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COVID-19: Cedars Updates

This page holds a repository of all communiques from Cedars Christian School regarding the COVID-19 situation. The most recent message will be listed at the top of the page. Other helpful links are listed just below.

March 26, 2020 Update

Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

FAQ on Continuity of Learning – Ministry of Education Update

The Ministry of Education, the Society of Christian Schools of BC, and our leadership team have been working hard over the past week on continuity of learning plans. Yesterday, the Ministry released a FAQ document on their Safe & Healthy Schools website that provides some answers to questions you or your child may have regarding their educational program. We encourage you to take some time reading through these questions. One of the things you will see immediately, is that much autonomy is given to local public school districts and independent school authorities in the implementation of their “continuity of learning” plan. The Ministry will be releasing an overall framework to schools tomorrow, but we have been meeting throughout the spring break with our leadership team to develop a local, Cedars-specific plan for learning. This will be a key focus for our educational staff next week. We will be in touch with individual families and sharing more information regarding our Cedars Continuity of Learning Plan toward the end of next week.

We want each family to know that we continue to be committed to our partnership in educating and equipping and discipling of your children through this challenging situation. Please note that we are aware that workplace closures and loss of employment has significantly impacted many of our families. We are working on some information regarding tuition this week and will have information to share with you soon. Thank you for your patience as we, too, sort through the impact of this COVID-19 situation on our school. Even as we grieve and mourn the loss of much that we have held dear in our face-to-face work with each of you, we continue to hold onto faith, hope, and love. May the Lord give you peace.

March 21, 2020 Update

Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

School Continuance Plan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your prayers, support and patience as our leadership team has taken time to consider our school continuance plan. We are blessed to be part of a strong family of Christian schools across the province who care deeply about families and providing a Christian education for children. In this unprecedented, ever-evolving global pandemic, we want you to know that we are committed more than ever to your family’s well-being and our mission to educate and equip discerning disciples of Jesus Christ for restorative work in His kingdom.

Under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, all BC schools are in the position of planning for learning continuity in the absence of in-class instruction. This is new territory for many of our schools. We don’t have all the answers. We know it will look different. Our leadership team has been in correspondence throughout this crisis and has attended virtual meetings with our Christian school colleagues. We have been watching the responses of our provincial neighbours who suspended in-class instruction ahead of us, and our teachers and EAs have been active – sharing ideas and resources in preparation for a new kind of learning experience.

Next week, our leadership team will be making contact with all of our staff members to assess their well-being and formulate a “return to work” plan for staff on Monday, March 30th. There will be no in-class or at-home learning directed by staff during this week.

In this first week after Spring Break (March 30-April 3):

  • Staff will meet together (physically or virtually or both) to discuss and outline our school continuance plan for students and communication protocols with families.
  • Teachers will make contact with each family to identify immediate needs, concerns, and questions.
  • Parents will also be asked to complete a short survey that will help our staff plan and provide resources for learning experiences and support that fit your children and home situation.

Lord willing, we plan to launch our new school continuance plan with students on Monday, April 6th. This will be the first day of new, teacher-directed, at-home learning experiences. These new learning experiences will look different for primary, intermediate, junior and senior high school students. Recent learning guidelines posted by the Alberta government outline expectations (assigned work, course completion, assessments) that BC will likely adopt and that Cedars staff will discuss in our school continuity plan. We recognize that there are many questions you may have around learning needs/support, upcoming events, and assessment. We will be working to answer these questions for students and families in the coming weeks.

Cedars’ founding vision was to see staff and parents unite to help our children develop their unique potential and internalize spiritual values. Let us renew this vision together in the weeks ahead, and uncover new ways to demonstrate our core values of community and service in this current crisis. Know that our board, leadership team and staff care deeply for each one of our families, and will be working hard to fulfill our commitment to you as a school.

Shalom.

Shane Nelson
Principal
shanen@cedars.bc.ca

March 17, 2020 Update

Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

In-Class Instruction Suspended – Learning to Continue

Earlier today, Minister Rob Fleming announced (download the Ministry of Ed’s Parent Letter here in PDF format) that all BC schools are to “immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice”. Schools are expected to “implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students”. Our school administration team have been processing the developments over the past week, and will be engaging our staff in the coming days with respect to staff and learning continuity. As we determine the shape of this new learning landscape, we will keep students and parents apprised of details. Please stay tuned to this webspace for announcements regarding school continuance as we near the end of Spring Break. Know that Cedars is committed to continuing its mission throughout this school closure.

No doubt, this announcement raises a myriad of questions for students and parents regarding grade/course completion. Some of these questions are addressed in Minister Fleming’s letter linked to above; others will be answered in the coming days.

Our world is faced with a significant challenge, and we ask that our community come together in prayer and support for one another. In the midst of “social distancing” and “self-isolation”, may we continued to be known by our love.

Please see the important links listed above (blue buttons) for self-assessment and official information releases.

March 13, 2020 – Update

Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

We will be communicating up to date information to our Cedars community through parent/guardian email, our school website, and the Cedars Christian School Updates Facebook page. A repository of these communiques will be hosted on our school website (https://cedars.bc.ca/covidupdates).

Earlier today, the Deputy Minister of Education sent this letter (PDF) to schools for distribution to students and parents of all BC schools. Of note are the following points:

  • The Provincial Health Officer (PHO) is advising against all non-essential travel outside of Canada
  • If traveling outside of Canada, you are advised to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon your return to BC
  • Cancellation or postponement of events/gatherings of 250 persons or more is strongly recommended
  • If family members are sick, families are encouraged to stay home
  • At this time, the PHO is advising that school closures are not necessary

On our school website, we have added a new communication form for our Cedars community to relay information regarding self-isolation with or without medical advice. If you decide to travel outside Canada, we ask that you notify us through this form (located at the top of the page linked to above). This information will be kept confidential by our administration team.

As we spoke about preparations this morning with our administration team, we were reminded of several enduring truths that come from our shared faith perspective (see this article for more reflection):

  • Love of neighbour. As followers of Jesus, self-preservation anxiety and panic do not reign; rather, love and preparation. A good filter for all our preparations and actions around this current crisis is: “What would love do?”. Love (not fear) is the reason that we change our behaviour.
  • Christian hope. Jesus made it clear to his disciples that in this world we will have tribulation; but he has overcome the world. our hope and confidence is in Christ alone. It is in times like these that we see more clearly the other (false) “gods in whom we put our trust”.

Perhaps it is time to dust off some of the declarations of the Heidelberg Catechism and teach them to our children: (from Lord’s Day 1, Q&A)

Question:
What is your only comfort in life and death?

Answer:
That I am not my own,
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death,
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood,
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil.

He also preserves me in such a way
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head;
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation.

Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me
of eternal life
and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

Amen.

March 12, 2020 – Update

Email Communiqué to Cedars Community

Dear Cedars Family,

Earlier today, the Society of Christian Schools in BC (SCSBC) released the following bulletin:

“As you may have heard, the Ontario Government has announced a 2-week school closure added to their upcoming spring break. It is possible that BC will follow this course of action. Such a decision could be made soon or during the break, depending on how conditions unfold. With this in mind, it may be prudent to require students to take home any books or supplies that they would need to continue their education at home in the event of a school closure being announced over spring break.”

In light of recent decisions locally and abroad, we are requesting that parents help facilitate the transfer of school books and supplies from Cedars to homes on Friday afternoon. Please provide additional bags for transport, and make arrangements for helping your son/daughter carry materials to vehicles. Teachers will assist students in selecting and/or recommending materials that are to be taken home.

Further updates will be emailed and/or posted here and on our Cedars Updates Facebook Page.

Blessings,

The Cedars Admin Team

Preschool Closed Until Further Notice

Although not mandated by the province at this time, we have decided to close our Preschool program until further notice. Tuition will not be charged for the month of April (and subsequent months should the province’s in-class instruction suspension for K-12 education continue through to June) for those whose accounts are up to date. Please contact the Business Office (businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca) if you have any questions or concerns.

We are, however, continue to process applications for the 2020/21 school year with plans to, Lord willing, reopen in September. Our Preschool Director, Wilma Sturwold, will be in touch regarding pick up of belongings at the Evangelical Free Church.

Please note that families with K-12 children at Cedars will be contacted next week (Mar. 30-Apr. 3) regarding our learning continuity plan. We are committed to continuing our partnership with families through these challenging times, and will be working to develop family learning plans that fit for your children – including your Preschool children.

Cedars Christian School
701 North Nechako Road,
Prince George, BC, V2K 1A2
Main Office: 250-564-0707
Preschool: 250-961-7495
Main Email: office@cedars.bc.ca
Business Email: businessoffice@cedars.bc.ca