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Signal Hill Circular - September 24, 2021

Signal Hill Circular

for the week ending Friday, September 24 2021

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


Fall Sunshine
Dear Signal Hill Families,
We had an exciting week filled with a successful fire drill, the Terry Fox Run, and school pictures! If you missed the pictures, re-takes are November 2nd.
Here are some important dates coming up next week:
Monday, September 27th
  • Professional Day for Teachers – NO SCHOOL for students
Wednesday, September 29th
  • Orange Shirt Day at Signal Hill – we encourage everyone to wear an orange shirt or ribbon to recognize Truth and Reconciliation Day
Thursday, September 30th
  • Truth and Reconciliation Day – NO SCHOOL
A reminder if your child is eligible to ride the school bus, please complete this survey by September 29th at noon. We are currently experiencing a significant increase in our ridership, and it is important for us to have accurate numbers to ensure we have adequate space on the bus for your child and others that may be requesting a seat.
Terry Fox Run:
Signal Hill and ecole La Vallée had an energetic warm-up led by Lindsay May from Kufuka Fitness before running around our school field in support of Terry Fox. We raised $756.05! Way to go! Thank you for all of your donations and support!


As we move closer to Orange Shirt Day, which is coming up next week on September 30th, we continue to examine our own journey and understanding of reconciliation. Our Indigenous members of staff have taken the lead in preparing for our upcoming virtual assembly, creating videos with students and planning the drumming and singing on the day.

Here is a great video explaining what reconciliation is:
St̓qwaw̓skálh kelh alkst - we will work together
(image from "You Hold Me Up" by Monique Gray Smith)
La rentrée – the start of the school year

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