Ministry seeking feedback

The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from parents/guardians on its draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy.

Director of Instruction Carol-Ann Leidloff comments SD83 is pleased to share the draft K-12 Reporting Policy, recently released by the Ministry of Education. “This follows four years of work across the province, where schools have worked to align teaching and assessment practices with our renewed curriculum.”

“The SD83 Parent Guide to Communicating Student Learning will help you understand the rationale behind some of the changes, and to clarify what information will be shared during each reporting period.”

Please read through both the Parent Guide and the Draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy, then share your feedback with the Ministry by November 5, 2021.

The SD83 Parent Guide to Communicating Student Learning

Draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy

Background Rationale

Read more from the Ministry here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/studentreporting/

Go directly to providing feedback by clicking here: https://feedback.engage.gov.bc.ca/944758

Post Secondary Info

It’s that time of year again! Applications for post secondary programs are opening. There are virtual fair options for students and parents to explore. Check out postsecondarybc.ca and cuebc.org for more info.

Message from Superintendent – mask mandate expands

An important update to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings was announced on October 1, 2021 by Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger would like to inform parents about this change and to update everyone on the notification process for school exposures.

Update to face coverings mandate

The provincial government has announced that beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses. This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4-12.

“We recognize that some students in grades K-3 may not be accustomed to wearing masks, as a result, school staff will spend October 4 helping children adjust to this change, with the goal of building mask wearing into student routines by Tuesday, October 5th. We suggest you send your K-3 child to school with a clean mask and a spare mask that they are used to wearing. Schools will have disposable masks available,” she reports.

As a reminder, provincial guidance advises that mask requirements do not apply to staff, students and visitors in the following circumstances:

  • A person cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask;
  • If a person is eating or drinking;
  • If a person is behind a barrier; or
  • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements is important.

Change to notification process for school exposures

The provincial government also made a change to the notification process for school exposures, directing local health authorities to begin posting general school exposure notifications to their websites. Exposure notifications for our school district and the Interior Health region more broadly can be found on the Interior Health school exposures page. For a helpful overview of the contact tracing process visit the BC CDC website.

“Thank you for your continued support.”

Orange Shirt Day & Welcome Back BBQ

Today SAS is recognizing Orange Shirt Day – a day to listen, to learn, to support and to acknowledge the history of Indigenous culture and people in Canada, including the long-lasting effects of Residential Schools.

Tomorrow is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School commemoration project held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, on May 2013. 

This event grew from Phyllis Jack Webstad’s story.  As a young 6-year-old indigenous girl, Phyllis’ shiny new orange shirt was taken away from her on the first day of school at the St. Joseph Mission.  The way she was treated at this residential school made her feel like she didn’t matter, that no one cared, and that she was worthless. 

At lunch our school will come together to acknowledge Orange Shirt Day and to enjoy a BBQ lunch served by our Leadership class and staff.