On Wednesday May 6, the BC Government and Public Health Officer released the Restart Plan. The Ministry of Education released a Five Stage Approach. The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has done a great job of interpreting the information and putting it in one place for parents. We encourage you to follow them on Facebook and check their website often for updates. Here is the latest update on May 6 with links.
COVID-19 Update for K-12 Education – May 6 We’ve done a recap to ensure information is reaching all members. Please read.
Today Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix provide an update on BC’s COVID-19 strategy. Full details on the Restart Plan are found here: http://gov.bc.ca/covid19
Key Messages: Phase 3 – June to September IF transmission rates remain low or in decline, under enhanced protocols: -Post-secondary education – with mix of online and in-class (September 2020) -K-12 education – with only a partial return this school year (September 2020) -Reopening our Schools “As COVID-19 spread, governments everywhere took action to reduce in the classroom learning. For most British Columbians with young children, this meant having to stay at home to look after their kids. While many workplaces have made work-from-home accommodations, that hasn’t been an option for everyone. Our schools and educators rose to the challenge with online instruction and resources to keep our kids learning, but this placed a heavy burden on parents to support their kids as they learned at home. We know there is no substitute for in-class instruction — and an important step toward our recovery is getting kids back into the classroom, so parents can get back into the workplace. Initial health data indicates children are less affected than adults by the COVID-19 virus. Public health staff and officials will continue to review the health data. And the Ministry of Education and school divisions all around B.C. are reviewing options to allow for a safe return to school. An announcement on a phased approach to resuming in-class instruction will be made in the coming weeks. This will not be a return to normal. With weeks left in the school year, we anticipate many kids will not return to the classroom until September. But the Ministry is also exploring ways to safely get some kids back to school before the summer, to allow more parents to return to work. How these changes unfold are the focus of intensive discussion among Ministry of Education officials, school trustees, the BC Teachers’ Federation, CUPE, and other education sector partners.”
When signing in for the meeting, please enter your name in the following format: First Name Last Name – School you are representing
We imagine many are familiar with this format now, but we recommend that you find a quiet place to listen and participate, mute yourself or turn your video feed off if needed, and use the chat function to communicate with the Chair or any other members regarding meeting topics.
As always our Partner Group representatives will be there giving us valuable update on COVID-19, KRSS decision, Policies, and Budget.
We have 23 PACs in School District 57 who are eligible to vote at the BCCPAC AGM this Saturday May 2 from 9:30-11:30am ONLINE. See the list here. Please ensure you are registered and have received the zoom information.
Here are some notes from our DPAC Chairperson Andrea Beckett:
For PAC’s that are an active member of BCCPAC for this year one member of your PAC should have received a registration email link for the virtual BCCPAC AGM on May 2nd.
If a member of your PAC executive has not received a email registration link for the BCCPAC AGM on May 2nd, please contact the BCCPAC immediately via phone at (604) 474-0524 and confirm which PAC executive member will be attending the AGM – registration was due by April 24th so please contact BCCPAC immediately if no registration link was received.
If the PAC’s have any concerns or issues please call BCCPAC first, but otherwise please also contact the DPAC if you require assistance.
The BCCPAC AGM is May 2nd so this is an issue of utmost importance – please call BCCPAC at the number above if one member of your PAC’s executive did not get the link to register (the link was emailed out between April 6th and April 8th).
An email address is required when you register as a BCCPAC Member. This is the main email and contact name for your PAC which would have been used for the unique registration email.
Once you have registered, let us know at DPAC@sd57learn.com. DPAC will reimburse your $75 annual membership fee after your attendance at the AGM is confirmed.
Thank you for your involvement in our Provincial PARENT Voice!
DPAC voted at our April 7 meeting to reimburse the 2019-2020 Membership Fee for all BCCPAC Members who attend the online AGM. Please REGISTER and ATTEND. Send us a quick email to confirm and we will process the reimbursement. Thank you!
Requesting Attendance from Every PAC and DPAC Member
As you are aware our AGM will be held as an online webinar from 9:30am to 11:30am on Saturday May 2, 2020. We need your attendance at the AGM. Even though it is a webinar, and not an in-person AGM, it is still imperative that each PAC and DPAC member be part of it. Your involvement will ensure we have quorum.
Member PAC and DPAC attendance will ensure we can present our 2019 Financials and 2020 Budget and our Board for the 2020-2021 year. Your Board and staff have been working diligently, especially during these difficult times, and your participation in the AGM webinar will be greatly appreciated.
It’s essential that we have representation from ALL our member DPACs and PACs. We recognize there are many demands on your time. The meeting won’t be very long – likely less than the scheduled time – and is easily attended online from your home. By now, your DPAC or PAC executive should have received unique email invitations with registration links. Please ensure you have them and proceed to register with links from those email invitations before April 24.
Please be safe and I look forward to the time when we, as members of BCCPAC, can get together in-person to learn, work, and have fun.
If you have any questions please contact our office team by email for assistance.
Find the link to the research website along with media releases and information at the School District 57 website here. You will find a PDF version of the questionnaire that can be mailed or scanned/emailed and dedicated phone numbers with staff members who are available to help complete the form during business hours indicated on the website.
You can submit questions at email@example.com and also sign up for Newsletters by submitting your email address on the SD57 website.
What’s next in the Timeline?
Questionnaire Closes – this Friday April 17
Questionnaire Information Compiled – week of April 20
Report to the SD57 Board Trustees – Friday April 24
Public Board Meeting – DECISION! – Tuesday April 28
Please share this info with other stakeholders and lets get many voices heard! Contact DPAC@sd57learn.com if you have questions or need support.
Our April meeting is online! We look forward to collaborating with PAC and Partner Groups on ZOOM. It is a great way for more PAC Reps and parents to engage with DPAC and find out about all the changes within our District.
For more information on how to connect, review our website post here.
If you have additional questions for the School Board, Senior Administration, Principals and Vice Principals Association, Teachers Association, and CUPE, please review these instructions and complete the form. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch for an email with a ZOOM meeting link in the next few days, REGISTER online by April 24. Only 1 person can log in for each Member.
Unfortunately there will be no networking or opportunities for discussions. No resolutions will be passed. Members will vote on financial matters and Board appointees to meet the legal requirements of the organization’s AGM.
Contact Andrea Sinclair, BCCPAC Chairperson directly with questions at email@example.com.