Field trips and Hardship Policy

There was a recent article in the Tyee about students self-excluding from field trips, due to financial concerns:

http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/04/10/Students-Self-Exclude/

A public school system is intended to provide all children with an equitable education, regardless of their family’s income. That means school fees should never stand in the way of a good education.

Sometimes, however, it’s students or their parents standing in the way. Faced with having to admit poverty, or knowing that asking for their parents’ money will elicit an “I’m sorry, we can’t afford it,” students exclude themselves from field trips, courses, or other educational “extras” that come with a price tag.

 

As a reminder to parents, school district 57 has a financial hardship policy for students:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Policy_Manual/Policies/5101.pdf

The Board of Education of School District No. 57 (Prince George) is committed to ensuring that no student is denied an opportunity to participate in a course, class or program because of financial hardship.

The administrative procedures as laid out in policy are as follows:

  1. All communication with students and/or parents regarding fees and deposits must include a statement that explains that fees will not be a barrier to student participation in school activities.
  2. Schools will publish, at the beginning of each school year, a schedule of fees and deposits. This schedule shall include reference to the procedures that can be followed by students, or parents on behalf of students, who would otherwise be excluded from the course, class or activity because of financial hardship.
  3. Schools will establish a hardship application process that is clear to students and parents. All staff members should be aware of this financial hardship provision and be able to advise students and parents with regard to access.
  4. The procedures for addressing financial hardship must be clearly communicated to parents and students and should be conveyed in such media as the student handbook, the parent handbook, student planners, newsletters and/or the school’s website.
  5. The hardship application process may be formal or informal. The process must always, however, respect an individual’s privacy and dignity and adhere to strict principles of confidentiality and fairness.
  6. All requests for support will be considered by the school. The school should consider, but not be limited to, the following options: deferred payment, payment over time, partial waiver or full waiver.

 

Schools that are not following these policies should be reminded of policy 5101.

Resource Materials for Parents on IEPs and Speaking Up

At last night’s DPAC meeting, reference was made to two BCCPAC resources for parents. Links to these resources are here:

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/individual-education-plans-guide-parents

JUST UPDATED in 2014 – Many parents are not sure what to expect at an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting. When they meet school staff on behalf of their child, they may feel vulnerable or even frightened. Often, they don’t know what to do and are not clear about their role in the process. In this guide, our focus is to help you understand how an IEP meeting works and how you and your child, working together with the school, can get the most out of this process for the benefit of your child.

 You know more about your child than anyone else. The school needs this information to tailor its teaching to your child’s way of learning. A good IEP brings together your knowledge about your child with the school’s knowledge about teaching. The IEP meeting will produce a plan of what the school will do to teach your child and help her succeed.

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/speaking

A step-by-step guide to resolution advocacy for parents who want to become better advocates for their children. This guide gives information on:

  • details on how the school system works,
  • outlines parent and students rights and responsibilities,
  • provides strategies for advocating for children, and
  • supports student self-advocacy

Call for Nominees for DPAC Executive

We are looking for willing people to step forward and be nominated for a rewarding position on our DPAC executive.  Meetings occur on the first Monday of the month with an executive meeting one week before.  Positions include the Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors, and District Associate.  Executive Members have the privilege of sitting on School District committees which provide an interesting insight into the operations and decision-making processes of the Board and District.
Please nominate someone you feel will contribute to encouraging and supporting parental involvement in our public education system, or nominate yourself if you would like to be involved.
Please contact either Chris Finke (cfinke@shaw.ca) or Jacqueline Dockray (jacqui@webartz.com) (DPAC Nominations Committee) with nominations before our May 5th AGM.
Thank you,
Chris and Jacqui

Last call for interested attendees for BCCPAC Conference in Richmond

Are you interested in attending the BCCPAC Conference and AGM in Richmond?

We currently have two people interested in attending, and we will be finalizing this decision for April 15th. If you are interested in attending, please let us know before April 15th - email chair@sd57dpac.ca for more information.

More information: http://conference.bccpac.bc.ca/

The full schedule and speakers list is just being updated now – please check back soon for more details and a full list of speakers and sessions.

 

Minutes from DPAC Meeting – April 7, 2014

DPAC meeting minutes April 7, 2014

DPAC MINUTES FOR April 7, 2014
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

Attendees:
DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair); Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Steve Shannon (Technical Director), Darlene Campbell (District Associate), and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Betty Bekkering, Trustee; Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Lori Dennill, PGPVPA; Behavioral Specialists, PEA;
School Reps: Chris Finke, DP Todd; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve and Kim Shannon, Kelly Road; Lotte Andersen, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh, Duchess; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Fiona Kitt, Glenview; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland; Shauna Connor, Ecole Lac des Bois; Jennifer Hicke, Southridge; Amy Hudson, Pineview;

Absentee School Reps: Hart Highlands; Beaverly; Blackburn; Buckhorn; College Heights; College Heights Secondary; Foothills; Giscome; Harwin; Heritage; Highglen; Hixon; Mackenzie Secondary; Malaspina; McBride Centennial; McBride Secondary; Morfee; Peden Hill; Pinewood; Ron Brent; Valemount Elementary; Valemount Secondary; Van Bien; Vanway; Westwood;

1. Call to order

2. Adoption of Agenda and March 3, 2014 Minutes-

Adopted by unanimous consent.

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BCCPAC Resolutions Meeting – April 27th

Join us at a resolutions workshop to discuss how to vote at the provincial BCCPAC Conference. We will be starting at 11am at the Van Bien Training Centre. As food will be provided, we ask that you register.

Register: http://dpacresolutions2014.eventbrite.ca
Agenda:

Nominations: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/sites/default/files/nominationsonly2014_0.pdf

Resolutions: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/sites/default/files/articles/resolutionsonly2014.pdf

As we will be providing food, pre-registration is required – no registration, no food, no fun.

 Why attend?

Various school PACs in this district are members of BCCPAC, and have the right to vote at the AGM. DPAC will be sending representatives, and can vote for members by proxy at the AGM. PACs may wish to give specific instructions to proxy holders on how to vote, or may wish to generally educate themselves about some of the provincial issues that PACs will be discussing.

 

Who can attend?

Any parent in the district. Your PAC can only vote if you’re a member of BCCPAC, but we encourage all parents to be informed.

 

Is my PAC a member of BCCPAC?

If you’re a member of BCCPAC, you should be receiving notices from BCCPAC.

 

Any questions?

Please email info@sd57dpac.ca

BCCPAC Conference – May 29-June 1, 2014

http://conference.bccpac.bc.ca/

The full schedule and speakers list is just being updated now – please check back soon for more details and a full list of speakers and sessions.

Note: DPAC will be sending representatives to the BCCPAC meeting in Richmond – if you’re interested in attending, please let us know in writing. Email chair@sd57dpac.ca for more information.

Agenda – April 7th General Meeting

Agenda attachments:

To join webconference, please click here at or about 7pm: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M41Z1ZP7TTFXYG48WRPD9V1CO5-B8NT&rnd=726324.69300

 

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of March 2014 Minutes
3. PAC Networking
To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.
7:30pm – Partner groups enter
4. Partner Group Presentations (5 minutes each).
a) DSAC Report (Graeme Mackenzie, Shelby Miller)
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Tina Cousins, Richard Giroday)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Faith Mackay, Lori Dennill)
e) Professional Employees Association (Nicole Haines)
f) Superintendent Report (Brian Pepper)
g) Trustee Report (Betty Bekkering)
(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell)
d) Selection – Delegate Selection Committee for BCCPAC Conference May 29 to June 1st
e) Report of Nominating Committee for AGM

6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests
b) PAC Café – April 12th, 2014
c) Fall Conference report – scheduled for October 18, 2014, Civic Centre
7. Advising School District
a) Expanded committee of the Whole (Sarah, Gillian)
b) Education Services Committee Report (Steve, Dennis)
c) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Darlene, Chris)
d) Policy and Governance (Sarah, Chris)
e) Calendar Committee (Darlene, Gillian)
f) Suggestions for School Board Report

8. Other Business
a) BCCPAC resolutions workshop – April 27th
b)
9. Agenda items for next meeting
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 5th, at 7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

DPAC minutes, March 3, 2014

DPAC meeting minutes Mar 3, 2014
DPAC MINUTES FOR March 3, 2014
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

Attendees:
DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair); Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Steve Shannon (Technical Director), Darlene Campbell (District Associate), and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Betty Bekkering, Trustee; Karen Wong, CUPE; Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Faith Mackay, PGPVPA; Holly Kavanaugh, David Ki, PEA; Megan Klitch, Gurkirat Kaurk, Canadian Cancer Society
School Reps: Chris Finke, DP Todd; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve and Kim Shannon, Kelly Road; Lotte Andersen, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh, Duchess; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Candice Bate, Buckhorn; Jacqueline Dockray, College Heights; Fiona Kier, Glenview; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland;

Absentee School Reps: Hart Highlands; Southridge; Beaverly; Blackburn; College Heights; College Heights Secondary; Ecole Lac des Bois; Foothills; Giscome; Harwin; Heritage; Highglen; Hixon; Mackenzie Secondary; Malaspina; McBride Centennial; McBride Secondary; Morfee; Peden Hill; Pinewood; Ron Brent; Valemount Elementary; Valemount Secondary; Van Bien; Vanway; Westwood; Pineview; Ecole Lac des Bois;

1. Call to order

2. Adoption of Agenda and February 3, 2014 Minutes-

Adopted by unanimous consent.

3. PAC Networking – Introductions
• Heather Park- Safety committee. Space blankets were purchased. Went to good use during fire alarm in -30 weather, especially for those students wearing gym strip.
• College Heights elementary – anti-bullying day, carnival, vice principal allocated to Foothills.
• Nusdeh Yoh- Parking lot garage sale May 24th, June outdoor movie night, Bone game, language club
• PGSS- Semester change, talent show
• Kelly Road- semester change
• DP Todd- Focus on athletics. Sitting students down in front of computers for programing, not enough students for honors program, Jr. Band concert tonight, Jazz Band concert next Tues.
• Duchess park- Parent info night for grade 7 students from feeder schools
• Buckhorn- Have safety blankets as well. Would like to request that the school purchase the bottled water used for sports day early in the year, to have on hand for emergencies.

• Nukko Lake – Olympic festival put on by teachers (parents unaware) PAC usually holds a winter festival for the students.
• Quinson- Principal returned after one month absence
• Spruceland – Nothing to report

4. Guest Presentation – Flavored Tobacco products, Canadian Cancer Society – Power point presentation and flavored tobacco products passed around. Petition circulated.

5. Partner Group Presentations
(a) DSAC Report- (Graeme MacKenzie (KRSS) and Shelby Miller (DPSS)) – Not in attendance.
(b) CUPE Report – (Karen Wong) – Things going well. Collective agreement expires in June. 2014 bargaining committee is formed. Trying to maintain labor peace. Positive moves. Going to Vancouver in April to start things early. Cold weather -please encourage children to go inside or EA’s have to be out in cold weather to supervise.
(c) PGDTA Report – (Tina Cousins) – Handed out info to parents. Strike vote this week. Part of unionized employees position is strike voting. Looking for fairness. Not planning immediate school closures. Provincial issue. Trying to work with School District 57.
(d) PGPVPA Report – (Faith Mackay) March – Leadership standards for Principals and Vice-Principals in BC self assessment tool. Handout provided during meeting. Document is on-line and available for the public.
(e) PEA Report – Holly Kavanaugh/David Ki – School psychologists. Individual service to students. Short workers/recruitment, service pre-school to Grade 12.
(f) Superintendent Report – (Brian Pepper)- Not in attendance.
(g) Trustee Report – (Betty Bekkering)- Spoke to her report. , LGBTQ policy passed, Camp Trapping visit, DP Todd Family meeting, UNBC high achievers,

6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland) – Spoke to her report. Attached in March agenda package.
b) Treasurers Report (Gillian Burnett) – Spoke to her report. Attached in March agenda package.
c) BCCPAC Report- Darlene Campbell – Resolutions out next week. May 2, 2014 elections (half of the positions are available).

7. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Grant requests – No new requests. Malaspina will contact Gillian with receipts for their event. Approx $66.00
b) PAC Cafe – April 12, 2014, 11am-2pm at Coast Inn of the North. Registration on website.
c) Fall Conference Committee meeting- March 12, 2014, 7pm 5425 Meadowlark Road
d) Serving our remote members – idea for bringing PAC’s in from outlying communities
MOTION: Jacqui Dockray. 2nd by Gillian Burnett. Invite PAC members from outlying communities of SD 57 to attend a DPAC meeting. Two representatives per school from each community will be allotted travel and accommodations as per policy. All in favor. Motion CARRIED.

8. Advising School District
a) Education Services report (Steve Shannon ) – Spoke to report. Report posted on DPAC website Youth Survey from City. On PG City website.
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Darlene Campbell) – Unable to make the meeting. Report available on the school district website.
c) Policy and Governance report (Sarah Holland) – Spoke to report attached in March agenda package
d) Expanded Committee of the Whole ( Gillian Burnett & Sarah Holland)- Spoke to report. In March Agenda pkg.
e) Ad hoc Technology committee – MOTION: Darlene Campbell. 2nd Chris Finke. Nominate Steve Shannon to represent DPAC on Ad hoc Technoloy Committee. All in favor. MOTION CARRIED.
f) Suggestions for School Board Report (Sarah Holland) – please email Sarah with ideas. Students will be on Spring Break during Pink shirt day -please ask school district to celebrate it on another day. PAC Cafe info to school trustees.
9. Other Business
a) Nominating committee -MOTION: Sarah Holland. 2nd Darlene Campbell. Nominate Chris Finke and Jacqui Dockray for the nominating committee. All in favor. MOTION CARRIED.
b) Resolution Workshop scheduling – Sunday, April 6, 2014, 11am (lunch included).
c) Media talking points- DPAC hoping for fair and negotiated settlement
d) Spring Fling- 10th Annual North Central Zone Educational Conference, April 4, 2014. Free for PAC and DPAC members. Open to parents. Registration on line.
e) BC Student Voice Conference, March 12, 2014
f) BCCPAC Conference – May 29 to June 2, 2014 in Richmond -attendees, possible date change for June DPAC mtg. Please submit in writing if interested in attending. MOTION: Darlene Campbell. 2nd Chris Finke. Move June DPAC meeting from June 2, 2014 to June 9, 2014. MOTION CARRIED.
10. Agenda items for next meeting… please email Sarah with items. Lunch scheduling for students. Ask District about metrics for anti-bullying/bullying.
Meeting adjourned at 9:51 pm.
Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:00pm Van Bien training and Development Center.