Friday, March 27th, 2020
The Kootenay Lake School District acknowledges the importance of providing on-site educational instruction for children of essential workers during the COVID pandemic.
Following the direction of the Ministry of Education, Face to Face in-school supports and instruction for children (Kindergarten to and including Grade 6) of Frontline Medical and Health Care Essential Workers. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 3rd at 12 noon.
Services will be provided daily (5 days per week) 8am-4pm per day for Frontline Medical and Healthcare Essential Service workers’ children (K-6). The three School District 8 designated school facilities will be:
- Nelson – South Nelson Elementary School: 814 Latimer Street
- Nelson - Hume Elementary School: 310 Nelson Avenue
- Creston – Adam Robertson Elementary School: 421-9th Avenue North
In addition to students from School District 8, those from Independent Schools are welcome to attend.
Schools will be set up in a safe manner, following all PHO orders/recommendations, and will follow regulations regarding physical distancing. Areas used for Essential Service On-Site Supports will be disinfected and cleaned daily per WHO/PHO recommendations/orders.
See further information regarding who is classified as a Medical and Health Care Essential Services Worker on a BC Government website:
For a list of Medical and Health Care Essential Care Services Workers here:
Services provided at the Centre:
Daily care of children during the parent’s shift time per child including:
- Early Learning care, activities, games, etc.
- School-aged instruction provided by SD8 teaching staff
- Indoor and outdoor activities and games (age appropriate)
- Food services (meals and/or snacks provided at the school)
- School District 8 teaching staff for student instruction
- School District 8 Education Assistant staff (ratio of 1 staff to 4 school-aged children, maintaining physical distancing)
- Staff will be screened daily to ensure their health, and will work in the Essential Service On-Site Centre environment for up to 4 hours each per day, and up to 4 days per week.
Parents are to ensure that their children are healthy prior to attending the Centre each day, including taking the child’s temperature, and assessing students’ health through the BC government’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool at: https://bc.thrive.health/. Parents will be asked daily by Centre staff to verify that their child is healthy.
Parents who are interested in this opportunity need to register their children for the Medical and Healthcare Essential Service Workers On-Site Centre through the School District 8 webform by April 3rd.
For more information:
Deanna Holitzki, Director of Instruction, Inclusive Education
About The Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):
The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.