SD48 Enrollment Options & Registration Details

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*For new student registration information, please see our Registration web page HERE.
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Thank you for filling out our survey last week regarding your enrollment intentions for school start-up this year. The outstanding response rate has really helped us in our preliminary safety planning for our schools.
 
The Ministry of Education has directed school districts to reopen under the terms within Stage 2 of the K to 12 Restart Plan. They emphasize that, “maximizing in-class instruction for all students within current health and safety guidelines for schools is a crucial part of BC’s Restart Plan,” and that, “school is a safe and welcoming space that provides access to supports that may not be available in a home environment.” All schools have now updated their safety plans for Stage 2 describing what school will look like for students this September. This information is posted on each school website and has been sent home by email. The goal of maximizing in-class instruction while maintaining the safety guidelines has been met in each of the SD48 schools.
 
As schools implement their safety plans, situations in a class, block, or course may arise where a school will need to enhance the applied safety measures. For example, some courses in secondary schools may need to move to a larger setting in the school to support the learning group cohorts with physical distancing. Should a new setting not mitigate the safety concerns, we would again apply further enhanced safety measures. Such measures may include reducing the number of students in that course through a hybrid model (part on-line learning, part in-class learning) at the maximum level of in-class instruction that we can maintain. Under all circumstances, the safety protocols will be rigorously maintained.
 
While we believe that schools are the best places for students to learn and develop with their peers, we have also taken your survey information, and the questions that you have shared with us, and built additional options in more detail for families to consider in this uncertain time.
 
Below you will find a description of each of the three enrollment options for both Kindergarten to Grade 9 students and for Grades 10 to 12 students, and information about how to enroll or register your child.  As well, we have information below for the short term Transition Program, along with a description of how to register your child.
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K-9 Enrollment Options & Registration Details
This option places your child in the care of their classroom teacher and provides a supportive in-class instructional environment to enhance their academic and social emotional development. This option also provides students with most of the routines they are accustomed to at school. During instructional time students will spend their time primarily with their class and classroom teacher in both the regular classroom setting and sometimes, in outdoor learning spaces. Outside of instructional time, students in elementary schools will interact within a Learning Group cohort of no more than 60 students and staff. These interactions will occur primarily during transition to recess and lunch breaks where there will be staggered schedules where necessary. Learning groups will have designated play spaces on the playing fields. The measures in the school safety plans for COVID exposure control, including enhanced cleaning, floor markings and signage, sanitizing and hand washing stations, Learning Group Cohorts, and controlled access to the buildings have been carefully and thoughtfully developed to minimize risk of exposure. 
 
If you choose this option, there is no further action needed. We're looking forward to seeing your child on September 10th!
 
Please note: If you are concerned about your child attending school in September due to a significant mental health or medical condition or due to the medically supported condition of someone else in your home, contact the Director of Learning Services (pclarke@sd48.bc.ca) for information about staying enrolled in your school, and in a Learning Group cohort, but remaining at home with Homebound Program Support.
In this option, students enroll with Sea to Sky (SSO) for the duration of the school year or longer and withdraw from their local school. Students are supervised at home by their parent or guardian and the education program is developed, supported, and provided online by a Sea to Sky Online teacher through a minimum of:
  • regular contact (google classroom, email, etc.);
  • weekly face to face contact online; and,
  • monthly in person meetings in your community.
Should you wish to return your child to their local school mid-year, their return would be contingent upon space being available at that time.
 
To register at the Sea to Sky Online School click HERE. 
Homeschool students are registered at their local school but have all educational programming and supervision provided by their parent/guardian. The parent or guardian creates and delivers all curriculum and all learning activities. A qualified teacher is not involved in the educational program but may, from time to time and upon request, assist the parent with an assessment of current learning. Students who remain in homeschooling in grades 10 to 12 are not eligible for a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma). You can find more information on homeschooling HERE.
 
To register for homeschooling, contact your principal and they will help you with the registration process.
This short-term option does not require a student to attend school in person right away and is meant as a bridge for those students needing more time to return to school. This option means that you would prefer to have your child remain enrolled in your local school, and connected to your school by being placed in a Learning Group cohort and their online platform (google classroom), but also temporarily remain at home with the educational program provided online by a Sea to Sky Online teacher, until you choose to either:
 
     a) return your child to in-class instruction;or,
     b) choose to remain on line with SSO.

Students are supervised at home by their parent or guardian and the education program is developed, supported, and provided online by a Sea to Sky Online teacher through a minimum of:
  • regular contact (google classroom, email, etc.);
  • weekly face to face contact online; and,
  • monthly in person meetings in your community.

Each family choosing this option will be asked to make a final decision on their child’s placement in either item a) or b) above by October 30, 2020. Then on November 12, 2020 the student will either return to their Learning Group cohort at their school or remain with their Sea to Sky Online teacher for the remainder of the school year. If the choice is to remain with Sea to Sky Online (b from above), the student’s seat at their local school will no longer be held. The student may always return to their school later in the school year contingent upon the availability of space.
 
Please note that French Immersion students may choose this option and also have their seat held in French Immersion. Though the online learning instruction will not likely be in French, some of the learning resources available may be.
 
To register in the K-9 Transition Program click HERE.
Grade 10-12 Enrollment Options & Registration Details 
This option places your child in the care of their classroom teacher and provides a supportive in-class instructional environment to enhance their academic and social emotional development. To reduce the number of students and staff from different Learning Groups that interact, while still maintaining important peer connections, students will be enrolled in the quarter system. In the quarter system:
  • students take 2 courses a quarter, 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon;
  • there are 4 quarters; and,
  • each quarter is approximately 9 weeks.
The quarter system reduces the number of Learning Groups with which students and staff interact during instructional time, as well as the number of transitions between classes. Anytime multiple learning groups are in close proximity and cannot maintain physical distancing (for example, moving through hallways), masks will be required. In any block of instructional time where multiple learning groups are enrolled in the same course, students will reduce their physical contact within their learning group in that classroom and will maintain 6 ft of physical distance from the other learning groups.
 
Most schools and classrooms have the space needed to maintain these safety protocols. In any course/block where the space does not permit these safety protocols to be maintained, other measures will be applied which continue to maintain maximum classroom instruction. For example, that course could be moved to a new location, students may need to wear masks, etc. Finally, in any course/block where all of the enrolled students cannot safely maintain the safety protocols, a hybrid model with reduced numbers of students seated in the classroom at any time, will be created. Any students not seated in the class during such a hybrid will be rotated into the classroom on a schedule so all students get in-class instruction. All students not seated in a class during their block should be able to work in a different environment within the school, rather than going home.
 
Overview of a typical day:
  • On arrival, students will be directed by staff and clear signage to hand washing /  sanitizing stations.
  • Where needed to reduce crowding, some sites will have staggered entry, break, and exit times.
  • Clear signage will direct movement through the schools, and provide physical distancing and hygiene reminders.
  • Students will attend their morning and afternoon classes. Hand hygiene stations will be available in every class.
  • Where students from 2 or more Learning Groups are in the same class, there will be clear signage indicating where each Group sits to maintain physical distance. A larger learning space may be assigned; where physical distancing by members outside of a Learning Group is not possible, masks will be worn.
  • During breaks and lunch, students will wear masks when not in their Learning Group, and all times when moving through hallways.
 
If you choose this option, there is no further action needed. We're looking forward to welcoming your child back to school!
 
Please note: If you are concerned about your child attending school in September due to a significant mental health or medical condition or due to the medically supported condition of someone else in your home, contact the Director of Learning Services (pclarke@sd48.bc.ca) for information about staying enrolled in your school, and in a Learning Group cohort, but remaining at home with Homebound Program Support.
In this option, students enroll with Sea to Sky Online (SSO) for the duration of the school year or longer and withdraw from their local school. Students are supervised at home by their parent or guardian and the education program is developed, supported, and provided online by a Sea to Sky Online teacher through a minimum of:
  • regular contact (Moodle, Google classroom, email, etc.);
  • face to face contact online; and,
  • monthly in person meetings in your community.
To register at the Sea to Sky Online School click HERE.
Homeschool students are registered at their local school but have all educational programming and supervision provided by their parent/guardian. The parent or guardian creates and delivers all curriculum and all learning activities. A qualified teacher is not involved in the educational program but may, from time to time and upon request, assist the parent with an assessment of current learning. Students who remain in homeschooling in grades 10 to 12 are not eligible for a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma). You can find more information on homeschooling HERE.
 
To register for homeschooling, contact your principal if you have not already done so, and they will help you with the registration process. 
This short-term option does not require a student to attend school in person right away and is meant as a bridge for those students needing more time to return to school. This option means that you would prefer to have your child remain enrolled in your local school, and connected to your school by being placed in a Learning Group cohort and their online platform (google classroom), but also temporarily remain at home with the educational program provided online by a Sea to Sky Online teacher, until you choose to either:
 
     a) return your child to in-class instruction;or,
     b) choose to remain on line with SSO.

Students are supervised at home by their parent or guardian and the education program is developed, supported, and provided online by a Sea to Sky Online teacher through a minimum of:
  • regular contact (google classroom, email, etc.);
  • weekly face to face contact online; and,
  • monthly in person meetings in your community.

Each family choosing this option will be asked to make a final decision on their child’s placement in either item a) or b) above by October 30, 2020. Then on November 12, 2020 the student will either return to their Learning Group cohort at their school or remain with their Sea to Sky Online teacher for the remainder of the school year. If the choice is to remain with Sea to Sky Online (b from above), the student’s seat at their local school will no longer be held. The student may always return to their school later in the school year contingent upon the availability of space.
 
*Please note that French Immersion students may choose this option and also have their seat held in French Immersion. Though the online learning instruction will not likely be in French, some of the learning resources available may be.
 
For more information surrounding the Transition Program: 10-12 click HERE.
 
To register in the 10-12 Transition Program click HERE.