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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix announced, through a statement, 18 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,507. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 2,042. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31st.  

Positive News Stories!

School District#37 – Delta

Indigenous Educator and Cultural Enhancement Facilitator Nathan “Kaanaax Kuwoox” Wilson is constantly fishing for good lessons for his students. Nathan recently went to Oolichan/Eulachon fishing and captured the experience on video. He demonstrated the harvesting process from getting the boat ready to cooking up his catch. Students were asked to reflect on Nathan’s teachings about patience, mother nature and the importance of giving back to the community or better understand sequential planning. https://vimeo.com/411586842

 

School District #71 – Comox Valley

Royston Elementary school principal Ms. Doran and her dog Peggy joined staff to create a fun video to welcome Kindergarten students to their school this fall. The video gives students and their families a glimpse of what kindergarten classrooms might look like when they start school. https://youtu.be/ZuLfOvSQnVY

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 12 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,479. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 2,020. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Tomorrow, Friday May 22nd @1pm on CTV, Silken Laumann and her volunteer organization Unsinkable Youth, are hosting an event with students that celebrates and uplifts youth during this COVID lockdown. Learn more – https://weareunsinkable.com/youth-event/

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31st.  

Positive News Story!

School District#42 – Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows

Westview Secondary music students are hitting a virtual high note! The school’s music director, Linda Jensen, has set up a virtual recording studio in her dining room and come up with creative online exercises to keep her choir, band and jazz band students engaged while distance learning. Read the full story: https://www.sd42.ca/district-highlight/students-hitting-virtual/

School District#41 – Burnaby

Virtual Assembly Supports Grads with Safe Choices! Grade 12 students from every high school in the Burnaby School District attended the first-ever interactive and virtual assembly with an internationally-renowned speaker about making safe choices during grad year and beyond. While typically these frank conversations with Grade 12s are about the consequences of intoxication and driving, this year it was broadened to safe choices and supporting each other – something that is particularly relevant because of COVID-19.

https://burnabyschools.ca/blog/2020/05/14/virtual-assembly-supports-grads-with-safe-choices/

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 21 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,467. The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 2,001. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0026-000917

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey. The survey will be open until May 31st.  

Positive News Story!

 The Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Academy in Comox wanted to honour and express their appreciation to the Comox Valley’s essential service workers so, in early May, they created the Heart Project. With the help of a parent volunteer, they were able to give wooden hearts to the school community to decorate for the purpose of hanging on the front fence of the school. It was such a positive and encouraging activity for our families and staff to participate in. Hopefully, all essential service workers who see the hearts on display will be encouraged as well. Check out the video to see the results!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI-5ydhyqZM

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 2 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases of COVID-19 to 2,446. (From May 16th to May 18th, 16 new cases were announced) The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,975. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today  – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

The Provincial Health Officer is looking for your help as she surveys British Columbians on their own personal response to COVID-19. You can participate in the survey – Your Story, Our Future – at: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-survey

Positive News Story!

School District #36 – Surrey

Students of all ages in Surrey are becoming accustomed to remote learning, and teachers are finding creative ways to tackle every subject at home. Elementary students have been sizing up household objects for their math classes, comparing and contrasting sizes to illustrate measurement – from food to toy trucks to rocks and everything in between. https://www.surreyschools.ca/NewsEvents/Posts/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=832

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Ministry of Education: Restarting BC’s Schools

Click on the link above for comprehensive information from the Government of BC regarding the partial return to in-class instruction June 1.

 

 

Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 15 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,392.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,885. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today  – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Story!

School District #37 – Delta

Everyone misses the Seaquam Secondary coffee cart! Normally on a Friday, staff at Seaquam would see the smiling faces of LifeSkills students as they deliver coffee. Students miss chatting and laughing with staff for their regular Coffee Cart Friday. Recently, the students sent virtual messages of happiness instead.

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 16 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,376.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,859. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today  – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Story!

 School District #37 – Delta

Karen Aubey is a teacher at Hellings Elementary School in the Delta School District who teaches students with diverse learning needs. Over the past few weeks, she has been sending her students colour coded weekly learning plans and fun at home learning activities that include; drawing posters, learning about recycling and making a birdhouse,  and baking and going on nature walks.  One of her students, a 10-year old girl, wrote a ‘thank you’ letter to healthcare workers and asked Karen to send it on to doctors and nurses. Karen shared it on her social media channels and also forwarded it to organizations such as the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. To date, the letter has been seen by many healthcare workers, even as far away as in the Netherlands.

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 7 new cases in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,360.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,832. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today  – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Story!

 School District #42 – Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows

Kanaka Creek kindergarten teacher Dawn Flanagan is collecting artwork from Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District students and sharing the cards with seniors to remind them they are not alone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the story: https://bit.ly/2L64pQ2 

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 23 new cases (9 cases from Saturday/Sunday and 14 cases today) of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,353.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,719. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today  – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Stories!

School District #73 – Kamloops

Hard Work Pays Off for a New Health Care Assistant Grad! NorKam Senior Secondary Grad Mylee Rydoell couldn’t have timed it any better. She couldn’t have known, when she signed up for the Health Care Assistant program in grade 11 that she would step out of the classroom and straight into her career, but that’s what happened.  When in-class instruction was closed down in BC March 17 due to COVID-19, she was in the midst of completing her training in the SD73 Health Care Assistant certification program. She finished her practicum on March 17, graduated on March 31, and started working full-time as a health care assistant on April 1st. https://www.sd73.bc.ca/Modules/News/index.aspx?newsId=bb9ba37f-df1b-437b-adf0-2fd2306c4fe2

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,315.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,579. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom  – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0026-000847

Today’s Good News Stories!

School District #33 – Chilliwack

Vedder Middle School staff wanted to find a meaningful way to express their gratitude to frontline health care workers for their tireless work and commitment during this exceptional time, so they created the “Heart Warming Project.” Every week a group of students complete a unique and creative art project that is displayed in the community.  Recently grade 6 students decorated wood-heart cut-outs that were “planted” by teachers in areas frequented by first responder around Chilliwack.

School District #19 – Revelstoke

Revelstoke Secondary teachers Tessa Davis and Lori Snider found a unique way to connect students with their passion for music during COVID-19. Through the schools Music Facebook page they reached out to students and planned daily deliveries of musical instruments to their students. They said they completely underestimated the love and joy they received from students and parents. Students were waiting at windows, sending messages, and there were smiles at every step of the journey as they dropped off the instruments. (Photos in Folder) Read more: https://revelstokemountaineer.com/revelstoke-schools-adapt-to-remote-education/

School District#72 – Campbell River

The school district’s teacher librarians started an audiobook challenge called “One District, One Book.” Every two weeks a new audiobook will be featured that is available for free from Audible. Students across the district can download the audiobook, listen and submit a drawing, poem or other reflection on the book to be entered into a prize draw for a new book to be dropped off at their home. They can also play an online game on Kahoot to test their knowledge from the book. More info can also be found on the district home page  – www.sd72.bc.ca

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Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 33 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,288.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,512. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Also released today, see a joint statement for Child and Youth Mental Health Day with Minister Darcy, Minister Conroy and Minister Fleming – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020MMHA0026-000829

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School District #37 – Delta – Homework help for students! Seaquam Secondary is offering its students a virtual homework club through the new Seaquam Secondary Homework Club. Students who need support or have questions regarding school work can email educational assistants who will respond as soon as possible to make arrangements to provide extra help through email, Google Meet or by phone.  https://se.deltasd.bc.ca/news-events/news/homework-club-is-available/

School District #39 – Vancouver

Date info received: May 6

Details: Inspired by #Wave4TheFrontline to thank health care workers and emergency responders, the district is inviting other school districts to join the #Wave4Education.  With more than 50 video submissions, district senior Management, district staff and school board trustees joined in the #Wave4Education to thank our teachers, staff and support workers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The song used in the video is called “Goodnight Moon” by local Juno Award winning band, Said the Whale. This local band not only went to schools in the Vancouver School District when they were kids, but the artists have also supported their music programs through their music. Watch the video here –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zkiU5AUvso&feature=emb_logo

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Premier John Horgan, joined by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, announced B.C.’s Restart Plan this afternoon. Here is the news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0026-000826

As part the plan, the province has outlined the Ministry of Education’s five stage approach to supporting students, families and staff. Here is the backgrounder – Scroll down to page 3 to see Education! https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/BG_Parks_and_Sites_and_In-Class_Learning.pdf

Also today, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Dix, announced 23 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,255.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,494. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0026-000825

Today’s Good News Story!

School District#6 (Rocky Mountain)

A Grade 12 Golden Secondary School student named Caylee Gingras was looking for a way to reach out to her fellow graduates of 2020. She was searching for a way to connect with her peers as well as create something unique and memorable. Working from a pattern she found, Caylee made up a GRAD 2020 face mask for all of the students in her class. She hopes that students will remember the unique and unprecedented experience they have shared with each other and feel a little bit more connected. Well done Caylee!

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Tomorrow, Wednesday May 6th, Premier Horgan will address the province to talk about the COVID-19 restart plan for British Columbians. The exact time is TBC. The news conference will be broadcasted live on the BC Government Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix, announced 8 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,232.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,472. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Stories!

School District # 83(Okanagan Shuswap) – Look at these adorable baby chicks! At Carlin Elementary Middle School teacher Brittany Hall is hatching baby chicks with her students . . . virtually that is. As of Wednesday, April 29th, Hall’s Grade 2/3 students are now proud parents to one White Silkie, one Americauna and four Danish Brown Leghorns chicks (these are all Heritage breeds of chickens). Everyone is doing well! To prepare for the chicks’ arrival students learned many things including about the incubator, candling to see if the egg is fertilized, the structure of the egg and much more. Read more: https://sd83.bc.ca/2020/04/30/theyve-arrived/

School District #42(Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows) – Aboriginal Support Worker Natalie Robertson wanted to stay connected with students and families in the Ab Ed program, so she recently hosted a bannock-making session on Zoom. Read the story: https://www.sd42.ca/district-highlight/students-reconnect-virtually/

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Music Monday:  It’s Music Monday – one of the world’s largest single events dedicated to raising awareness about music education. Normally, this event is a series of live concert performances at venues across the country. This year, however, it is moving online to help people maintain physical distancing during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the Ministry of Education news release from yesterday celebrating the creative ways teachers are helping students continue their music education: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0034-000804

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases over two days (34 on Sunday and 19 today) of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2224.  The PHO also shared new modeling on the possible trajectory of the virus in B.C. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Story!

School district #68

May the fourth be with you! Darth Vader (A.K.A. Chad Jobe, a teacher in the Learning Alternative program) offers timely tips to students and families in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District. Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loaD-yuO5oQ&feature=youtu.be

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 Update – May 1, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 33 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2,145.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1,357. The joint statement is posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News in Education!  We have added more 30 more stories this week! Check out the “Good News in Education” webpage: https://www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools/goodnews

Music Monday  – In celebration of Music Monday(May 4, 2020)  Adams Road Elementary – the only elementary school in the Surrey School District that utilizes Ableton Live in its CORE Music classes – put together video utilizing Ableton’s sampler and drum racks to recreate the intro to Canadian Artist The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights using only items found around my house. Have a look and listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efN-kk7iNvg&feature=youtu.be

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Update – April 30, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2112.  The total number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in B.C. is 1322. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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School District #68 – Remember the Departure Bay ducklings, they’re almost ready to hatch – probably tonight or tomorrow. Watch them here! https://www.facebook.com/groups/808593846296920/

Departure Bay Eco-School elementary teacher Tanya Cairns started a Facebook group for her class and any other families, classes, and people interested in watching the incubation and hatching of ducks. She has posted some videos and will be posting a live feed link closer to the hatching process.

School District #36 – Surrey is the first school district in Canada to pilot a new online resource for Grade 4-12 students and their parents addressing youth wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In collaboration with the Stigma-Free Society, the district is working with the charity to offer the Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, an online community-based participatory program to promote mental wellness. Developed with mental health experts, professors and psychologists, the resource provides students, teachers and parents effective and useful content for children and teens to manage their health and wellbeing. https://www.surreyschools.ca/NewsEvents/Posts/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=822

 

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Update – April 29, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 34 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2087.  Note: To date, 1305 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Today’s Good News Stories!

Stop reading and watch this video! School District #43 – Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education Secondary teacher Jose Gibson wanted to stay connected with his students and co-workers by creating a music video to the song “Take On Me” by A-ha while preparing laptops to loan to students who needed access to technology for continuity of learning. Watch his video here

School District#42 – Students at Yennadon Elementary in Maple Ridge are putting on their detective hats and searching for the next online clue thanks to a new school-wide online activity called Mystery Reader.  Mystery Reader was created by a local teacher and is helping to keep students excited and engaged with their reading as they learn from home. The Mystery Reader, who is a member of the school community, writes five not-too-obvious clues that will help students guess their identity over the course of a week. Beginning on a Monday, teachers reveal one new clue each day, which generates a lot of discussion and suspense. On Friday, after students have received all five clues, they make predictions about the identity of the Mystery Reader. Teachers encourage students to try to use critical thinking and any evidence they may have to back up their predictions. Finally, on Friday, the Mystery Reader virtually visits all the classes, students, and teachers and reads a picture book aloud. (Photo in file) https://www.sd42.ca/district-highlight/activity-students-collecting/

School District#44 – Blueridge Elementary Grade 6/7 teachers from North Vancouver have come up with an awesome challenge to document their students’ physical literacy progress: completing Terry Fox’s cross-country Marathon of Hope route – virtually. Students and their teachers are getting in their kilometres on foot, bike and by wheelchair, and are logging them through mapping apps. The collective goal is to reach 6,000-kilometres! Students’ families are encouraged to join in and contribute kilometres to this challenge, designed to foster a sense of togetherness during these challenging times. You can see the video here: https://vimeo.com/413191886

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Update – April 28, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 2053.  Note: To date, 1231 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

 

Today’s Good News Stories!

School District#44 – A rainbow of hearts have been painted across the windows of North Vancouver School District’s head office. The hearts were created by the district’s social committee to spread a cheerful message of support and gratitude to health-care workers. The hearts are painted on the windowed face of the building, located on the Lonsdale corridor and in close proximity to Lions Gate Hospital so frontline workers can see the hearts as they travel to and from work. A Coast Salish Welcome Pole, Kayachtn, positioned at the front of the building, serves as the focal point for the project, reminding everyone of the ever-present connection to local Indigenous communities. https://www.sd44.ca/Pages/newsitem.aspx?ItemID=860&ListID=d00680b1-9ba1-4668-9328-d82dd27dacd4&TemplateID=Announcement_Item#/=

School District#43 – Jessica L, a Grade 11 student at Port Moody Secondary School, started a summer project last year called, Sewsociety Project, to raise awareness on textile waste and to help stop fast fashion. With the recent turn of events, she and her club members were looking for a way to give back so they have been making scrub caps for local nurses and health care workers.

https://www.tricitynews.com/news/these-tri-city-teens-are-sew-committed-to-helping-health-care-nurses-1.24111442

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Update – April 27, 2020

Important information: Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28th, Minister Fleming and Stephanie Higginson, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, will provide an update on the many activities underway in the education system while in-class learning is suspended for most students. Fleming and Higginson will make brief statements before answering questions from reporters. (See more details in PDF attached)

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 50 new cases from Sunday and Monday (39 cases from Sunday, 11 cases from Monday) of COVID-19 in B.C., bringing the total number of cases to 1998.  Note: To date, 1190 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

On Sunday Apr. 26th the Ministry of Education put out a news release to support LGBTQ2S+ students during the pandemic – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0020-000755

Today’s Good News Stories!

School District#22 – Dan Osborn, an elementary teacher at Ellison Elementary in Vernon, has been creating songs to share with his class – the most recent song is a COVID19 parody version of a Disney song “Into the Unknown,” from the Frozen 2 movie. Listen to his amazing voice here – https://youtu.be/idzyMVYXIz0

School District#23 – French Immersion students at Glenrosa Middle School in Kelowna were fundraising for a trip to Vancouver. Part of this was through popcorn sales at lunch, but because they couldn’t go this year they decided to donate the popcorn to our frontline workers. Staff are making donations to cover the cost of the popcorn so that the students do not lose any money. They also decided that any excess money beyond the cost of the popcorn will be donated to the food bank. Well done Kelowna students!

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Update – April 24, 2020

 NEW information: Check out the new “Good News in Education” webpage highlighting remarkable stories of students, educators, parents, staff and communities who are going above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic as they find new creative ways of learning and teaching. New stories will be added every week! https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/administration/program-management/safe-caring-and-orderly-schools/good-news

 Today’s Good News Story! School District#71 – Looking for a new way to cook your smoked salmon this weekend? Here is a fun video demonstration of how to smoke salmon, created by the Comox Valley Indigenous Education Curriculum Support Teacher for the District’s Secondary Schools. Prior to the suspension of in-class instruction, Lelaina Jules visited schools and food prep programs to demonstrate how to fillet salmon and smoke it. Presentations like this are examples how the school district can enhance Indigenous ways and knowing with unique learning opportunities that celebrate the culture and traditions of the Pacific North West. https://youtu.be/wION33_pP78

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. through a statement, bringing the total number of cases to 1853.

Note: To date, 1114 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000756

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Safer Schools Together are providing a unique opportunity for parents and students to access COMPLIMENTARY remote training sessions and valuable resources during COVID-19.

For Parents – “Raising Responsible Digital Learners” (April 29th)

For Students – “Social Media Awareness, Digital Footprints & Cyberbullying in the Age of COVID-19” (April 30th) 

Update – April 23, 2020

 Positive News! School District#42 – A Grade 1/2 teacher at Laity View Elementary teacher in Maple Ridge came up with a unique way to stay connected with students while teaching them about non-fiction writing. The teacher wrote 21 personalized letters and mailed them on April 5th, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a post-it note that informed the students to keep the envelope for a future writing assignment. Here is a video of a student reading the letter they received.  https://youtu.be/5BpxIJPZoZo

https://www.mapleridgenews.com/community/video-maple-ridge-teacher-mails-letters-to-each-of-her-students/

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 29 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1824. Note: To date, 1092 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Tonight at 7:15 p.m., there will be a Virtual Town Hall meeting for the Interior – Fraser Health Region. (Note* This will be the last virtual town hall for the health authorities.)

The virtual townhall will be live streamed on the B.C. government Facebook page and YouTube channel.

 NEW information: You can find daily COVID-19 testing numbers on the BC Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 dashboard: http://www.bccdc.ca/hea…/diseases-conditions/covid-19/data

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Update – April 22, 2020

Please read! See a Ministry of Education news release from earlier today re: School district Meal programshttps://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0032-000734

Positive News! School District 33 – About fifty Chilliwack school bus drivers are creating works of art to show kids they are missed during the pandemic by painting rocks, creating signs and chalking sidewalks and leaving them throughout the city for students to see – https://www.theprogress.com/news/chilliwack-school-bus-drivers-reach-out-to-sidelined-students/

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 71 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1795. Note: To date, 1079 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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Update – April 21, 2020

Positive News! Art appreciation. School District 22 – The Fine Arts teacher at Lavington Elementary in Vernon is doing a ‘Weekly Challenge’ aimed at students and families that encourages everyone to stay in touch with their artistic and creative side.  The teacher then posts a video of the submissions at the end of the week for the school community to see.  Check them out here: https://sites.google.com/sd22learns.ca/finearts/home 

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1724.  Note: To date, 1041 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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Update – April 20, 2020

Education News – please read: Check out our News You can Use released this morning – Education assistants find new ways to help students

Ministry of Education News – please read: See our Saturday news release – Technology loans giving more children the opportunity to learn at home

Positive Student Stories
Congratulations to the grade 9’s at King David High School in Vancouver for their commitment to the annual SleepOut Student Edition for @CovenantHouseBC last week. They participated in an altered version (in their own back yards) of the #CHSleepout in support of homeless youth and raised $7,635. Well Done!

Students at M.V. Beattie Elementary in Enderby are creating robots for NASA, building rollercoasters for amusement parks and building pirate ships for Captain Hook, as they channel their love of Lego while participating in a 30-day learning challenge. M.V. Beattie’s school’s vice-principal and head custodian lead the daily exercise by creating their Lego masterpieces and posting photos of their creations, along with students, on the school district’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/SD83mvb/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 52 new cases (29 from Sunday, 23 today) of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1699.  Note: To date, 1039 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, have now recovered. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

FYI – There are two COVID-19 Virtual townhall meetings tonight:

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Update – April 16, 2020

Positive Student Story – The Fine Arts teacher at Lavington Elementary in Vernon is doing a ‘Weekly Challenge’ that any of their families can do if they choose to – these challenges encourage students to keep in touch with their creative side.  The teacher then posts a video of the challenge at the end of the week for our school community to see.  This week is the “Bunny Hop Dance Off Challenge.” Check out the challenges here: https://sites.google.com/sd22learns.ca/finearts/home 

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 14 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1575.  Note: 983 people have now fully recovered that’s a 62% recovery rate. The joint statement is now posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0020-000707

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Update – April 15, 2020

Positive Student Stories – This story is a great example of how students are connecting outside of the classroom and continuing to make music together. Listen to this rendition of “Take on Me,” from the amazingly talented students at Abbotsford’s “HOME” SCHOOL OF ROCK – Howe Middle School – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWOpBQS5jMA&feature=youtu.be

Also, students from Second Street Community School in Burnaby are showing their kindness towards seniors in their community by sending messages, pictures and cards to a local seniors home – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/give-a-smile-get-a-smile-burnaby-seniors-1.5532440

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 44 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1561.  Note: 955 people have now fully recovered that’s a 61% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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Update – April 14, 2020

Minister Fleming released an Op-Ed (Education Week in extraordinary times) in the Vancouver Sun today – https://vancouversun.com/opinion/rob-fleming-educators-are-taking-their-creativity-and-compassion-to-a-whole-new-level/

Positive Stories – The staff from école Au-coeur-de-l’île in Comox made a lip dub to entertain their students. Everybody had a good laugh and the families really appreciated it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGjjHySwCfM&feature=youtu.be

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 27 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1517.  Note: 942 people have now fully recovered that’s a 62% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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Update – April 9, 2020

Minister Fleming open letter, please read: Letter to the Editor by Minister Fleming in the Alaska Highway News – https://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/opinion/letters/collaboration-and-school-spirit-in-the-time-of-covid-19-1.24115665

Innovative Teachers! please read: Ministry of Education, in partnership with New West and North Van SDs, News You Can Use about teachers are getting creative in the way they are connecting with studentshttps://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0028-000672

Upcoming media on COVID-19 : Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix will be participating in a Global BC News Town Hall tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (also airing on BC 1)  –  https://globalnews.ca/news/6792103/global-bc-town-hall-coronavirus/

 Starting this Sunday April 12th at 7 p.m., Global National Anchor Dawna Friesen is hosting a new Weekly Special, “Coronavirus, The new Reality.”

Positive Stories – There are so many great stories from school districts  to share – here’s a few to keep you smiling before the extra long weekend! 😊

Surrey – The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has donated 1,000 lbs. of chocolate. SD staff have added a sweet treat for students today through their school-based meal program. https://www.surreyschools.ca/NewsEvents/Posts/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=814&fbclid=IwAR3Q9U1d5By9Pg-QAx9oVmLrPSgx82WjaaWf1z_L-gZihOhPTHskyLD_YLI

Nanaimo – Departure Bay Eco-School elementary teacher Tanya Cairns started a Facebook group for her class and any other families, classes, people who are interested in watching the incubation and hatching of ducks! She has already posted some great videos and will be posting a live feed link closer to the hatching process.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/808593846296920/

Maple Ridge – A Hammond Elementary Grade 7 student who is using a 3-D printer to make ear guards for frontline health-care workers. Since this story appeared in the local paper, Quinn has received interview requests from across Canada, the United States and the UK. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bc-boy-scout-printing-ear-gears-for-surgical-masks-during-covid-1/?fbclid=IwAR0gOLvLrfuFBIFt_y-H3zVS4Uablr8g2A64aB2-odeoqVPujfrkiCMg1Rg

Comox Valley – Local StrongStart educators are taking a page out of a beloved children’s book and encouraging children to get up, get out and get moving with their families. Inspired by a children’s storybook by author Michael Rosen We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the community-wide, individually conducted activity involves a walk to locate a teddy bear. https://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/news/article/809804?fbclid=IwAR0L_bCzm30v2bJvjzeg3Rmiz3ejTsoGiRhBGMB5bscDeDb2J3hA0-6A7Y8

 

 

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 34 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1370.  Note: 858 people have now fully recovered that’s a 62% recovery rate. Here is the link to where the joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Pls listen: Here’s a link to today’s PHO briefing, educators are mentioned around the 13 minute mark. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbER4Sxdn0R5jvMRXJo7tEVE2W_-SFcTC

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Update – April 8, 2020

Positive Story of the Day – It’s the International Day of Pink and the Tillicum Annex School in Vancouver is celebrating – staff emailed their students and their families to encourage them to mark this day through reflection of its purpose and of course, wear pink! Staff and students are wearing pink at home to encourage young people to challenge social norms and stand up against bullying towards their 2SLGBTQIA+ peers. https://www.vsb.bc.ca/news/_layouts/15/ci/post.aspx?oaid=59c4674f-8892-47c7-9ab0-6fbd63d6cd97&oact=20001

Check out this poster on the Fraser Health website “7 Tips for talking to kids about COVID-19” https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/coronavirus—resources#.Xo4_lbNYZPZ

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 45 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1336.  Note: 838 people have now fully recovered that’s a 63 % recovery rate. Here is the link to where the joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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UPDATED – Ministry of Education FAQ Continuity of Learning

Please watch: This video challenge went out to all the PE students at Argyle Secondary in North Vancouver yesterday, “What can you do with a roll of TP – other than the obvious,” The PE dept challenged students to record and share videos back with them. https://youtu.be/c0TP0QiveOU

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1291.  Note: 805 people have now fully recovered that’s 62% recovery rate. Here is the link to the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0124-000641

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Update – April 6, 2020

Please watch: A Grade 5 teacher at Qayqayt Elementary in New Westminster reached out to her students and asked that they send images of how they were supporting community. The responses were so inspirational – she created a video. The video is posted on the SD’s Facebook and Twitter pages: https://www.facebook.com/newwestschools/

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 63 new cases over a two-day period (26 new cases from Sunday, and 37 new cases today) of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1266.  Note: 783 people have now fully recovered that’s 62% recovery rate. Here is the link to the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0124-000641

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Update – April 3, 2020

Please watch: Education Minister Rob Fleming answers questions submitted by Global BC viewers. The segment, called “Focus BC,” will air on BC1 throughout the weekend and next week and will be posted on the website later this afternoon  – https://globalnews.ca/national/program/focus-bc

Please watch: An inspiring story from Burnaby where a secondary school student is turning his hobby into help for health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19. CBC: – https://burnabyschools.ca/blog/2020/04/01/student-finds-creative-way-to-support-health-care-workers/

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1174.  Note: 673 people have now fully recovered that’s a 57% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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Update – April 2, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 55 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1121.  Note: 641 people have now fully recovered that’s a 57% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

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Update – April 1, 2020

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 53 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1066.  Note: 606 people have now fully recovered that’s a 57% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Please read – Ministry of Education information bulletin, sent out this morning, “Zoom collaboration tool now available for K-12 continuous learning” The ministry has secured and funded licences for the application Zoom for all K-12 public and independent schools in B.C. This will allow consistent access for educators who choose to use it, giving them more ways to communicate with students and parents. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0027-000608

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Update – March 31, 2020  

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 43 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 1013.  Note: 507 people have now fully recovered that’s a 50% recovery rate. The joint statement will be posted on the Ministry of Health newsroom later today – https://news.gov.bc.ca/ministries/health

Also, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, released this information bulletin today, “Province helps essential service workers find child care” that includes an update for K-12 parents too. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0017-000599

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Update – March 30, 2020  

Today, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced 86 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C. bringing the total number of cases to 970.  Note: 469 people have now fully recovered. Here is the joint statement on the Ministry of Health newsroom – https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0115-000594

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