Dear members of our school communities,
The Board of Education appreciates and recognizes your many and valuable contributions to our school communities. With that in mind, we wish to invite you to participate in the 2022/23 Budget Process.
The School District's 2022/23 Budget and Multi-Year Fiscal Plan can be found here. We invite you to review the 2022/23 Budget and Multi-Year Fiscal Plan and share your feedback at our public meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. To do so, please email email@example.com expressing your intent to present at the Board Meeting on April 19, 2022.
Please visit the SD43 Budget website to:
- Learn about government funding and allocation;
- Learn about the SD43 budget process;
- Learn about Directions 2025, the School District's vision;
- Engage in the consultation by asking questions about the budget;
- Expect responses to your concerns and input; and
- Contribute ideas that align with the goals and objectives from Directions 2025 on how to address the opportunities and challenges.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Yours truly,SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 43 (COQUITLAM) Board of Education
The provincial government recently announced that K-12 public schools will observe Friday, September 30th as a statutory holiday in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. As a result of this announcement, SD43 will be amending the 2022-2023 School Calendar to include Truth and Reconciliation Day as a non-instructional day. As such, all school district sites will be closed Friday, September 30, 2022. Students and staff will continue to recognize SD43's commitment to truth and reconciliation with school-based activities and learning during that week, including Orange Shirt day. Details around activities and observances will be shared in September but in the meantime, it was important to share this change to the school calendar with families as soon as possible.
Dear SD43 families,
I hope you had an enjoyable spring break with family and friends. As the weather warms and the days grow longer, we are also seeing an easing of COVID-19 restrictions in our communities, and this includes a gradual transition in schools.
The Ministry of Education and the BCCDC released updated information on March 10th in response to the Provincial Health Officer's announcement lifting COVID-19 restrictions in the community.
What to expect when students return to school:
- Masks will no longer be required for students and staff, although individuals may choose to wear one. Non-medical masks and hand sanitizer will continue to be available at school sites.
- Visitors and spectators can be included at sporting events, performances, and school events following COVID-19 safety protocols.
- Capacity limits for school gatherings and events including members of the community beyond students, staff and necessary volunteers will continue to be at 50 people or 50% operating capacity – whichever is greater (until end of day April 7, 2022)
- Event planning, for graduation celebrations, leaving ceremonies, etc., may commence. Restrictions on field trips will be eased.
- Staggered break times may be modified depending on school configurations and unique circumstances. Efforts will continue to be made to reduce crowding at pick-up and drop-off times. Parents/caregivers and visitors should continue to respect the personal space of others while on school grounds.
- Learning environment configurations will continue to maximize the use of space, where practicable.
- Daily health checks, monitoring for symptoms, and use of rapid antigen tests should continue, in addition to frequent handwashing. Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
The following information may be helpful to families (also available on www.sd43.bc.ca):
Updates to protocols and procedures for schools come into effect after spring break on Monday, March 28 as students return to class, but please keep in mind that everyone will have varying degrees of risk tolerance and comfort with these changes. Please be considerate and mindful of others in your school community who may continue to wear a mask or physically distance for their personal comfort. The transition toward sustainable communicable disease management will be gradual and a second step is expected in mid-April to coincide with public health guidance.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school! We encourage you to be patient with each other and respectful of personal decisions on health measures and their adoption.
Superintendent of Schools/CEO