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First Week of Classes

Dear Breaker families,

Thank you to our Burnett community for your support and understanding as we start up this unprecedented school year.  We appreciate your continued patience as navigate through the many changes to the structure and day-to-day operations of our school.  I would like to again acknowledge the time and commitment Mrs. Collins and Mr. Leung, our counsellors, custodians, and staff have contributed to making our school a safe and welcoming place for our students. 

It was exciting and fulfilling to finally see our students back to school this week! I was especially impressed by the how respectful and well-prepared our students were to return to our building.  It was apparent that our Breakers had read my previous emails and were ready to enter our school at our new access points.  Students did an amazing job respecting each others’ bubbles and listening to our Health and Safety presentations.  I enjoyed our first classroom Zoom assemblies and I look forward to connecting with our students in person soon.  I also want to thank our JNB Mentors for connecting with our Class of 2025.  I am so proud of all of you!

All students received a paper copy of their timetable during homeroom class.  As well, each student with an email registered in MyEducationBC should have also received their online account activation information Friday afternoon.  There have been interruptions with the MyEducationBC email server and some users have experienced a 24-hour delay in delivery.  We ask that you continue to check our website for updates and contact our office by email burnett@sd38.bc.ca if you have any issues with your account.  The quarter system established by many districts across BC has strengths in that it allows our schools to organize students into cohorts and it reduces the number of contacts students will have at any one time.  I am sure students are now aware of some of the disadvantages the system carries as well – “balancing” quarters is very difficult.  This is also compounded by the restrictions placed on us by the 120-student cohort size.  We are aware that some student’s choices in the spring were impacted by this change in our timetable structure.  And, some students may have been placed in an elective they did not choose. While we understand the disappointment this has caused, please be assured that counsellors have tried to accommodate all course corrections and changes where possible.  Students are able to view changes to their timetable in MyEducationBC. 

Please read below important reminders for next week and beyond:

  • Upon arrival, we ask that students sanitize or wash their hands and wear a mask in our hallways.
  • Students should not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes before the beginning of their morning or afternoon class
  • Grade 8 and 9 students attend the same 2 classes every day, all day for 10-weeks.  Please remember to bring a lunch as cafeteria services and vending machines are closed in September.
  • Please note, that our timetable is a continuous cycle (Day 1/Day 2); therefore, a Day 1 on Friday will be followed by Day 2 on Monday.  Updated calendar details and notifications are available using our My School Day app (digital agenda) https://myschoolday.app/download
  • Block A always occurs in the Morning
  • Block B always occurs in the Afternoon 
  • Students should not gather in the multi-purpose room unless given prior approval from the administration.
  • Grade 8-9 students must remain in their classrooms while eating their lunch unless they have arranged with family to go home. 
  • At this time, we are unable to have parents/guardians drop off lunches for students in the school building.
  • As much as possible physical distancing should be observed at all times when in public areas such as halls, library, office area, counselling area, etc.
  • Students are to enter and exit the building at the assigned doors related to the proxomity/location of their classroom. Please see the attached map of the school which indicates school entrance and exit points

 

In Grade 10-12?  This is how to read your timetable on Monday (Day 1) and Tuesday (Day 2):

This student attends A1/B1 classes. 

  • On Monday, student should arrive to school between 9:00-9:15am and enter through the Main doors.  Class is dismissed at 11:40am and student should exit the school through the Main doors.
  • On Tuesday, student should arrive to school between 12:20-12:35pm and enter through the Gym doors.   Class is dismissed at 3:00pm and student should exit the school through the Gym doors.

 

This student attends A2/B2 classes. 

  • On Monday, student should arrive to school between 12:20-12:35pm and enter through the A-Wing doors.   Class is dismissed at 3:00pm and student should exit the school through A-Wing doors.
  • On Tuesday, student should arrive to school between 9:00-9:15am and enter through the D-Wing doors.  Class is dismissed at 11:40am and student should exit the school through D-Wing doors.

 

There are a few students on the bridge of two alpha groups and may need to attend school for a whole day.  These students may stay over lunch in designated cohort spaces.

 

This student attends A1/B2 classes – Day 1 classes ONLY

  • On Monday, student should arrive to school between 9:00-9:15am and enter through A-Wing doors.  Class is dismissed at 11:40am and student can leave the school for lunch OR remain at school to have lunch in the designated space:

Grade 10s – Library

Grade 11/12s – Multi-Purpose room

  • Next class begins at 12:35pm and dismissed at 3:00pm exiting through D-Wing doors.
  • A2/B1 students attend classes on Day 2 ONLY

 

I appreciate this is a lengthy email with lots of details to remember.  At any time, please feel free to reach out to me if you require clarification or help. We know COVID has transformed so much of what we do; however, we want all our Breakers to know we strive to continue to make Burnett a caring, compassionate, safe, and exceptional place to learn.

 

All the best next week!

Mrs. Walker