CMSD82 Vaccine Policy Engagement – Your Feedback is Appreciated

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 is engaging employees, students, parents and the wider community to understand the potential implications of implementing a vaccine policy.  On behalf of the Board of Education, we seek your feedback related to a potential vaccine policy for all CMSD82 staff.

 We invite you to share your feedback by 4:30 p.m. December 14, 2021 by accessing the following Thoughtexchange survey link prepared by Superintendent Janet Meyer on behalf of the Board of the Education.  This ThoughtExchange is the Board of Education’s mechanism for consultation. 

my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/866771063
(click on the above link to access the Thoughtexchange survey)

In preparation for your participation in the Thoughtexchange, we provide the following points of interest:

  • As set out in the School Act and Independent School Act, boards and authorities are the employers of the staff in their school district or school.  As such, they have full responsibility for hiring and managing the necessary staff to meet operational and statutory requirements, and must do so in alignment with collective agreements, where applicable.  Under the current K-12 statutory framework, any decision to implement a vaccine policy for staff is a board/authority decision.
  • Boards and authorities that decide to implement a vaccine policy as a workplace health and safety measure should allow time for consultation with local partners.

Additionally, we share a link to the K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies developed by the Ministry of Education’s Advisory Committee finalized in November 2021, to support boards and independent school authorities who may be considering implementing a vaccine mandate for staff A vaccine-policy-guideline.pdf (gov.bc.ca), click on the link to access the guidelines.

The Board of Education looks forward to your participation and welcomes your feedback.

Should you have questions, or you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Superintendent Janet Meyer at janet.meyer@cmsd.bc.ca or Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca for assistance.

 

 

Resource Information for Parents & Families – COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 5-11

 

 

COVID-19 vaccination is now authorized by Health Canada for children five and older.  Getting young people vaccinated helps protect them and the people around them.

Coast Mountains School District 82 (CMSD82) supports families to receive trusted information about vaccines for children ages 5-11 by sharing the following resource information provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC):

BCCDC COVID-19 Vaccination for children 5-11 years old resource

Please note that at this time vaccination clinics will not be held in CMSD82 schools during instructional hours.

Consent is required for children ages 5-11 to be vaccinated and consent for a child can be provided by a:

  • Parent, legal guardian or foster parent
  • Custodial caregiver like a grandparent or relative
  • Only 1 parent, legal guardian or foster parent is required to give consent.  You will be asked to provide consent at the clinic location.

For information on COVID-19 vaccination for children and young people ages 5 to 17, including how to register your child, please visit the following trusted websites:

BC Centre for Disease Control  /  ImmunizeBC

Please contact your School Principal, should you have questions or you require further information.

 

 

YEARBOOK SALES – November 30 to December 10

The MEMSS Yearbook Club will be selling yearbooks from November 30-December 10 at lunch. The cost of the yearbook is $45 this year. Students may pay with cash or cheque (payable to Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary). The yearbooks are sold by pre-sales only and we do not sell books in the Spring, so if students or families would like a yearbook they should purchase one now. Thank you MEMSS Yearbook Club