

14-day Self-Isolation Period:

If you have travelled outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or who is suspected of having COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

Social/Physical-Distancing:

To adhere to rules about social/physical distancing, school Principals will be establishing a process and schedule (in the next two weeks) for students and staff to pick up their resources and personal items in a way that is safe and controlled. Access to the school is limited to essential school staff only.

New Resources:

I am pleased to share with you two new Ministry resources:

We hope these resources will be helpful for you over the next while as we try to navigate our new landscape for the continuity of educational services in the North Vancouver School District.

In conclusion, in this time of difficulty I ask that all of us continue to support one another with tolerance, patience, kindness and grace. Despite our fears and heightened anxiety, I look to you with hope and confidence because collectively we will get through these unprecedented times by supporting each other through connection and common vision. We are well positioned to support our students, staff and community in the NVSD and we will rise to meet this challenge together.

Keep safe, everyone,
Mark Pearmain
Superintendent of Schools

Frequently Asked Questions from Ministry of Education RE: COVID-19

The British Columbia Ministry of Education is working with all 60 school districts, independent school authorities, First Nations schools and education partners to support a coordinated approach in response to COVID-19. The health and safety of school staff, students, parents and communities is the highest priority.

To ensure B.C.’s K-12 education system supports the coordinated approach, the work will be guided by a set of principles to:

  1. Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, families and employees.
  2. Provide the services needed to support children of our essential workers.
  3. Support vulnerable students who may need special assistance.
  4. Provide continuity of educational opportunities for all students.

The Ministry of Education has developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with the latest developments and will continue to update them.

DOWNLOAD BC Ministry of Education FAQ RE: COVID-19 HERE
(7pgs March 27, 2020)

INCOME ASSISTANCE CHEQUE ISSUE DAY

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AS a result of COVID-19 virus, we are changing the process for INCOME ASSISTANCE cheque issue Day in order to provide a safe environment for staff and clients. Due to safety precautions, we are changing the process as follows:

Issue Day: WEDNESDAY March 25, 2020
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm ONLY

You will be able to pick up your Cheque on the reserve you live on. This is to help avoid unnecessary travel. PLEASE see the location where your cheque will be for pick up:

  • Eslha7an (Mission & Condos): Eslha7an building, outside front door
  • Capilano: Housing building, outside front door
  • Seymour: Cheques will be hand delivered to your home between 10:00 – 11:00.
  • Squamish Valley: As normal, at Totem Hall from 10:00-1:00 pm
  • Home Delivery will remain the same for those who qualified

Please note the following:

  1. Please send 1 person per household and please bring the signed pick up form if picking up someone else’s cheque.
  2. Please do not pick up your own cheque if you are sick, or someone in your household is sick. Fill out the Pick Up Form and arrange to have someone pick up your cheque.
  3. Cheque Pick Up Forms have been sent to other Nation offices that accept IA declarations. OR there is forms outside of Eslha7an Building and is also available to download at the top of this page.

Clients with No Fixed Address or in the middle of a move, please contact Angie to update your pick up location at 604-657-3739.

Letter to Parents (SD44)

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March 20, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As communicated to all Parents/Guardians and Staff on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Minister of Education Rob Fleming directed schools to suspend all K-12 in-class instruction in British Columbia until further notice. We recognize this decision was made to protect the health and safety of students, staff and families, and it likely brings relief for those who have become increasingly concerned about the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the school setting. It has also raised many questions about what teaching and learning will look like for the remainder of the school year, should the suspension of in-class instruction continue until then.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Ministry of Education directed school districts to begin planning for the continuity of educational services. The suspension of in-class instruction means school districts will need to look for different ways to provide educational services to students in British Columbia. The Ministry was clear that students would not be returning to their classrooms on March 30 and encouraged school districts to take some time to carefully consider options for remote instruction and learning. Teams have been established to develop the NVSD’s plan for continuity of learning for our students. We continue to work toward finalizing a preliminary framework for early April, with detailed plans to follow.

The Ministry of Education also received a provincial call to assist in providing public service for those who are delivering essential services in our communities. We are waiting for more information and will provide an update once we have clarity about this directive. In the meantime, we are considering options as to how we can support essential services and updated information will be provided next week on any measures that we plan to enact.

School districts were also asked to consider local solutions to provide support for our most complex and vulnerable learners. Again, we are waiting for further clarification about what kind of support the school districts should be offering and by whom. We know this is an area that brings great concern to many of our parents and staff and we thank you for your patience as we continue to look ahead with those students’ best interest in mind.

We are only in our first week of spring break, which is normally the time for school staff to rest and recharge. We want to ensure we are being respectful of their time and are not contacting staff with questions about educational programming right now. I thank you in advance for giving our staff the time they deserve while on break, before we move into next steps for learning continuity. Further, we ask students to please refrain from entering the schools to pick up resources or personal items until a co-ordinated approach can be developed and communicated.

We encourage parents to reinforce with their children the importance of social distancing. We have a shared responsibility to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Allowing children to play together or gather in groups goes against the orders of the Provincial Health Officer to limit close contact with others. As such, we have closed all school playgrounds until further notice and we thank you for your co-operation.

We recognize that this is a stressful time for our school communities. Our Social Emotional Learning and Safe and Caring Schools staff have prepared a document and list of resources for parents that you may find helpful as you support your children with their emotional well-being and mental health.

We will continue to be measured and thoughtful in providing educational continuity during this global pandemic. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding and shared commitment to support community and family.

Sincerely,

Mark Pearmain
Superintendent of Schools

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