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Signal Hill Circular - September 10, 2021

Signal Hill Circular

for the week ending Friday, September 10, 2021

We are honoured to be living, working and playing on the traditional, unceded ancestral territories of the St'át'yemc Nation.


Welcome Back!
Dear Signal Hill Families,
We've had an exciting first week at Signal Hill! We are so grateful to be back learning and working together and welcoming familiar and new faces to the school. We were privileged to have our students drummed into their classes to get the new school year started. Students will be transitioning to their new classes today (Friday). Please check your email for more detail about new classes.
There are a few changes to our bell and bus schedules at our school this year:
Please also take some time to review the Student Code of Conduct with your family. We appreciate your support!


Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

The BC Ministry of Education and the BC Centre for Disease Control/BC Ministry of Health have issued updated Health and Safety Guidelines for the 2021/2022 school year. Information can be found here.
A reminder that all students, staff and visitors to the school should be completing a daily health check and staying home if they are sick.
For your convenience, here are some of the key protocols we are implementing:

Health & Safety Protocols 2021-2022

We are committed to safety at Signal Hill Elementary and will be following these safety measures and protocols to keep everyone safe.



Continuing from Last Year

o   Daily Health Check

o   Stay home when feeling sick

o   Hand hygiene

o   Enhanced cleaning, disinfecting & ventilation

o   Respiratory Etiquette

o   Take learning outside

o   Reduce crowding and congestion

o   Case and Contact Management (as per VCH)

No Longer Recommended

o   Cohorts

o   Physical distancing of 2m

o   Give personal space instead

Mask Guidance

o   All K-7 Staff and visitors wear masks indoors

o   All Grade 4-7 Students wear masks indoors and on buses

o   All K-3 students encouraged to wear masks

o   Masks required for singing

NEW for 2021/22 School Year

o   Vaccination Availability

o   Extra-curricular activities and field trips may resume

o   Follow specific regional health measures as needed

o   Gatherings and events may resume as per PHO orders

o   Start with virtual or small groups

o   Community use may resume

o   Visitors, parents & guardians must make appointments

Drop-off and Pick-up (See School Map)

o   Avoid crowding & congestion

o   Consider wearing a mask

o   Be cognizant of everybody’s personal space

o   Say goodbye to children outside- They can do it!

Mental Health

o   Connection for staff and students important

o   Prioritize social and emotional learning, as well as academics

o   4 Blankets of Resilience

Recess & Lunch (Outdoors Everyday)

o   Increase social connection for students

o   Spread out

o   A and B schedules to increase space

o   Support mental health and well being

o   Maintain connections between staff and students

o   Provide abundant play and activity options

Pack In, Pack Out

o   Bring a water bottle (labelled)

o   Take home personal belongings each day


In addition to the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation statutory holiday on September 30th, the month of September will be a time of reflection and awareness at Signal Hill.
We would like to encourage you to view this short film from author Monique Gray Smith which offers tips on both talking to kids about Residential Schools, but also how to prepare yourself as the adult to have these conversations.
The Signal Hill Terry Fox Run will be in the morning of September 17th this year. We are proud to be supporting the Terry Fox Foundation. Students are encouraged to bring in a toonie ($2) to donate on September 17th. We look forward to an active morning in support of a great cause.
School Picture Day is on September 24th. Say cheese!