It seems like a timely day to remind parents of the school district’s winter weather policy! If parents do not feel their children can travel safely to school, then don’t send your children to school. Schools will always be open for students, no matter what the weather or the temperature. However, regular instruction may be modified – in other words, don’t expect them to be doing anything too academic on a day like today!
Student safety is the first priority of School District No. 57. Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children’s safe travel to and from school. If, for any reason, a parent/guardian feels that a child cannot travel safely to school, then they should make other arrangements. Schools shall not be closed because of cold or inclement weather. On days when student attendance is reduced substantially because of cold or inclement weather condition or because travel is considered treacherous, regular scheduled instruction may be modified for those students who attend school. The decision to keep a student from home for the day because of winter weather conditions shall be made by the parent/guardian.
Click on the link to read the full policy 3541.35 – Winter Weather
Another important point: “Students shall not be expected to wait for a school bus for more than fifteen minutes past the scheduled pick-up time. If the bus has not arrived by that time, students should return to their homes or to another prearranged place of shelter.”
Erase Bullying, from government of BC – http://www.erasebullying.ca/
Safer Schools resources, from Prince George School District – http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=440171
Guide to Speaking Up for your child, from BCCPAC – http://sd57dpac.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/speaking_up_20082.pdf
Steps to Problem Solving, Prince George School District – who to contact about issues, and when to contact them – http://www.sd57.bc.ca/fileadmin/cao.sd57.bc.ca/Trustees/Trustees/Guide_to_solving_problems.pdf
Barbara Coloroso handout on bullying – BullyHandout – Coloroso
This presentation was made at the school board meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd, and posted for those parents who are interested in the topic.
There will be a Self Regulation and Learning Workshop put on by the district, with a free presentation for parents on Friday, December 6th. It will be held above Books and Company, in Art Space, from 7pm to 9pm.
We have been provided with an update from BCCPAC as to membership from SD57.
The following schools are shown as members for 2013/14:
- Buckhorn Elementary
- College Heights Elementary (Ecole)
- Duchess Park Secondary
- Edgewood Elementary
- Hart Highlands Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Highglen Montessori Elementary
- Lac des Bois (Ecole)
- Nukko Lake Elementary
- Nusdeh Yoh
- Pineview Elementary
- Prince George Secondary
- Quinson Elementary
- Spruceland Traditional
- Vanway Elementary
Memberships received and/or postmarked by December 15, of the closing year, will give your PAC or DPAC voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Click here for more information.
The Prince George DPAC rebates half the cost of the $75 membership for PACs that supply us with their voting proxy for the AGM.
Sign up today!
We are planning a working session Sunday, December 8th, at 7pm, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre.
In this session, we will be discussing recommendations for changes to the policy on catchments, registrations and transfers.
Interested parents are welcome to attend! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.