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EMAIL TO PARENTS – April 7, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,
I hope that you are all well. You should all have received the exposure/cluster notification letters over the weekend. Here a few things to keep in mind as we move through the next few weeks.

  • The school district takes all direction from Island Health in the event of a school exposure or any other public health concern. This includes all aspects of communication and risk assessments related to the exposure. We will continue to work with Island Health as required and communicate with you accordingly in as timely a manner as possible.
  • In an effort to keep our school as safe as possible, please remain vigilant in following all of the guidelines, completing the daily health check and ensuring that your child remains at home if experiencing any symptoms or has travelled contrary to public health orders.
  • We will continue to prioritize health and safety above all else as we move forward this school year. We will continue to remind and enforce adherence to the guidelines and protocols in place to ensure our building is as safe as is possible for both staff and students.
  • Some parents have reached out to indicate that they are going to keep their child at home for a week or two and asked if the school will be providing work or learning options at home. For clarity and to be consistent and in line with what was articulated at the beginning of the year to all families, SD 62 is not offering a “hybrid” option of learning. To this end, if you decide to keep your child home, please understand that it is not the responsibility of the teacher(s) to provide missing work or learning opportunities or run a parallel educational program to what they are doing in the classroom.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate through these times. We are all doing the best that we are able.

Thank you,
Mark

Current Parent info:

ARTSTARTS PERFORMANCE

Thank you to the PAC for funding our first schoolwide performance yesterday from Artstarts! Stephanie Morin-Robert joined us online and shared her experiences and challenges with losing an eye to cancer, and all the fun she had going through life freaking people out with the glass eyes! It was a touching, funny, and memorable performance, and really showed us that we should embrace what makes us each unique! Thanks to the students and staff for engaging with Stephanie throughout the performance and stay tuned for our next performance in May for Grade 7 & 8 students by Kiérah, a multi-award winning violinist and Celtic fiddler.


Previous Current Parent info:


DUNSMUIR PAC MEETING ON MS TEAMS – APRIL 27
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DMS PAC next meeting is on April 27 @ 6:30 pm. If you interested in getting involved and perhaps considering taking on a position next school year, please feel free to attend the next meeting. All of the contact info for DMS PAC is on our school website should you be looking for more information or to attend the online meeting.  The link for this meeting will be given at a later date.  For more information, please click the link to our website: http://dunsmuir.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/parent-advisory-council/

HEALTH AND WELLNESS
For youth services pertaining to mental health and wellness. Visit this link for additional services and supports.  https://www.sd62.bc.ca/community-services

2021 IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
Immunization consent packages were distributed to Grade 6 students in October of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents were then asked to fill out the consent form, return it to the school and book into a school-aged appointment at West Shore Health unit.
We are pleased to share that Public Health Nurses will be able to offer the second round of immunizations within the school later in the spring. If you have not completed a consent form for your child or have questions about their immunizations please contact the Westshore Health Unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Health Nurse.

PACK IN AND PACK OUT
A reminder to all parents that students are expected to bring home any refuse associated with their lunch/snacks.

STUDENT LEARNING SURVEY – DEADLINE APRIL 30TH
To take the survey, c
lick the link Student Learning Survey – Province of British Columbia (awinfosys.com)
Located on Parents; Community website page.

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES – APRIL 15th (3 HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL)
The district date for student led conferences is April 15. Much like the fall sessions, some teachers will complete these on April 15th, while others will have connected with you ‘along the way.’ Please understand that most teachers will reach out to the families of students who are struggling at this time to set up an opportunity for a phone call, virtual meeting, etc. If you child’s teacher does not have any specific concerns with regards to your child’s learning, they will likely not contact you. As is always the case, if you have any specific concerns in relation to your child’s learning, you should reach out to the teacher at any time. Please see communication from your child’s teacher for more information/details on this.

UPDATED MASK WEARING GUIDELINES
Letter to families: New guidelines; Located on Parents; Community website page.

  • Masks must now be worn at all times while indoors at school by:
  • Students in Grades 4-12
  • All staff
  • Adult volunteers and visitors
  • This requirement includes while seated/standing at desks or work-stations

Exceptions

  • Masks are required to be worn unless:
    • A person is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
    • The mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
    • The mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask (e.g. actively playing a wind instrument, high-intensity physical activity, etc.);
    • A person is eating or drinking;
    • A person is behind a barrier;

On the school bus:
Staff, adult volunteers and all Grades 4-12 students are required to wear a mask on the school bus.

Exceptions

  • The direction above does not apply as follows:
    • To a person who is unable to wear a mask because they do not tolerate it (for health or behavioural reasons);
    • To a person 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; or
    • While eating or drinking.

As we have just received the information, more detail regarding music and PHE classes will be available soon.

Places masks are not required
When inside their learning group, students will be able to remove their masks while outside, including at recess, lunchtime and while learning outside. As the weather improves, teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities to move their classes outside. Masks are still to be worn outside when travelling in mixed learning groups or ‘crossing paths’ with students outside of your learning group (i.e. before, after school and while traveling to and from your assigned lunch rotation station). Protocol for wearing masks outside remains unchanged from pre spring break.

WATER BOTTLES
Reminder to students to bring their Water Bottles to school. The drinking stations are all operational. Thank you.

UPCOMING DATES:
Thursday, April 15th – Student Learning Conferences, 3 Hour Early Dismissal, 12:10pm
Monday, April 19th – Non-Instructional day
Thursday, April 22nd – Earth Day
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm
Friday, April 30th – Student Learning Survey Deadline