In follow-up to the June 15, 2020 presentation by BC School Trustees Association President Stephanie Higginson, BCSTA provided the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services with some additional information and comments.
BCSTA’s most recent edition of the Guide to School Legislation in British Columbia has been posted online. The documents contain factual summaries of the key legislation that governs education in BC.
[Sent April 24, 2020] President Higginson to Minister Fleming: “I write you on behalf of the British Columbia School Trustees Association to share our appreciation for the efforts put forward by the Ministry of Education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Originally posted on news.gov.bc.ca. Educators will have an easy-to-use video-conferencing and collaboration platform to communicate remotely with their students while in-class learning is suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Education has suspended in-class instruction in all schools until further notice.
[Received February 21, 2020] Director General Van Loon to President Higginson: “The Government of Canada is very concerned about the rapid rise in youth vaping. We are taking further action, including putting in place additional controls through regulations, investing in public education and intensifying enforcement of the legislation.”
[Sent January 20, 2020] President Higginson to Minister of Education Fleming: “The enclosed discussion paper identifies several specific concerns about school site acquisitions and lists recommendations for government consideration which are intended to address those concerns. The paper was developed as a result of engagement with every Board of Education and input from several boards.”
BCSTA’s Professional Learning Committee has been hard at work curating a diverse and exciting professional development program as part of the association’s annual general meeting this April. Below we highlight just some of the speakers that will engage with our members.
Our board of directors and staff are proud to wear pink today, February 26, to stand against all forms of bullying and discrimination. Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia when two grade 12 students defended a grade 9 student who was being bullied for wearing pink.
BCSTA’s Northern Interior Branch (NIB) consists of eight school districts: Cariboo-Chilcotin, Quesnel, Central Coast, Prince George, Peace River South, Peace River North, Fort Nelson, and Nechako Lakes. We meet four times per year, twice in host member districts and twice during BCSTA’s annual general meeting (AGM) and the annual BCSTA Trustee Academy.