Strong start Covid restrictions. There is a maximum of 8 families permitted for outdoors and 4 families in classroom.
Families must pre-register if they would like to attend at https://jump.sd62.bc.ca/strong_start_johnmuir_bookings
New schedule will be 3 days outdoors – Tuesday and Wednesday 12-2pm, and Friday 9-11am
and 2 days in classroom -Monday and Thursday 9-11am
We are requesting that you access the online consent system and hopefully agree to the terms within. The District’s online system has several electronic consent forms for you to review:
Aboriginal Education offers comprehensive academic and/or cultural services to enhance classroom and school learning from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Please give consent if your child has Aboriginal ancestry.
Daily Student Health Check Agreement- Please read and review the Daily Health Check.
FreshGrade – If a teacher is using this assessment resource in their classroom, and you consent, you will be able to go online and view the student’s learning and assessments.
General Consent for Walking Field Trips and Activities – Rather than sending home a paper consent for each activity, this would cover all walking field trips to school forest, Ella beach and forest. High Risk activities require a parent give consent each activity.
Google APPs for Education (GAFE) – If your child is in Grade 4 or 5 please give consent. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts provides students with a powerful collection of online collaboration and productivity tools, as well as online file storage to be used for educational purposes.
Internet Access – Agree to the term of safe use of the internet at school
Media Consent – Allows us to use student names and pictures in our media publications
School Cash online – You can pay and access all your school fees online. No need to come into school to pay or write cheques anymore.
When online, you will have a more thorough explanation of what you are consenting to if you agree to consent.
We strongly urge you to review this system and hopefully consent to what makes sense for you and your family.
Thanks for your consideration.
Return to School: How can you help us keep our schools, classrooms and community healthy?
September 15, 2020
As we open schools to in class instruction for students, it is important for you to know that your child’s health and safety is our primary concern. Below are key considerations that we will need students/families to be aware of and observe while participating in our Stage 2 return:
If your Child is Ill:
If a student is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms including:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Parents/guardians must keep their child at home is experiencing symptoms of illness and should not return to school until they have been assessed by a health-care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have resolved (BC CDC, July 29, 2020).
If a student or staff member is assessed by a health-care provider and it is determined that they do NOT have COVID-19, they may return to school once symptoms resolve.
If you are unsure of your student’s status or if they have symptoms contact 811 for guidance.
If your child becomes ill while in School:
- As per guidance from health authorities, any child exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be moved to a supervision area room, where they will be supervised and supported by staff until they are picked up.
- Parents /Guardians will be notified and advised to pick-up their child as soon as possible. Please ensure that the school has your up to date contact information, including emergency contact information, to ensure timely pickup.
Be Accessible at all times: Please keep your phones on and yourself accessible if you are sending your child to school. If your child is unwell we will ask you to pick up your child/children.
Conduct Daily Self-Assessments:
Parents/guardians must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school as per the Daily Health Check. If a student is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms, parents/guardians must ensure they do not return to school until they have been assessed by a health-care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have resolved (BC CDC, July 29, 2020). Please ensure you have reviewed the Daily Health Check document and have provided the school confirmation of understanding regarding your role to complete the Daily Health Check each day before your child attends school.
Illness in another Family Member:
Students or staff may still attend school if a member of their household has cold, influenza, or COVID-19-like symptoms, provided the student/staff is asymptomatic. As per public health guidance, it is expected the symptomatic household member is seeking assessment by a health care provider.
Students and staff who experience seasonal allergies or other COVID-19-like symptoms that are related to an existing condition can continue to attend school when they are experiencing these symptoms as normal. If they experience any change in symptoms, they should seek assessment by a health care provider.
Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
Parents/Guardians must remain outside of the school when dropping off /picking up students. Parents/ Guardians must not enter the school. Administration will develop drop off/pick up times and if the schedule needs to be modified based on student attendance this will be communicated to Parents/Guardians. Parents/guardians must physically distance (2m) while on school grounds. Students are required to physically distance (2m) from those outside of their cohort. In addition to the Daily Health Check for Illness, Parents/Guardians of Learners with Diverse Needs, as required, will communicate with staff via email prior to arrival to communicate any additional information that may be needed regarding supporting their child. Please consult with case manager and administration if support is needed.
Parent/guardians and visitors must not enter the school/site. Only School District No. 62 staff may enter.
Access to SD 62 sites by non-school district personnel is not permitted unless deemed necessary by administration or site-manger. Communication should occur via the phone, virtual meeting, or email. If access is required, it must be by pre-approval from administration or site-manager and by appointment only. If a visit is granted the visitor must follow all safety protocol (Stage 2 Handbook), complete the Daily Health Check and ensure visit is logged by office.
Food and School Supplies
Food and other supplies brought to school each day by students must be brought home at the end of each day. Please ensure that all food your child may bring to school is packed in clean containers. Students will be informed that sharing of food will not be permitted. Some school supplies may remain onsite, if requested by administrator or teacher, as long as, supplies are not shared and they do not inhibit the custodian’s ability to clean and disinfect.
Handwashing is required for students:
- When they arrive at school and leave school.
- Before and after any breaks (e.g., recess, lunch).
- Before and after eating and drinking (excluding drinks kept at a student’s desk or locker).
- Before and after using an indoor learning space used by multiple cohorts (e.g. the gym, music room, science lab, etc.).
- After using the toilet.
- After using the gym.
- After sneezing or coughing into hands.
- Whenever hands are visibly dirty.
- Before touching face (nose, eyes or mouth)
- Before and after use of play structure/playground
- After handling common resources
- For bus students, before they leave home to take the bus, when they leave school prior to taking the bus, and when they get home.
To help maintain a healthy learning environment, we are continuing to ask students and families to practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (Coughing and sneezing into your sleeve). Please review with your child on a regular basis.
Mr. Cory Meausette
John Muir Elementary
I would like to start by thanking you for your patience and calm during this unprecedented global health crisis. We are thinking of those who are self-isolating and applaud everyone for being mindful of social distancing as this situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve. This is new territory for all of us and we appreciate your support as we continually assess the implications for our learning community.
Following the provincial government announcement that all schools in British Columbia will suspend in-class instruction until further notice, we are working on plans for the continuation of services and programming and exploring alternative methods to provide instruction as much as possible.
We understand that families have many questions and we are committed to helping you find the answers. In the meantime, we have compiled some resources for you to hopefully ease the anxiety you and your children may be feeling in these uncertain times.
First and foremost, your children are top of mind. We encourage you to talk with them about the current situation. Here are some websites that we hope are helpful.
- KIDS and COVID-19 QA: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)#For–schools–and–childcare
- CBC Kids along with the Provincial Health Office produced a kid-centric Q and A video about COVID-19:https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/watch-coronavirus-facts-versus-fiction
British Columbians can also use the new provincial phone service by calling 1-888-COVID19, available seven days a week from 7:30AM to 8PM, with information available in over 110 languages.
The Ministries of Health and Education provide updates daily on the provincial government website. You can access them here.
We want to remind you that when we return from Spring Break schools will be closed to in-school instruction and we ask that you not enter them at that time. As we continue to work with the Ministry of Education on how we will support our students and staff while shifting the way we deliver education, we ask for your patience. It will not happen overnight, we won’t have plans ready to share on the first day back, but we will have answers soon.
We understand the importance of communication and will be providing families updates via email, social media and our District website, www.sd62.bc.ca.
Finally, we ask that families take all necessary precautions to stay healthy.
Given that the Provincial Health Officer has advised against taking children to playgrounds, we are asking parents to adhere to this directive and not use school district playgrounds at this time. Going for a walk with your family is a great way to get fresh air and stay active.
While we are physically distancing ourselves, we must continue to support each other. Whether it is a phone call, email or text message, please check in on one another.
Wishing you good health,
Scott Stinson, Superintendent of Schools
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SD62 Communications Team
Newsletter September 2019
With the outbreak of measles in Vancouver, BC, families may be wondering what steps they can take to protect themselves from measles. Vaccination is the best method of protection. All school-age children and adults born in 1970 or later should have 2 doses of MMR vaccine for full protection. Most people born before 1970 are immune to measles because of past exposure or disease.
Please take some time to check your vaccination records to see if you or your children need additional vaccination. Vaccination is available from physicians, pharmacists (for adults and children over 5 years), and public health units (for children). Call ahead to your healthcare provider to ensure that MMR is available at your appointment.