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SCHOOL RE-OPENING 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR

We are diligently preparing for the 20-21 school year.  Communications regarding our re-openings will be going out to the public soon.  Thank you for your patience.  Until then, please read through this Guide on the Recommendations for School Re-openings prepared by the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario. 

COVID-19:  Guidance for School Reopening

Please continue to read to your children or encourage them to read on a daily basis.

All cheques (for students and employees) will be mailed out.
Please do not come to the Education Center to retrieve these.

Office Hourse: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Please call us at 450-632-8700. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

July 23, 2020

KEC Directors and the Kahnawà:ke Combined Schools Committee are preparing to release KEC school reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) (Kahnawà:ke, Quebec – 23 Ohiarihkó:wa/July 2020)

KEC Directors and the Kahnawà:ke Combined Schools Committee are preparing to release KEC school reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents, students, educators, and community members should note these plans are being made with consideration of the complexities and needs of all stakeholders.  Our highest priority is the health and safety of all.

Preparation and planning for our return to school began immediately after the closure in early March 2020.  The KEC launched a diverse professional development plan for all educators in preparation for a return to school with on-line learning delivery. Purchases such as Chromebooks, iPads, personal protective equipment (PPE), thermometers, and sanitation products are already at the schools or awaiting delivery.

We will continue to work closely with school administrators, managers, coordinators, and school staff to develop delivery models, scheduling, as well as other vital plans essential to deliver educational services to our diverse stakeholders.

The decisions we are making to support the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students and their families carry a heavy responsibility.  We intend to offer parents options to support their child/children’s needs and ask our community to support one another. We are all working hard and doing our best to ensure the plans being made are to serve the best interest, health, and well-being of parents, students, KEC teachers, and staff.  

Niawenhkó:wa for your patience and understanding. We will communicate preliminary plans in the coming weeks and assure the community that the health and safety of our students, staff, and community are our utmost concern.

June 5, 2020

Telephone Survey for Parents

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Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) (Kahnawà:ke, Quebec – 5 Ohiarí:ha/June 2020) 

NOTICE TO PARENTS OF OUR SCHOOLS

The KEC would like your input to plan for our upcoming school year, 2020-2021.  We will be reaching out to you by phone.  Your child’s teacher will be contacting you during the week of June 8, 2020, to ask you a few questions regarding the technical capabilities, workspace, and support system at home.  These findings will enable us to adequately prepare for a shift to distance learning, should the need arise.

Therefore, please answer our calls, it should only take a few minutes and this information is very important to us.

Niá:wen/Thank you for your time.

 

May 19, 2020

KEC MESSAGE ON THE CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT (CESB)

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Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) (Kahnawà:ke, Quebec – 19 Onerahtohkó:wa/May 2020) 

WA’TKWANONHNWERA:TON

The KEC wants to assure post-secondary students that we are assessing the Covid-19 emergency and how it may develop in the coming months.  We support all our post-secondary students in their endeavors.  We understand the current pandemic affects many of you.  

To support you during this time the KEC Post-Secondary Department is providing eligible KEC post-secondary students with a one-time interim allowance for June 2020.  Please note this funding will still allow you to apply for the CESB, as outlined in this memo.  According to Indigenous Service Canada (ISC), students may access both KEC Covid-19 emergency allowance and the CESB.

The one-time interim post-secondary allowance cheques will go out on May 25, 2020, for the month of June 2020. If you submitted your direct deposit information, you will receive a direct deposit. If not, you will receive a cheque mailed to the address listed on your funding application form.

For any questions, please contact Chris Leclaire at chris.leclaire@kecedu.ca or Bethany Douglas at bethany.douglas@kecedu.ca.

Understanding the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Covid-19 pandemic affects everyone.  In response, the Canadian government created measures to assist workers, families, and students to provide financial supports.  One of these measures is the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).  The CESB is in place to provide financial support for post-secondary students and recent high school graduates who have been unable to find work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who Can Apply

The CESB is specific to students who do not qualify for the Kahnawà:ke Economic Relief Measures (KERM), the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB), or Employment Insurance (EI).  If you received or will receive funds from one of those programs, you are ineligible to apply for the CESB. 

The CESB is available to students from May through August 2020 and gives eligible students financial assistance as follows:

  • $1,250 a month for a single person
  • $2,000 a month for a person with dependents or a disability

The maximum benefit period is sixteen (16) weeks and is a taxable benefit.  There may be additional allowances of $750 per month during the period for students meeting the following requirements:

  • You have a disability
  • You have one or more dependents/children under the age of twelve (12)

You are Not Eligible for the CESB if:

  • You are in school full-time.  CESB guidelines state you must be available to work and looking for employment, but unable to find work to be eligible for assistance
  • You are or will receive assistance from KERM, CERB or EI during the four (4) week eligibility period
  • You earned more than $1,000 in employment income for the entire four (4) week period of your new claim

What to know:

  • When applying for your first claim you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment or self-employment income for fourteen (14) or more consecutive days within the four-week period to which you are applying.  If you earned money you must wait for the next available period
  • Each eligibility period is a four (4) week period with a beginning and end date.  People who apply receive financial assistance that is specific to the period to which you applied
  • You can apply for only one eligibility period at a time
  • You must re-apply for each four (4) week period if you need continued assistance

If you recently graduated from High School:

  • The CESB is for eligible graduating high school students meeting the following conditions:
    • You have completed, or expect to complete high school
      • You received or will receive your Secondary V in 2020
        • If you complete your Secondary V before June 7, 2020, you must apply for your eligibility date after June 7th
        • If you complete your Secondary V after June 7, 2020, you can only apply for two (2) eligibility periods from July 5, 2020, to August 1, 2020
      • Have applied for post-secondary studies that begin before February 1, 2021

Eligibility Periods for Post-Secondary Students

  • May 10 to June 6, 2020
  • June 7 to July 4, 2020
  • July 5 to August 1, 2020
  • August 2 to August 29, 2020

How to Apply

The Canada Revenue Agency website provides all the required information to apply for the CESB.  You may apply online using your CRA personal account or by telephone.  Please follow the link below for detailed instructions

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-how-apply.html

The Kahnawà:ke Education Center sends all of our post-secondary students' good wishes during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please keep posted on our website at www.kecedu.ca and on our Facebook page for future developments and information.

Robin Delaronde
Director of Education

April 29, 2020

Calls to Students Enrolled in Outside Elementary Schools to Commence April 30, 2020

Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) (Kahnawà:ke, Quebec – 29 Onerahtókha /April 2020) – Due to the reopening of elementary schools outside of Kahnawà:ke, we have been tasked to assess parents decisions as to whether they intend to send their children enrolled in these schools, back to school on May 18, 2020.   Please be expecting a telephone call from an employee of the Kahnawà:ke Education Center to ask you a few questions regarding this.  Telephone calls will commence tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, 2020 until Friday, May 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm. Our goal is to reach all 87 students enrolled in these outside elementary schools within this time frame.

Results will be shared with the Kahnawake Covid 19 Task Force for further review and discussion.

Thank you for your cooperation.  

 

For more information, please contact:

Jaime Dickson
Communications Officer
Kahnawà:ke Education Center
jaime.dickson@kecedu.ca

April 28, 2020

Schools to Remain Closed for 2019/2020 School Year

Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) (Kahnawà:ke, Quebec – 28 Onerahtókha /April 2020) - In order to preserve the safety of our students, staff, and moreover, the community of Kahnawà:ke amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, KEC has decided to keep all schools closed for the remainder of the school year.  The decision to prolong the closures is to adhere to the strong stance that our community is taking to keep our positive cases down.

Moving forward, our educators will continue to provide educational supports to parents, students, and the community through various means currently in place. We will dedicate our efforts to prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year by ensuring that staff is trained in order to have resources available to support students with a sound distance-learning program, if necessary.  

The KEC, Step-By-Step Child and Family Services and the Covid-19 Task Force realize that services will be required to support parents who may need to return to work within the next few months.  To accommodate these parents, we are planning accordingly while following the health and safety guidelines for all.

Rest assured our students' best interest is at the forefront of our minds.  We will continue to keep the community updated.

 

For more information, please contact:

Jaime Dickson
Communications Officer
Kahnawà:ke Education Center
jaime.dickson@kecedu.ca

April 24, 2020

PERSONAL ITEMS IN SCHOOLS

With the abrupt closure of schools in early March, there were many student belongings left behind. We would like to reassure parents and students alike that all personal items are safe during this time.  Only authorized personnel are permitted to enter our buildings and everything remains as it was when your children left. We will ensure that we keep all items left in schools secure until retrieval is possible. 

For now, we are allowing retrieval of essential items and, as such, have set up a safe protocol to do this.

PROTOCOL FOR RETRIEVAL OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS
Please contact the building attendant of your respective school by email: 

Karonhianónhnha, Walter Jacobs: walter.jacobs@kecedu.ca
Kateri, Perry Cross: perry.cross@kecedu.ca
Kahnawake Survival School, Ross Leclaire: ross.leclaire@kecedu.ca

We ask that you provide the following information in your email:

  • Your name and contact information (just in case further information is required, however, email is the preferred method of communication so please keep an eye out for a response)
  • Description of the item (type, brand, color)
  • Location of the item (classroom, K1, K2 etc.)
  • Childs Name (Kanien’kéha, English, last name)
  • Teacher’s name
  • Locker number if applicable

The building attendant will respond to you by email with an appointment time and further instruction for retrieval.  Please wait for a response before going to the buildings as our attendants have been instructed not to answer the doors. We ask that you please be patient as this process is new for everyone involved.

Niá:wen/Thank you for your understanding.

April 7, 2020

Essential Item Retrieval from Buildings During Pandemic School Closures

Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) (Kahnawà:ke, Quebec – 7 April-Onerahtó:kha 2020)

The KEC understands that with the abrupt closure of our schools on March 13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many essential belongings were left within school buildings. We have established a safe protocol to assist with the retrieval of these essential items. Collection of these items will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY between the hours of 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

To ensure the safety of our staff and families, we are enforcing the following procedure:

1. Please contact the building attendant of your respective school by email: 

Karonhianónhnha, Walter Jacobs: walter.jacobs@kecedu.ca

Kateri, Perry Cross: perry.cross@kecedu.ca

Kahnawake Survival School, Ross Leclaire: ross.leclaire@kecedu.ca

We ask that you provide the following information in your email:

  • Your name and contact information (just in case further information is required, however, email is the preferred method of communication so please keep an eye out for a response)
  • Description of the item (type, brand, color)
  • Location of the item (classroom, K1, K2 etc.)
  • Childs Name (Kanien’kéha, English, last name).
  • Teacher’s name
  • Locker number if applicable

2. The building attendant will respond to you by email with an appointment time and further instruction for retrieval.  Please wait for a response before going to the buildings as our attendants have been instructed not to answer the doors. We ask that you please be patient as this process is new for everyone involved.

Niá:wen/Thank you for your understanding.

 

March 27, 2020

Covid19 external communique

Covid19 external communique - March 27, 2020

Robin Delaronde

Director of Education

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