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EMAIL TO PARENTS – March 31, 2021

Hello Dunsmuir Families,

Welcome back! It was great to see all of the students returning following spring break. We are looking forward to some warmer weather, blue skies and the next (3) months of the school year. This is the time of year when we find many students need reminders and support to stay focused and engaged in their learning as other distractions begin to mount. For some students, they begin thinking about a transition to high school, while for others it is the improved weather, a change in community sports, longer days (day light) among other things that can serve as a distraction. We are looking forward to supporting all of our students with a strong spring at school. You likely heard of the adjustments to some of our covid-19 guidelines and protocols. We take all of our direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Education and Vancouver Island Health. As I have stated previously, we continue to prioritize safety and health above all else. As such, we will continue to implement all of the guidelines as they adjust with the times. We thank you for your support and understanding as we adjust ‘on the fly’ to the changes as they arise.
Please see below for some further information:

Current Parent info:

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


  • 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.


  • The direction above does not apply as follows:
    • To a bus driver while driving;
    • 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.

For more information to register, go to Parents; Community page.

To take the survey, c
lick the link Student Learning Survey – Province of British Columbia (awinfosys.com)

Student Learning Survey (SLS) has been administered every year in B.C. public schools

since 2001. Prior to 2016-17 it was known as the Student Satisfaction Survey. The SLS provides feedback on the implementation of the curriculum changes, learning environment, student

wellness and satisfaction, student belonging and engagement, and career preparation. The SLS is

the only source of province-wide information about students’ learning experiences through the

perspectives of students, parents, guardians/caregivers, and school staff. Schools and districts use the SLS to make informed decisions around long-term planning and goal-setting, and in

providing individual students personalized support.

We’ve worked in collaboration with the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

(BCCPAC) to update the parent and guardian/caregiver survey in 2018/19 and make it more

useful for parent, guardians/caregivers, teachers, and schools. Your valued participation is an

important contribution to improving the educational experiences of children.

The parent and guardian/caregiver survey is now available online at

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm  and is available in 18 different languages. The

survey will be available until Friday, April 30th, and will take approximately 30 minutes to

complete. Your responses are voluntary and anonymous, and your child will not be identified as a result of your participation in the survey. Any personal or identifying information will be

deleted before results are stored. Data will be stored and accessible only within Canada.

The results of the parent and guardian/caregiver SLS survey will be available through the

Ministry of Education website (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-

12/support/student-learning-survey) and on the BCCPAC website (https://bccpac.bc.ca/) in summer 2021.
See Attached; Also located on Parents; Community website page.

 the district date for student led conferences is April 15. Much like the fall sessions, some teachers will complete these on April 15 , 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 in 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.

This Wednesday is the Deadline for the Virtual Gallery for Westshore students.
For more information, go to Parents; Community page.

We have 16 yearbooks left for sale.  We have extended the sale date until this THURSDAY, APRIL 1st.  After that, there will be NO MORE presales and you will have to wait and see if we have any extras left when they arrive.  Order yours TODAY so you are not disappointed when these crazy, one of a kind yearbooks, from a crazy, one of a kind year, arrive.
Any questions about ordering email ecovey@sd62.bc.ca
Any other questions email dstewart@sd62.bc.ca

Previous Current Parent info:

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/

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

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.

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

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

Thursday, April 1st – Yearbook deadline
Tuesday, April 27th – PAC Meeting on MS Teams, 6:30pm
Friday, April 30th – Student Learning Survey Deadline