September 20, 2020
MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT
- The District and LSS want to make sure that families have the latest information regarding all lf the changes that are happening throughout the District in response to COVID. Attached is the latest Information Bulletin from Superintendent Gord Stewart to all parents/guardians: COVID19 Information Bulletin 2020Sep18
- HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING AFTER GRADUATION AT LSS? Please see the attached poster to see which post-secondary school have already begun accepting applications!
DAILY HEALTH CHECK UPDATE
- Health and Safety continues to be our top priority. Thank you for completing daily health checks with your child and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. If you have not submitted your form to the school, please do so as soon as possible. Remember that you only need to submit the form ONCE; if you have submitted the form already, please remember to do the Daily Health Check verbally with your student.
- The BCCDC and BC Ministry of Health has changed guidelines around daily health check procedures. Notably, they have reduced the number of symptoms and included recommendations on what families should be doing in the event of an illness. Please read the new daily health check form and use it as a reference when completing the daily health check with your child. You are not required to complete or submit a new daily health check form to the school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.
- Health Check Form – Revised 2020Sep
DAILY HEALTH CHECK – TRANSLATED VERSIONS
- The new daily health check is translated into multiple languages. Please use these as a reference when completing the daily health check with your child. Thank you for doing your part in following our procedure and keeping the community health and safe.
PAC MEETING – 1st ONE OF THE YEAR!
- Parents and Guardians are invited to the 1st PAC Meeting of the year at LSS on Monday, Sept 21 at 7 pm. The PAC Meeting will be held in the Library Learning Commons, where we will be able to be physically distant. Please park in the new parking lot behind the school; the Library doors will be propped open for you starting at 6:45 pm.
NEW DISTRICT OPTION: DISTRIBUTED LEARNING (DL) AT UCONNECT
- District staff are continuing to explore potential options for families who feel the Transition Support Model is not right for them, and would like to continue the online option for longer than the 1st Quarter. The District is pleased to report that we are expanding the Kindergarten to Grade 7 blended program and have developed a new full-time online learning program for students in Grades 1-9. Please contact Mr. Moino via email if this is an option you would like to pursue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADE 11 and 12 WEEKLY SCHEDULE
- We have had a few questions about the Grade 11 and 12 weekly schedule. Please see the attached for clarification.
- Also, please note that we have talked to staff about a “soft start” on Wednesday afternoons, to allow students to be able to get home in time before the Online Teams class.
- Finally, on a 4-day school week (like this upcoming week, with no school on Friday, September 25), we will make the following adjustments:
- If there is no school on a Monday, then the Monday afternoon “face to face” class will be moved to the Wednesday afternoon.
- If there is no school on a Friday, then the Friday afternoon “face to face” class will be moved to the Wednesday afternoon.
- In short, in a 4-day school week, the Wednesday “Online Teams class” will be cancelled, in exchange for a face to face class with 1/2 of the students.
FAMILIES NEEDING EXTRA SUPPORT
- One of the effects of COVID is the impact on families and their finances. As a community, we are doing best to help out within our means. One way is by assisting families with our Lunch program. Another is by lending technology for student learning to families who do not have tech at home.
- Lunch Program: The lunch program is specific to families that struggle with providing a nutritious lunch each day. This program is based on necessity not convenience. If your family has difficulty in providing a nutritious lunch for your student, please click on the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rvqr_Ar4dE-2p7oVwqS7JDdB1hVTs1VMsw24uCKTq71UREVBS0MzTksxMkY4VjdBTjkwWkhIVzhJRi4u
- Technology: Below, you will find minimum recommended requirements for technology that connects with District apps and programs. If your family has difficulty in providing this technology for connecting to Teams, etc., please click on the following link. (Priority will be given in the short term to families using the Transition Support Model and students who are on hybrid learning at LSS: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rvqr_Ar4dE-2p7oVwqS7JDdB1hVTs1VMsw24uCKTq71UM0RKNVlWVEc4NzZKTVdFTVUzQ0lYSlIzUy4u
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) IN LANGLEY
- As per our start-up email, this is just a reminder that we are encouraging as much as is possible for students to equip themselves with some type of technology, both for current classwork and assignments, but also if the Province ever moves schools to “Phase 3” where there would be a higher percentage of learning happening online.
- Please see below for the recommended “specs” for student BYOD devices:
- Supported Hardware:
- Min screen size: 9.8’’ and up
- Hard drive size: 128 GB
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 n/ac and up
- Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 10 version 1903 and up
- OSX 10.13 and up
- IOS 11 and up
- Supported Hardware:
- Students and families who wish to purchase a laptop for their children should note that it will be something that they should be able to keep and use for a minimum of a three-year period.
- If any family has any questions or difficulties in supplying a laptop for their student, please do not hesitate to contact one of the LSS Admin, at one of the emails below.
STAFF SAINTS SWAG DAY
- Congratulations to Mr. Rowe and Mr. Nicol for their shared first prize win, with each of them wearing 6 items of Saints swag at one time! Thanks to all staff who participated in bringing some Saints school spirit to the first week of regular classes.
REMINDER: COVID-19 – RESOURCES TO OVERCOME HARDSHIPS
- Family & Community Support Webpage
- District and school staff are continuing to provide support for our families during this challenging time. The District website has a new Family & Community Support page to help parents/guardians cope with the impacts of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources including a comprehensive guide developed by the Langley Children Committee, containing health, housing, and financial support information. On this page you will also find a new weekly blog launched by Gail Markin, who is our District Teacher for Social Emotional Learning. She will be covering a new health and wellness topic every time. Thank you to our community partners for their ongoing support. Visit the page here
DISTRICT & COMMUNITY NEWS
- DPAC Presents: “Let’s Talk Substances” Zoom event on September 29th. Please see the attached flyer for more information:
- Community Bulletin Board – SD#35 Langley: To find out more about the different community events happening in our District, consider making it a habit to go to the District’s website, and you will certainly be in the know! https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/community-bulletin-board/
- Sept 23 – School Photo Day
- Sept 25 – School Improvement Day (Students NOT in Session)
- Sept 29/30 – Admin presentations to Grade 9 cohorts
- Sept 30 – Every Child Matters – Orange Shirt Day
- Sept 30 – Virtual Terry Fox School Run
- Oct 5 – World Teachers’ Day
- Oct 12 – Thanksgiving (School CLOSED)
- Oct 13 – School Photo Retake Day (in the morning)
- Oct 16 – Quarter 1 “Half-time” – Classes SWAP, from a.m. to p.m., and p.m. to a.m.
- Oct 19-23 – Parent/Teacher Conversations
- Oct 23 – Provincial Professional Development Day (Students NOT in Session)
- June 16 – LSS Grad Ceremony, Tentatively Booked at CLA, 7 pm
- June 29 – Final Report Cards Issued