BCCPAC Conference, AGM, and Proxies

BCCPAC is holding their annual Spring Conference and AGM, May 4-6, 2018, in Richmond BC.

Our DPAC receives a couple of travel subsidies from BCCPAC in order to send members. This helps to grow our expertise in this district, and gives us valuable contacts and information about what’s happening in other districts. If you haven’t already let us know, please let us know if you’re interested by emailing info@sd57dpac.ca and/or exec@sd57dpac.ca and/or chair@sd57dpac.ca

More info here: https://bccpac.bc.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=574&Itemid=132

If your PAC is a voting member of BCCPAC, we can take your proxy down in order to cast your vote. We will reimburse your BCCPAC membership if your vote is cast (either by DPAC representatives, or your own representative).

The proxy voting form is now available: BCCPAC_-Proxy-Vote-Form_Members_2018

We will be naming our official delegates at our April general meeting, but if your PAC has the opportunity send in their proxy at this point, we can write in the appropriate names.

If your PAC is a member (please see list below), please fill out the proxy, scan/take a picture, and email it to info@sd57dpac.ca. If you do so, or vote by another method, then your BCCPAC membership will be reimbursed by DPAC.

The BCCPAC resolution package has not yet come out, and we will seeing if there is a need for our typical resolutions meeting to discuss the resolutions.

Our delegates will cast votes for resolutions, and nominees. If you like, you can direct these delgates to vote in a specific way, or to use their best judgement at the time  – just let us know.

Who are BCCPAC members in this district?

Voting members:

  • Beaverly Elementary
  • Blackburn Elementary
  • College Heights Elementary (Ecole)
  • College Heights Secondary
  • DPAC SD#57 Prince George
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Glenview Elementary
  • Hart Highlands Elementary
  • Heather Park Elementary
  • Heritage Elementary
  • Kelly Road Secondary
  • Lac des Bois (Ecole)
  • Nukko Lake Elementary
  • Peden Hill Elementary
  • Pineview Elementary
  • Prince George Secondary
  • Quinson Elementary
  • Southridge Elementary
  • Spruceland Traditional
  • Vanway Elementary

Non-voting members (membership not received by deadline, according to BCCPAC):

  • Duchess Park Secondary
  • Morfee Elementary

 

BC Rural Report on education published

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/resource-management/k12funding/funding-model-review/stakeholder-perspectives-and-reports/draft_rural_education_report_2017.pdf

draft_rural_education_report_2017  (in case above link doesn’t work)

“The NDP government has quietly released a draft version of the Liberal’s rural education report.

The report found that “stable and predictable funding is critical for education” and that funding based on enrolment does not reflect the higher costs of delivering programs and services in low enrolment and remote communities.

The report recommends a comprehensive review of the K to 12 funding allocation system “to better reflect the operational and education realities of operating schools in rural and remote communities.”

It also recommends the province assist boards of education to keep schools open “where it makes education sense to do so,” and where communities may be adversely impacted.”

NDP quietly releases Liberal rural education report

 

SD57 draft policies

On February 27, 2018 the Board of Education approved the below draft policies for distribution to reference groups for input.

Draft 5111.5 Policy Ordinarily Resident.pdf

Draft Policy 5119.7 Student Withdrawal.pdf

Draft Policy 6176 In-District Student Work Experience.pdf

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE DRAFT POLICIES IS MAY 1, 2018.

  • 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

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

 

 

School boards and in-camera meetings

The SD57 school board may be interested in the following article from the North Shore News:

http://www.nsnews.com/news/north-vancouver-school-trustees-to-halt-closed-door-meetings-1.23189384

A consultant hired by the Ministry of Education to examine allegations of unprofessional conduct, bullying and harassment among members of the North Vancouver School board has recommended that the school board stop holding meetings behind closed doors and offer professional mediation to deal with harassment allegations.

Usually, local governments are only supposed to hold meetings closed to the public to discuss legal, land and personnel issues.

But some local councils and school boards in B.C. stretch the definitions of when closed-door meetings are appropriate, said Dermod Travis, executive director of the watchdog group Integrity B.C. “Some small communities in B.C. have more in-camera meetings than the City of Toronto does,” he said.

In the case of the North Vancouver School District, trustees have met in-camera on a semi-regular basis to discuss issues that would later come up for decisions at the board table.

 

Rural report

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/rural-education-foi-bc-1.4533646

A B.C. parent is accusing the provincial government of hiding a review on rural education from the public after the Ministry of Education refused to release any information about it.

In 2016, the government embarked on a “Status Check on Rural Education.” The review traveled the province and solicited online feedback in order to “paint the picture of rural education as it exists today.”

Trudy Klassen took part as a representative for Salmon Valley, a small Northern B.C. community near Prince George, that lost its elementary school in 2010.

 

School board, MLA want rural education report released

 

http://www.pentictonherald.ca/news/article_5704d844-1bf0-11e8-b156-6fc6984df8a9.html

School District No. 67 trustees are joining a call across the province for the release of a report on the state of rural schools in B.C.

At the Feb. 26 meeting the board voted unanimously to pen a letter to the Minister of Education requesting the release of the results from the rural and remote education review completed by Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson.

 

School board calls for public release of rural education report done by MLA Larson

 

 

Rural education report will help in review of education funding

BCCPAC Membership update

Membership Update

RE: Budget 2018 Update and Follow Up Information on Playgrounds, SMP, and Early Learning

On February 20th, BCCPAC participated in the Budget 2018 Lock Up, represented by President, Jen Mezei, and 2nd Vice President, Andrea Sinclair.

The budget included three announcement that could have significant impact on the K-12 Education system:

  • $1 billion toward universal childcare and inclusive early learning over three years
  • Commitment to reducing portables and expediting the Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP)
  • $15 million dollars for an ongoing $5 million Playground Equipment Program

Below you will find excerpts from the media releases we sent out Feb 20, and follow up information we have received from a meeting with Deputy Minister, Scott MacDonald, and conversations with Ministry of Education staff.

Media Release: Strong Commitment to Inclusive Early Learning Benefits All Families
The Budget released on February 20th included significant commitment to universal child care and early learning. These changes could bring about dramatic and significant benefits for families with vulnerable children who require additional support. By reducing waitlists for Supported Child Development and Aboriginal Supported Development, families and children would be able to access much needed supports sooner. The potential for cohesive early identification and assessment is what parents of special needs children have been missing for decades.

“A strong commitment to inclusive early learning is better for all families,” says Jen Mezei, President of BCCPAC. “The investment and commitment to universal access to childcare and inclusive early learning is a positive indication that improved inter-ministerial cooperation could support the needs of children of all ages, especially those who require extra support.”

Universal access to quality early learning will enable all students entering Kindergarten to be better prepared and potentially better supported. The announced changed to the Early Learning Framework to include children up to eight years old will enable more seamless transition between early learning and the K-12 system. Early intervention and supports will result in better student outcomes long term.

Follow Up Information on Inclusive Early Learning:
In addition to advocating with the Ministry of Education and participating on the Early Learning Framework committee, we have set up a meeting with Minister of State for Childcare, Katrina Chen in the coming weeks to discuss the importance of inclusion and support for parents of special needs children in early learning. The potential inter-ministerial cooperation to ensure that children are supported in early learning through the transition to the K-12 education system, would immensely help with early identification and earlier supports for students.

Media Release: Reducing Portables and Increasing Safe Buildings Key in Budget
This Budget includes funding to maintain, replace, upgrade and expand schools including new school space due to increasing enrollment in growth districts. The strengthened commitment to expedite the Seismic Mitigation Program (SMP) ensures all children across the province will be learning in safe buildings. The reduced use and replacement of portables in fast-growing communities and crowded schools districts is welcome news to families.

“Parents have struggled to be heard in their demands for new safe, accessible schools and permanent buildings for their children’s learning; they are pleased to see accelerated seismic improvements to our schools and the capital funds allocated to continue this trend,” says Jen Mezei, President of BCCPAC.

More information on the acceleration of the Seismic Mitigation Program:
We asked the Ministry of Education for an explanation as to how projects can be accelerated if the capital funding amount in the 2018/19 budget is less than in the 2017/18 budget.

There are a number of stages that capital projects go through:

  • Approval Stage
  • Business case/Planning stage
  • Tendering
  • Construction

Projects are “announced” once they have passed the Approval Stage.  The majority of capital spending happens when projects get to the construction stage. Without acceleration, there were not enough projects in the Business Case Stage to meet capital expenditure targets. By accelerating the SMP there will be more projects in the pipeline and ready for construction sooner.

Media Release: Capital Funding to School Playgrounds Recognizes Inequities in Parent Fundraising
For the first time, a new ongoing Playground Equipment Program recognizes the pressure on parents to fundraise. This new $5 million annual capital expenditure will help to alleviate some of the inequities in parent fundraising and enable Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) to strengthen their advisory and advocacy roles.

“Parents have been advocating for funded playgrounds for over a decade; it’s long overdue for a government to finally recognize this,” says Jen Mezei, President of BCCPAC. “Parents believe that safe and accessible playgrounds should not be dependent on a school community’s ability or inability to raise funds,” she added.

Further information for BCCPAC members regarding the Playground Equipment Program:
The new $5 million Playground Equipment Program announced in the 2018 Budget will be an annual ongoing capital expenditure.

District will be applying for a flat allocation amount of money for either “regular” playgrounds and/or “accessible” playgrounds. The Ministry standard allocation is meant to include the equipment and installation of a standard playground. Schools may opt for larger equipment if supplemental funds are found elsewhere. BCCPAC will continue conversations with the Ministry of Education and forward more details as they are communicated to us.

For the coming 2018/19 school year, school districts will be identifying priorities in consultation with DPACs and PACs. The Ministry of Education will be giving priority to schools with:

  • No playground
  • No community playground in close distance

In future years this will be part of the Capital Plan process where districts submit their priorities. BCCPAC will be working with the Ministry of Education to help develop guiding criteria. Once again, DPACs and PACs will be part of the process in determining local priorities. Each district consultation process will most likely be different. It is important that DPACs and PACs ask their district administration what the process will look like in their district and what roles parents will have in the process.

General Meeting March 5, 2018

To be held at the Van Bien Training Centre at 7pm.

Agenda package to be posted.

Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

4. Presentation – Northern Health Family Mediation
5. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken, once all reports are complete, about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) District Student Advisory Council ( )
b) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
c) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
d) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
e) Senior Administration Report () –
f) Trustee Report (Sharel Warrington)

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
6. Elections
a) Nominations committee
7. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report (Gillian Burnett)
8. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Lunch hour survey/district surveys
b) Traffic issues
c) Guest Speaker/Seminar
9. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance (Trudy )
d) Calendar Committee (Mike Gagel)
e) Suggestions for School Board Report –
10. Other Business
a) Policy 3541 – Student Transportation Home and School
11. Agenda items for next meeting
12. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 9th, 2018, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

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.
* * * * * * * *
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