School, Travel and COVID-19

Late Thursday afternoon (March 12) we received some important information from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry around schools and COVID-19.

LETTER FROM MINISTER OF EDUCATION SCOTT MACDONALD

  • First, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) advised that there is no plan at this time to close public schools in the province. It is therefore anticipated that public schools will remain open after spring break. The PHO advises that closing schools is not appropriate or advised at this time. Health Minister Dix added, public health officials will be working with stakeholders in the education sector during spring break to continue monitoring the pandemic and B.C.’s response to it.
  • Second, Dr. Henry strongly advised against all non-essential travel out of the country, including travel to the United States. She noted that those who do choose to travel out of the country will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
  • Finally, Dr. Henry also urged organizers to cancel any social gatherings consisting of more than 250 people, which would mean that any planned large school assemblies, concerts or other events should not proceed.

As this situation changes daily, if not hourly, we ask that you please ensure you check the school district’s website at http://www.sd83.bc.ca before students return from Spring Break on March 30th.

Here is the joint statement – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0077-000484

SCHOOL CLOSURES – Important reminder on school closures: Decisions about school closures should made by public health officials in cooperation with school districts and the Ministry of Education. All schools should be following the school closure guidelines and protocols currently in place.

Pandemic Response Framework and Planning Guidelines https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/healthyschools/pandemic_response_framework.pdf 

While there have been a small number of school closures in B.C. this week, medical health officers have not advised that those steps are necessary.

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Spring Break and COVID-19

Letter from Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory

As we look forward to Spring Break and spending time with our families I am writing to give you share some updated information on the novel coronavirus (COVID‐19).

As knowledge of COVID-19 evolves, we continue to use information from Interior Health  & Health Canada to inform our recommendations to keep students and staff safe. With some families travelling internationally during Spring Break, we know that there may be an increased risk of the virus spreading.

We are also aware that some jurisdictions are closing schools and it is important that everyone stay apprised of any new developments. Therefore, we ask that parents please check our website for any updates before school resumes on March 30.

As advised by our health officials, anyone concerned about respiratory symptoms should stay home and call their health-care provider or 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. In the meantime, we are reminding everyone to follow proper respiratory hygiene etiquette during the cold and flu season. This includes:

  • Proper hand-washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled.
  • Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow.
  • Stay at home when you are sick

For more information on the virus please click on this link for the BC Centre of Disease Control

If you are planning an international trip with your family, please monitor the Government of Canada Travel Site for the latest travel advisories. COVID-19 is currently found in over 110 countries. The following travel advisories for COVID-19 have been issued (as of March 12, 2020):
• Level 3 Travel Advisory (Avoid Non‐essential Travel) for China, Italy, Iran
• Level 2 Travel Advisory (Practice Special Precautions) for Japan, South Korea
• Level 1 Travel Advisory (Practice Normal Precautions) for Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain and France.

The BC Provincial Health Office is now advising self-isolation for 14 days for people who have been to China, Italy and Iran in the last 14 days. The federal government has recommended that Canadians avoid all  cruise ship travel  due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

As such, please note that if your family travels to any location with a Level 2 or Level 3 travel advisory during Spring Break, you are being asked to self-quarantine your child for 14 days prior to returning them to school.

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We want to ensure parents, students and staff have time to adjust their plans accordingly. This is an evolving global situation, and as such we need to be prepared that between now and the end of Spring Break there likely will be more changes to the situation, which is why I am asking that you please visit our website before school begins on March 30 for any updates.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Sincerely,

Peter Jory,
Superintendent/CEO of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)

For more information about COVID-19 and complete newsletter: https://conta.cc/2TG1XVo

Lost & Found

Dear Bastion Families…

Please view the following video of our school’s Lost & Found.  There are a number of items we would like to see be reunited with their owners.  Any items not claimed by the end of the week will be donated to the Thrift Store or to one of the local blue clothing bins.

Thank you!

The Week Ahead for March 9 – 13

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We’ve made it to the final week before Spring Break.  The students and staff members have been working very hard over the last couple of months, and everyone deserves a wonderful Spring Break.  For all of our students’ families who are traveling over the break, please have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Monday, March 9th
Boys’ Basketball Practice.
The Grade 5 boys’ basketball team will be having their final practice from 2:05 – 3:30. Mr. Menzies will be away, so Monsieur Mueller will run the practice.

Tuesday, March 10th
Division 2 Readers’ Theatre.  Ms. Mitchell and Mrs. Kehl’s class have been working very hard to prepare for their class Readers’ Theatre performance.  The students’ parents are invited to come and watch the performance at 10:30.  It’s been pretty neat watching all the students create the set and many of their costumes and props!

Wednesday, March 11th
The Maple Man Presentation.
The Maple Man, a French cultural presenter, will be visiting Bastion and presenting to all of our students. The first two sessions will be presented in French, our French Immersion students, and the final session will be presented in English for all of our English students. Here is a link about The Maple Man:

http://www.themapleman.ca/en/

Field Trip to Boston Pizza. Mme Genevieve’s students will be going on a field trip to Boston Pizza. The students will learn about food safety, a bit about the restaurant business, and of course… they will each get to make their own pizza!!
Grade 5 Boys’ Basketball Jamboree. Both of our boys’ basketball teams will be playing in a year-end jamboree at Kings Christian School from 3:30 – 6:00. Good luck boys and remember to show excellent Bobcat sportsmanship!!

Thursday, March 12th
Fun Food Day.
For those students who ordered pizza or chicken nuggets, they will enjoy their Fun Food at Lunch.
Grade 5 Girls’ Basketball Jamboree. Both of our girls’ basketball teams will have a chance to play in a round robin jamboree at Shuswap Middle School. The games will begin at 2:30. Have fun girls and show that Bobcat pride!!

Friday, March 13th
Last Day Before Spring Break.
We hope everyone has a wonderful day, as we head into the two week Spring Break. School is back in session on Monday, March 30th.
Purdy’s Orders are Due. Please ensure all orders for the Purdy’s fundraiser are submitted by Friday, March 13th. Later orders will not be accepted, as the school-wide order has to be submitted on the 13th in order for the items to arrive on time. Thank you for your support!

The Week Ahead for March 2 – 6

Family Skate (2)For those of you who were able to attend the Bastion Fun Family Skate, thank you for joining us!!  The children and their families enjoying themselves skating was wonderful to see.  A big thank you goes out to Mel Howard and the PAC for planning and organizing the event!!

Here’s what’s happening this week at Bastion…

Monday, March 2nd
Permission Forms Due. If your child is in French Immersion, the permission form for the Festival du Film is due today. If you were not able to return the form today, please ensure your child hands in the form, first thing on Tuesday morning.  Here is a link to download a copy of the permission form:

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Tuesday, March 3rd
Festival du Film. All of the French Immersion students in Kindergarten to Gr. 5, will be going to the Salmar Classic Theatre for the annual Festival du Film. The students will watch La course des tuques. For students in Kindergarten to Gr. 2, the movie will begin at 9:00 am. The students in Gr. 3-5 will start the movie at 12:00 pm. All student will walk to the theatre and ride the bus back to the school.

Wednesday, March 4th
Art Fair Workshops.
The Annual School District No. 83 Art Fair is on display all week, at Piccadilly Mall. On Wednesday, there are workshops taking place throughout the mall. Some of our Grade 4/5 students have been selected to participate in a variety of art workshops. It’s pretty neat to see students from all over the school district come together to be creative and produce some amazing artwork. A big thank you to Mrs. Rosman, Mrs. Bartsch, and Mr. Wes for organizing the art displays and for working out all of the details, enabling twenty of our students to participate in the workshops.

Thursday, March 5th
Grade 4/5 Talent Show.
After months of organizing, preparation and practice, the Grade 4/5 students who have volunteered to perform at the Talent Show will get their “15 minutes of fame” (well… more like two minutes, but it will be a very exciting two minutes!). It takes lots of courage for students to get up and sing, dance or tell jokes to the their peers. The Talent Show will begin at 10:00 and family members are more than welcome to join us. A special thank you goes to Mme Candy and her Grade 4/5 organizers!!
Fun Food Orders Due. March’s Fun Food Day will take place on Thursday, March 12th. For those families who have not had a chance to order, please ensure orders are submitted by this Thursday. Here is the link of online ordering or to download an order form:  https://bas.sd83.bc.ca/fun-food-days/

Friday, March 6th
Hometown Hockey Assembly at SMS.
Our Grade 4/5 classes that participated in the school district’s math competition in February, will go to a Hometown Hockey assembly at Shuswap Middle School. All of the schools that participated will convene at SMS and celebrate the opportunity for Salmon Arm to be showcased in Sunday’s edition of Hometown Hockey on Rogers Sportsnet. The students will walk to SMS and ride the bus back to the school. Please ensure your son or daughter’s permission form is returned to the school. Don’t forget about the various community events that will be taking place over the weekend!
Report Cards. Your child(ren) will bring home their report card on Friday. Once you have reviewed the report card with your child(ren), please be sure to celebrate the successes and do some goal-setting for areas that require development. The cover sheet of the report card will need to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school, in the envelope. Please be sure to return the cover sheet and envelope by Wednesday, March 11th.