Motions regarding Duchess Park, Mackenzie, and McBride at school board meeting tonight

At tonight’s school board meeting, there have been three memos distributed at the start of the meeting. These motions have not been passed as yet, and will be discussed tonight.

Update: motions all passed.

  • regarding co-location of McBride schools – that the Board discontinue its consideration of the co-location of McBride Centennial Elementary school at McBride Secondary School, and that this matter not be reconsidered until total K-12 enrolment in McBride is less than 150 students
  • regarding move of grade 7 students from Morfee Elementary to Mackenzie Secondary – that the Board direct teh Superintendent to have the principals of Morfee and Mackenzie work with their students, staff, and parents to consider a middle years education program at Mackenzie Secondary to include the community’s grade 7 students beginning no earlier than the 2017-18 school year
  • regarding change of catchment for Duchess Park – that the Board direct the Superintendent to enforce the existing catchment area for Duchess Park Secondary school, regular program, on a graduated basis as indicated in the Appendix [not included], beginning with new enrolment for the 2017-18 school year, until such time as Duchess Park Secondary, regular program, enrolls catchment area students only.

 

Additional information for Duchess Park:

Board members asked for numbers of students from different catchments, and in the school year just ended, there were 724 students in regular program, of which:

  • 387 in Duchess Park catchment
  • 135 from DP Todd catchment
  • 96 from PGSS catchment
  • 50 from Kelly Road catchment
  • 56 from College Heights catchment
  • and 264 in French Immersion program. Francophone numbers not given.

This would mean that the catchment for Edgewood would not change.

Parent Event – Social Media, Connected Children, Parenting the Mobile Device Child

Jesse Miller, School District 57 and the RCMP would like to invite you:

Parent Event:

Social Media, Connected Children, Parenting the Mobile Device Child
If you have concerns about how your child uses the Internet and mobile technology, this session is a ‘must-see’ event for parents who would like to pro-actively examine the challenges of social media. This session will explore the reasons behind the media and local concerns surrounding social media use, and to help prompt dialogue at home that fits each family’s values as it applies to use and abuse of social media.

This presentation will provide parents with:
the tools needed to better equip themselves for parenting in the social media generation,
ways to help extend the dialogue to reflect technology influences at home, as well as
addressing current trends in social media use within British Columbia.
When: Thursday, October 20
Where: Duchess Park Theatre
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm

DPAC note: October 20th is also parent teacher night at Duchess Park from 6pm to 8pm. 

This event is free for parents and caregivers.
To Register Please email lrobichaud@sd57.bc.ca

Jesse Miller (MA) is a respected national speaker on the topics of social media awareness, social networking behaviour, and online content evaluation. He has been presenting and consulting with schools, government organizations, and public safety agencies since 2007. His presentations through mediatedreality.com have reached thousands of participants across Canada and his work with the Government of British Columbia addresses diverse social media issues ranging from Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship, and Digital Curriculum development.

Jesse has been featured at a wide-range of conferences across North America and is a trusted speaker of municipal policing services and the RCMP across British Columbia. He provides a provocative vantage point to social media and technology use within schools, policing, and the family home. Jesse is renowned for proactively examining the challenges of social media, addressing the realities behind the known concerns around social media, and prompts dialogue that reflects the issues seen with new media influences. His presentation provides audiences with the tools needed to better equip themselves for participation in the social media world and extends the dialogue to reflect technology influences in schools and in the home.

Parent Advisory – “Clown” Related Threats

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PARENT ADVISORY
October 7th, 2016
“Clown” Related Threats
As you have been made aware throughout media and social media we have had a number of ‘Clown’ specific threats. These threats are typically referencing kidnapping or targeting schools with threats of violence.

All school districts, many independent schools and band schools in BC have, through the ERASE Bullying Strategy, received training in assessing and responding to threat related behaviour.

The majority of these threats are appearing throughout social media platforms primarily
through Instagram and Snapchat accounts. Law Enforcement and Safer Schools Together have been involved in investigating similar pages that have been created throughout the country but there has been no violence reported at this time.

It is imperative that you talk to your children about reporting these threats if they see them on social media and bring them to the attention of school officials and/or law enforcement.

It is also important to make students aware that if they engage in, or participate in any way, in this type of threat related behaviour they will be experience discipline and/or criminal charges.

Many students see this as a prank and not as a criminal behaviour.

If you require any further information, please talk to your school administrators.
Theresa Campbell

Message from Minister of Education

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October 4, 2016
Dear Parent,
I’m writing today to ask you to share your opinions with the Ministry of Education as we work to update student reporting in kindergarten through Grade 9. Students in these grades are experiencing B.C.’s new curriculum in classrooms in every part of the province.

We are adapting the curriculum in B.C. schools so kids learn the skills they need to succeed in our changing world. This means we also need to develop a new reporting approach. Right now the progress of your child is reported in many different ways, including report cards, parent teacher meetings, and regular student/parent/teacher check-ins.

Reporting is all about keeping parents like you informed, and we want you to tell us HOW you want to be informed and keep track of your child’s progress. Until February 28 next year you can submit your thoughts online at engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress.

As well, community meetings will be held in 10 communities across the province over the coming months so parents can ask questions and share their input. Check the website for times and locations as they are scheduled.

The ultimate goal of this engagement is to develop a student reporting process that gives families a deeper understanding of their child’s progress at school through timely and comprehensive information. We’ll gather the feedback and share our plan next June.
Our education system is one of the most highly ranked in the world. Students are finding success in music, in academics, in sports – and in every subject in between. Together parents, teachers, and the education system are making sure we build on that for an even better tomorrow.
For more details on our new curriculum, please visit www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

Thanks for your help,
Mike Bernier
Minister of Education

Input sought – Draft Policy 1231 Aboriginal Education Committee

On September 27th, the Board of Education approved Draft Policy 1231 Aboriginal Education Committee for distribution to reference groups for input.

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The existing Policy 1231 Aboriginal Education Board, requires updating to clarify the relationship between the Board of Education and local Aboriginal communities as set out in the Ministry policy statement that was revised and in effect September 1, 2010.

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

or e-mail:dnygaard@sd57.bc.ca

or fax:250-561-6820 or 250-561-6801

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?

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 2, 2016.

Input sought – Draft Policy 5144 Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings

On September 27th, the Board of Education approved Draft Policy 5144 Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings for distribution to reference groups for input.

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Draft Policy 5144 Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings is a new policy to incorporate the Ministry of Education’s directive to align school district policy with the BC Ministry of Education Provincial Guidelines – Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings.

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

 

or e-mail:dnygaard@sd57.bc.ca

 

or fax:250-561-6820 or 250-561-6801

 

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?

 

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 2,2016.

 

 

Communication from School District re: safety situation

Thank you to the district, for posting an update regarding what a new safety situation on their website.

Please note this is not unique to Prince George – these clown threat “pranks” have been spreading all over North America. See: https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=clown+threat+pranks&tbm=nws

The district has numerous protocols for ensuring student safety. Ensuring that the district communicates about these protocols is appreciated by parents.

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October 7, 2016

9:20 a.m.

In continuing dialogue with RCMP, Senior Administration was advised to hold and secure all Secondary Schools located in Prince George.  Information leading to this decision was coming to officials as most staff and students were either on their way to school or having just arrived.

Secondary Prince George Schools were called to move into a Code Red response.  This was determined to be the most effective way to quickly ensure safety of students and staff.

At approximately 9:10 a.m. the effected schools were advised that they could move into a Code Yellow response.

Code Yellow requires students to be in classrooms with closed doors.  Outside doors are locked.  Staff monitor exits with only supervised entrance and exit of students and parents as is necessary.

School District No. 57 (Prince George) is in direct communication with RCMP.

Updated information will appear on our website as it becomes available.

Safety of students and staff remains our first priority.

Continued appreciation to staff, students and community for cooperation and support during this process.

 

Marilyn Marquis-Forster,
Superintendent of Schools

 

10:05 update:

RCMP investigators determined that the threats received were non-credible and in some cases outdated.  The recommendation that coded safety measures within Prince George high schools be lifted was received by School District No. 57 officials from our local RCMP, at approximately 10:05 this morning. Consequently, effected schools were advised to move into Code Green, normal operations.

We have been assured that RCMP Officers will continue to investigate and will provide a heightened presence around schools today.  School District No. 57 remains in communication with local Police.

DPAC Mini Conference – Sunday, November 6th

Avoiding PAC Problems: making school involvement effective and enjoyable
Sunday, November 6, 2016
1pm to 5pm
Van Bien Training Centre

Printable poster: 2016-conference-poster

for school volunteers & PACs (new and experienced PAC executive members)

Tickets – $5 each for SD57 PACs ($8 for PACs not in the Prince George School District #57)

Topics:
your purpose as a PAC
keeping good relationships with volunteers, staff, and your school community
communication and representation within your school community
making sure your meetings are conducted effectively
raising, keeping track of, spending, and protecting your money
what to do when things go wrong

BCCPAC Membership

Has your PAC applied for your BCCPAC membership yet?

Last year, DPAC changed how we rebate PACs who apply to BCCPAC. If your PAC becomes a voting member  by December 15th, and if your PAC gives us your proxy to vote for you at the BCCPAC AGM, we will rebate 100% of your $75 membership.

Why?

We believe it’s important to have a provincial parent voice. We also believe that it’s important to be able to influence this parent voice through our voting power. There’s a whole list of other reasons as well – you can find them here: http://bccpac.bc.ca/memberships/

What does my PAC need to do?

Your PAC needs to apply for membership, either by paper form or online:

When the spring BCCPAC AGM is being organized, we will contact your PAC and ask for your proxy vote, if your PAC is not intending to send anyone to the BCCPAC AGM. Voting is important, and gives us a voice provincially.

 

Questions?

Please let us know.