Firewood & More for Parent Committee

Hello! Our elected parent committee is working hard to arrange programs and fundraisers for this school year. Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with different things. Two items to note:

1. There will be a firewood fundraiser, likely near the end of Oct. If you will need wood or hear of others, spread the word and plan to purchase from PCS 🙂 More details to follow.

2. Volunteers are still needed for the milk program to run this year.

Happy weekend!

Dates to Remember

Hello Parents,

We’re getting into the groove of school and hopefully your family is as well! Here are a few variations coming up. We hope to see you at one (or more!) of our events.

Mon Sep 28 – No SD59 Busses. Our shuttle bus between the high school and PCS will run at the regular time: drop off is from 8:10 – 8:20 am and pickup is at 2:50 pm.
Fri Oct 2 – POW at 7 pm. We are excited to be having worship as school families again. Please join us next Friday. Hand sanitizing and physical distancing measures will be in place.

Sun Oct 4 – Ghost Mtn Grunt is happening again! Come out for a 2 km or 10 km walk/run. Registration starts at 10 am at the Baldy parking lot. Race starts at 11 am. Great prizes to be earned! Our Active Living 12 class has been working hard to organize and make this a great event!

Daily Health Check

Hello Parents,

The attached document is an updated daily health check. Please keep your child home if they have:

– Fever

– Chills

– Cough

– Shortness of breath

– Loss of sense of smell or taste

– Diarrhea

– Nausea & vomiting

The attached document also outlines when your child can return to school if they have had one of these symptoms.

If your child has other symptoms not on this list, depending on the symptom and severity, they may attend school. If there is moderate to high risk their symptoms will spread to others in the class, we will ask you to come pick them up.

This is a confusing time to know how to best keep safe and be reasonable at the same time. Thank you for doing your best to follow these guidelines and for helping keep us all safe.

Mrs. Atherton

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Bussing update

Hello Parents,

After school today we received notice that Standard Bus has room for all of our usual students. I know this will come as a relief to several of you (and maybe more!). We are thankful to be able to use their service. Unfortunately, it does come at a cost to you. For those of you who spoke with Mrs. Siller and asked to sign up for bussing, she will be sending out invoices so we can pass the funds on to School District 59.

A few items to note:
We still need to confirm availability for those only wanting to use the SD59 busses for an in-town transfer route and other unique situations. We will attempt to do this soon and contact you individually.
– Bus drivers will be handing out a registration form to all students. Please return this to them as soon as possible.
– Masks: our requirement is for Grade 5 and higher to wear a mask on the shuttle bus. Standard Bus requirements may be different than our shuttle bus for the middle school ages. Please ask the driver to confirm if desired.
– Please review the letter from SD59 regarding bussing for other details.

Thank you for your patience as we work through all the challenges that Covid has made us face. We appreciate the positive attitudes we have seen!

Regards,
Kristin Atherton

Bus Transportation

Hello Parents,

It was so good to see our student’s faces in school today. We learned and started to get used to the new procedures to stay safe at school.

Updates/info on bus transportation:
School District 59 Busses: Please read the attached letter for information on what the expectations on their busses will be.
PCS Shuttle Bus (from CSS to PCS & back): Expectations are similar to SD 59 busses. Seats have been assigned by family. We will arrange seats by learning cohort (group) if needed. Students in Gr 5 and older need to wear a mask when on the bus. Entry and exit will be orderly. No eating or drinking on the bus.

We hope to hear confirmation of seat availability by tomorrow and will let you know as soon as we can.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through the new details this year.

Regards,

Kristin Atherton

SD59 Bus Transportation COVID-19-Letter-Sept2020.pdf

Orientation & Updates

Hello Parents,

Thank you to all who were able to come and visit the school yesterday. We enjoyed chatting with you and ensuring things are in order for this school year. If you were not able to come, we will be following up with you to complete a few pieces of paperwork.

Things to note for next week:

Start of Classes: Tuesday Sept 8th and ongoing are regular full days of classes, 8:35 am – 2:35 pm

Bussing: Shuttle bus from Chetwynd Secondary to PCS will run starting Sep 8th. Morning drop-off time is 8:15 am and afternoon pick up is 2:50 pm. School District 59 busses will run their first regular day on Friday, Sep 11. They will be giving us more information on riding sometime next week.

Masks: We received notice that our order of reusable masks is delayed. If you have one at home, please send it with your Gr 5-12 child to wear on the bus. If not, we will provide disposable ones until our reusable ones arrive.

Vending Machine: Due to Covid related sanitation concerns, our vending machine is currently not in service. Please plan to send snacks/food accordingly.

Office Hours: Our receptionist will be available from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please plan to take care of office matters and required messages to students during this time. Phone calls outside of these times may not be answered right away.

Enjoy your weekend and see you in a few days!

Mrs. Atherton

Registration & Orientation

Hello Parents,

A big welcome to Leslie Fowler to our team! She is our new receptionist and is currently tackling a lot of paperwork. We are thankful to have her on board. We also want to welcome Stephanie King as Gr 3 & 4 teacher, Melissa McAfee as our Early Learning Program Instructor and Jennifer Hook as an Educational Assistant. Our returning staff are in similar roles as last year and you can see the details on our website here: https://peacechristianschool.ca/about/our-staff/.

Registration/Orientation is this Thursday from 10 am – 4 pm. Please plan to attend with your students at some point during this time for about an hour. Weather permitting, this will take place outside. Depending on their grade, they will meet their teacher, confirm information, choose lockers, confirm classes, etc. Parents, we also need to do a Covid-19 orientation/sign-off with you.

Our Covid-19 safety plan is currently under review by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and should be confirmed soon. We appreciate all the guidance from the MoE, our public health offices and WCB to ensure we have a safe environment for all. A summary of measures being taken is attached to this email. Details of our proposed policy and plan can be found on our website here: https://peacechristianschool.ca/about/our-policies/covid-19/

A question many people have is about mask wearing. As outlined by guidelines, our plan includes staff and Gr 5-12 students to wear non-medical masks whenever they are interacting with people in another learning group, without being able to keep physical distance. At this time, we have arranged our schedules so that our two learning groups will not need to interact so there will be minimal requirement to wear a mask within the school building. Gr 5 – 12 students will wear non-medical masks while riding the bus, putting it on before loading and taking off after unloading. Students and staff are welcome to wear masks whenever they wish to. No student is required to wear a mask if they do not tolerate it.

Thank you to everyone for your support of our school! We are busy putting the final touches on our classrooms to make everything ready for our students. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kristin Atherton

Summary of Safety Measures.pdf

Masks at School

Hello Families,

The days of summer are speeding by and school will be starting soon! Many of you likely have questions about what that means and how things may be different. Please know we are doing our best to plan for both a good education and the safety of all.

Based on the current epidemiology of COVID-19 in B.C., the latest research, guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, and evidence that children are at a lower risk of developing and transmitting COVID-19, K-12 students can return to full-time, in-class instruction in accordance with current public health guidelines for schools. The ministry did recently release guidelines that have requirements for masks under some circumstances for middle and upper grade students.

In preparation for the possibility of wearing masks, we will provide two re-usable masks for each student (middle & upper grades). At this time, we are hoping to keep mask wearing to a minimum by keeping our learning groups (cohorts) separate. Some situations are likely to require masks, such as riding the bus. More detail about the government guidelines can be found here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0045-001542

Our teachers start back to work next week and we will be training and planning together for the least interruptive and best possible situation for your families to stay safe and still enjoy a positive school experience. We will be sending out more details about our safety plan next week. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know.

Enjoy your weekend!
Kristin

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School Start Dates

Hello Parents & Students,

Plans continue to come together for this next school year. We continue to follow government and public health guidelines to ensure we will be keeping our students and staff safe. Covid-19 virus has a very low infection rate in children under 19 and schools are considered a controlled environment as it is a consistent group of people, with policies and practices to reduce risks. Therefore, we are comfortable and happy to be welcoming all our students back to regular in-person classes in September.

We are still planning our Meet & Greet/Registration Day for September 3 and starting regular in-person classes for all students on September 8. We are able to be ready for the 8th as our teachers have scheduled planning days prior to that week where we will ensure our safety procedures are in place to receive students. As the local school district may be having a gradual restart to school, school district bussing may not be available the first few days of school. We will work with them to determine dates and protocols that may be required for riding their busses.

As a fairly small school with small class sizes and ample building space, we are able to meet recommendations with minimal changes to our program. We will have continued safety protocols, many similar to what we practiced in June. These will include:

– Keeping student interactions within their learning cohort (group) of less than 60 students, unless physical distancing can be maintained. We will have two learning cohorts, elementary and high school. This means we will revise a few programs like our reading buddies and house team activities that included students from both these groups.
– Minimizing physical contact between students
– Consistent seating arrangements
– Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of high touch points during the day
– Additional hand washing and sanitization
– Posters to address traffic flow
– Assemblies with only one learning group present at a time

We will be asking you as parents to:
– Ensure your child(ren) is feeling well before attending each day
– Remind your child(ren) to minimize physical contact with their friends as needed

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns. You’re welcome to stop by our table at Farmer’s Market the next few Friday afternoons from 3 – 6 pm, or email or call the school. Happy last few weeks of summer break!

Mrs. Atherton

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