Essential Service Workers Childcare Survey
​The survey is reopened. Please click here for information and the link to the survey.
Essential Service Workers Childcare Survey

​The survey is reopened. Please click here for information and the link to the survey.

​The District has been tasked to provide learning/childcare services to parents that have no other option for childcare, as well as meet the definition below as Essential Service Workers (ESW):

  • Tier 1: healthcare workers and emergency responders; 
  • Tier 2: workers supporting vulnerable populations (e.g. social workers, income assistance workers); utilities workers and workers supporting key supply chain functions (e.g. grocery store workers, warehouse workers); and 
  • Tier 3: teachers and childcare workers who do not have access to childcare and who are providing care or instruction to children of ESWs 

ESWs that can make other arrangements for care with older siblings, partners or other relatives must do so to support the practice of social distancing. Please see below for an update on how the District will be proceeding with its mandate to provide childcare service for ESWs:

  • Childcare will only be provided for children from Kindergarten to grade 6. 
  • If one or more of your children are older than grade 6 and will require childcare due to special needs, this will be assessed on a case by case basis by the school principal and District Student Support Services. 
  • Childcare will be provided during the hours of 8:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday to Friday. 
  • We will be endeavoring for this service to be provided in your neighbourhood school. 
  • Should there be capacity issues and the District is not able to provide service to all parents that meet the ESW definition, the District will be prioritizing service based on the tiers, with Tier 1 workers taking priority. There may be further prioritization within Tier 1 under guidance from the Provincial Government and Health Authority.
  • If you are a School District staff member, it is our expectation that the majority of staff will be able to accommodate childcare for their children by working from home. If you work in a position where you cannot work from home, please let your school know when you are contacted next week. 


You will be notified by April 3 about the status of childcare for your child(ren). This service will be phased in with priority service expected to commence on April 6.

As all efforts are being dedicated to finalizing plans for safety, learning/childcare for essential service workers and continuity of learning, we please ask that you do not contact the District or your school prior to April 6. You will be provided more details and your school will be in touch with you as soon as planning is completed. 
 
If you have not done so already and believe that you would qualify for this service per above, please go to https://sd23survey.sd23.bc.ca/COVID-19-EW.aspx


Board of Education Messages
Board of Education messages and updates on COVID-19 measures.
Board of Education Messages
Updates about COVID-19
​As information about public health measures associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) emerges, we will post it here.
Updates about COVID-19

​As information about public health measures associated with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) emerges, we will post it here.

Central Okanagan Public Schools' top priority is always the safety of our staff and students. We continue to work closely with local and provincial health authorities to get the latest information and ensure we cooperate with any recommended measures for COVID-19.

We continue to educate on best practices for preventing the spread of viral illness, including frequent and thorough handwashing and encouraging people to stay home from school or work when they show symptoms.

School campuses will remain closed to visitors unless otherwise invited. Students and families must not enter schools after Spring Break. This includes school grounds, playgrounds, classrooms, and StrongStart Centres. If you have personal items within your child(ren)'s school, we ask that you wait for invitation to pick up these items.

The Government of BC has declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency in order to exercise emergency powers such as cancelling gatherings of 50 or more people and enforce social distancing requirements for establishments.

On March 17, the Government of BC and the Ministry of Education announced the suspension of all K-12 in-class instruction until further notice. We will continue to provide information on the continuity of learning and the role schools will play in supporting public health measures as it becomes available.

School campuses will remain closed to visitors unless otherwise invited. Students and families must not enter schools after Spring Break. This includes school grounds, playgrounds, classrooms, and StrongStart Centres. If you have personal items within your child(ren)'s school, we ask that you wait for invitation to pick up these items.

British Columbians can now call 1-888-COVID19 or text 604-630-0300 for non-medical information on the virus, including topics such as travel recommendations and social distancing. The line will be manned by service representatives from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and information will be provided in more than 110 languages.

Click here to read the District Pandemic Response Plan        This plan is posted on our website under the button "Documents and Publications."

  
Letters to Parents

March 27
Ministry of Education Letter to Parents & Guardians

March 20

March 17
Superintendent of Schools/CEO Letter to Parents and Ministry of Education Letter to Parents
Both of these letters are posted on our website under the button "Documents and Publications."

March 13


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Bell Schedule

  • Block A 9:00 to 10:26 am
  • Break 10:26 to 10:35 am
  • Block B 10:35to 11:50 am
  • Lunch 11:50 to 12:35 pm
  • Block C 12:35 to 1:50 pm
  • Break 1:50 to 1:59 pm
  • Block D 1:59 to 3:14 pm
  • Dismissal 3:14 pm

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