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Through this webpage we hope to serve our school community; providing information for students, parents, and local stakeholders about curricular and extracurricular activities at Sparwood Secondary. Many of the school's long-running programs have their own pages which can be found by clicking through the tabs above. The school calendar and announcements about upcoming events can be found here on the home page. Any questions are comments can be directed to our office staff by using the contact information in the site's bottom banner. Thanks for stopping by!
Recent Letters from the School
Families should receive these letters by email through the "School Messenger" service. If you are not receiving these letters by email please let us know!
Jan 19 Parent covid letter.pdf
Communicable Disease Protocol Updates for January
On December 29, 2021 the BC Ministry of Health published Addendum – Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools. This document recommended time-limited modifications to the Guidance document which is the foundation for the communicable disease response plan at Sparwood Secondary. This section describes modifications to our plan which will be in effect so long as the Addendum remains pertinent.
Changes for School Spaces
Our classrooms are to be rearranged to ensure maximum space between seated students and to prevent students from directly facing one another where possible. Hand cleaning facilities will be restocked and maintained in each classroom. Meetings between staff members will now take place virtually.
All touched surfaces will continue to be disinfected at least once per day. We are regularly encouraging staff and students to practice sanitization procedures for frequently touched surfaces. As always, when the bodily fluids of a person displaying symptoms of illness contact a surface that surface will be disinfected immediately.
Students will be re-encouraged to respect each other's personal space and to move quickly through the hallways during transitions. At this time we are not intending to modify the daily timetable, and so crowding between class periods will be prevented by smart transitioning behaviour. In years past students mastered skill for keeping our hallways as clear as possible: we are once again calling on those skills.
Efforts will be made to reorganize seating at lunch hour to prevent crowding. Students who remain in the building for lunch will be grouped together with others who share their classes.
Changes for personnel in the Building
The number of visitors to the school will be minimized. When itinerant staff, Teacher on Call, or other visitors arrive at the school they will be provided with written information on our health and safety policies and protocols.
Although single team sporting events will continue spectators will not be permitted. Tournaments are paused.
All persons at SSS are expected to demonstrate habits appropriate to minimizing the spread of disease, including social distancing and appropriate mask wearing. We will use positive and inclusive measures to promote these habits.
Measures for Continuity of Learning
It is fundamentally important that staff and students complete a daily health check and not enter the building unless the check is passed. Should a person in the school develop symptoms through the day they will leave the property as soon as possible. If needed they will isolate in our designated space (nurses' office).
We expect the attendance of any given student will be fluid. Beginning Monday, January 10th extensive steps will be taken to ensure that students are aware of online resources available through standard platforms – specifically the Scholantis Portal, Microsoft Teams, and district-associated Outlook email.
Staff will have a plan in place which will allow continuity of learning in the event of an extended absence - whether it is the teacher or student that is absent. Our learning are plans are stored in a digital format and can be accessed remotely.
In the even of a "functional" school closure - an order to close the school building itself - we will transition immediate to online learning using Teams and other district platforms. Students will be made aware of the possibility of such a transition and re-trained in the use of online learning tools. During a closure we will observe the normal daily block schedule, transitioned to a “digital day".
Students and employees who foresee technology-associated difficulties with online learning are encouraged to contact the office staff as soon as possible for support. Laptops and other devices are available to students in need.
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