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Superintendent's Updates
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Updates from Superintendent Mark Pearmain, including the Superintendent's Report, which is issued on a bi-weekly basis (September to June), will be posted to this page.

Previous updates will be found under the 2020/2021 tab.

Superintendent's Update - January 20, 2022

In this update:

  • ​Updated COVID-19 resources
  • COVID-19 protocols and management of school-associated activity
  • Rapid antigen test deployment for K-12 staff
  • Public Health Order on school staff member vaccination status reporting
  • Upcoming recorded Q&A with Vancouver Coastal Health's Dr. Mark Lysyshyn

Superintendent's Update - January 13, 2022

In this update:

  • Announcements: Continuity of Learning | Black Excellence Day | Anti-Racism Focus Groups | Upcoming Engagement Opportunities​
  • Information: Board Policy Updates | Severe Weather Information | SMS Text Messages via SchoolMessenger |  Homestay Families Needed
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - January 18 | Late French Immersion Information Session - January 19 | Digital Media Youth Expo - January 29 | Standing Committee Meeting - February 8 | Explore & Create Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: Elementary Band and Strings Program - Registration open | Academies - Information Sessions and Application Period | Performance Learning Program Information Session - January 27 | IB Diploma Program - Key Dates | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open | AFK's After School Art - Registration Open + NEW class
  • Community Initiatives: City of North Vancouver's Mobility Strategy
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Update - January 7, 2022

In this update:

  • An update from the Superintendent regarding the return to school for students on Monday, January 10, 2022.​

Superintendent's Update - December 31, 2021

In this update:

  • An update from the Superintendent regarding the delayed full return to school for students in K-12 until Monday, January 10, 2022. 

Superintendent's Update - December 9, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: Superintendent's Holiday Card
  • Information: Winter Break | Reminder: COVID-19 and International Travel Requirements | Be Prepared: The Grab-and-Go Bag | Homestay Families Needed
  • NVSD Events: AFK Winter Holiday Print Sale begins ends December 16 | Standing Committee Meeting - January 11 | Public Board Meeting - January 18 | Explore & Create Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Priority Placement Registration ends December 17 | North Vancouver Online Learning (NVOL) - Registration open | Artists for Kids' After School Art - Registration Open
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Update - November 30, 2021

In this update:

  • Information on the provincial announcement regarding the extension on temporary restrictions on vehicle fuel purchases and travel in areas impacted by flooding, and the temporary changes that will be implemented at the school district.

Superintendent's Report - November 25, 2021

In this update:

  • Letter: Links to support people affected by floods in B.C. | A reminder to complete a daily health check and stay home when sick.
  • Announcements: Board of Education Chair and Vice Chair Update | Argyle School Opening Video
  • Information: Supporting Children and Youth during Natural Disaster Events | Alertable Public Alerting System | School Gatherings, Events and Spectators | COVID-19 and International Travel Restrictions | Indigenous Education
  • NVSD Events: AFK Winter Holiday Print Sale begins November 26 | Public Board Meeting - December 7 |Explore & Create Saturday Art Program | Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon
  • NVSD Registrations: Artists for Kids' After School Art - Registration Open | 2022/2023 Kindergarten Priority Placement Registration ends December 17
  • Community Initiatives: CNV Climate & Environment Strategy Survey closes November 26
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Update - November 22, 2021

In this update:

  • Information on the provincial announcement that​ places temporary restrictions on vehicle fuel purchases and travel in areas impacted by flooding, and the temporary changes that will be implemented at the school district.

Superintendent's Report - November 10, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: National Indigenous Veterans Day / Remembrance Day | November is Adoption Awareness Month | Reminder: Anti-Racism Focus Groups
  • Information: Indigenous Education | Kindergarten Orientation Information available 
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - November 16 |Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration open
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD​

Superintendent's Report - October 28, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: October is Canadian Library Month | Anti-Racism Steering Committee: Focus Groups
  • Information: Kindergarten Orientation Information | Framework for Enhancing Student Learning | Ventilation Update | Policy 707: School Trust Funds | Staying Safe in the Darker, Wetter Weather | Severe Weather Information | SMS Text Messaging via SchoolMessenger 
  • NVSD Events: Standing Committee Meeting - November 9 | Public Board Meeting - November 16 |Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration now open
  • Community Initiatives: North Shore Connects - Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit | City of North Vancouver's Community Wellbeing Strategy 
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - October 15, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: World Teachers' Day - October 5 | World Mental Health Day - October 10 | Anti-Racism Steering Committee: Survey deadline October 22
  • Information: Indigenous Education | District Priorities in Review / 2-Year Operating Plan | Outdoor Safety | Celebrating Halloween Safely
  • NVSD Events: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition | Public Board Meeting - October 19 | Kindergarten Orientation Information - October 20​ Standing Committee Meeting - November 9
  • NVSD Registrations: 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration - Starting soon | AFK After School Art Classes - A few spaces remain
  • Community Initiatives: City of North Vancouver's Community Wellbeing Strategy - Share your voice
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's Report - October 1, 2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 Updates: Mask Wearing | School Exposures and Preventative Measures | School Exposure Notifications | COVID-19 Resources and Information
  • Announcements: Truth and Reconciliation Week: September 27 - October 1 | Anti-Racism Steering Committee: Upcoming Survey Invitation | National Principals' Month | Foster Family Month
  • Information: Foundation Skills Assessment | Be Bear Aware
  • NVSD Events: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art: Beyond the Horizon Exhibition | Standing Committee Meeting - October 5 | Public Board Meeting - October 19 | Kindergarten Orientation Information - October 20​ 
  • NVSD Registrations: AFK After School Art Classes - Registration Open | 2022/2023 Kindergarten Registration

Superintendent's Update - September 24, 2021

In this update:

  • ​For the Parents/Guardians of Grade 4 and 7 Students
  • Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) taking place in October 

Superintendent's Report - September 17, 2021

In this update:

  • Announcements: Strategic Plan 2021-2031: Video | Orange Shirt Day - September 29 | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30
  • Information: Federal Election 2021 - September 20 | Finance & Facilities Standing Committee Update | Indigenous Education | SafeArrival Update | Kids 12 and Under Ride Free | Mouth Rinse & Gargle COVID-19 Test Kits | School District Permission Forms | Joining a PAC
  • NVSD Events: Public Board Meeting - September 21 | Standing Committee Meeting - October 5
  • NVSD Registrations: AFK After School Art Classes - Registration Open​​
  • Good News Stories from the NVSD

Superintendent's and BOE Welcome Back Message - September 7, 2021

In this update:

  • Acknowledgement about COVID-19 guidelines
  • Introduction to the new 10-year strategic plan
  • Where to find Superintendent's Reports
  • Where to find Board of Education Standing Committee and Public Board meetings

Superintendent's Message - September 2, 2021

In this update:

  • For the Parents/Guardians of Grade 11 and 12 Students
  • Labour Day long weekend activities

Superintendent's Update - August 31, 2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools
  • Daily health check and visitor sign-in/sign-out process
  • Ventilation updates
  • The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30
  • Safe and active travel to and from schools
  • School district permission form completion
  • Upcoming communications

Superintendent's Update - August 24, 2021

In this update:

  • COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools
  • Resource links
  • School ventilation updates
  • Classroom alternatives
  • Upcoming communications

Back-to-school Update to the NVSD community - August 18, 2021

In this update:

  • Update: COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for K-12 will be made available to school district next week.
  • International Students: the NVSD is in need of homestay placements for secondary international students.