A Message from the Superintendent – COVID-19 School Protocols Update (Feb 4, 2021)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

This morning the Minister of Education, the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside, and the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced changes to some safety protocols in our schools.  In their joint address, they re-emphasized that schools continue to be safe places where virus transmission remains very low throughout BC and where the provincial safety protocols already in place are working very well.  Dr. Henry stated that these changes to some safety protocols have been introduced to fine tune our practices to ensure that our learning and working spaces reflect the most current scientific understanding about the COVID-19 virus.

Provincial Announcement Topics:

  • Federal funding grant allocation in BC;
  • Updated non-medical mask requirements in schools;
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for things like equipment and tools;
  • Money for regional health authorities to establish rapid response teams for school outbreaks;
  • Updated health and safety checklists for schools; and
  • A new mobile Health Check App that has been developed for students and their families (Parents and students are encouraged to download this app and use it daily -- see below)

With regard to mask requirements, students in middle and secondary schools are now expected to wear masks while in school except under the following situations: when at their personal desk or workspace, when eating or drinking, or when separated by a physical barrier of some kind.  Students unable to wear a mask due to health or other reasons are still permitted to not wear one.  For elementary students, wearing a mask remains a personal choice.   

Our district is committed to implementing provincial guidelines in a timely fashion and also communicate these changes to our staff, students and parent communities.  We will be updating our district Safety Plan to reflect these recent changes.  You can expect additional information to come out from the district or your child’s school over the next few weeks.

For further information about today’s provincial announcement please visit the following sites:

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work to provide your children with a safe, enriching and welcoming school environment.

Respectfully,

Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools

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Registration for September 2021

Starting February 1st, 2021 Registration for Middle (Grades 6-8) and Secondary (Grades 9-12) levels will take place at the schools.  Please visit the  Registration page for information on how to register students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Saanich!

StrongStart Updates

Please see the Early Learning page for updated StrongStart information.

Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2021

Kindergarten Information Evening: 

January 7, 2021   7 - 8pm
Zoom Meeting - https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/6133683264

Kindergarten Registration at Catchment Schools - January 2021

Children born in 2016 are eligible to register for Kindergarten at your neighbourhood school.

French Immersion Kindergarten Lottery Registrations

Info Session January 28 - District Career Programs and Dual Credit Opportunities

Please join us virtually on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7pm to learn about career opportunities available to students in Grades 10-12.  Please see this poster for more information and to register.

A Message from the Superintendent – Welcome Back to School (Jan 3, 2021)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  It’s nice to see the calendar change to 2021 with the optimism that a new year brings.  We are looking forward to continuing to bring a responsive educational experience to your children as we adjust to any new requirements surrounding COVID-19 including any new guidelines from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Island Health, or the Ministry of Education.

As a reminder, here are a few items for your attention as we settle back into a regular school routine:

  1. If your child is sick please keep them at home until they are feeling better.
  2. Your child must complete a daily health check before they come to school.  Symptoms to look for include: fever; chills; cough or worsening chronic cough; shortness of breath; loss of sense of smell or taste; diarrhea or nausea/vomiting.  You can find more information about health checks and provincial resources on the BCCDC website: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/about-covid-19 
  3. All visitors to schools must sign-in indicating that they do not have any of the above symptoms.
  4. If your child has travelled internationally over the break they must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.  This is a federal government requirement: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/travel-affected-by-covid-19?keyword=covid&keyword=travel&keyword=quarantine#interprovincial 

As the PHO reviews more information, we expect that there will be refinements to any orders and guidelines for schools.  We will continue to share pertinent information which affects our schools as it becomes available.  Current updates can be found on our district website.  

As we navigate these new waters we will continue to take Dr. Henry’s words to heart to “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe”.  Wishing all of you a wonderful 2021.

Respectfully,

Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools

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A Message from the Hon. Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Education

Please find the attached message from our new Minister of Education, the Honourable Jennifer Whiteside.  

Sincerely,
Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools