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New year message from Vancouver School Board Chair and Vice-Chair

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January 8, 2021

Dear Vancouver School District families,

We would like to wish all of you a happy 2021! With a new year comes hope and optimism, and 2021 is no exception. As we begin a new year and classes resume this week, we are able to reflect on 2020, and all of the challenges we have faced.

As the Board of Education, we thank our educators, school-based and District staff for continually adapting and continually supporting our students and school communities. We would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to you, for supporting your child’s education throughout the past year.

At the final Board meeting of 2020, the year-end report by the Chair was shared. It highlights how the work we do, as a Board, affects schools and your children's education. We wish to thank trustee Fraser for her service as Board chair; we appreciate her ongoing commitment and dedication to student success.

Trustees elected us as the 2021 Chair and Vice-Chair. We feel honoured to be taking on these roles. We know that all trustees are committed to their work and are proud to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on education for the students of Vancouver.

Thank you to those who took part in community engagement processes, such as the Building for Modern Learning engagement. In that process, we heard from a wide variety of voices to learn about ways we can use District buildings across the city for the learning needs of students today and in the future. Our priorities are to create modern learning spaces and ensure all students are in seismically safe schools. We appreciate your input which helps guide the decisions we make to enhance Vancouver's public education system.

Please follow the District on TwitterFacebookand for updates, and visit the District website for information about our schools and your children's learning. We believe it is important to communicate in a transparent, timely manner. All of our committee meetings and our public board meetings are live streamed on YouTube which allows you to stay informed and follow the work of the Board.

We are committed to providing the highest quality learning experience for all students and helping them reach their intellectual, social, and physical potential in a safe and inclusive environment.

We wish you all the best in 2021!

Carmen Cho – Board Chair

Estrellita Gonzalez – Board Vice-Chair

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