The present attention being given around the world to the reality of racism and its effects reminds us of the critical importance we all play in erasing it. What we say and do matters when our goal is to provide equality for all in our society and in our schools.
As leaders within the Saanich school system, we reject racism.
In Saanich, we are pleased to come together as a community and help to provide additional food for families in need. Any family can request additional support by contacting their child's school principal, Parent Advisory Council or Confederation of Parents’ Advisory Councils https://copacs.sd63.bc.ca/. Thank you to our community partners of Beacon Community Services and COPACS for your ongoing support of this and other critical initiatives.
The Board of Education of the Saanich School District invites you to participate in and contribute to the formation of our budget for 2020/21. Public participation in this process is important for the Board's adoption of a budget that reflects the values, beliefs and priorities of the community.
The Saanich School District is currently focused on supporting our community during this challenging and uncertain time through the implementation of continuity of educational opportunities, support for vulnerable students including food programs, and additional support for children of essential workers. At this time, it is also necessary for the Board to develop a budget for 2020/21 that reflects our best estimates of the impact of the pandemic and that reflects priorities for improving student success now and in the future.
The Board of Education is seeking your input through the completion of a survey and participation in a virtual Community Budget Meeting on April 29th at 7 pm. The survey will be the primary tool for gathering feedback and closes on May 1, 2020 (end of the day). The background document provides information on the Saanich School District and the 2020/21 budget context and facilitates completion of the survey by those who are unable to attend the virtual meeting.
On this Monday after Spring Break, the students and staff of our Saanich schools would normally be gathering to share their stories and embark on their studies for the last term of this school year. Instead, given these unprecedented times and suspension of in-class instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I offer this statement on behalf of the Board of Education.
Starting February 3, 2020 Registration for Kindergarten to Grade 5 will begin at the School Board Office, 2125 Keating Cross Road, Saanichton, and at the schools for Middle (Grades 6-8) and Secondary (Grades 9-12) levels.
Show your awareness towards anti-bullying by wearing pink on Wed Feb 26th. Schools across BC and Canada will be showing their support of positive interactions between people on this annual event. You can learn more about this intiative at Pink Shirt Day.