With the UN Climate summit underway this week, the topic of climate change is top of mind for educators, students and school districts alike.
The Vancouver School Board declared the climate crisis an emergency at its first meeting of the school year; held September 23, 2019. With Climate Action Strikes taking place globally and student rallies planned for Friday, September 27; the Board also passed a motion supporting students' advocacy effort. This includes the excusal of students, with parental/guardian permission, who wish attend the Climate Action Strike this Friday. Secondary students must have written permission of a parent/guardian and elementary students will be excused and released from school in the accompaniment of a parent/guardian.
Generally, such rallies are not school or District sanctioned events and school is in attendance, unless it is a Pro D day or as part of an approved field trip.
In addition to field trips, many schools have planned activities to engage students about climate change – this week and beyond. In line with B.C. curriculum, the District supports the ongoing learning opportunities for teachers and students about climate change including projects, research and online engagement. The Board has an approved Environmental Sustainability Plan. There are also a variety of teacher and student-led sustainability initiatives that take place throughout the year.
Learn more about the Vancouver School District's sustainability work.