Monthly Archives: February 2018

Catchment and Capacity Review

At the February 27, 2018 school board meeting, the board passed the following motion:

That the Superintendent of Schools be directed to review the recommendations of the Catchment and Capacity Stakeholder Review Advisory Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee for the Long Range Facility Plan, and develop a plan for consultation with students, families, school staffs, and the wider community, for feedback to be brought forward to the Education Programs and Planning Committee related to education programs and the Education Services Committee related to the catchment and capacity of schools for the 2019-2020 and subsequent school years.
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RATIONALE:
1. At its meeting held January 8, 2018, the Education Services Committee received the reports of the Catchment and Capacity Stakeholder Review Advisory Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee for the Long Range Facility Plan.

2. Each Committee presented recommendations to the Education Services Committee.

3. Recommendations related to student enrolment for the 2018-2019 school year were approved by the Board of Education at its meeting held on January 30  2018.

4. At its meeting held on February 5, 2018 the Education Services Committee discussed recommendations from both the Catchment and Capacity Stakeholder Review Advisory Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee for the Long Range Facility Plan that required further broad input and consultation. The Education Services Committee is requesting that the Superintendent of Schools review the recommendations made for the 2019-2020 and subsequent school years, and develop a plan to consult with the students families, and staffs of schools, and the wider community to obtain feedback to inform recommendations that will be brought forward, through the Education Programs and Planning Committee and the Education Services Committee.

5. The recommendations that require further review and wider consultation include:
(1) Duchess Park Secondary – consideration of the programs offered at the school and the elementary schools that are part of this secondary school family

(2) Prince George Secondary – consideration of the programs offered at the school and the elementary schools that are part of this secondary school family.

(3) Prince George Secondary – consideration of a Capital Project for a new elementary school to be located on the site of the former Blackburn Junior Secondary School

(4) Mackenzie – a commitment to consider any proposals for the use of surplus space at Mackenzie Secondary School received from the District of Mackenzie or the Regional District of Fraser Fort George.

(5) Robson Valley – a commitment to continue to monitor enrolment in both schools in McBride in accordance with motions adopted by the Board of Education in November 2016 and January 2017.

(6) Hart Area Elementary Schools – consideration of a review of school catchment boundaries for all Hart Area elementary schools.

A question was asked of the Superintendent what she anticipated consultation looking like, and the response was that they anticipate surveying families affected and staff affected, and some mechanism for wider community input, as well as some opportunity to ask students for their opinions. This will involve paper as well as electronic methods for input, and likely a plan for some live meetings as well. They anticipate bringing forward a timeline to the Education Services committee in April, and a survey process taking place in April and May, with information for trustees to take a look at June and then September.

 

White Hatter – at Vanier Hall Monday, Feb 19th

Back by popular demand!

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: Internet Literacy and Education for Parents with the White Hatter, Monday, 19 February 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

The Prince George District Parent Advisory Council, in cooperation with the Prince George School District, invites all parents to attend an evening educational session regarding online safety and children. Regular admission is $5, parents can also select a free ticket, or by donation. We want everyone to be able to attend.

The sessions will be presented by The White Hatter of the award winning organization Personal Protection Systems Inc.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the White Hatter before, you’re in for an interesting and useful session. If you have seen the White Hatter before, come out for technological updates, and tell your friends!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation runs from 7pm to 9pm on Monday, February 19th. Register now to reserve a seat!

Eventbrite - Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: Internet Literacy and Education for Parents with the White Hatter

School district draft policies

DPAC encourages parents to send comments to the district on the revisions to the student transportation policy.

On January 30, 2018 the Board of Education approved Draft Policy 3541 Student Transportation – Home and School for distribution to reference groups for input. A copy of the policy is below:

2017.11.07 3541 Student Transportation, Home and School – Sr. Admin

  •  Policy 3541 Student Transportation – Home and School has been revised to include the current school district practices regarding student transportation to and from home.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR DRAFT POLICY 3541 STUDENT TRANSPORTATION – HOME AND SCHOOL IS APRIL 1, 2018.

 

The district also has several other draft policies out for input, including policies on budget development, accumulated operating surplus, and audit committee, as well as energy and sustainable conservation:

http://www.sd57.bc.ca/Board/Policies/Draft/Pages/default.aspx

 

General meeting February 5, 2018

The February DPAC meeting is Monday, February 5th at 7pm, at the Van Bien Training and Development Centre.

The agenda package will be posted soon.

We will offer web conferencing for people unable to attend in person (although the quality will depend on the internet connection quality that day).

Web conference link: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/sd57dpac.ca/dpacmeeting?authuser=0

If you encounter any difficulty logging in, please text 250-565-4949.

We ask that you send at least one person to represent your school – this is a way that your voice can count in the district. We need representation; we need to know what you want for parents in this district in order to be effective.

It’s important that parents have a strong and effective parent voice, and in order to do this, we need to have representatives from our PACs.

We also need new leadership in this DPAC, as a number of current Executive members will be leaving at the end of their term due to term limits, children graduating, or other commitments.