A Message from Island Health – COVID vaccinations (April 21 2021)

Effective, Friday, April 23rd, all young adults who are 18+ (born in 2003 or earlier) can REGISTER for a COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, you will get a confirmation number that will be needed when you are contacted to book an appointment (this could be several weeks after you register). When your age group is able to book an appointment you will be contacted by text, phone or email - and will need to provide that confirmation number, so please take a photo of it, or flag it in your emails, so that it’s easy to find.

Registering now will allow you to get in the queue to be contacted, and helps Island Health make better estimates about how much vaccine we will require for your age group.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and protect against infection from the severe disease that can occur in people of all ages. The vaccines cause your body to produce antibodies that will help to protect you, and those around you who are not vaccinated or susceptible to infection, from getting sick if exposed to the virus. REGISTER NOW.

Read more about COVID vaccines and the registration process at the ImmunizeBC website

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Spare Room? Become a Homestay Family!

Saanich International Student Program (SISP) is in need of host families for international students joining our district in September 2021. Make life-long friendships, receive a generous allowance of $975 per month to offset expenses and share the beauty of your home and community. 

*SISP is following all guidelines and requirements set by the Federal and Provincial Government regarding COVID-19.  Extensive safety protocols are in place.* 

A Message from the Superintendent - COVID-19 Mask Protocol Update (Mar 31 2021)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

This email is an update to the one I sent out yesterday.  The Ministry of Education has now released updated guidelines for school districts which reflect Dr Henry’s amended, provincial health order from March 29, 2021.  These Ministry guidelines highlight specific adjustments that are required to our District Safety Plan which can be found HERE.  You can view the entire Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Settings report HERE.           

Key Provincial Updates – Guidance on Mask Requirements:

  • Staff Only Spaces (p.15)
  • Working with Students with Disabilities/Diverse Abilities (p.16)
  • School Gatherings and Events (p.17)
  • Student Transportation on Buses (p.18)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (p.28)
  • Music Programs (p.38)
  • Physical and Health Education/Outdoor Programs (p.38)
  • School Sports (p.41)
  • Theatre, Film & Dance Programs (p.44)

If you have any specific questions about your child please contact your school administrator directly.

Sincerely,

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!

Budget Consultation 2021/22

The Board of Education of the Saanich School District invites you to participate in and contribute to the formation of our budget for 2021/22. Public participation in this process is important for the Board's adoption of a budget that reflects the values, beliefs and priorities of the community.

The Board of Education is seeking your input through the completion of a survey and participation in a virtual Community Budget Meeting on April 15th at 7 pm. The survey will be the primary tool for gathering feedback and closes on April 22, 2021 (end of the day).  The attached background document provides information on the Saanich School District and the 2021/22 budget context and facilitates the completion of the survey by those who are unable to attend the virtual meeting.

The survey is available on our website at https://www.sd63.bc.ca/202122-budget-consultation-survey

To participate in the virtual Community Budget Meeting beginning at 7 pm on April 15th, please contact Leigh Glancie at  or 250-652-7300 to be included in the meeting invitation.

We look forward to your participation in this important process.

A Message from the Superintendent – Mask Protocols (March 30 2021)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Yesterday, Dr. Bonnie Henry (PHO) amended the provincial health order for COVID-19 protocols.  The changes were in response to provincial COVID-19 case counts and the importance of breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission, especially in areas that are seeing significant spikes in numbers.  And while we have been fortunate to date here in Saanich to have very limited COVID-19 exposures, all school districts throughout the province will be updating their district Safety Plans.  Within these amendments are changes to the mask protocols for the K-12 education system. 

Updated Non-medical Mask Protocols

All K-12 schools in B.C. will now be required to implement the following mask protocols:

All staff and students (Grade 4-12) will be required to wear masks in schools both within and outside of their learning group, except when:

  • Sitting in (or standing at) their seat or desk/workstation in a classroom learning space;
  • There is a barrier in place;
  • Eating and drinking;
  • Outdoors.

All staff and students (Grade 4-12) are required to wear masks on school buses.  Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are recommended to wear masks within the guidelines above; however, this remains a personal choice of the parent/student.  Additional masks for students in Gr 4&5 are being provided to our elementary schools this week. 

Exceptions to the mask order will be made for students and staff members who cannot tolerate a mask for medical reasons.

When the new BCCDC and Ministry of Education guidelines are published we will be updating our district Safety Plan on our website.  Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue to make adjustments to our safety protocols.  As always, your patience and understanding are appreciated.

Respectfully,

Dave Eberwein
Superintendent & CEO, Saanich Schools

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A Message from the Superintendent - Island Health Communication on Possible COVID-19 Exposures (Mar 29 2021)

Dear Parents / Guardians,

I was contacted late last night by the Vancouver Island COVID-19 Rapid Response Team about a letter they had crafted with Island Health for distribution to all parents and guardians on the island.  

The purpose of the attached letter is to remind parents and guardians of the importance of remaining vigilant in reducing possible exposures to COVID-19 and as well as doing daily health checks of your children before sending them to school.  You can use the COVID-19 Health Check App to determine if you or your child should stay home and be tested for the virus.  If your child is not feeling well please keep them at home and call 811 to speak with a health professional.  If necessary, COVID-19 testing appointments can be made by calling 1-844-901-8442 (8:30 am – 8:00 pm).

Thank you for your continuing efforts at helping to keep our community safe.  

Respectfully,
Dave Eberwein

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