Métis Nation BC's Ministry of Education encourages your child's learning and continued education. It is important for children and students to continue their education during this crisis.
COVID-19 Updates and Information
Impact of School Closures Report: The BC Centre for Disease Control has released their report on Impact of School Closures on Learning, Child and Family Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please review this document to learn more.
K-12 Restart Plan Released
BACK TO SCHOOL PLANS FOR K-12 FAMILIES ARE NOW POSTED FOR ALL 60 SCHOOL DISTRICTS. FAMILIES SHOULD VISIT THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE TO VIEW THEIR LOCAL SCHOOL’S PLANS.
Parents will find detailed back to school plans on their district website. In addition to health and safety measures, the plans include:
- how learning groups will be organized;
- when masks are required;
- daily schedules for classes, lunch and recess;
- daily health assessment requirements;
- pick-up and drop off times;
- protocols for common areas;
- hand washing directions; and
- orientation information.
MNBC was apart of the group that the provincial Ministry of Education consulted with on the roll-out of the K-12 restart plan. The Ministry of Education has indicated that all families will be given flexibility of options. We have heard from MNBC families that there is broad uncertainty about whether they will send their children back to school, in-person. MNBC has consistently advocated for options, including remote learning, that includes equitable access to technology.
August 14, 2020
Safety Measures for Schools
Living through a pandemic, we find ourselves in a very unfamiliar situation that we haven't encountered before. We all want to keep our families and communities safe – and we want to assure you that we have carefully gauged risks in order to support your employer in keeping you safe in your workplace. Based on public health advice and global research, in-class instruction is safe for students and teachers.
Comprehensive health and safety guidelines have been developed by the BC Centre for Disease Control, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, public health and the education sector, to ensure the safety of staff and students. These guidelines will be reviewed by the Ministry's Steering Committee and updated as needed.
We appreciate that every school is unique in design, number of students and staff requirements, which is why school districts and independent schools are developing Restart Plans that will be submitted to the ministry before the 2020/21 school year begins. Your district's or school's Restart Plan will be posted on its website by August 26.
The Ministry of Education is providing $45.6 million to support the implementation of enhanced safety measures in schools, such as increased cleaning of high-contact surfaces; increased number of hand-hygiene stations and masks upon request, among other safety measures. If you'd like to request a mask, please contact your school administrator.
August 12th - Orientation week ensures a safe, ready and welcome return to school
To ensure schools are ready to welcome students into classrooms Sept. 8-11, 2020, there will be a gradual restart to allow extra time to orient students and staff on the new health and safety measures in place. Starting Sept. 8, all staff will meet with their school's joint health and safety committee to receive instructions about how the updated guidelines, co-developed with the BC Centre for Disease Control and provincial health officer, will work in their school. This will also allow time for educators and staff to adjust to their new routines, finalize plans for learning groups, review health and safety protocols, and confirm lessons plans that align with the new normal in schools.
Students will be welcomed back to class for orientation by Sept. 10 and will use their orientation time to get familiar with classrooms that will look different than they did before the pandemic. Students will be assigned to their class, find out who is in their learning group, practise their new routines and familiarize themselves with how to safely move from the class to outdoor and common areas of the school.
Read the full release here.
"Keep Learning BC"
“While teachers and schools will have primary responsibility for continuous learning, the government has launched Keep Learning BC. This is a central place where families can find ideas for everyday educational activities, annotated links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn and how to ensure their well-being while they are at home. Keep Learning BC is available at www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/
The Keep Learning BC website will have helpful guides to maintain routines and stay safe online, giving parents information about how to talk to their children about COVID-19, along with other mental health resources to manage stress or anxiety. A comprehensive set of frequently asked questions is also available, with continuous updates about school services and programs as things progress: www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools/
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Continuity of Learning
Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE)
EASE at Home (for Parents and Caregivers)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EASE classroom activities were adapted for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children's mental health and continuous learning.
These fun and practical strategies help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease
August 10, 2020
What are Learning Groups?
On July 29, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Education Rob Fleming announced that B.C. K-12 students can be organized into learning groups when they return to school in September, as a measure to limit the number of in-person interactions and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
BC Ministry of Education - COVID-19 Newsletters
June 13, 2020
Shelley Moore Offers Home Learning Tips in New Online Series
B.C. educators are doing an exceptional job of supporting students who have been learning from home since in-class instruction was suspended in mid-March. And many parents are keen to know how they can continue to help.
With that in mind, the Ministry of Education has partnered with inclusive education advocate and storyteller Shelley Moore on a new video series to better support students with disabilities learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Released every Tuesday and Thursday, these short videos include strategies for parents to help keep their kids connected and engaged with their learning during these extraordinary times.
Visit Open School BC's Keep Learning website or Shelley‘s Five Moore Minutes Special Home Learning Edition YouTube channel to see the videos that have been released in the series so far. Topics covered include explaining COVID-19 to kids, understanding continuous learning, the importance of visual cues, and interactive reading. Shelley also hosts a live stream podcast Q&A session on her social media channels each week that reaches over 16K followers.
Keep checking back to these sites as new videos will be released each week into the summer.
May 21, 2020
Live Tonight: K-12 Education Townhall with Minister Rob Fleming
Join Minister Rob Fleming and host Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North and Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, tonight at 7:15 pm (PDT) in a virtual townhall meeting to ask questions about BC's Education Restart Plan and what it means for K-12 education in the province. Minister Fleming will be joined by Stephanie Higginson, President of the British Columbia School Trustees Association, and Dr. Trevor Corneil, Medical Lead, Office of the Provincial Health Officer.
This will be the second townhall in a series of COVID-19 meetings that are open virtually to the public across the province. You can ask your questions during the virtual townhall on the Government of B.C. Facebook page. You can watch the virtual townhall on either the Facebook page or the Province of B.C. YouTube channel.
Please visit the COVID-19 Townhalls web page for more information regarding the Townhall series.
May 19, 2020
YMCA Launches New Online Resource for Teachers
Looking for a fun way to keep your students active? The YMCA has launched YGym, a free virtual physical activity program for young people and families across Canada. Offered in both English and French, YGym includes a variety of physical activity and sports skills videos for students aged 5-9 and 10-15. A fundamental movement video will also be launched soon.
YGym is a great resource for teachers looking for ways to encourage their students to continue developing their physical literacy. Each video is instructed by a YMCA certified fitness coach and features content based on YMCA Canada's Health & Fitness programs and Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines.
Please visit the YMCA’s YGym web page for more information.
What are you doing to help your students stay healthy and active? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we'd love to hear from you!
Update: May 15, 2020
BC's Restart Plan and BC Go Foward Management Strategy - COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings PDF
"Nuttah & Kitchi Covid-19 Journal & Activity Book: Project Protect Our People."
Featuring colouring pages and a unique gratitude tree, Traditional Knowledge activities, drawing & writing exercises, bingo, cut-outs & more!
**25 pages of activities for the family, students, educators and the community! Written by Sandra Samatte & Illustrations by Julian Grafenauer. #NuttahandKitchi A 2020 GoodMinds.com Production. Accompanies our new "Nuttah & Kitchi Project: Protect Our People, Stay Healthy-Keep Safe." Ebook. For a Free copy download Nuttah & Kitchi.pdf #WeAreinthisTogether
Library Resources in British Columbia
Families across BC can visit the website of their local public library to see the resources they have available. Many libraries are offering Virtual Storytimes on Facebook, YouTube, or other video platforms, and most libraries provide access to ebooks, including picture books for young children, through their websites. For an excellent map of libraries throughout British Columbia, including a link to each library’s website visit the New to BC website at https://newtobc.ca/bc-libraries/ .
Links to online songs, stories, and rhymes from libraries around the province:
Vancouver Public Library
- Facebook Live storytimes every weekday at https://www.facebook.com/watch/vancouverpubliclibrary/227694525306268/
- Virtual storytimes and babytimes are also available through the VPL Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBfzPEPPm7jQbLIQWU5mJJQ
- Storytimes on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/surreylibrariesbc/featured
Richmond Public Library
- Live and archived storytimes and babytimes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/yourlibraryRichmond/videos/?ref=page_internal
Fraser Valley Regional Library
- Virtual babytimes and virtual storytimes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ReadLearnPlay/videos/?ref=page_internal
Okanagan Regional Library
- Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlSSNm-sbtsD7wFOEPnL2MpATWBacEWB3
Creston Valley Public Library
- Weekly storytimes and “Let’s Make Music” programs for families on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/crestonlibrary/videos/?ref=page_internal
Nelson Public Library
- “Stay at Home Storytime” every Saturday on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6CMoTJTbRcTog71Aw6eAg
- Granny Goose songs and rhymes on Wednesdays through Zoom; for details see library newsletter at http://www.libraryaware.com/3220/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/645ab31e-ce43-4256-9d08-c741a5bd929f?postId=904f9233-66d6-491e-9899-a914cacf1105
Update: April 29, 2020
COVID-19 BC Government Update for Child Care Operators/Providers/Partners Newsletter Vol. 1
Update: April 9, 2020
Attention: Indigenous Coordinators/Counsellors/Aid Officers
Re: Deadline Extension
Due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts – including the ability of students to complete online applications and secure required references - the deadline to apply for 2020 Indigenous Student Awards – all Programs – has been extended to May 29, 2020.
Please help us to promote these valuable Awards, and share news of the extended application deadline, by circulating this notice to your network. Include the following link where details on eligibility and application procedures can be found. https://www.ikbbc.ca/indigenous-awards/about-this-award/
Click here https://www.ikbbc.ca/student-stories/ to read inspiring stories about BC students who have recently received Indigenous Student Awards.
- Métis Early Years Digital Brochure
- Ayishiinoo Faamii - Family Circle Time Online
- Métis Early Years Activity Guide for Families
Kindergarten to Grade 12
Families throughout B.C. to benefit from enhanced digital library services https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0019-000652
Resources and Updates
Resources and Updates
- Emergency Assistance - Resource Directory for Post Secondary Indigenous Students
Métis Literacy and Important Resources
Métis Nation British Columbia has been sending free books to Métis children for over 12 years! The Imagination Library is a literacy program that focuses on Métis children 5 years of age and younger. Each child receives their own age-appropriate book each month. If you would like to register your children to receive books from the Imagination Library please complete the application form and email it to email@example.com
We know that many families are currently looking for activities to do at home together. We believe that having free age-appropriate books for your children is now more important than ever! For those already receiving books, and those interested in registering we are happy to confirm that the book orders will proceed as normal. Click HERE for the Application Form
Goodnight with Dolly!
In hopes to provide comfort to families during this challenging time the Imagination Library has announced Goodnight with Dolly, a 10-week series of Dolly read aloud videos starting Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm. Dolly Parton will read one Imagination Library bedtime story each week.
The books featured in the series include:
“There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long
“Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney
“I Am a Rainbow” by Parton
“Pass It On” by Sophy Henn
“Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon” by Patty Lovell
“Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen
“Max & The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper
“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña
“Coat of Many Colors” by Parton
“The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.
Join Dolly each week! Register HERE.
For all inquires, including how to register for Imagination Library, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org