Do you have a child in Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12?

Has your school told you about the parent satisfaction survey?

Help us plan for the future – tell us about your education experience. Students in Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12, their parents and all staff in B.C. public schools are invited to participate in an annual online satisfaction survey about their school experience.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. If your school district or school has added questions, it may take longer. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Student and staff surveys are available in English and French. Parent surveys are available in 16 additional languages.

The survey is open from January to the end of April of each year.


Nominating Committee seeking people to run for office

The District Parent Advisory Council will be conducting our annual elections for executive  positions in May, on Monday, May 9th.  The positions that are available are the following:

  • Chair
  • Vice-chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • District Associate
  • Directors at Large

If you are interested in running for any of these positions please contact Gillian Burnett and/or Mike Gagel indicating which position you are interested in running for.  If you would like a description of the duties for these positions, please let us know.  or

Draft Policy out for comment

From the school district:

On April 5th, the Board of Education approved Draft Policy 1170.3 Rights and Responsibilities of Employees for distribution to reference groups for input:
The existing Policy 1170.3 Rights and Responsibilities of Employees, requires updating to reflect changes to Ministry of Education directives and legislation and current district procedures and terminology.


Example amendment:

3.10 Make every effort to structure learning environments, and to provide learning supports that make physical restraint and seclusion unnecessary. Physical restraint or seclusion is used only in exceptional circumstances where the behavior of a student poses imminent danger of serious physical harm to self or others and is discontinued once imminent danger or serious physical self-harm or harm to others has dissipated.

If you or your organization has any comments, concerns or suggestions about this draft policy, please forward them in writing to:
Diane Nygaard, Executive Assistant
School District No. 57 (Prince George)
2100 Ferry Avenue
Prince George, BC ~~V2L 4R5
To help focus your input, the following questions may be considered:
How does the new policy fit with current practice?
How will the new policy affect your school/department/group?
How will the policy affect teaching, learning and student achievement?
Do you have any ideas for making the policy more effective?
Are there any areas in the policy that are unclear?
Are there significant issues that the policy should, but does not, address?
Can you foresee any difficulties posed by the implementation of the policy?
Will the policy as proposed put unreasonable demands on people or resources? If so, how?

DRAFT – minutes from April 4, 2016 general meeting

DPAC MINUTES FOR April 4th, 2016
7:00 pm Van Bien Training and Development Centre

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Steve Shannon, Mike Gagel, Gillian Burnett
Partner Groups: Brenda Hooker, Karen Wong, Richard Giroday, Dan Watt
School Reps: Candice Bate – Buckhorn, Jacqueline Dockray – College Heights Elementary, Shara Schenk – Edgewood, Mandy Levesque – Hart Highlands, Shauna Connor – Lac de Bois, Gillian Burnett – Nukko Lake, Charleen Henyu – Nusdeh Yoh, Kim Pryschlak – Quinson

1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda and Minutes
Agenda adopted as written.
Minutes adopted as presented.

3. PAC Networking – Edgewood received a Community Enhancement Grant from the City of Prince George regarding a pedestrian safety program they’re putting together. Hart Highlands had a successful (and local) fundraiser using plants from Hunniford’s Nursery. Southridge received an Imagine Grant to install a garden on the school property. SD 57 Maintenance Department seems eager to help.

4. Partner Group Presentations
a) DSAC – not in attendance
b) CUPE (Karen Wong) – Was in budget-related meetings all day. Theme was that there’s no money available for anything. Services from CUPE will continue to decrease. Fewer hours and fewer positions are being funded. There is no money to replace people when positions are vacant. Quesnel is closing 3 schools – passed almost unanimously. Two out of the three are rural.
c) PGDTA (Richard Giroday)- BCTF has written a letter to MoE recommending the new curriculum implementation be pushed back a year. Professional Employees Assoc now part of the BCTF. Says situation in schools has reached a critical point – children and teachers haven’t got the support they need. Asks what DPAC is doing to change the poor situation in the schools.
d) PGPVPA (Dan Watt)- Parent involvement is key in generating school support. New curriculum feedback suggests the teachers are finding it more revision than new material. April 13/14 a school org. day for Principals/Vice Principals, May 10 – BCPVP association bringing up professionals to work with local P/VP on professional growth plans. SD 57 is one of only 3 districts in the province that is being given this opportunity.
e) Superintendent (Sharon Cairns) – not able to attend.
f) Trustee (Brenda Hooker) – Long Range Facilities Plan and Strategic Plan progress complicated by the lack of a Superintendent. $600,000 government holdback given back to the District. Superintendent posting closes this week. Rural recommendations are still being reviewed. She reiterated that she wants to setup a meeting between the trustees and DPAC before the end of June.

5. Elections – Vacant Secretary position

6. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Sarah Holland) – Contacted by News 250 for an email comment on parents’ feelings about two week spring breaks. Contacted by Citizen regarding a comment on the online concussion tools for teachers, parents, etc. (
b) Treasurer’s Report (Gillian Burnett) – SD57 has transferred DPAC’s funding to DPAC. The DPAC Chair asked for a report on the PAC grants and amounts awarded to date.
c) BCCPAC Report – Refer to 9 a) for information about the BCCPAC Resolutions workshop. The DPAC Chair recommends a vote in favour of the radon resolution (brought forward by the SD 57 DPAC). Proxy forms needed before representatives travel to the AGM.

7. PAC and Parent Assistance –
a) Grant Request – One submitted by Edgewood Elementary (see attached).
To approve $300 grant request from Edgewood Elementary.
b) Digital and online safety workshop- currently 183 people registered. Amanda Stockdale of the Child Sex Crimes Unit of the local RCMP may also be a resource for further parent workshops.

8. Advising School District
a) School District Budget Consultation Committee – Meeting today with trustees. Discussion on transportation: general disdain for users fees, but appeared to like the idea of a courtesy bussing fee. Fees are only intended to cover the administrative costs of the bussing services. Ministry released holdbacks resulting in approximately $600,000 for our district. The district is budgeting assuming an enrollment decline of approximately 87 students in 2016/17. The DPAC Committee will take feedback from DPAC to the next meeting.
b) Superintendent Job Interview Panel – Posting closes this week. Consultant group will review applicants. Discussed DPACs roll in this process.
c) Calendar Committee Report- Committee thought that Monday NIDs may be harder for parents to accommodate than Friday NIDs. Reiterated that consistency and planning ahead is important to parents. Schools are required to let parents know when report card writing days are. Parents and PACs need to impress upon Principals and Vice Principals that it’s important to do this. A program called ‘Remind’ allows schools to pay to send texts to parents’ phones with school reminders and information.
d) Recommendations from the Rural Consultation Committee – Not available
e) Education Services Committee Report – Doug Borden from Career Training Centre wants to speak to the DPAC. DPAC says June works best.
f) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Mike Gagel) – Not available
g) Policy and Governance (Sarah Holland) – Policy on Rights and Responsibilities of Employees and Use of Restraints up for review. Discussed Policies on Rights and Responsibilities of Students and Student Codes of Conduct.
h) Suggestions for the School Board Report – See Attached.

9. Other Business
a) BCCPAC Resolutions – Workshop and proxies to be done Sunday April 10th from 11-2 at the Van Bien Training Centre. Sign up online at the DPAC website.

10. Agenda Items for next meeting – none at this time.

11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

BCCPAC Resolutions Meeting, and Proxies

Please join us at a resolutions workshop to discuss how to vote at the provincial BCCPAC Conference. We will be starting at 11:00am at the Van Bien Training Centre, on Sunday, April 10th.  As food will be provided, we ask that you register.

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 proxyat 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.

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

More information:

Don’t forget – if you’re a BCCPAC member, we’ll vote your signed proxy for you, based on your request, and will reimburse you your BCCPAC membership:

We are looking for the following additional proxies, and have collected some already. Once we have taken them to the AGM, we can then can reimburse you your $75 membership fee:

Beaverly Elementary
Buckhorn Elementary
College Heights Elementary (Ecole)
Duchess Park Secondary
Edgewood Elementary
Heather Park Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Hixon Elementary School
Kelly Road Secondary
Morfee Elementary
Nukko Lake Elementary
Peden Hill Elementary
Pineview Elementary
Prince George Secondary
Southridge Elementary
Spruceland Traditional
Vanway Elementary

Annual review of school student codes of student conduct?

At the school board meeting of April 5th, there was a discussion on the school codes of conduct policy.

There are a number of policies that are being updated to better reflect changes to BC laws and regulations. In the cases where the change is a minor change, the policy does not need to go out for public input. In this particular case, there was enough concern that the changes to the policy were not minor that the policy was sent back to committee.

However, the policy as it currently stands states:

“The principal shall consult with parents and teachers and gather information from students in the development and annual review of the school’s code of conduct.”

The revisions stated:

“The school codes of conduct must be reviewed annually with individuals or groups the school considers representative of employees of the board, parents, and students, to assess the effectiveness of the code of conduct in addressing current school safety issues.”

There was some comment by board members about the changes, but they did seem under the impression that annual reviews of the school code of conduct take place in our schools.

Does this happen in your school?

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Also, is the school conduct of conduct displayed in a prominent area of your school, as also called for in policy?

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Subscribing to school calendars

At the last DPAC meeting, it was mentioned that people can get school calendars to show up on their own electronic calendars, which can be a very useful way to keep track of what is going on.

To do so, you’ll need to go to your school’s website, and find the Calendar page.

On the upper right hand side, you’ll see Subscribe, next to a little icon of a calendar. If you click on that, you’ll see a link, an address that starts out webcal://  (and then it will continue).

Depending on your system, clicking on the link may set it up in your calendar. If not:
* copy the link address onto your clipboard
* go to your current calendar – I’ll give the example for Google calendar
* on the left, you’ll see Other calendars, and a little drop down icon
* if you click there, you’ll see a list of options, including Add by URL. Paste the webcal address there.
* you’ll now see that schools’ calendar listed under your other calendars, and you can even change the colour of those events.

If you have a different calendar program, try googling for “webcal” and the calendar name.

News release: New concussion resource for teachers helps children and youth with recovery

Vancouver – BC Children’s Hospital is launching a new evidence-based tool for educators to help prevent, recognize and respond to concussions in the classroom.
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is an online, free resource that school professionals can use to help children as they return to school after time off from a concussion or if they sustain a concussion while at school.
Outdoor activites and sports like hockey, soccer and football are a fun way for children and teens to stay active. But if an impact happens that involves a direct blow to the head or other part of the body, it can result in a brain injury known as a concussion.
Developed by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC), the CATT provides educators with recommendations about classroom adjustments to help students as they recover and to avoid potential life-long complications.
After a head injury, a lot of ordinary things at school can bring back concussion symptoms. Stimulation from other kids in the classroom, loud noises on the playground, and the stress of school work can trigger headaches, nausea, dizziness and confusion.

Teachers can go to to find out about modifications they can make for a concussed student such as reducing reading and homework, shortening the school day or adjusting deadlines for projects and tests. The tool features short, five-minute videos with sports stars like pro hockey player Sidney Crosby that provide kids with tips about staying safe during play.

The CATT also has specific information for medical professionals, parents, players and coaches. Smartphone-accessible forms and tools help parents and coaches track symptoms in order to respond to a head injury and record information that may be helpful to medical professionals.
The resources in the CATT are updated on a monthly basis. The tool was developed based on the latest research and best-practice recommendations by researchers provincially, nationally and internationally, with funding from the Ministry of Health, Child Health BC and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Health Minister Terry Lake –
“Keeping kids safe from injuries is a priority for our government. Tools like this equip all people who care for children – including parents, coaches and educators – with knowledge on how to prevent head injuries and tips to help kids recover fully, if they suffer a concussion.“
Carl Roy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority 
“CATT is a direct result of PHSA’s commitment to innovative research for better health. This new resource will provide educators and parents a more effective way to monitor the recovery process of a child suffering from a concussion.
Dr. Shelina Babul, associate director and sports injury specialist at the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit and BC Children’s Hospital 
Parents and teachers often question when its safe for a child to go back to school after a concussion, or if children should be pulled out of sports. We developed the CATT to help them educate themselves on how to help a child recover and get quickly back to their usual routines.
Quick Facts:
·         A concussion is a traumatic brain injury.
·         Symptoms of a concussion can include headaches, nausea, dizziness and confusion. They may appear immediately or after hours or days. Serious complications can include brain damage, disability and death if not recognized immediately.
·         When properly managed, 85% of concussions resolve uneventfully after approximately two weeks.
·         1,541 children were admitted to BC Children’s Hospital ER with a concussion or mild head injury in 2015.
·         Children are more vulnerable to concussions because their brains are still developing, their heads are bigger relative to their body size, and their necks are weaker.
Learn More:
Funded by the Ministry of Health, Child Health BC and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is available at It is made up of three components:
1.       For medical professionals: to learn about the latest care and management techniques for patients who have had a concussion
2.       For parents, players and coaches: to learn how to recognize and respond to a concussion and help a player recover
3.       For teachers and school professionals: to learn how to support a student who is returning to school after a concussion or who has sustained a concussion at school
BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns and adolescents. It is an academic health centre affiliated with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Child & Family Research Institute. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children is the provincial facility that offers specialized child development and rehabilitation services to children and youth.

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