The Ministry of Education recently published a preparedness guide for use in schools. This guide is useful for creating local school-specific emergency plans and procedures.

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.




If you have any questions or would like to explore more on this topic, send an email to  and we will put you in touch with Marketa.

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


The procedure to apply to our funding is to send an email to .  Tell us what you are planning and how much funding you seek.  Please include contact information we can use if we have any questions.

The following CFAX interviews are now confirmed.

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.

VCPAC is hosting a PAC Congress for all parents interested in increasing their engagement in student achievement. It will feature round table discussions designed to share expertise and allow opportunities to network with other parents. Parent leaders, PAC Executives and other parents interested in active involvement in this part of their child’s life should join us. A light meal will be served. Located in the Spectrum School Cafeteria (957 West Burnside Rd) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on November 26.  Please RSVP to  and include any dietary restirctions.

Topics will include:

PAC Operations

  • PAC Executive training & discussions such as:  Running effective meetings, building effective relationships with the adults in the school,  parent education ideas , treasurer best practices, communication strategies, building your community, volunteer burnout!!
  • Who's PAC is it anyway - deas on maintaining the Parent in PAC
  • Bylaws and what they are for
  • Beyond fundraising

Parents in the School System

  • The role of VCPAC advocating for and supporting PACs
  • Promoting School Health and Wellness: Initiatives in the district
  • Increasing the Community impact at the school
  • Emergency Preparedness

School and District

  • BC Ed Plan what's it going to do for our kids?


6:30 p.m.  Welcome & Networking over light dinner

6:55 p.m.  Opening Comments

7:00 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions — Session 1

7:40 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions — Session 2

8:20 p.m.  Roundtable Discussions — Session 3

9:00 p.m.  Adjourn

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