To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Caregiver(s) of SD83:
On behalf of SD83 I wish to thank you for your understanding regarding the “hold and secure” issued on Friday, September 17, 2021. Given the situation that unfolded at several schools in and around Salmon Arm, it was necessary to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Though the term “lockdown” has been reported by some media sources, this is inaccurate. The “hold and secure” we initiated was a means of preventing unauthorized individuals from entering our schools.
After much consultation, we feel confident that the “hold and secure” can be lifted as of tomorrow, September 21, 2021. We have encouraged schools to limit their number of entry points. Most schools will move toward having the main entries locked after the opening bell, the exception may be our Secondary Schools with open campuses. You may gain access to the school by calling the main office. Where possible, additional supervision will be added to playgrounds during recess and noon hours.
Once again, I’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding. The messaging you received on Friday was an attempt to keep you informed and was done in the spirit of transparency. If you have questions or concerns, I would welcome a thoughtful and respectful conversation.
We look forward to moving ahead and focussing our attention on the wonderful achievements of our students.
School District No. 83 would like to extend a huge welcome to our Kindergarten families! During Gradual Entry, the Kindergarten team at each school is busy helping our K students learn about classroom routines and procedures, as well as helping them adjust to the new social and emotional realities of school.
Here is some information for Kindergarten families about school health services provided by public health staff. Please contact Jennifer Findlay, District Principal – Early Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about school health services or the Kindergarten program, in general.
To the Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Caregiver(s) of SD83 Students:
I want to extend my thanks to you for the patience and understanding you have demonstrated over the first few days of school start up. The accounts being shared from our schools speak to the excitement and hope which exists among the students and staff.
As a district we are grateful that many of the restrictions imposed during the last school year have been removed. However, the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer have mandated masking among all Grade 4-12 students due to the prevalence of the Delta variant. The province has also requested that school districts cooperate with their local health regions to accommodate pop up vaccination clinics at some school sites for families and students who are 12 years of age and older.
I would ask that you carefully read the documents we are sharing on behalf of Interior Health. As an educational organization we believe parents/guardians/caregivers play an important and necessary role in educating their child(ren). As a result, I ask that you take the time to discuss the topic of vaccination with your child(ren).
We are grateful for you our stakeholders, as you are much needed partners in ensuring our schools remain open for face-to-face instruction. We have high confidence in our school staffs along with members of the transportation, facilities and custodial team who continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of your children while they are in our care.
Wishing you and those you love health and wellness.
We certainly hope all of our Bastion families have had a wonderful summer. We’re sure some plans were changed or cancelled due to the wildfires and smoke that affected much of British Columbia. However, knowing our Bastion families, we’re sure everyone was able to adapt and still have the opportunity to have some wonderful adventures and create some great summer memories.
Only four more sleeps and then we get to begin a brand new school year!! Many teachers have been in the school, getting their classrooms ready and they are looking forward to reconnecting with the students they taught last year, and they are excited to meet the students who will be in their class for the 2021-2022 school year. Hopefully all of our students are looking forward to starting a new school year (even if they say they’re not… deep down they really are)!!
Joel Menzies (Principal) and Laura Jegues (Vice-Principal)
The September newsletter will have lots of important information for families to review, and you can expect that newsletter to come home near the end the first week. In the meantime, here is some information about our school start-up:
First Week of School
The Grade 1 – 5 students will start school on Tuesday, September 7th. When the Welcoming Bell rings at 8:02, the students will line-up at the exterior door of last year’s classroom. The students will spend the first day in their last year’s classrooms, so we can determine who has moved away and who has recently registered. All students new to Bastion can meet Mr. Menzies and Mme Jegues at the stairs, by the main entrance of the school. On September 7th, the students will be dismissed at 11:12 am. On Wednesday (maybe even Thursday), the students will be able to go to their classrooms for the year and meet their teachers.
On Tuesday evening, families will receive an email from Mr. Menzies. The email will state one of the following:
On Wednesday, September 8th, the students will remain in their last year’s class until the School District gives Mr. Menzies the “OK” to have students go to their new classroom.
On Wednesday, September 8th, the students will be able to go to their new classrooms and meet their new teachers. The email will let families know who their child’s 2021-2022 teacher will be, as well as the Division and Room Number.
Last year we had an email issue where some families did not receive the email, stating which class their children were in. If this happens again, and you do not receive notification on Tuesday evening, several staff members will be available on Wednesday morning to tell families which classes their child(ren) will go to. Due to privacy protection, schools are no longer allowed to post class lists. We apologize in advance if families do not receive this important information in a timely manner.
Kindergarten students will begin their Gradual Entry on Wednesday, September 8th. Information about the Kindergarten Gradual Entry, including the students’ group, was emailed to families on June 30th, 2021. We are very excited to meet all of our new Kindergarten students!!
Families do not need to go to the store and purchase school supplies for their children. The school has already purchased supplies for each child, and we charge a School Supply Fee. Feel free to click on the Bastion Fee Schedule link, to view the breakdown of School Supplies Fees and Activity Fees. Please remember to bring indoor shoes, a backpack and a snack on the first day!
Last year, our Bastion Bobcat community did a fantastic job of helping our school be healthy and safe by conducting Daily Health Checks and keeping their children home if the children were not feeling well. This is one of the most important strategies in keeping our community safe and ensuring school can continue as normal as possible. Parents will be required to complete a daily Health Check with their child again this year. Our hope is that families will continue to be vigilant and monitor their children for symptoms of illness. Please click the link below for information about the K-12 Daily Health Check and the Daily Health Check Mobile App:
The Provincial Health Officer has mandated that students in Grade 4 and up, staff members and visitors are required to wear masks, while inside the school. Please click the link below, for a brief Q & A about face masks at school:
Earlier this week, School District No. 83 released updated information about Covid-19 Protocols and Procedures. Many of our protocols and procedures will remain the same as last spring. There are some updates to make note of, so please take the time to review information by clicking on the link below. The Bastion Elementary Health & Safety Plan is being updated by our Health & Safety Committee and will be posted on the school’s website very soon.
SD83’s Communicable Disease Safety Plan is now available. The purpose of this document is to provide School District No. 83 staff, parents, students, and visitors with important information that is required to help prevent communicable disease.
In meeting the Ministry of Education’s overarching principles for the COVID-19 response, School District No. 83 will be following these principles with respect to health and safety:
• All schools and facilities will adhere to the standards, guidelines, and direction from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and WorkSafeBC.
• In collaboration with education partners, the Ministry may develop additional health and safety requirements for all schools to ensure consistency across the K-12 system. These additions will enhance, not duplicate, PHO and WorkSafeBC requirements.
• Psychological safety measures and trauma-informed practice will be valued and implemented alongside physical health and safety measures.
• Effective communication with all community partners, parents, caregivers, students, unions, and employees is an essential aspect of successfully implementing these guidelines.