Just a reminder that Thursday, November 19th is an Early Dismissal Day for all SD83 elementary schools (except for Falkland which if Feb. 26), plus Carlin and Len Wood Middle Schools.
This time will be used for teachers to facilitate formal goal-setting conferences with students and parents. Most conferences will occur via video chats or phone calls. In certain situations, in-person meetings may be considered when physical distancing and safety protocols can be maintained.
Parents will receive information from their child’s school about conference times, conference format, and early dismissal times (all participating schools will dismiss 3 hours earlier than normal and buses will run 3 hours earlier than their regular schedule). If you have any questions please contact the principal at your child’s school.
Just a heads-up, with so many things now being done by telephone or online, SD83 has added additional capacity to enable district staff to call parents through the use of Microsoft Teams phones. Rather than showing on call display as SD83 or your child’s school, these calls may show up as No Caller ID and may show up on your call display as (236) 600 – 9089.
Please answer as it will be a teacher attempting to contact you. Still not comfortable answering these calls? We have asked teachers to leave a message. Please make sure your voice mailbox is not full so they can leave a message. Thanks!
Under the advice of the Ministry of Health & Education, the daily health check list which parents have asked to do each day has been updated, and School District is adopting the new check list for Tuesday, October 13th.
Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory notes, “A number of symptoms have been dropped from the revised list, as these were determined to have little or no statistical connection to the frequency of positive COVID-19 tests.”
He adds, “Some districts went to the new form right away. We did decide to delay for a couple of weeks as some parents and staff were attached to the previous list, and we wanted a just little more time for stakeholders to hear and digest the provincial messaging”.
Our schools and the Parent Connect interface will be using the updated check lists starting on Tuesday. Parents and guardians are asked to review this information daily and respond appropriately.
The new check list is as follows:
If you answered “YES” to any of the above symptoms, and they are not related to a pre-existing condition (e.g. allergies), your child should NOT attend school.
If only one symptom (excluding fever) is present: your child should stay home and can self-monitor/be monitored for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptom continues past that window or worsens, seek a health assessment. If the symptom improves, your child may return to school when they feel well enough.
If your child has a fever, or if two or more key symptoms are present: seek a health assessment. A health assessment can include calling 811 or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner – the assessment will determine whether a COVID-19 test is recommended.
2. International travel Have you returned from travel outside Canada in the last 14 days?
3. Confirmed Contact Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have a case of COVID-19?
If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3, or if you’re worried about new symptoms you’ve identified, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool or call 811 to determine if you should seek testing for COVID-19.
After a period of illness, when is it safe to return to school? If a COVID-19 test has been recommended, follow the guidance provided by the health professional you’re working with (guidelines also listed in BC Centre for Disease Control link below). If a COVID-19 test is not recommended by the health assessment, your child can return to school when symptoms improve and they feel well enough to do so.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and your child to North Okanagan School District No. 83! Due to COVID-19, there are some changes to the Kindergarten registration process this year:
1. Kindergarten registration will open at 9am on Tuesday, October 13th and remain open for the rest of the school year.
2. You may choose to register in-person at the school or online.
3. Registering in-person: Please phone the school and make an appointment to come in and complete the paperwork, as only one family at a time can be in the school office area.
4. Registering online: Please email the school to request the online registration link.
5. You will need to register at your child’s catchment school (based on your physical address) or specialty school (Bastion – Early French Immersion or South Canoe – Outdoor Learning). To access our catchment school locator tool or find out more information about our specialty schools, Click Here.
6. Any parents/caregivers requesting a cross-boundary consideration will need to follow these steps:
a. Register at their catchment school (in-person or online)
b. Complete a cross boundary request form
c. Have the form signed by the catchment school’s principal
d. Take the form to the principal of the requested school (for cross-boundary consideration in the spring)
7. All Kindergarten registrations completed on Tuesday, October 13th are treated as “equal”, so there is no need for line-ups on that day. Registrations received after October 13th, will be date/time stamped and treated on a first come, first served basis. This information will be used to determine placement IF catchment area schools or programs are full. Students with siblings already registered in a Program of Choice (French Immersion or Outdoor Learning) will be given priority if there is limited space.
If you have any questions about the Kindergarten registration process, please contact: Jennifer Findlay, District Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to welcoming our North Okanagan-Shuswap StrongStart families back to our programs starting on Thursday, October 1st. StrongStart is a free early learning program for preschool children, 0 to 5 years old, and their parent or caregiver. There will be COVID-19 guidelines in place at all programs to ensure the safety of our families, StrongStart educators, and school community.
Registration for all SD83 StrongStart programs will open on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 and will be ongoing
If your child was previously registered in a StrongStart program in our district, please call the school to indicate that you and your child are interested in attending the StrongStart program again this school year
If your child is new to StrongStart, please phone the school to request a time to come in and complete the registration process
Interested families will need to choose one program to attend as we will not be supporting participation at multiple programs due to COVID-19