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May 28

Letter from Minister of Education and the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

Please read the letter from Minister of Education and the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils available at the bottom of this page. When reading, please remember that as a result of consultation with our First Nations partners, ZESS is not moving to Stage 3 at this time and remaining in Stage 4 of the BC K-12 Education Restart Plan (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/kindergarten-to-grade-12/safe-caring-orderly/k-12-education-restart-plan.pdf). As part of Stage 4, we are continuing to make time in school for students with diverse abilities and additional support needs.




May 27, 2020

Continuing in Stage 4 – In-School Support

As noted earlier this week, ZESS is staying at Stage 4. In Stage 4 we can make available scheduled time in the school for students with diverse abilities and/or additional support needs. We are connecting again with families that have been identified as having students who would benefit from additional support for their needs at this time. Please note that this support is in the school building and is optional and it is your choice to accept or refuse the offer. The school will connect with individual families to discuss having these students come to spend some scheduled support time in the school building via email and/or social media this afternoon. Time in the school would be arranged in advance. A first scheduled visit would involve an orientation to new procedures that staff/students/families are expected to follow with a focus on health and wellness requirements like hand washing and physical distancing in the building. Each student would be assigned an individual space to work in while in the building in compliance with the social distancing requirements.


Link to BC Ministry of Education K-12 Restart Plan (4 page PDF)

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To Parents and Guardians of School District 84 

What’s Happening on Monday, May 25 in SD84

The BC Ministry of Education has revealed its staged plan for a partial return to in-class instruction for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students: 


Beginning on June 1, 2020, schools in BC will move from Stage 4 to Stage 3 of the plan.  This means that SD84 will make available all the services that were being offered under Stage 4 as well as:

  • The equivalent of two days per week of in-class learning for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5;
  • The equivalent of one day per week of in-class learning for students in Grades 6 to 12;
  • And remote and online learning for those students whose parents choose to keep them at home.

Please know that in Stage 3 parents will have the option to choose to send their children back to school part-time, or to keep them at home, where online educational opportunities will be provided. 

Please also know that through consultation with local First Nations, KESS and ZESS will not be moving to Stage 3 at this time.

Of course, the exact details of Stage 3 will vary depending on the needs of schools and communities.  You will hear from you school principal sometime in the next week as to exactly what Stage 3 will look like at your local school.  This will include information on when and how you should be bringing your children to school and when and how they will be dismissed. 

In any case, what will not be different between schools will be the expectations around maintaining health and safety for all:

  • Parents will be required to remind their children of the requirement to maintain proper physical distancing, to avoid any contact with other students and staff, to screen their children’s health daily and to keep them home if they exhibit any symptoms of illness. 
  • Students will be washing their hands multiple times each day and being expected to minimize any physical contact with others as well as practicing proper physical distancing and not sharing food or any other items with others.
  • Schools will ensure safe procedures are in place for student drop off and pick up, entering and exiting the building and classrooms, taking part in classes, hand washing and bathroom use.
  • Schools will be set up differently to ensure safe distancing wherever possible, barriers where appropriate and will be cleaned more frequently.

During Stage 3, our buildings (including all schools) will remain closed to the general public.  Parents and others should phone the school office to make appointments for connecting with staff as required.

Our playgrounds will reopen, but we will be restricting access to our school properties to only our staff and students during the hours of 8 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday for the month of June, to ensure safety.  Members of the general public are welcome to use the school fields and playgrounds outside of these hours for healthy physical activities, subject to maintaining physical distancing and adherence to the normal rules in place for school properties.

Thank you for your patience and support as the District continues engaging your children in learning while maintaining health and safety as our priority.

Lawrence Tarasoff

Superintendent and Secretary-Treasurer






I have accepted the position of principal of GRSS for next year. That means this will be my last yearhere in Zeballos. This is an awkward way to say farewell as we cannot be together in person for me to give you this news as one person to another. But this current situation has changed a lot of how we do things. I have learned a lot from everyone here in my three years at ZESS. This is my tenth year working away from home. While I am excited to be closer to my family, I will also miss being in Zeballos. We have been through a lot together and I have appreciated the support that people have given me while we worked through challenges. We have also celebrated a lot of successes during this time. It has been my pleasure to work and live in Zeballos on the traditionalterritory of the Ehattesaht Chinehkint Nation. Thank you to the parents and families of the Village of Zeballos, the Ehattesaht First Nation, and the Nuchatlaht First Nation for trusting me with the well being and education of their children. I may be moving but not far. I will only be in Gold River and will still be a part of the School District 84 family so that means we will still see each other at times during the year and hopefully get to work together in different ways.

If you are not already aware, Scott Cobbe will be your new principal next year. Other new staff will be Selena Coutts (Intermediate Class), and Caleb Bouey (High School).

At this time, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to and recognize the hard work of Cindy Rodgers, Davis Stupich, and Siobhan Mortimer who will be not be returning to ZESS next year. We will say thank you to them properly before the end of the year.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we enter probably the most different June any of us have experienced in our careers in education.

Peace and good wishes to you all.

With respect,

Sean Broderick – Principal

A.A.S, B.A., B.Ed., CELN, M.Ed.



















































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2019-20 ZESS Bell Schedule - Revised.pdf518.59 KB
Code of Conduct ZESS 19-20.pdf103.49 KB
2020-21 ZESS Bell Schedule.pdf519.25 KB
Code of Conduct ZESS 20-21.pdf204.04 KB
2020-2021 School Calendar_color_9 day_2 week springbreak BM.pdf282.72 KB
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May 28 Letter from Minister of Education and the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.pdf212.96 KB





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Zeballos Elementary Secondary School
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675 Keno Crescent (Box 128)
Zeballos, British Columbia
Canada V0P 2A0

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