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Message to Families

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe. We know that families are dealing with many challenges and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, not the least of which is your child’s education. Please know that all of us at HSS are working very hard to ensure the continuity of learning for our students, and all students now have academic course learning available to them through their regular classroom teachers.

We wanted to make you aware that our Sea to Sky School District webpage has been updated to include our District COVID-19 Plan. Our district webpage contains information on the measures and supports that have been put in place to maintain the education and wellbeing of your child while ensuring the safety of all students, families and employees.  Please click here for full details. While there is a significant amount of very important information on this webpage, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some information specific to student learning which has been updated over the past several days. The following information is outlined in a Q&A format intended for clarity.

Please take a moment to review the following frequently asked questions and answers:

  1. Are all students expected to take part in online learning? Please note, staff and school administration will take into account extenuating circumstances which may affect a student’s ability to fully engage in some or all online learning activities provided. For example, we know of a number of instances in which students are working part time or full time to supplement their family income, or they are providing care to younger siblings or children of essential service workers. We are also aware of instances in which students have limited internet access outside of school and we are working with local internet service providers to help resolve these issues on a temporary basis while online learning is in place. These are just a few of the circumstances that staff and admin take into account when making accommodations for student learning. We just ask that students or their parents convey any extenuating circumstance(s) to teachers and any necessary provisions will be put into effect to support our students as needed. If you have any questions regarding your child’s specific circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s teachers at the contact information detailed below.
  1. Will all students receive a final mark for each course they are enrolled in? Yes, all students will receive a final grade and a percentage for each course they are enrolled in and successfully complete from now until the end of the school year. There may be instances in which students who are exempted from online course requirements due to one or more of the circumstances listed above will have their mark standing as of Spring Break stand for their final mark. For all other students, the final mark will be based on a blend of their mark at Spring Break and the work they complete until the end of the school year. 

  2. What supports are in place for students with disabilities and diverse abilities? Learning opportunities and assignments for students during this time are expected to be reasonable and manageable for parents. Teachers are working with parents and students to develop a learning plan and provide work that is manageable for them in a home environment.

  3. Will midterm report cards, scheduled for April, be issued? Given the transition time required to change over to online learning, it was determined that the April reporting period would not necessarily be an accurate reflection of student learning. Yearend report cards will be issued in June with final marks in each course.

  4. My child is in Grade 12 and universities require midterm marks as part of their admissions process. How will the universities be provided marks if there is no midterm report card? HSS teachers will be submitting all midterm marks for Grade 12 students April 24th, in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines. These marks will be available to universities. Grade 12 Students will also be provided with instructions for accessing their interim marks.

  5. How do I get an idea of my child’s progress with their online learning? There are several ways students are kept informed of their progress in their online learning. Different teachers are using different technologies to communicate with students, so one of the following options will work.  

    • Google Classroom: Most teachers are now using Google Classroom for daily communication with students. Assignments and marks will also be posted in student classrooms.  Your child has full access to their Google classrooms. Please have them show you their progress.

    • MyEdBC: Many teachers post their marks and assignments on MyEdBC. We have created a brief video here that demonstrates how to login and navigate this software program.

    • Teacher Websites: Several teachers are maintaining a website where marks and assignments will be posted. Please refer to the list of teacher websites here.

    • Teacher email: Any student or parent can email their teacher directly to inquire about their academic standing in any particular class. Please click here for a list of staff email addresses.

 

Another useful source of information is outlined in a Ministry of Education document, entitled “Frequently Asked Questions on Continuity of Learning”.  Much of the information on this document has been summarized on our School District website. This Ministry document can be accessed by clicking here.

We will continue to provide you with further updates as they come forward.

Please contact me by email or call at 604 892-5261 ext. 105 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the information outlined above.

 

Regards,

Nick Pascuzzi

Principal

 

 

 

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