WEEKLY UPDATE

May 18 to May 22, 2020

B.C.'s Education K-12 Restart Plan and Expansion of In-class Learning

 

Friday, May 15,  Premier Horgan and Education Minister Fleming announced they are giving parents the choice to send their children back to school on a gradual and part-time basis, beginning June 1.  You can watch the official announcement here.  

Like other schools in BC, CISVA schools will open on June 1, 2020 at Stage 3 of the Ministry of Education K-12 Education Restart Plan, with a limited return of students to classes. Over the next two weeks, our  school building and facilities will be undergoing preparations for this limited return.   Safety protocols and screening expectations are being finalized and will be communicated as soon as possible. We continue to emphasize that staff and student safety is of the highest importance in our gradual return to limited in-class instruction.

 

What does this mean for St. Augustine School and what are next steps?

Based on Friday's announcement of a soft opening of BC Schools, St. Augustine School is preparing to provide limited part-time in-school access with a number of important conditions in place to maintain safety for both our students and our staff.

Under the direction of the CISVA, a survey of parents will be sent home this week describing the health and safety protocols that will be in place and what the expectations will be for our community for a limited part-time return to school.  Because this will NOT be a return to a typical 8:30-3:00 school day, it is important that parents understand what the day will look like for their children should they choose to send them to school beginning June 1.   

This survey will include an explanation of the following:

  • maximum number of students that can be safely accommodated in each classroom; our classrooms at St. Augustine's can only safely accommodate 8 students, respecting physical distancing regulations

  • number of days students will be at school (1-2 days maximum)

  • duration of a school day

  • drop-off and pick-up schedules and protocols

  • restrictions on movement in classes, in hallways and around campus

  • restrictions on recess and lunch 

  • washroom use protocols

  • sanitizing and cleaning schedules and protocols

  • strict hygiene protocols

  • restrictions on sharing of supplies and materials

  • staffing and who will be supervising students

  • Remote Learning will continue to be available for families who choose to remain at home.  There will be no blended instruction.  Students who return will not be receiving individual instruction, and online instruction will continue for all students, regardless if they attend school or choose to stay at home

A more comprehensive list and explanation of conditions are being developed for the survey in order to assist parents to better understand and make an informed decision about the possibility of sending their children to school.

 

As explained by the ministry, "return to school" on June 1 is OPTIONAL.  Dr Bonnie Henry stated that the decision to send your child(ren) back to school is a family decision. Neither student grades nor government funding will be affected by a decision to either send or keep your child(ren) home. 

Please, be on the lookout for the parent survey which will be emailed to you by Wednesday, May 20.

MONTH-AT-A-GLANCE

  • FRIDAY, MAY 8

    • VIRTUAL THEME DAY - SCHOOL COLOURS DAY

  • SUNDAY, MAY 10

    • HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!​

  • MONDAY, MAY 11

    • VIRTUAL THEME DAY - SUPER HERO DAY

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

    • 9:30AM SCHOOL MASS

    • UNIFORM DAY

  • FRIDAY, MAY 15

    • VIRTUAL THEME DAY - SCHOOL COLOURS DAY

  • MONDAY, MAY 18

    • NO SCHOOL - VICTORIA DAY​

  • MONDAY, MAY 25

    • PRO-D (NO SCHOOL)​

  • TUESDAY, MAY 26

    • NO SCHOOL - PLANNING DAY

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

    • FEAST OF ST. AUGUSTINE​

  • SUNDAY, MAY 31

    • PENTECOST​

REFERENCES

Below are new documents recently made available on the Ministry of Education website regarding the K-12 Education Restart Plan include:

PARENT RESOURCES

Our complete Parent Resources link is available on the school website as part of our Communication Hub.

NEW RESOURCE:  Social-emotional and Mental Well-being 

NO SCHOOL

MONDAY, MAY 18 - VICTORIA DAY

MONDAY, MAY 25 - PRO-D

TUESDAY, MAY 26 - PLANNING DAY

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to Mr. Nguyen and his wife, Ann, on the birth of their  baby boy, Michael!  

Congratulations, as well, to Mrs. Youn and her husband, Jason, on the announcement of their pregnancy.  

What wonderful news for two of our beloved staff members!

REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE
 

ESSENTIAL!  Parents, please, ensure you start each week by reviewing your class' Weekly Overview on the school website HUB.  The content is not only different each week, but there may be some exceptional ZOOM links and other information that your teacher has set up  and indicated for specific to the week.  

HAVE A LOOK!  Please, visit our school website for a new Learning Commons and Literacy Resources link created by Mrs. Moffat.  PHE, Music, and French also have LIVE learning blocks now.   Be sure to look at their Weekly Overviews, as well.

 

REMINDERS: 

  • All students are expected to  check in daily for attendance during at least one of the three  Learning Blocks (9:00-10:00, 11:00-12:00, and 1:30-2:30). 

  • There are NO Learning Blocks Wednesday afternoons, only the 9:00am and 11:00am Learning Blocks.

  • Remember to limit your child's daily learning to the following:

    • Primary (K-3): 1-2 hours maximum daily​

    • Intermediate (Gr. 4-7): 1-3 hours maximum daily
       

A REVIEW OF KEY ASPECTS OF REMOTE LEARNING AT SAS

  • Do not forget to use the communication hub on our school website to begin your week.  Scroll down towards the middle of the page to view classroom links for announcements and the week's overview.  Teachers will have their links updated before Monday of each week.

  • In an effort to streamline communication between home and school and to make communication more efficient, all learning opportunities, lessons, and assignments will be explained and communicated EXCLUSIVELY on the website and through SeeSaw and/ or Google Classroom.

  •  SEESAW *- Kindergarten to Grade 3 and specialists (PHE, Music, and French) are using Seesaw to post learning activities. 

*N.B. For Seesaw, parents/students should be using the CLASS app and NOT the Family App during remote learning to access the learning activities and to post work.

  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM - Grades 4 to 7 and specialists (PHE, Music, and French) are using Google Classroom to post learning activities.  Some intermediate classes are using a combination of Seesaw and Google Classroom.  Your teachers specify this in their weekly overview.

Mary, mother of eternal light, good Joseph faithful and just.

Jesus, morning star so bright, in you we put our trust.

On this day we praise and thank you for the mighty works you do;

As we face this new reality, we keep our hope in you. 

Amen.

St. Augustine School

Contact: office@saschool.ca 

tel: 604.731.8024 • fax: 604.739.1712 

2154 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC  V6K 0E3 Canada

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