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Meeting of the Board of Trustees

At the October 27, 2020 Meeting of the Board of Trustees...


Chair Petrella presented Debbie Dignan, Itinerant SERT, with the 2020 Champion of Inclusion Award for cultivating inclusive education and always carrying a positive attitude about the value and ability of all students.

Committee and Staff Reports

Devices for Educational Assistants

Trustees approved the purchase of Samsung Tablets and related equipment for permanent Education Assistants. The devices will enhance communication and collaboration in the classroom.

Updated Policies

Trustees approved the following revised policies:

Fundraising and School Generated Funds Policy 700.05
School Operating Budget Policy 700.10
Police Records Check Policy 300.15
Volunteers Policy 300.12
Volunteer and Trip Driver Policy 200.21

Student Trustee Report

Trustees received the Student Trustee Report that included:

“All schools have slowly been getting into the groove of things after a hectic start to the year. They have been trying to integrate fun events and activities to make school enjoyable. The general consensus about the quadmester schedule is that students are having a hard time focusing. They feel that it is a challenge to remain interested in the same subject all day.  On a positive note, some students report higher marks because there is so much time to allocate to one class.

On Tuesday October 20th, the student senate was able to have their first meeting. There was lots discussed and perspective was brought from each school. Both St. Johns and Holy Trinity have done activities to welcome new grade 9 students. They were successful and were able to adhere to public health guidelines. All schools participated in orange shirt day to support the Indigenous community. They have also had dress down days to raise money for various organizations. Council members are trying to find out if administration can set up electronic payment for these events to reduce contact with money.

Holy Trinity just concluded their presidential election. They have not had a spirit week yet, but it is in the works. Both Assumption and St. Johns have already had one, and they both went well. All schools have been conducting their student council meetings virtually.”

Information and Correspondence

The Board of Trustees received information that the BHNCDSB has finalized the requirements and received approval to begin construction on a new child care centre at Our Lady of Providence Catholic Elementary School. Information regarding a grand opening will be brought forward in the near future.