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Board Meeting Highlights - June 16, 2020

June 19, 2020


Superintendent's report on School District function during the Pandemic

The Superintendent provided an update on the school district function during the CoVid pandemic. Currently, we are in stage 3 with the re-entry of students. Our childcare sites are amalgamating to one site as the need for childcare has decreased with the re-entry of students. Other areas of discussion focused on cleaning sites, PPE supplies, and an outlook for September. If infections remain low over the summer, we will mostly be in Stage 1 or 2. We will be waiting to hear from the Ministry on updates regarding this status in August.

Superintendent's Yearend Report

Despite the tumultuous year we have faced, it has been a privilege to navigate the District through this year, and I am very pleased with the fantastic work teachers, principals, support workers, and district staff have put in to help ensure that our students have lives filled with choice, dignity, and contentment.

Successes for this year include the adaptability of staff through the pandemic, meals provided to families and food donations by MSS, continued work with the Complex Trauma Team in training our Staff, support from unions and the successful completion of bargaining, a new wellness page, and implementation of Boardmaker.

Challenges include the overall 6-year completion rate of 75% and the aboriginal rate of 70%. These rates are lower than the rates of boarding school districts. Between the snow days, sewer pump issues at Albert McMahon, and the coronavirus, our school district lost a number of school days. This year has had significant financial challenges. Between the initial shortfalls, uncertainty around enrolment of international students and spiralling CoVid related costs, amazing work has been done by the Secretary-Treasurer, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer and other staff.

2020-21 Board Meeting Schedule

Public Board of Education meetings

September 22, 2020 - Fraserview LCFebruary 16, 2021 - Windebank
October 20, 2020 - Hatzic ElementaryMarch 9, 2021 - École Mission Central
November 17, 2020 - Heritage Park Middle SchoolApril 20, 2021 - Silverdale Elementary
December 15, 2020 - École Mission Senior SecondaryMay 18, 2021 - Riverside College
January 19, 2021 - École Christine MorrisonJune 15, 2021 - Cherry Hill

Regular and Special Committee of the Whole meetings

September 15, 2020February 2, 2021
September 29, 2020  – Boundary ReviewFebruary 23, 2021  – 2021/2022 Budget Priorities
October 6, 2020March 2, 2021
October 27, 2020 – Boundary ReviewMarch 30, 2021 – 2021/2022 Budget
November 3, 2020April 6, 2021
December 1, 2020April 27, 2021 – 2021/2022 Budget
January 12, 2021May 4, 2021
January 26, 2021  – Amended BudgetMay 11, 2021 –  2021/2022 Budget
 June 1, 2021


The Trades & Training Advisory Committee

October 27, 2020April 13, 2021
February 9, 2021 


Board Authority Authorized Courses

The Board approved several courses that will allow Riverside College to re-open the Esthetics program. More information is available on page 7 of the agenda package.

#DifferentTogether Pledge

The Board took the #DifferentTogether. British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor, Janet Austin is encouraging leaders in BC to pledge and uphold the Canadian values of diversity and inclusion and to oppose racism and hate in all its forms. We are stronger when we are #differenttogether. The Board of Education values Working Together, Lifelong Learning, Thinking Beyond Today and Doing the Right Thing. The #differenttogether pledge is representative of these values. Taking the pledge demonstrates the Board's commitment to being leaders in embracing diversity and acting against racism.