Wednesday, November 18, 2020

COVID exposure and appointments for positions make for SD52 notes from November meeting

School District 52 hosted their November Board meeting last week with the Trustees tackling a range of items, with a report of COVID in the school system at the top of their list for the session.

In an update on their November meeting the Board of Education provided some background on the late October announcement of a positive tested case of COVID for a member of the school community at École Roosevelt Park Community School. 

In their notes for the meeting, the District noted that they worked with and followed the guidance of Northern Health and the Medical Health Officer as part of the process related to the positive case. 

The Trustees observed how it has now been over two weeks since the date of the positive test and reassured the community that the schools continue to implement strict protocols and procedures to ensure that students and staff can continue to attend school as safely as possible.  

More background on that exposure is available from the SD52 website.

The Roosevelt Park exposure has been the only one listed for SD52, you can access the updated listings for all Northern Health region School exposures here.

As part of the November meeting, the Trustees also received a report on the School Start Up for Conrad Elementary, with Principal Kerri Levelton and Vice-Principal Tania Murray providing some background on how this year has differed from those of the past.

Students are currently working in a cohort system, with divided recess and lunch breaks and much in the way of visual reminders towards COVID awareness and lots of hand washing. Each class has a designated entrance and exit, with the school also using multiple methods to keep in contact with parents and guardians.

School District Board Chair James Horne made note of the School's participation in the Downey and Wenjack Fund's legacy school project and called attention to the students placement of memorial rocks along the Rushbrook Trail area.

 “We hope everyone will enjoy the memorial rocks students have placed on the Rushbrook trail.”

As part of the November session, the School District divided up their work load for a range of School Liaison positions and other Committee and Council memberships.

You can review the full list of who has been assigned what duties from this information statement from the District for November.

One final note came out of the November meeting, that of a reminder of tomorrow night's Virtual Town Hall co hosted by the District and Northern Health. The topic for the night will be the COVID Response at the School District, with parents, guardians and staff representatives having already taken advantage of the opportunity to submit questions.

Yesterday we made note of the contribution to the night from the PRDTU, the teachers' union has submitted a list of eight questions relaying some of the concerns and comments from the local membership.

You can find out how to view the session from a link to be provided on the SD52 website tomorrow.

For more notes related to education across the Northwest see our archive page here.


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