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Letter to Families from the Board of Education - March 27, 2020

​March 27, 2020

 

Dear Families,

As Spring Break comes to a close and we begin the transition to a very different delivery model for your child's education, we would like to thank you for being our partner in the education of your child/ren. It is through working together that we will continue to support student learning and growth.

As a Board we care deeply about our students and their safety is our highest priority.   We understand the challenges of being a parent during this difficult time and the need to make sure they are still learning.  The style and delivery of instruction will be different but teaching and learning will continue.

To our students:  Whether you are in Kindergarten and missing your teacher and your friends; or you're in grades 6 or 9 and wondering how this will affect your transition to middle school and high school; or you're a grade 12 student and devastated about what this means for all of your grad activities and celebrations, we can only imagine how confusing and overwhelming this must be for you.  We understand that this is really hard for you, and we want you to know that we care about you and will do everything we can to make this situation easier for you.  

We encourage you and your family to maintain the provincial health order of physical distancing and hygiene practices.  When looking for updates/developments the following links are timely and factual.

The changes brought about by Covid19 are difficult and change daily. We thank our dedicated Senior Staff and all employees for their commitment to our students' education. They are following provincial guidelines and making adjustments to reflect our unique local issues/needs.  We are in good hands.  Please look for further communication from the Superintendent, school principals, and other staff in the coming days.

These are challenging times, but they are temporary, and we will get through this.  In the coming week you will be receiving more specific details about from our Superintendent, our principals and teachers.

We thank you again for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Board of Education, Mission Public Schools



aleksandra.crescenzo@mpsd.ca3/27/2020 2:51 PM3/27/2020
Letter from Superintendent re: Educational Continuity

​​March 20, 2020

Re: COVID 19 update – educational continuity

Dear Parents:

I wanted to give you a further update from us on how school will be unfolding after Spring Break. I want to begin by assuring you that education will continue, but in a different way, and we are currently working on an equitable plan for supporting all our learners. I also want to emphasize that what I write now may indeed change in the days ahead as new information comes to us.

Face to face classes have been suspended; beginning March 30, please do not send your child to school.  This does not mean your school or educational program has closed, just that it will be happening in a different way. We are committed to educational continuity for all learners, from primary children to our International Program students. For the week following spring break, March 30-April 3, teachers and principals will be preparing learning opportunities and communication plans for students.  What can you expect following this time period? Teachers and school staff who work with your child will be reaching out to connect with you and your children about their learning programming.  What this looks like will depend based on age, subject area, and individual teacher.  You can imagine a Riverside College course and a grade one class will be handled differently.  I also want to emphasize that while some learning will 'move online' it's really important to recognize that the relationship between a teacher and student is social, and we will work hard to maintain that. 

The Ministry of Education has also emphasized that schools will support healthcare providers and first responders with childcare and their ability to provide their services to the community. We are working on what this will look like in the coming weeks.

Finally, I really want to remind you to stay positive.  It's natural to be scared or uncertain, but we will get through this, and children need to know that things will be okay. There are many good links on this, including:  Coronavirus Outbreak: Fact vs Fiction, or How to talk to your kids about COVID-19 .  My late father could tell you stories about being bombed during the Second World War, or his bout of polio, or heading for the hills during the Cuban Missile crisis --this all helps us put this pandemic in perspective. We are all working together to make this work in the best possible way for all of our children.  Please contact me at angus.wilson@mpsd.ca should you have any concerns or questions.  Thank you for your patience and consideration during this difficult period.

 

Sincerely,

Angus Wilson, Superintendent of Schools


aleksandra.crescenzo@mpsd.ca3/25/2020 2:37 PM3/25/2020
The school is closed to public walk ins

The school will be closed to public

walk ins.

 

if you want to make an appointment

please call the office when it re-opens

on Monday, March 30th

at 604-820-4587

Between the hours of

8am –3:30pm


christina.kennedy@mpsd.ca3/25/2020 12:58 PM3/25/2020
Letter from Minister Fleming re: Suspending In-Class Instruction

​The health and safety of our students, staff and their families is our highest priority. The global pandemic COVID-19 is moving quickly and its impact on British Columbians is growing. We have followed the direction – daily – of public health officials and scientists in making fact-based decisions when it comes to B.C.’s school system. Today, under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer we are directing all schools to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice.


aleksandra.crescenzo@mpsd.ca3/18/2020 9:49 AMAttachment3/18/2020
March Board Meeting - Highlights

Disposition of Land – Nicomen Island

The Ministry has issued the Certificate of Approval (COA) for the demolition of the Closed Nicomen Island School. Staff are in the process of preparing the documents to hire the companies needed to complete the work. The goal is to have the project complete by the end of the year.

2020-21 School District Calendar

The Board approved the 2020-21 calendar. To view the calendar, click here.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The School District is updating the district website as it receives new information. For more information, click here.

Financial Summary Report – February 2020 Year to Date

A summary of financial information will be provided monthly until June 2020. For a copy of the summary for February, see page 7 of the agenda package.

Meetings with local First Nations Bands

The Board passed a motion to meet with local First Nations Bands on an annual basis to continue to fulfill their obligations on governance and education with the Indigenous community and partner groups.

Boundary Catchment Surveys

Boundary surveys are scheduled to close Friday March 20, 2020. For more information, click here.

Capital Funding Approval

On March 9, 2020 the Ministry of Education issued a news release regarding funding approval for the following Capital Projects for the Mission Public School District:

SiteProject
Dewdney Elementary
BEP – Building Envelop Upgrade
Mission SecondaryCNCP – Mechanical Upgrades – Air Handler Unit
Hatzic MiddleSEP – Building Enclosure Upgrades – Roof Replacement
Stave Falls ElementarySEP – Mechanical Upgrades – Boiler and plumbing upgrades
West Heights ElementarySEP – Mechanical Upgrades – HVAC upgrades
Bus replacement Fleet # 4750New Bus D (80+RE)
Bus replacement Fleet # 5751
New Bus D(80+RE)

 

Meeting Schedule            

Meeting TitleDate and TimeLocation
2020-2021 Budget
March 31, 2020 at 3:30 pmDistrict Education Office, 33046 4th Ave, Mission
Regular Committee of the WholeApril 7, 2020 at 3:30 pmDistrict Education Office, 33046 4th Ave, Mission
2020-2021 BudgetApril 14, 2020 at 3:30 pmDistrict Education Office, 33046 4th Ave, Mission
Public Board MeetingApril 21, 2020 at 6:30 pmFraserview LC, 32444 7th Ave, Mission


Meeting minutes are posted to the district website under Board Agendas and Minutes, once approved. 

Meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. Agendas are posted online the Friday prior to the meeting. For more information, please contact the School Board Office directly or visit www.mpsd.ca/Board/Meetings.


aleksandra.crescenzo@mpsd.ca3/16/2020 12:45 PM3/13/2020