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Joint Letters from Minister of Education, CUPE BC President and BCTF President

 

We share the following joint letters issued on Sunday night, March 22 from the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming and BCTF President, Teri Mooring written to Teachers and from the Minister of Education and CUPE BC President, Paul Faoro written to CUPE members regarding the impact of COVID-19 and its impact on schools, students, teachers and support staff.

To view these letters, please access the following links:

 

Minister of Education-BCTF President Joint Letter – March 22, 2020

Minister of Education-CUPE BC President Joint Letter – March 22, 2020

 

For Parents & Guardians .. New COVID-19 Government Website

 


For parents and guardians, a new government website (click on link to open) has been launched with up-to-date non-clinical information on COVID-19.

British Columbians can also use the new provincial phone service by calling 1-888-COVID19, available seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with information in over 110 languages.

Specific public health questions re COVID-19 should be directed to your local health authority for response.

 

Parent/Guardian Survey – Continuity of Education

 

A Message for CMSD82 Parents & Guardians:

 

In light of the provincial government’s announcement on March 17, 2020 suspending in-class instruction at all BC schools to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we share this quick survey with parents/guardians to collect information.  Further information regarding the continuity of learning for our students, or what school will look like, will be communicated to parents/guardians after Spring Break.  Additionally, we seek information from parents/guardians involved in essential service work and whether they have child care arrangements in place.

Parents/guardians can access the following link to complete… Continue reading

Tips and Resources for Talking to your Kids or Students about COVID-19


During this time, it is understandable for children to have questions or express concern about the COVID-19 virus.  As parents, teachers or caregivers, it is important to stay informed and communicate in age-appropriate ways that address children’s questions and helps them take steps to keep themselves and others healthy.

Here are some tips and resources to help:

  • Don’t be afraid to talk about it: Convey the facts and set an emotionally reassuring tone.
  • Be age-appropriate: Teens can process and handle a higher level of detail than five year olds. Focus on answering your child/student’s questions. Do… Continue reading

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