VCPAC News

Note:  The survey deadlines has been extended to Sunday, May 23rd at midnight.

Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (VCPAC) has developed an Inclusive Learning* Parent Survey to collect evidence-based data on all learners' unique needs and experiences in the inclusive learning environments of schools within the Greater Victoria School District (SD 61). The key goal of the survey is to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable students and their classmates while helping improve all students’ learning experiences in SD61.

We invite you to complete the survey drawing on both your child's/children's and your experiences on their learning paths within the SD61 framework. It is important that as many voices as possible are heard to reflect commonalities and differences; each individual voice validates the collective voice. The survey results will be a stepping stone for VCPAC to determine areas where future advocacy, research and questions are needed.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/inclusion-in-SD61

 

Your feedback is important to us!

The survey will be open May 12 – 23.

 

Thank you,

Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

 

* SD 61 definition of inclusive education: Inclusive Education in School District 61 is a way of thinking and acting, grounded in a belief that with the right supports, every learner can be successful in their schools and classrooms. Inclusive schools embrace the value of our diversity and see our differences as strengths. We believe that all students have an authentic sense of belonging in their school community and will be supported to develop their full potential in the academic, social-emotional and physical domains. https://www.sd61.bc.ca/programs/student-services/

Kristil Hammer has resigned as Chair.  Angela Carmichael has stepped into the Chair postion.

Chair Angela Carmichael
Secretary Colleen O'Brien
Treasurer Jodi Whiteman
Director Allison Hyatt
Director           Kristil Hammer

We still have openings for four directors.  If you would like more information or you are interested, please contact .

The Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils would like to inform you of what we think is a significant issue that emerged from this past Monday's combined SD 61 report that was included in the pack-up (see https://pub-sd61.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=420 pp 102-195) for the meeting. This report, "Shops in SD 61: Audit Findings and Status" indicated that district and middle school shops are significantly non-compliant with current health and safety standards and we see these findings as potentially gravely concerning. The report was to be reviewed at the board meeting that night but was pushed back and is tabled to be on the agenda for the Operations Policy meeting on the evening of January 11.

It is important to note that the district is fully aware that its middle and high school shops are not compliant with current health and safety standards. They state, "Shops in School District No. 61 are highly valued and provide relevant and engaging programming to a substantial number of students. Shops are expensive learning environments with many safety and compliance standards, and areas of responsibility. Shops are underfunded in terms of compliance, and a refresh cycle is non-existent. Shops are not yet compliant in today’s context, and require a significant investment to make them so." (pg. 107)

In the report the district says that it finds it a struggle to make sure shops can meet health and safety criteria, limit their liability, and meet operating requirements (pg 102). An estimated $12.9 million is required to bring the shops up to current standards (pg. 106) part of which includes a 12-year future funding suggestion to upgrade dust collectors as a priority(Appendix G, pg. 194). We are in complete disbelief that the shops are in this state as they pose a daily (electrical requiring updating to bring it to code, inoperable/ineffective eye wash stations, etc...) and/or potentially long-term threat (poor air quality caused by inadequate dust collectors) to students. Why has this issue not been raised prior to this week's meeting when the condition of the shops has clearly been non-compliant for years, leaving the children needlessly vulnerable to serious injury. If upgrading is a priority, why are they projecting a 12 year - plan to update essential equipment when this should be done immediately? The district appears reluctant to provide a safe environment for our children yet has a duty of care under the school act to do so.

BCCPAC has provided VCPAC with 3 Zoom licenses to be shared among our PACs.

We are working on setting up a schedule. Can you please send the following information to :

1. Let us know if you are interested in accessing this service.

2. Provide us with your PAC meeting dates (if you know them)

Once a schedule is set there may be room for additional committee meetings.

To view the updated schedule, go to:  https://vcpac.ca/zoom-schedule

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 PM on Zoom. 

An email will been sent to each PAC with login details.  If you do not receive a copy, please contact