November saw increased COVID cases and the board returning to virtual meetings only. On a positive note transmissions rates and cases in schools are low allowing us to continue to deliver face to face education to our learners. We feel privileged to continue to have our schools be safe places to learn.
This past month, Trustees across the province met for our annual BCSTA Trustee Academy where we engaged in virtual learning sessions on a variety of professional development topics. Trustee Ste. Marie will be able to provide more details of the wonderful event.
As a board, we continue to work through our transportation review and are excited to launch into consultation with those registered at School District 46.
November also saw a change in board leadership with myself being elected chair and Trustee Hampvent being elected Vice Chair. We are settling into our new roles and responsibilities and look forward to serving the board, district and community in these roles. The appointments to school Parent Advisory Committees and internal and external committees have been made. There are a few changes; however, the majority of trustees expressed a desire to continue with their appointments for another year.
December provides us with a break to connect with family and celebrate the variety of winter holidays. We hope that all are able to find ways to celebrate and make this season special despite the fact that it will likely look different this year. We wish you all Happy Holidays and look forward to connecting again in 2021!
– Submitted by Amanda Amaral, Board Chair