June 1st Update from SMS

Dear SMS families,

As you are aware, the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, announced last week that schools will re-open for students in BC on June 1st.  For grade 6 to 12 students, home-learning will continue to be provided by teachers.  We have been asked to give priority for in-class support to students who are at risk academically or have special needs, with a goal of being at 20% capacity each day in our school.  We are excited to see students again at SMS and relieved to know that this gradual return is possible because of the success we have made as a province fighting Covid-19.  We also know that much work must be done to ensure the safety of our students, staff and everyone we love for our return to in-class instruction.  

We know that many of you are excited to have your child return to classroom learning and many are fearful and unwilling to send them.  No matter how you are feeling about returning to school, we are here to support you.  Covid-19 has impacted families in many different ways and ultimately, the choice to return will be yours to make.  We will do our best to keep you informed of our plans, so that you can feel comfortable and confident with your decision. 

In the coming days, School District #83 will be sending out a survey to parents by email.  Results from this survey will be used to guide our planning process.  We will keep you informed of our plans and, while the details are solidified, we know we will be following the provincial health officer and WorkSafeBC’s recommendations, including:

  • No more than 20% of our student population will be at SMS at any one time
  • Regular cleaning of high-contact surfaces (desks, door knobs…etc) will be done at least twice a day
  • Students and staff will be required to clean their hands before entering school property and additional hand-sanitizing and cleaning stations will be provided for everyone
  • If any student or staff member exhibits even mild symptoms, arrangements will be made for them to return home

Take care everyone.  Be calm, be kind, stay safe.  We will get through this together.

SMS Administration

More information is available at the following link:


Grade 6 Immunization Update


Most Grade 6 children are due for a second HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine.  If you had given consent in the fall, our Interior Health nurses would have immunized your child at school last week. 

You can phone to book your child’s immunization at the Salmon Arm Health Centre.  Be assured we are taking safety measures during this Covid 19 pandemic. Call the Salmon Arm Health Centre 250-833-4101 for an appointment (or go on a short-call waitlist) or talk to a public health nurse.

Immunizations will occur in grade 7 for those children who were unable to attend a spring appointment.

National Day of Mourning

Shuswap Middle School, along with School District No.83 will be observing National Day of Mourning on April 28th by lowering our flags to half-mast today.

This day honours the memory of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents. In 2019, 140 workers died from a workplace injury or disease.

SMS students win prizes!

A big congratulations to Zachary Watkins (grade 6) and Nico Miedema (grade 8) for being selected as winners of this year’s SASCU “Big Ideas” Contest for Salmon Arm. Zachary proposed an idea for a bookcase to house recycled fabric and Nico shared his vision for a hummingbird material box. Both very creative and inspiring projects! Your efforts and willingness to try something new make us so proud!

Free Silverbacks Tickets

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are about to get started with the first round of the BCHL playoffs, against the Victoria Grizzles.  The first two games take place in Salmon Arm on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, February 29th.  Thanks to Blackburn Excavating’s sponsorship, all children get into the game for free!!  Tickets to the games can be picked up at the Shaw Center box office or Maximum Edge Skate Shop.