In-Person Classes are cancelled.

School District 60

10112-105 Avenue
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Canada V1J-4S4
Voice - 250 262-6000
Fax - 250 262-6048
After Hours Emergency - 250 785-6781

Tech Services - 250 785-4357

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Update #7 COVID-19 – March 27, 2020 – Continuity of Learning – Press Release

The following are messages from School Board Chair Helen Gilbert and Superintendent Stephen Petrucci. Below these messages you can find information on our continuity of learning plan.

Dear Parents,

Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience while we develop plans to do things in our schools in ways that we have never had to do them before.  Our district is working in a very fluid environment to develop plans to support continued learning for our students. We have been fortunate to have dedicated staff who have given up their spring break as they worked to develop plans for maintaining healthy and safe environments for students, families and employees as we move to new ways of learning and teaching. 

Today is the last day of spring break and also the day the Ministry of Education has released three significant planning tools for districts and schools to follow.  Our staff needs time to look at these documents and integrate them with the work that has already been done in our district. The plans being developed will be based on direction from the Public Health Officer as well as the Ministry of Education.  

As our staff returns to work next week further information will be coming to families about individual school plans.  We know that the care, concern and connections that your children have with their schools is valued. The ability to connect in new ways will know no limits as our district creativity is tapped into.  

Sincerely,

Helen Gilbert
SD60 Board Chair

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued patience as our society works through a health crisis that is evolving on a daily basis. These are unprecedented times and many of you are living through very challenging personal/family situations. We cannot stress enough how important it is to follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Officer.

In the midst of this uncertainty, School Districts are being called upon to play a special role in British Columbia. Not only do we value the continuation of learning for our students, we want to support our HealthCare system and its front line workers. We are proud to answer this call as public servants and deliver these essential services.

As the Ministry of Education indicated in its last letter to parents, school staff will be working on their education plans next week. You can expect an initial communication from your teacher next week and then the delivery of educational programming the following week.

It is critical that the public do not try and access school buildings next week. Not only are staff creating plans, they are also putting into place safety protocols so that all employees can work safely while still respecting the parameters of physical distancing. It is this essential preparation that will put us on a solid footing for the weeks to come. Among others, there will be questions on retrieving personal items, textbooks and school supplies. School principals will communicate a response to these questions next week.

I have great confidence in the commitment and skill set of our employees to provide these essential services, with your support. There will be stumbles along the way as we are shaping an entirely new educational reality. We continue to rely on you as partners and co-educators through this next phase. I am very grateful to live and work in a community that has such a consistent history of coming together when the need arises.

Jointly, let us lead with compassion and creativity as “Together We Learn”
Stephen Petrucci
Superintendent

Information for families on our plan for continuity of learning is available at https://bit.ly/SD60COLF

Some key points from our learning continuity plan linked above are available below.

  • In-class instruction is cancelled. There is no date when regular classes will resume.
  • School staff will be working from March 30-April 3 to retool towards supporting home learning.
  • Schools aim to get materials to families starting the week of April 6.
  • Planning to support vulnerable students is ongoing. Families in need will be contacted about support.
  • Learning is important and it should continue at home.
  • Learning at home does not need to be the same in length of time or delivery as at school.
  • Teachers will be communicating regularly with families and students.
  • Public should not enter school buildings without a specific invitation and time. Schools will be in touch about plans to safely enter to retrieve any items needed.

Collected updates and resources, including the continuity of learning information is available on our COVID-19 page.

Our communication channels include our primary channel, www.prn.bc.ca , social media via www.facebook.com/sd60prn & www.twitter.com/sd60 , and email.

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Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021

During the COVID-19 period of isolation we ask that parents do not attend schools or school board office in person to register. More will come later in the spring about the registration process.

All Peace River North Elementary Schools are now accepting Kindergarten Student Registrations

 Children who will be five (5) years of age by December 31, 2020 are eligible for registration in Kindergarten at their local schools.

 Registration for Kindergarten students for the 2020/2021 school year will take place in all Elementary Schools during regular school hours.

 Please register directly at your home school. Catchments have recently changed (https://www.prn.bc.ca/?p=4433). If you are uncertain of the school boundaries (also known as catchment areas) please contact the nearest school or check our School Catchment Locator. It is strongly recommended that you register at your earliest convenience.

 Registration for Kindergarten students in the Anne Roberts Young Elementary School catchment will be available at the School Board Office (10112 105 Ave) as the school is currently under construction.

 French Immersion Kindergarten Is available at École Central Elementary School of the Arts only. Please call the school (250-785- 4511) for further information regarding the French Immersion program. For students entering Grade One, French Immersion is also a possibility at Ecole Central depending on space.

 Blended Kindergarten Learning and Distributed Learning are available at the Key Learning Centre only.  Please call the school 250-261-5660 for more information.

 Busing will be provided for rural Kindergarten programs. Availability and times vary from school to school so please call your school for the appropriate details.

PLEASE BRING:

YOUR CHILD’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

PROOF OF RESIDENCE

Proof of Residence can be provided through any of the following with your current address listed:

  • Driver’s License
  • Utility Bill
  • Mortgage Statement
  • Credit Card Invoice
  • BCID
  • Municipal Tax bill
  • Rental Agreement
  • Notary Authorized Letter

YOUR CHILD’S IMMUNIZATION RECORD

If you have further questions, please contact

Mr. Jarrod Bell, Director of Instruction at (250) 262-6017.

March 27, 2020 Letter from Minister of Education and BCCPAC

The linked letter below is for parents/guardians from the Minister of Education, and the President of the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.

https://bccpac.bc.ca/images/News/2020.03.27-Joint-Letter—MRF-to-BCCPAC-to-Parents_English.pdf

SD60 will provide more information on Friday, March 27 in afternoon.

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through the details of planning for the continuity of learning and for supporting our emergency services.  Friday afternoon, the School District will provide further information on timelines, programs, and services for the coming weeks.

Stephen Petrucci
Superintendent.

Collected resources and an archive of previous updates are available on our COVID-19 Page at https://www.prn.bc.ca/?page_id=4525

Update #6 COVID-19 – March 25, 2020 – FAQ from Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education has shared a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers at

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/bc-ministry-of-education-questions-and-answers-continuity-of-learning-k-12-education_system.pdf

We expect to have further information to share on March 27.

Our communication channels include our primary channel, www.prn.bc.ca , social media via www.facebook.com/sd60prn & www.twitter.com/sd60 , and email. 

Update #5 COVID19 – March 24, 2020 – Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Supporting Our Children

SD60 recognizes that this is a stressful time for children and families.  Please see the attached letter from our Director of Instruction, Carleen Andrews, which gives advice on how to best work through anxiety and stress with young people.