Board Highlights March, 2020

Board Highlights March, 2020

Board of Trustees approve 2020-2021 School Calendar
During the March 12, 2020, regular board meeting, the Peace River School Division (PRSD) board of trustees approved the 2020-2021 School Calendar. Highlights of the calendar include the first day of school for students being August 31, 2020, Christmas Break to run from December 21, 2020, to January 3, 2021, and Easter/Spring Break will run from April 1, 2021, to April 11, 2021. Based on feedback, the following change was made: November 20, 2020, Day in Lieu was moved to October 9, 2020, to allow staff to have a four day weekend for Thanksgiving. The calendar was open for feedback from school communities between December 10, 2019, and February 21, 2020, with a total of 58 responses received. Following consultations with school communities through email, social media, staff based and School Council meetings, the input was reviewed by the PRSD School Calendar Committee and presented to the board of trustees for approval. The PRSD School Calendar Committee includes the representation of a PRSD parent, teacher, principals, management and representatives from Consiel scolaire du Nord-Quest, Grande Prairie Catholic School Division, and Holy Family Regional Catholic School Division.  PRSD thanks the Calendar Committee, school communities, and partnering school divisions for their contributions, partnership and input.  Find the 2020-2021 School Calendar with supporting documents here.

Board approves 2021-2024 Capital Plan
The board of trustees approved PRSD’s 2021-2024 Capital Plan, which outlines infrastructure projects in the division. Priority One: New K-12 School In Manning; Priority Two: New K-12 Red Earth Creek School; Priority Three: Fairview High School Modernization; Priority Four: Worsley Central School Modernization; Priority Five: T.A Norris Middle School Modernization; and Priority Six: E.E. Oliver Elementary School Modernization. Alberta school boards submit Capital Plans to Alberta Education and Alberta Infrastructure for consideration on an annual basis.

Departmental Presentation – Safety, Wellness and Nutrition
Peace River School Division’s (PRSD) Safety and Wellness Coordinator David Smith provided a brief overview of all programs/plans/training/inspections that fall under the Safety, Wellness and Nutrition umbrella.  He also reviewed the impact changes in the OH & S Act, Regulations and Code will have on PRSD.  A highlight of his presentation was the establishment of the Wellness Initiative in PRSD; the goal for this initiative is to promote sustainable Healthy School Communities using a Comprehensive School Health approach. Wellness Champions work in the school community to foster healthy eating, active living, and a positive environment. They identify wellness needs, connect people to resources, along with setting and achieving wellness goals.