We are looking forward to welcoming families back into our StrongStart Centres. If you are interested in participating in StrongStart please complete this request form: Ecole Peter Greer Elementary. This information will help facilitators form learning groups. Each learning group will be invited to participate one day of the week for six weeks. Facilitators will contact families once these learning groups are established.
Board of Education messages and updates on COVID-19 measures.
Welcome Back to School!
Class lists (attached below) are arranged by each student's PEN number. PEN numbers were included in the June 2020 year end report card. Class lists will also be displayed (by student name on the first day of school) in the front windows of the school.
Once you have confirmed your classroom teacher and room number, check the map: PGE Outside Line Up Map.pdf to find out where your child's classroom is and where they will line up on the first day of school. Teachers will have their designated spots (outside) marked with a sign indicating their name. If you cannot find your name on any of the class lists, please come to the office so that we can help you out.
Please note the following:
• All class placements are tentative until September 18. We have had significant enrollment changes in the last few days and we will need to reassess class and school organization next week. Counting numbers this year will be more complex than it is in most years due to COVID.
• This means that some students will be moving to different classrooms in order to balance class sizes. If your child is required to move to a different room, you will be notified as soon as possible. We ask for your support in reassuring your child that all will be well.
• Requests for placements were considered during the class building process, but not all could be accommodated for a variety of factors. We are not in a position to accommodate parent requests for students to be 'switched' from one class to another.
• If there is a discrepancy between the class lists posted and the list one in our student database in the office, the list in the student database will be the one used to determine classroom placement.
• Please Note: If you are looking for your child's PEN number, it is shown on the most recent report card. Due to the Freedom of Information Act, we are not permitted to post names for more than an hour on the first day of school.
Class Lists: Class Lists by PEN.pdf
As information about public health measures associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) emerges, we will post it here. Please check frequently for latest messages, updates, and useful links.
Central Okanagan Public Schools' top priority is always the safety of our staff and students. We continue to work closely with local and provincial health authorities to get the latest information and ensure we cooperate with any recommended measures for COVID-19.
We continue to educate on best practices for preventing the spread of viral illness, including frequent and thorough handwashing and encouraging people to stay home from school or work when they show symptoms.
School campuses will remain closed to visitors unless otherwise invited.
If you are an essential service worker (ESW) with a child aged 0-5, please see this news release from the Province of BC for information on how to connect with childcare.
British Columbians can now call 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300 for non-medical information on the virus, including topics such as travel recommendations and social distancing. The line will be manned by service representatives from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and information will be provided in more than 110 languages.
Update June 15
B.C. Grad Video Series - Please Watch Minister Fleming's Twitter and Facebook social media platforms to see the grad video of the day. Videos will be showcased till the end of June and will include local celebrities; including singers, actors and sports players from throughout the province – the videos all share a special message for our 2020 B.C. graduates.
Update May 26
Update May 15
Update May 1
Update April 30
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepared a special video address to thank teachers, educational assistants and school staff for all their work during these unprecedented times. As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve in B.C., it is crucial that we maintain the supports established for the children of essential service workers and make sure we continue to expand the provision of in-person support for vulnerable students, and students with disabilities and diverse abilities. Please view Dr. Henry's video. Also, Dr. Bonnie Henry along with Minister of Education Rob Fleming, will answer questions from children about COVID-19 during a virtual town hall that will be live streamed on News 1130’s Facebook page from 1 to 2 pm on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Details about the event and instructions for children to submit questions can be found on City News and News 1130's website.
Update April 17
Update April 15
The new provincial Foundry Virtual Drop-In Counselling service was launched this week offering counselling services to young people ages 12-24 and their families who are living in British Columbia. Foundry is working to ensure all young people across BC have access to the care and support they need, when they need it. Foundry is now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions through chat, phone calls, or video calls!
For more information on how to access the service, what to expect and Q&A content, please access the link below:
Foundry Kelowna Virtual Drop-In Counselling
Practical Tips for Coping Well in Uncertain Times
Letters to Parents
April 17Board of Education Message to Families
April 3Board of Education Message to Families
March 27Ministry of Education Letter to Parents & Guardians
Notify your child's school if they are expected to attend and will not be there. Safe Arrival Absence Reporting has been disabled for the remainder of the school year.
SURVEY CLOSES TONIGHT AT 12:00 A.M. (PST) Please click here for information and the link to the survey.
The District has been tasked to provide learning/childcare services to parents that have no other option for childcare, as well as meet the definition below as Essential Service Workers (ESW):
- Tier 1: healthcare workers and emergency responders;
- Tier 2: workers supporting vulnerable populations (e.g. social workers, income assistance workers); utilities workers and workers supporting key supply chain functions (e.g. grocery store workers, warehouse workers); and
- Tier 3: teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare and who are providing care or instruction to children of ESWs
ESWs that can make other arrangements for care with older siblings, partners or other relatives must do so to support the practice of social distancing. Please see below for an update on how the District will be proceeding with its mandate to provide childcare service for ESWs:
- Childcare will only be provided for children from Kindergarten to grade 6.
- If one or more of your children are older than grade 6 and will require childcare due to special needs, this will be assessed on a case by case basis by the school principal and District Student Support Services.
- Childcare will be provided during the hours of 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday.
- We will be endeavoring for this service to be provided in your neighbourhood school.
- Should there be capacity issues and the District is not able to provide service to all parents that meet the ESW definition, the District will be prioritizing service based on the tiers, with Tier 1 workers taking priority. There may be further prioritization within Tier 1 under guidance from the Provincial Government and Health Authority.
- If you are a School District staff member, it is our expectation that the majority of staff will be able to accommodate childcare for their children by working from home. If you work in a position where you cannot work from home, please let your school know when you are contacted next week.
You will be notified by April 3 about the status of childcare for your child(ren). This service will be phased in with priority service expected to commence on April 6.
As all efforts are being dedicated to finalizing plans for safety, learning/childcare for essential service workers and continuity of learning, we please ask that you do not contact the District or your school prior to April 6. You will be provided more details and your school will be in touch with you as soon as planning is completed.
If you have not done so already and believe that you would qualify for this service per above, please go to https://sd23survey.sd23.bc.ca/COVID-19-EW.aspx