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At ACS we’re pleased to offer a hot lunch program once a month. We are now using the Munch A Lunch system to collect and process lunch orders. Orders can be paid for online with Visa or Mastercard, pre-paid credit card or visa debit. Cash or cheque may be dropped off at the school.
If you are looking for a way to do some parent volunteering at ACS, we are always in need of volunteers for this program (from planning, preparing, to distributing the lunches). Please contact the school office for more details.
Have you seen or heard something that concerns you? Is someone or something bothering you or your friends at school?
The erase|Report tool lets you send a secure, anonymous and confidential message to your school or school district’s safe school coordinator, who will follow up on it right away.
Our library is full of great books and resources. Check out what adventures await by using the Destiny Library catelogue.
Our students continue to discover, grow and thrive, even in the midst of a continuing pandemic with current COVID 19 protocols and guidelines.
Here is a brief outline of those protocols:
Learning groups, or cohorts, and the requirement of physical distancing are no longer mandated by the Ministry. Buddies, across all grades, and more collaboration, sharing of projects, and combined PE will be allowed to happen this year.
To minimize high congestion of traffic at our side door entrance, we are going to continue the practice of using several doors as entrance and exit doors. The K-1 students will continue to enter and exit the building through the “garden” doors and the 2/3 class will continue to enter by the gym door. This year, the 4/5 and 6/7 students will use the “field” doors as their entrance and exit point. Students will no longer be using the front doors as an entrance point.
- As of October 1, all staff and students are required to wear a mask indoors and on school buses.
- Students and staff do not need to wear a mask outdoors.
- Staff and students can continue to bring personal items to school, but they should be encouraged to only bring items that are necessary for school (backpacks, water bottles, extra clothing, etc.)
- We will be spacing out student storage cubbies, and as much as possible, leaving an empty cubby space between each student’s personal space.
- Personal items should be labelled to discourage accidental sharing.
- All students will have their own personal pencil box so that we are not sharing communal school supplies.
It is the parent’s responsibility to assess their children daily before sending them to school. Students, staff or other adults should stay home when sick, as this is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
- Parents can use the K-12 Health Check app.
- Staff and other adults can refer to BCCDC’s “When to get tested for COVID-19.”
If students or staff develop symptoms while at school, they will be quarantined immediately and sent home as soon as possible. The spaces with which they have come in contact will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Our school medical health officer will also be informed of any COVID type symptoms that we encounter, and be ready to advise us of any further actions to be taken. Please keep your children at home if you are at all in question of their good health.
- Vaccination is still the most important and effective tool to stop the pandemic as immunizations protect communities and thus protect children
Rigorous hand-washing with plain soap and water is the most effective way to reduce the spread of illness. Handwashing will be encouraged upon school entry and before and after breaks, before and after eating and drinking, after using the washroom and before using frequently shared equipment. Students may bring their own hand sanitizer or soap if they have very sensitive skin. Hand sanitizer will also be available when soap and water are not available.
Students should perform hand hygiene:
- When they arrive at school
- Before and after any breaks (e.g. Recess and lunch)
- Before and after eating and drinking
- Before using frequently shared equipment
- After going to the washroom
- After sneezing or coughing into hands
- Whenever hands are visibly dirty
Individual food and beverages are not to be shared. We are also asking that any birthday treats be store-bought and individually wrapped. We will be allowed to have hot lunches again this year, so that is exciting.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted in playground environments. All students may play where they feel comfortable, and they may choose to play with children who are not at their grade level. Masks are not required during outside play.
Our school will undergo its regular (and stellar) cleaning and disinfecting every day after school.
Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned mid-day.
- All students must wear their mask while on the bus.
- The bus driver also needs to wear a mask when students are entering the bus, but does not need to wear a mask while driving.
- Students must wash their hands before boarding the bus. In the morning, students should wash their hands at home, but we will also have hand sanitizer on the bus.
- There will be a seating plan on the bus and students are expected to follow that seating plan.
- Students choosing not to follow the COVID-19 protocols on the bus will not be allowed to use the bus.
- Parents are encouraged to use private vehicles and active transportation (walking, biking) where possible to decrease transportation density.
- Parents and visitors are welcome at school this year.
- All adults, other than staff, must check in at the office to sign in before proceeding through the school, providing us with their name, contact information and confirmation that they are healthy.
- All parents/visitors who enter the school are required to wear a mask.
- Parent volunteers are once again welcome. Please contact your child’s classroom teacher to see how you can be involved in the classroom. If you are volunteering at the school, you will need to have a current criminal record check. Please check with the office if you have any questions about obtaining a criminal record check.
Chapel is a key part of what makes us Agassiz Christian School, and this year we are allowed to have all school chapels. Parents are also allowed and invited to attend our chapels. Chapels will usually be on alternating Fridays from 8:20 -8:45ish.
Students are allowed to sing this year, but must still do so with masks. This makes it difficult to have an all school choir, so at this point in the year we are continuing to suspend choir. Band is also on hold for another year. When possible, music classes will be taken outdoors. We have purchased more musical equipment so that students will not be required to share things like drum sticks when practicing rhythms
Once again, we will be having our PE classes outdoors as much as possible. Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing. Inside, students are not required to wear masks during high-intensity PE activities. Mask use during these activities is left up to personal choice. Changing before and after PE (wearing a PE strip) will also be left up to personal choice, unless personal hygiene becomes a problem.
The BC Government has mandated a 100% return to in-school learning. Like every year, students who are registered in “brick and mortar” schools are expected to attend school in person, unless they are sick.
I know there are differing views surrounding COVID 19. But I also know that we are a community, and that as a part of that community, we all work together to care for each other. Thank you for doing your part to keep our school open and our students and staff safe.