Saanich Schools honours the graduating class with a virtual ceremony

A Message from the Superintendent - COVID-19 Update - Mar. 9 , 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has continued to impact countries around the world. Given the evolving nature of this health issue, we are sending parents and staff a current update, including how it may impact the many families who are looking forward to travelling this Spring Break. Understandably, there is a good deal of concern with respect to international travel, including international field trips and personal vacations. Public health officials are advising the public to reference Government of Canada travel health notices to inform decision making regarding their travel plans. Situations can change quickly, so checking the site regularly is strongly advised.

The public has been made aware there is an updated warning to avoid non-essential travel to Iran, Northern Italy and some areas of South Korea. In addition, some countries have enacted measures which restrict some movement and public gatherings. We are currently aware of school closures in Japan and Italy, as well as restrictions on public gatherings in France.

After careful consideration we have decided to cancel Saanich School District international field trips planned for Japan and Europe due to the possible elevated risk for students and staff travelling in these regions.

We are also asking parents and staff who are travelling overseas for personal travel to please consider that there may be a need for these travellers to be quarantined upon their return to Canada. Island Health is currently recommending that travelers returning from Iran, China and Italy self-quarantine for 14 days. Please note that these areas may change and expand as the situation evolves. We are working closely and take direction from our provincial health experts at the BC Ministry of Health and Island Health.

For more information on COVID-19, including ways to reduce your risk of infection, please refer to the following resources:

We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please contact your school administration directly.

Sincerely,
Dave Eberwein
Superintendent of Schools

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Provincial Information Update (Feb 28, 2020)

The Ministry of Health has issued a letter to all parents / guardians on Feb 28th which you can read HERE.  It provides the most recent updates on COVID-19 including suggestions on prevention, cleaning / disinfecting, food sharing and speaking with your children about the virus.   

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Pink Shirt Day - Wed Feb 26th

Show your awareness towards anti-bullying by wearing pink on Wed Feb 26th.  Schools across BC and Canada will be showing their support of positive interactions between people on this annual event.  You can learn more about this intiative at Pink Shirt Day.

Saanich IB Diploma Program Information Session Feb 13th, 7pm, Parkland Secondary School

Admission Open

Dream Big - Work Hard

Parkland Secondary School

Come visit Parkland Secondary School on Feb 13th at 7pm (rescheduled from the snow day) to find out more about this world class program that is designed particularly for those students who want to be well prepared for university and who are interested in an internationally oriented education here in BC.

www.parklandIB.ca

Free Workshop: Parents as Education and Career Coaches

COPACS and the Saanich School District proudly invite you to attend a free seminar for parents! 

Please join us on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Stelly's Secondary School for an informative and interactive session to help parents and guardians navigate the new world of career options open to students!

Please click here for more information.

Kindergarten French Immersion Lottery - Registration Information

Due to the popularity of the French Immersion program and limited space, a placement process using a lottery system will be used for new FI Kindergarten registrations.

There will be an information meeting for all parents interested in registering for Kindergarten French Immersion at 6pm on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Deep Cove Elementary.

Registration requests received at your FI catchment school during Kindergarten Registration Week Monday, January 27 to Friday, January 31, 2020 will be included in the lottery.

The lottery will follow Saanich Schools enrolling priorities:

Kindergarten Registration - for Fall 2020

January 27 - January 31, 2020

Kindergarten Information Evening:

January 22, 2020 7 - 8:30pm
Keating Elementary
6843 Central Saanich Rd, Victoria, V8Z 5V4