Safer Schools Together

Safer Schools Together (SST) works closely with BC School Districts to understand risk, minimize threats in schools, and educate staff and student on school safety. They are reaching out to Parents to give some understanding about online safety. Here is the info from the email. Click on the times (blue) as a link to the registration website.

On JUNE 29th, 2020, you are invited to attend a Remote Parent Learning Session providing valuable resources regarding online safety.

Our Safer Schools Together (SST) Parent Presentation will focus on increasing your understanding and awareness of safety in the remote learning world. Being social is such an important part of your child’s growth and that has become much more difficult with physical distancing in effect. This remote learning session will better equip you for your digital parenting strategy, and give you a snapshot of current video conferencing platforms, trends and concerning apps. At this age, your child will encounter situations that will challenge their independence, including cyberbullying (and more commonly – cyberexclusion), the dangers of anonymity, privacy, sharing intimate images, and inappropriate websites. You need to be there to provide support and guidance during this critical period. This session is being offered twice on June 29, 2020. Reserve your spot today! TICKETS $25
3pm – 5pm PST 6pm – 8pm PST

We look forward to having you join us and encourage you to share this opportunity!
If you have any questions, or difficulties registering, call us toll-free at 1 (855) 677-3720 or email info@saferschoolstogether.com and we will be happy to assist you.

Northern Health Survey

Northern Health is identifying “Grand Challenges” for Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues in Northern BC. If you identify with any of the following, you are eligible to complete the survey.

The Survey Monkey link is here.

If you have any questions or further input, contact Kathy Buhler with FamilySmart in Prince George at kathy.buhler@familysmart.ca.

Health & Wellness Support for Families

There are many great organizations and individuals in our community who support families and children’s well being. In support of Child and Youth Mental Health Day in BC recently, FamilySmart held a series of webinars and posted videos and resources on their media platforms. Here is a great example:

How to Manage Your Mental Health in Tight Quarters: A Conversation for Families

Kathy Buhler with FamilySmart in Prince George is hosting an online version of “In the Know” about this very topic with Victoria and Liz (featured in the video). Wednesday June 17 at 2pm. Contact her for more information at kathy.buhler@familysmart.ca.

Eventbrite link is here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-the-know-online-discussion-june-2020-tickets-106972002138

Linda Campbell is a local school counsellor who does a remarkable job with pulling together resources for parents. Her mandate is: social emotional and mental health resources for students, families and staff. Contact her for more information at lindacampbellsel@gmail.com.

Check out her newsletters here: https://www.smore.com/u/53473253d61a88fcfb777e8f

Join SD57 PACs (public Facebook group) for regular updates from these ladies and the District regarding important information for Parents and PACs to share.

Anytime you see websites or information that would be great resources for parents and families, please forward to us at DPAC@sd57learn.com. Thanks!

June DPAC Meeting – Tonight!

Our last meeting of the school year is tonight June 1 at 6:30pm on ZOOM. Please plan to join us and give input on the SD57 Restart Plan and other programs and initiatives in our schools. We need 9 PACs represented to reach quorum.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82737434510?pwd=WXZCUWpiZTFQTXc4aFE3UkN3c0lJUT09

Meeting ID: 827 3743 4510
Password: 317793

Contact the Executive anytime at DPAC@sd57learn.com or exec@sd57dpac.ca. Thanks!

SD57 Restart Plan

New information regarding on-site learning at our school buildings starting tomorrow June 1. Please review this information from the SD57 website that was also emailed out to families.

Website updates including Letter to Parents and PowerPoint slides here.

Anita Richardson May 29 Video Message

Please review the flowchart with your child(ren) as to what to expect before, during, and after school so they understand the processes and protocols. We expect that it will be a positive, safe transition!

Letter from Rob Fleming, Minister of Education and Andrea Sinclair, President, BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Schools:

If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other District matters, please attend our last monthly DPAC meeting Monday June 1 at 6:30pm. The zoom info will be posted on our website.

Gaming Grant Support

PACs and DPACs are uncertain about changes to the BC Community Gaming Grant in light of COVID-19. Will funds be restricted? What does reporting look like? Is there a cap on the funds able to be rolled over?

The British Columbia Association for Charitable Gaming (BCACG) supports non-profits and charities with questions like this. Take a look at their website here.

BCACG offers webinars about gaming grant applications. Both classes sold out quickly in May. The next one is June 10 and will fill up fast too. If interested register here: https://bcacg.silkstart.com/events/webinar-community-gaming-grant-w-covid-19-related-info-2

Marvene is a great support here in Prince George with the Northern Interior Communities Association. Give her a call with questions or how to access resources for your PAC. Her contact info is below.

Marvene Layte, Coordinator

Northern Interior Communities Association
#214-1600 Third Ave.(2nd floor of PGNFC)
Prince George, BC, V2L 3G6

Home Office: 250-970-0357
Cellphone: 250.612.2031 Office: 250.562.2553
Email: coordinator@northernica.org 
Website: www.northernica.org

Hours: Mon-Thursday 10:00am to 4:30pm
(any other time please call or send me a text)

SD57 COVID-19 Update

Please take 5 minutes to listen to this video address from Superintendent Anita Richardson.

Update for Parents & Guardians of SD57 Students

The following document is an explanation of the 5 Stage Plan from the Ministry of Education as well as specific safety protocols being implemented in all SD57 schools. Please READ and follow the links provided.

Access the most up-to-date information is found on the SD57 website here: https://www.sd57.bc.ca/Pages/COVID19Updates.aspx#/=

We recommend the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) website and facebook page for updates interpreted for parents. Visit this site frequently: https://bccpac.bc.ca/index.php/resources/21-advocacy/861-c19-updates

Finally, the BC Center for Disease Control (BC CDC) has released a SURVEY for all residents of BC to gather feedback on the COVID-19 pandemic and Restart Plans. Read more here: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey

URGENT Survey for Parents

You should have received a SURVEY from your child’s teacher or Principal today. It is very important that you complete the survey by tomorrow Thursday May 21. One submission per child with your intentions to return your child to the school building or not. The choices are: yes, no, not sure yet. Access the survey here.

The Government of BC has established that schools in BC must be, at a minimum, offering the following direct service levels to students by June 1.    
The Ministry has set “density” limits (number of students in the class) of 50% for K to Grade 5 and 20% for Grade 6 to12, and recommended instructional times of 2 to 3 days per week for K to Grade 5 students, and one day per week for Grade 6 and 7 students.  Districts and regions can propose some variance of the above guidelines, provided any delivery beyond these requirements is within guidelines established by the Public Health Authority.  Please know that whether you choose to send your child to school in June or not is your choice.  This is an option that is being added to provide for the social/emotional needs of our students, and to enable parents to return to work.

A Summary from DPAC Executive
First they need to survey all families in the District to see how many students may be coming back.  Then they need to figure out where they will be put in the school if some classrooms have reached their densities before others. Partner groups will be consulted, and families will again be contacted to inform them of the plan.  A plan needs to be submitted to the Ministry by the end of Monday May 25th.  The Health and Safety Committee also needs to meet and review their procedures in light of the new numbers.  So the District has their work cut out for them, hence the URGENT email survey you may be receiving from your child’s teachers this morning.

To summarize:
-Essential Service Workers (ESW) category has now been expanded to include teachers; therefore, their kids will be eligible to return to school 5 days a week.
-This day will no longer be a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. day for ESWs children, but a normal school day.
-All non-ESW families in the District are now able to send their children to school starting June 1st as follows: K-5 for 2 to 3 days a week, full days.  6-12 one full day a week.
-Families are receiving communications (phone calls, emails) from their schools starting today and the District needs that info back ASAP to begin their planning.
-Once the District has numbers, they will formulate a plan.  No one will be refused within the parameters set out above (2-3 full days/week , 1 full day a week).
-School meals programs will continue as they are.
-The last day for all schools will be June 25th. There are no plans to extend the school year.
-If parents change their minds about their survey answers, they should call their school’s admin and have that conversation.
-Remote learning resources (online learning) will still be available for families who chose not to send their children back to school this school year, although they may not be as robust as before due to the presence of students in the classroom as well.

COVID-19 Update

An important update from BCCPAC following last Friday’s announcements about education. Please follow the links and get information from the source. Let DPAC know if you need any assistance.

COVID-19 Update for K-12 Education

Please review the information below AND our page where we have posted ALL documents and information.

May 12
Provincial Survey – BC has launched a population health survey to gather valuable information about how COVID-19 has impacted the health and well-being of people throughout the province. You can complete the survey up to May 31.

May 13
The Provincial State of Emergency was extended to May 26.

May 15
It was announced that on June 1, parents will have the option of sending their children to school part-time, with new health and safety measures implemented. BC’s Restart Plan outlines a gradual return to full-time classes by September, provided it is safe to do so. There was a LOT of information published and much to read.

May 20
The Minister of Education Rob Fleming and British Columbia School Trustees Association President Stephanie Higginson will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook and YouTube, Wednesday May 20 at 7:15 p.m. Learn more about the return to school for BC students in June. Submit your questions before Wednesday.

May 22
Since returning to class is voluntary and most students will be attending part time, school leaders will contact families (make sure they have your email/phone #) to make arrangements for children to return to in-class instruction. If parents/guardians have not heard from their schools by May 22, 2020, they are asked to contact their principal. Parents and caregivers are advised to follow the schedule provided for their child to ensure a safe and orderly restart.

May 25
Following the May 15 announcement, school districts are required to submit their Stage 3 Return-to-School Instruction Plan in readiness for June 1.

Online FoodSafe Options

DPAC has been discussing online FoodSafe options that are more accessible to parent volunteers at our schools. These are often more economical too. We are prepared to reimburse a portion of the fee for SD 57 PAC members who procedure a valid certificate. Contact us at DPAC@sd57learn.com or attend our June 1 Meeting if you are interested in this option.

SD57 Policy:
Food sold or served in schools will be prepared and handled in a safe manner and will take into account the nutritional needs of children and youths.

This means:
If food is prepared at an event for others there must be a person with a FoodSafe Level 1 certificate supervising at all times. If pre‐made food is being provided this does not apply.

The BC Public Health Act: Food Premises Regulation, Part 3, Division 2 – Training, FOODSAFE Training 10 states that:
1. Every operator of a food service establishment must hold a certificate, issued by a health official, for the successful completion of the food handler training program known as FOODSAFE or its equivalent.
2. Every operator of a food service establishment must ensure that, while the operator is absent from the food service establishment, at least one employee present in the establishment holds the certificate referred to in subsection (1).

This means that it is not required by the BC regulation that you have a valid FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate in order to work as a server or in food preparation provided at least one employee or the employer/operator on shift has a valid FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate. As long as there is at least one person on each shift who holds valid FOODSAFE level 1 certification or an approved equivalency your work should not be affected.
However, many employers and organizations have their own internal policies and procedures and may require that all their employees or volunteers have a valid (not-expired) FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate, or an approved equivalency, as part of all their employee/volunteer requirements. If this is the case, then you should follow-up with your employer/organization to ensure that you meet its internal policy.

The FOODSAFE course is about preventing the transmission of foodborne illness and also about worker safety on the job. People who prepare, serve and clean up food should take the course for the safety of the customers and also for their own safety. 

All FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued before July 29, 2013 expired on July 29, 2018.
All FOODSAFE Level 1 certificates issued since July 30, 2013 are valid for 5 years and the expiry date is indicated on your certificate.
If unsure whether you need to recertify, check the website here.

A FoodSafe course must provide a certificate result in the attendee being registered in the FOODSAFE registry upon successful completion. 

Certificate

foodsafe certificate
The FoodSafe certificate should look like this upon completion.

Wallet Card

foodsafe wallet-card
The following information for the individual which must match up exactly with the information in the FOODSAFE Registry:
First Name:
Last Name:
Gender:
Birth Date:

The online FoodSafe Level 1 for first time attendees or those with an expired FoodSafe certificate is $115 online and you have 20 days to complete it: https://openschool.bc.ca/foodsafe_level1/

Effective January 16, 2019 only individuals with a current FOODSAFE Level 1 certificate will be eligible to register for the online Refresher course. It is $55: https://www.openschool.bc.ca/foodsafe_refresher/

However these are just the Government of BC Open School links.  A quick search online showed there are many other options including (but limited to):

The costs for the above listed courses range from $25 to $150 dollars.

The online Food Handler Course must be accepted by the BC Centre for Disease Control as an equivalent to FoodSafe. Check the approved list here: