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Board highlights: January 27, 2020

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The Vancouver School Board held its first public Board meeting of the year on January 27, 2020, with members of school communities and stakeholder group representatives in attendance.

Watch the recording of the meeting.

The meeting began with a presentation by Prince of Wales Secondary Grade 12 student Samantha Lin on the upcoming Student Sustainability Conference. This year marks the 8th anniversary of the student-led event. On February 14, 150-200 students will assemble to learn about sustainability and meaningful action through hands-on workshops and speakers.

Student trustee report

Student trustee, Joshua Harris, provided his report to the Board, that highlighted the results of the CANley Cup, an event aimed to raise funds and collect non-perishable foods for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

He also spoke about the upcoming Real Acts of Kindness week – which is an initiative focused on giving back to the community without expectation of return. Running from February 9 to 15, Harris emphasized the initiative is a positive method of empowering students to do good in their community, and the Vancouver District Students' Council hope that Vancouver students will incorporate in their own week.

New business

Trustee Appointments
As well as the District's Standing Committees, trustees sit on a number of internal and external committees including at other organizations and agencies. At the January Board meeting, trustee appointments were approved for 2020.

Public Engagement at Board Meetings
Following up on a Board motion passed on October 28, 2019, trustees were presented with a report in regard to how other Metro Vancouver Boards of Education manage "questions and answers" at their Public Board meetings. The report found some common themes emerged such as that every district has at least one question period during their Board Meeting. However, it also noted that there is a wide variation in practice across the Metro Vancouver school districts with respect to how districts implement Question Periods.

Current School Transportation Safety Protocols
Trustees were also presented with a report on Current School Transportation Safety Protocols following a motion passed in November 2019. The report outlined the work being done to support transportation safety as well as work to promote walking or rolling to schools in the District.

Decisions by the Board

A motion was passed directing staff to explore the impact of the District starting a demonstration project to operate a licensed before and after school childcare program for future consideration by the Board of Education.

Keep up-to-date with all of the District's committee and Board meetings; see the calendar for meeting dates, agendas and livestream links. All recordings of past meetings are housed on the District's YouTube channel.

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