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Student Learning and Well-Being Committee Highlights: February 10, 2021

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Committees are comprised of member trustees and representatives of the District’s stakeholder groups. Meetings are live-streamed and are also available for viewing following their conclusion. 

Members of the Student Learning and Well-Being Committee held a meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. 

After opening remarks, the meeting began with two delegations of parents of secondary students regarding instruction hours.

The committee then listened to a report on past and current enrolment (which saw an upward trend) and completion rates in the Vancouver Learning Network. The Vancouver Learning Network is a distributed learning program that students complete at home.

Committee members also learned about supports for students of African descent. They heard the District does not currently collect disaggregated, race-based data but the Ministry of Education plans to begin collecting race-based data in the near future. They also heard the District engages in learning initiatives to support students who identify as part of the Black/African diaspora to build a sense of identity and pride. Members heard District staff are planning a second now annual youth anti-racism forum, with the theme of intersectionality and identity. 

The next agenda item was the Learn from Home Transition Option for Elementary students. The committee heard the option is extended until the end of the 2020-21 school year. The option provides a temporary transition for families who can support their child’s learning at home until they are ready to return to in-person instruction. 

The committee then received an update on the process to determine the 2021-22 secondary school schedule. The presentation pointed out some elements in secondary scheduling during the pandemic may merit consideration for continuation after the pandemic.

At the previous Student Learning and Well-Being Committee meeting in January, the committee viewed a presentation on recommendations out of a review of elementary music programs in the District. At the February meeting, members discussed feedback submitted by the committee on the recommendations. The District also asked members for further input on how to move forward with the first recommendation: that the District establish a shared mission, vision and strategic direction for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Lastly, the committee heard about proposed calendar dates for the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 school years. The committee moved the item to the Board for consideration.

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