1. "Emergency Management Planning Guide for Schools, Districts, and Authorities"
Rob Johns (former director at VEMA) made contact with the school district. They indicate their desire is for each school to use their template plan. This is a good document they got from the North Shore School District. He is aware of this plan and feels it is a very good document. This document can be found on this website for anyone who is not familiar with it:
2. What can our schools do to better prepare for a disaster or emergency?
The first step is for all schools to take inventory of what emergency supplies they have, and which ones need to be replaced.
I have started this at Quadra school, and would be happy to assist any school PAC that is not sure where to start.
I have not been successful in establishing an emergency preparedness committee for VCPAC. At this time however, I feel each school PAC needs to establish their own school emergency preparedness committee to first identify the needs of their school. Once we have a better picture of these needs we can proceed with forming a VCPAC committee to do this (ie: bulk purchase of emergency supplies, etc...).
I am also working on putting together a school emergency preparedness presentation for families, and I have a great team helping me do this at Quadra. One of the biggest fears I hear from parents is that they are not sure what plans are in place at the school, or what their role is. I am hoping to share this presentation with other schools, who can then customize it with their own specific school emergency plan. This presentation is intended to be repeated at the beginning of each school year, and will talk about comfort kits, and family emergency plans as well.
Notice for all SD61 PACs:
At the VCPAC meeting last night we discussed the usage of our budget line item for parent education and conference attendance. In the past we had a dedicated budget line for VIPC, this year we have had to remove that line item. H owever we have always had the parent education and conference item. The discussion at the meeting made it clear we need to invite PACs to apply for this funding. The funding is available for PACs to request support for parent education opportunities including sending a parent to the VIPC this year.
VIPC is planned to be a great event that will provide the means for additional parent education events at every school that sends a parent. We encourage you do consider this opportunity to a use VCPAC funding and send a parent from your PAC. The early bird deadline is February 10th. You can see more details at vipc.ca
Yong Zhao on December 8th at 2 pm with Ian Jessop.
Stephanie and John on December 29th at 2:30 pm with Ian Jessop.
Shelley Moore on January 5th at 3:30 pm with Terry Moore.
Jeff Hopkins on January 26th at 2 pm with Ian Jessop.
This year the VIPC will be providing PAC participants with a kit to assist in making a presentation to their PACs and/or hosting a school level parent night to share information from the conference and show interested parents how they can be involved in the ongoing work of transforming our education system.
Your PAC can send a delegation to the conference who will return and host an educational event at your school. All you will need is a room, a laptop, a projector and access to the internet.
The presentation kit will include:
a link to allow you to access some of the conference workshops video recordings,
a summary of key ideas and concepts presented by our conference speakers,
a summary of ideas developed at the afternoon brainstorming session,
the list of questions used at the conference to stimulate the round-table discussions,
sample meeting agendas and formats for various meeting lengths,
a USB drive with conference handouts and other information.
The PAC, with the advice of its delegates, can decide which workshop segments will fit into their event. This flexibility will allow you to create presentations of various lengths. We recommend that after the presentation portion, you allow time for round table
discussions to capture ideas that will be useful in moving forward.
We anticipate that this program will encourage more parents to understand and become involved in the changes to our public education system.
|Mon Feb 08 @12:00AM|
Family Day - no school
|Tue Feb 09 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM|
Operations Policy Planning Cmmt
|Mon Feb 15 @ 7:30PM - 10:00PM|
|Tue Feb 23 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM|
VCPAC General Meeting
|Sat Feb 27 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Vancouver Island Parent Conference
|Mon Mar 07 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM|
Education & Operations Policy Cmmt