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Dear Parents and Guardians:

We hope that you have had a good summer. Dunsmuir Middle School is looking forward to welcoming all students back to school; both new and returning.

School Start Up:

  • Each student will attend the first week on the following schedule. Please note, that your child is not in attendance on each day this week
  • Tuesday- September 7 – 1:00-3:00- Grade 6 students ONLYwill meet on the back field where they can check the class lists (staff will have alpha lists), meet their teacher in the line (on the field) and be guided to their classroom to begin the Welcome and Orientation for the school year.
  • Wednesday- September 8- 9:00-11:00 – Grade 7 Students ONLYstudents will arrive to the school and check the posted class lists throughout the school for their name. Once they know whose class they are in and the room #, they will make their way to that location.
  • Wednesday- September 8- 1:00-3:00 – Grade 8 Students ONLYstudents will arrive to the school and check the posted class lists for their name. Once they know whose class they are in and the room #, they will make their way to that location.
  • Thursday- whole school in attendance. Regular schedule
  • Friday- September 10 (date was corrected) regular day- 9:00 am -1:55 pm
  • We ask that parents/guardians please drop off their children no more than 15 minutes early and remain off the school grounds for health and safety reasons.
  • The Painter Rd. improvements are scheduled to be largely completed by start of school. Please take extra caution as community and students get used to the new layout and flow of the road, bike lanes and cross walks. Please let your child know that the cross walk location will have changed (it is now closer to Benhomer) and remind them to use the cross walk.
  • Please send your student to school with a mask as masks are required inside the building.
  • Please do not send your child to school with their school supplies on the first day.
  • Full school days will begin on Thursday, September 9 at 9:00-3:10 Monday – Thursday and 9:00-1:55 on Friday.

Structure of the School Day:

  • Students will spend the bulk of their day with their homeroom class.
  • Students will participate in ADST and Arts Education classes (including band if registered) and physical education.
  • Doors will open at 8:55 am.
  • There will be (2) lunches with half of the classes out at a time.

Health and Safety Routines:

Announced on August 24th were the updated operational guidelines for K-12 schools.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • All K-12 staff and students in Gr. 4-12 are required to wear masks while indoors or on the school bus.
  • General cleaning of the premises, and the cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, will occur at least once in a 24-hour period.
  • Staff and students (or their parents if appropriate) are to continue to do their own Daily Health Check and should remain home if they are not feeling well. The parents/guardians of students who become symptomatic during the school day will be called to pick up their child. Thank you for your understanding and support of this measure.
  • Visitors will still be required to sign-in at the office or front counter to confirm that they have completed the health check. Visitors are by appointment only.
  • As mandated by WorkSafeBC, a new Communicable Disease Program will replace our district’s Safety Plan.  It will have many similarities to our current plan but will reflect any new measures being implemented in our schools.
  • Regional Medical Health Officers will now have the authority to implement additional safety requirements at a regional, district or school level should that be required.

Additional guidance and information can be found in the Ministry of Education document: Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings.

Action Items for Parents

  • Notify the school as soon as possible if you have an alternative plan for your student (ie. Change of schools).



Mark Kaercher