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Letter for staff and families: travel and fuel restrictions

November 22, 2021 3:59 PM

Dear SD42 staff and families,

As you know, a significant recovery effort is underway following widespread flooding last week that covered highways, washed out bridges, and cut off vital railroad links. To conserve fuel for essential service vehicles, the province has implemented two temporary emergency orders to restrict non-essential travel in some areas. The province has also declared a state of emergency, which will remain in effect until December 1.

On Sunday, November 21, the Ministry of Education confirmed educational staff are considered essential service workers and requested that school districts explore ways of eliminating non-essential travel to support conservation efforts. The ministry provided school districts with the following guiding principles to support this work:

  • Keeping students and staff safe, as well as those in the broader community; 
  • Maintaining access to in-person instruction and educational continuity; and
  • Reducing fuel usage within the sector to the greatest extent possible to contribute to the provincial fuel and travel restriction measures.

To ensure we do our part in eliminating non-essential travel and reducing fuel consumption, SD42 is implementing the following measures:

  • Deferring field trips and sporting events until after December 1 (where possible);
  • Moving in-person meetings requiring travel online (where possible);
  • Offering elementary teachers participating in scheduled online student reporting conferences with families the option to work from home provided they have a private/confidential work space; and
  • Encouraging district-based staff who are able to work from home to do so.

Additionally, we encourage both staff and families to explore other ways of limiting travel. Where possible, this may include relying on public transportation, carpooling, cycling, or walking.

We appreciate all of your efforts and thank you for your ongoing support of our schools and our communities.

Sincerely,

Harry Dhillon
Superintendent of Schools

Board chairperson and vice chairperson re elected

November 17, 2021 10:49 AM

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education re-elected trustee Korleen Carreras as chairperson and trustee Elaine Yamamoto as vice-chairperson during its November 17, 2021 regular meeting. Both positions are elected annually.

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School District 42 Board Decides Against Vaccine Mandate for Staff

November 12, 2021 2:36 PM

After careful deliberation, the School District 42 Board of Education has decided against mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for staff.

The decision follows a careful review of considerations outlined in the provincial guidance document and consultation with public health officials, who stated the benefits of a mandate are limited in communities like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, which already have high vaccination rates.

“We want to make it absolutely clear that we strongly encourage all staff and eligible students to get vaccinated,” said Board Chairperson Korleen Carreras. “We know vaccines are incredibly effective in reducing the risks associated with COVID-19 and we are grateful to our staff members who have already received their vaccinations.”

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have some of the highest vaccination rates in Fraser Health, with 88% of the 18+ population receiving their first dose and 85% receiving their second dose. According to a BCTF-produced study, vaccination levels among teachers are higher than the general population, with 94% reporting they are fully vaccinated.

Public health officials observed that schools continue to be low risk settings for transmission and can safely operate without 100% vaccine coverage. Officials also noted that mandates may potentially exacerbate inequalities for some, and recommended less invasive measures, such as promoting vaccinations among eligible staff.

“Throughout the pandemic, our district has relied on the guidance of public health officials when weighing difficult decisions around school safety,” said Carreras. “We will continue to follow their guidance as we work to encourage vaccines for all staff members.”

 

SD42 Survey: Facilities of the Future

October 28, 2021 3:12 PM

As part of the Strategic Facilities Plan consultation being undertaken by the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District Board of Education this year, we would like to invite you to participate in an online survey at https://letstalksd42.ca/facilities-of-the-future. (more…)

Livestream: October 20, 2021, regular meeting of the board

October 20, 2021 5:39 PM

The October 20, 2021, regular meeting of the board will be live-streamed at https://www.sd42.ca/online-board-meetings/ starting at 6 pm.

Planning for a safe and inclusive Halloween

October 19, 2021 3:51 PM

Dear families,

As Halloween approaches, I wanted to remind students and families of the need to be thoughtful and inclusive when selecting a costume to be worn at school. Please consider the two following guidelines when you and/or your child are making the costume selection: (more…)

Happy World Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2021 8:22 AM

Dear teachers,

World Teachers’ Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of our teaching staff and the contributions you make to our school communities. (more…)

October 1, 2021: Important update to the provincial K-12 mask mandate

October 1, 2021 1:22 PM

Dear families,

This morning, Minister of Education Jennifer Whiteside and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 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. I am writing to inform you about this change and to update you on the notification process for school exposures.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Truth and Reconciliation Week

September 23, 2021 12:03 PM

Dear families,

The Government of Canada recently designated September 30th a statutory holiday named the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in recognition of the lasting harm residential schools have had on Indigenous communities. We ask students, staff, and families to use this opportunity to reflect on the profound injustice of residential schools and ensure that the intergenerational trauma suffered by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit families is not forgotten. (more…)

Fraser Health: Routine immunizations for school-age children

September 20, 2021 9:15 AM

Dear families,

Please see the communication below from Fraser Health regarding routine immunizations for school-age children.  

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