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Regular Public Board - Tuesday, September 29thNew

Tonight's Board meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m. will be broadcast live through YouTube.  To connect to the live video and audio stream click on the below link:

https://youtu.be/1w6nMBpm-FU

The agenda for this evening agenda appears below:

2020.09.29 Regular Public Board Book.pdf

The Board will continue to limit in person attendance until further notice in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The change has been made to respect the social distancing strategy and to comply with the Provincial Health Officer's order restricting the size of gatherings.

As per Policy 1120 - Access to the Board, the public input period of 30 minutes at the start of the meeting, with each person being limited to five minutes will be facilitated through either submission of comments to a dedicated email at publicinput@sd57.bc.ca

An application can be made through the Secretary Treasurer by email to dnygaard@sd57.bc.ca to attend in person as space permits. Email applications to attend in person must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the regular public meeting. Applicants will be contacted via email the Tuesday morning of the Board meeting to advise if they are able to attend and to outline the procedures for attendance.

In the event the district receives more applicants than can be accommodated a random draw will be held for selection purposes.

cao_webeditor9/29/2020 3:24 PM
Video message from Superintendent Anita Richardson

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September 25, 2020 - SD57 Superintendent Anita Richardson shares a video message about school organization in relation to decreasing enrollment.

Please click on the link below:


https://youtu.be/ukXhFwsye78

cao_webeditor9/25/2020 5:53 PM
District working to minimize impact of budget challenge

September 25, 2020 -

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, School District No. 57 (Prince George) is working to minimize the impact on students and staff while addressing a budget challenge due to a significant decline in student enrollment as compared to the 2019/2020 school year. The School District anticipates that it will be placed into funding protection to lessen the impact of these challenges.

"This year is an unusual year because families have had to make tough decisions about whether they return their children to school based on a variety of factors," said SD57 Superintendent Anita Richardson. "We are making the best decisions we can in a less-than-ideal situation, and this is not the way we want to start any school year."

It is important to note that final school-based decisions will not be made until final student enrollment is known. There may still be movement of students between the SD57 bricks-and-mortar schools, the SD57 Distributed Learning program and homeschooling.

The regular classroom student enrollment from Kindergarten to Grade 12 is down approximately 425 FTE from the 2019/2020 school year and could continue to decline over the next week. As the School District receives funding from the Ministry of Education on a per-student FTE basis, the decrease would result in a $3.2 million reduction in enrollment funding.

 "On a positive note our Distributed Learning program has seen an increase of approximately 146 student FTE over the 2019/2020 school year," Richardson said. "This represents a significant increase in our program, particularly in elementary, and will add approximately $900,000 in student enrollment funding. Unfortunately, this is more than $200,000 less than would have been generated had the students attended in regular classrooms.

 "While there may be some disruption for students in schools whose classes are reorganized to recognize this budget challenge, we are doing our best to ensure we have appropriate supports in place for both students and staff," Richardson added. "We know that teachers and staff in our schools have worked very hard to build relationships and rapport with all of our students and that all staff will continue to do that work within their new class configurations.

"We believe we will be able to find placements for our teachers," Richardson continued. "In most cases, teachers on continuing contracts will be provided the opportunity to work in other positions. The district is adding staffing in areas such as Distributed Learning, transitional support and home support to address some of the increased challenges in those areas.  Teachers on limited duration contracts may be given the opportunity to become TTOCs (teachers teaching on call) until other positions become available through circumstances such as maternity leave."

The School District has received funding from the provincial and federal governments. This money will be utilized towards the very specific items identified by the provincial government as well as learning and resource supports and health and safety measures as determined necessary in schools, particularly at this time.

cao_webeditor9/25/2020 2:22 PM
Safe disinfecting of buildings in SD57

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September 24, 2020 -

School District No. 57 (Prince George) is working hard to keep schools healthy and safe for students and staff. As part of this effort, we are using a disinfectant approved by Health Canada in our buildings. Please see the PDF below for important information about safe disinfecting procedures in the district.


SD57 disinfecting procedures.pdf

If you have questions about  your child's education please contact your school directly. 
For any questions regarding the School District No. 57 (Prince George) Re-Start Plan, please email to sd57communications@sd57.bc.ca

Please see the front page of the school district's website to view all Back to School Updates at www.sd57.bc.ca

cao_webeditor9/24/2020 10:03 AM
Updated SD57 2020-21 Re-Start Plan

September 17, 2020 --

School District No. 57 (Prince George) has updated its Re-Start Plan for the 2020-21 school year based on new guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Health Officer.  The plan, approved by the Ministry of Education, is below in PDF form with updated information highlighted in yellow. The plan provides detailed information about health and safety measures in place so students, teachers and staff feel as safe as possible in our schools. The plan falls within the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 Setting and adheres to the standards and direction set by the Ministry of Education, the Provincial Health Officer, BC Centre for Disease Control and WorkSafe BC.

2020.09.13 Revised SD57 Restart Plan.pdf

If you have questions about  your child's education please contact your school directly. 
For any questions regarding the School District No. 57 (Prince George) Re-Start Plan, please email to sd57communications@sd57.bc.ca

Please see the front page of the school district's website to view all Back to School Updates at www.sd57.bc.ca

cao_webeditor9/21/2020 3:38 PM