Ski/Snowboard Trip

The ski and snowboarding trips are open to all students in Grades 7-12.
All skiing/snowboarding registrations must be done online. Students MUST register/pay for all 4 dates. No refunds will be available.  Students will be leaving the school at 6:30 am on ski days and returning back to the school around 5:30 pm. Students are responsible for their own ride to and from the school. Currently Silver Star can only accept credit card payments. If this is an issue please see Mr. Taber.  

All Silver Star costs will be paid online (please refer to the attached document). The transportation fee is paid to Eagle River Secondary. $60 covers all 4 trips.

Dates:
December 9, 2021
January 12, 2022
February 16, 2022
March 9, 2022

Silver Star Costs:
Lesson $25 (Mandatory)
Lift Pass $11 (not required if you have a seasons pass)
Rentals $12 (only if required)

Transportation Costs:
$15 per day – total $60 for the four trips.  (PAID TO OFFICE)

Parents can join for the day at a discounted rate but they must contact the school prior to the dates that they wish to join. 

COVID-19 exposure

Interior Health has notified School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) that a person at Eagle River Secondary School has tested positive for COVID-19 and was infectious at school on Oct. 21.

When there is an exposure, Interior Health will directly notify confirmed close contacts of the positive case with further instructions, including if they should self-isolate or self-monitor for symptoms of illness. If you are contacted by Interior Health, or receive a self-isolation/self-monitor letter, it is imperative that you follow their direction carefully. The most important thing for students and families to remember is that students who have any symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and get tested.

People at school who are not close contacts are not at increased risk, so don’t need to take any additional actions beyond continuing to follow general public health recommendations. 

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever/chills, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell. Most people experience only mild disease.A small number of people may experience a more moderate to severe illness requiring hospitalization.

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It may also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

The Board of Education of School District No. 83 is committed to ensuring all of our students, staff and schools are safe. Please use all the layers of protection available to you.

Ministry seeking feedback

The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from parents/guardians on its draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy.

Director of Instruction Carol-Ann Leidloff comments SD83 is pleased to share the draft K-12 Reporting Policy, recently released by the Ministry of Education. “This follows four years of work across the province, where schools have worked to align teaching and assessment practices with our renewed curriculum.”

“The SD83 Parent Guide to Communicating Student Learning will help you understand the rationale behind some of the changes, and to clarify what information will be shared during each reporting period.”

Please read through both the Parent Guide and the Draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy, then share your feedback with the Ministry by November 5, 2021.

The SD83 Parent Guide to Communicating Student Learning

Draft K-12 Student Reporting Policy

Read more from the Ministry here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc/consultation/studentreporting/

Go directly to providing feedback by clicking here: https://feedback.engage.gov.bc.ca/944758

Communication Week and “Meet Our Teachers”

This week (October 4th – October 8th) is Communication Week. This means that staff will either be emailing, calling or sending documentation home that speaks to student progress to date.

I encourage all parents/guardians to reach out to staff via email or phone call (250-836-2831) if they have any questions regarding the progress of their child(ren).

Here is a list of staff email addresses: https://erssd83.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/staff-list-general-info.pdf

On Tuesday, October 12th we will be hosting a “Meet our Teachers” event in front of the school. This will run from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm. Parents will be able to meet with our teaching staff in a very informal and casual outdoor setting. We will not be permitting tours of the school at this point so staff, students and parents will have to remain outdoors. Please note that we will need to cancel the event if it looks like we will be getting uncooperative weather.

Regards,

Mark Marino (Principal)

Message from Superintendent – mask mandate expands

An important update to the Public Health Communicable Disease Guidance for K-12 Schools and the Provincial COVID-19 Communicable Disease Guidelines for K-12 Settings was announced on October 1, 2021 by Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Superintendent of Schools Donna Kriger would like to inform parents about this change and to update everyone on the notification process for school exposures.

Update to face coverings mandate

The provincial government has announced that beginning Monday, October 4, 2021, all students in B.C. schools will be required to wear a mask when inside a school building, including while at their desks and on buses. This builds on the existing guidelines that currently apply to all students in grades 4-12.

“We recognize that some students in grades K-3 may not be accustomed to wearing masks, as a result, school staff will spend October 4 helping children adjust to this change, with the goal of building mask wearing into student routines by Tuesday, October 5th. We suggest you send your K-3 child to school with a clean mask and a spare mask that they are used to wearing. Schools will have disposable masks available,” she reports.

As a reminder, provincial guidance advises that mask requirements do not apply to staff, students and visitors in the following circumstances:

  • A person cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons;
  • A person is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it;
  • If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask;
  • If a person is eating or drinking;
  • If a person is behind a barrier; or
  • While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements is important.

Change to notification process for school exposures

The provincial government also made a change to the notification process for school exposures, directing local health authorities to begin posting general school exposure notifications to their websites. Exposure notifications for our school district and the Interior Health region more broadly can be found on the Interior Health school exposures page. For a helpful overview of the contact tracing process visit the BC CDC website.

“Thank you for your continued support.”