Sept 26/16 Board Meeting: DPAC’s Role // 7/9 Trustees Approve Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy

Parent presenter: I would like to thank the Board Chair and Trustees for allowing me the opportunity to address this meeting. I have two issues I would like to discuss which concern the District PAC. The first is in regards to the status of the DPAC during Board Meetings and second is in concern of funding of Parent Education events.

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P1: Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness
P 2: Meeting Schedule /  Trustee  Appointments
P3: Board Meeting
P4: District 61 DPAC (aka VCPAC) Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs
P5: BCCPAC (British Columbia Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils) info

It’s the end of September. Staff in schools now  know the students. You [and I] will not know how many children in a particular school are designated “Intensive Behaviour Interventions or Serious Mental Illness ” (or any designation, as no BC School Districts  provide class size and composition reports. The last report on the VSB site was 2013.). These students need much more support than the Ministry funds them for. So, think about where the funding for the support might come from.We all need to advocate for better funding for students with special needs.

Here is the protocol [based on Ministry of Education criteria and accepted in all BC public schools] taken from the from SD85 website, for Students with Intensive Behaviour Support Needs / Severe Mental Illness in the School District #85 Vancouver Island North Special Services Handbook Revised 2012: Designation of Students who have Intensive Behaviour Support or Serious Mental Illness.This is how it works everywhere  BC.

Students identified in this category are those most in need of intensive interventions. They are expected to be less than one percent (1%) of the student population province-wide. [Some schools  have many more children designated in this category than this statistic presents.] These students should have access to coordinated school/community interventions, which are based on inter-service / agency assessment processes that are required to manage, educate, and maintain the students in school and in their community.

Students Requiring Intensive Behaviour Interventions are eligible to be reported in this special education funding category if they exhibit:
antisocial, extremely disruptive behaviour in most environments (for example, classroom, school, family, and the community);
• and· behaviours that are consistent/persistent over time.

In addition to meeting one of the conditions above, to be eligible for special education funding, these behaviour disorders and or illnesses must be:
serious enough to be known to school and school district personnel and other community agencies and to warrant intensive interventions by other community agencies/service providers beyond the school [if there is no “outside agency involved, the school will not get funding for a support person. Some parents choose not to get “outside help” ie a psychiatrist or counselling] ; and
a serious risk to the student or others, and/or with behaviours or conditions that significantly interfere with the student’s academic progress and that of other students; and
beyond the normal capacity of the school to educate, provided “normal capacity” is seen to include the typical special education support / interventions such as school-based counselling, moderate behaviour supports, the use of alternate settings, and other means in the school environment. [School personnel / teachers have to go far beyond the “extra mile” to show that the school cannot educate the student without additional support.] Reduction in class size or placement in an alternate program or learning environment is not by itself a sufficient service to meet the criteria. “Beyond the normal capacity of the school to educate, provided “normal capacity” is seen to include the typical special education support / interventions such as school-based counselling, moderate behaviour supports, the use of alternate settings, and other means in the school environment.”

It is possible the school will get no funding for support, if parents  refuse services of community  psychologist or psychiatrist.

Then  what?

Feb 15/16: Board Meeting: Strategic Plan / Amended Budget

The current burgeoning focus on student mental health raises (doesn’t beg) many questions, among them: Are we pathologizing normal states of mind? Is it possible to identify students truly in need of help? Is “compulsory help” really helpful?

The Record Off The Record is  my personal record of and  commentary on SD61 Board and  Standing Committee meetings. Official, approved  minutes are on the SD61 website, usually one  month after the meeting.

P1: Meeting Schedule / Backgrounder
P2:
Standing Committees / Trustee  Appointments
P3: Board Meeting Report
P4: District PAC (aka DPAC, VCPAC) Constitution excerpts / School Act re DPACs

Next Meetings
Mon March 7/16 7 pm Ed Policy&Directions / Operations: Tolmie Bldg
March 12-27: Spring Break
Mon March 29/16 7:30 pm: Board Meeting, Tolmie Bldg

Meeting agendas posted on SD61 website Friday before the meeting.

Sticky post: Motions and Trustee Voting Records  January 2012 – December 2015.

SD61 Greater Victoria School District serves students in Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, parts of Saanich and the Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.

Trustees and student representatives are referred to by last name only for brevity; “The Board of Education of SD No. 61 (Greater Victoria)” is referred to as “the Board”. Motions may be shortened but retain essential wording. Seconders not noted (and not required in Standing Committees).

Legally required “Section 72” reports from in camera meetings posted beside relevant meeting. (Click “view all” on Bylaws, Policies and Regs menu. under “Board” on SD61 website). “Section 72” refers to Section 72 (3) BC School Act :  “ A board must prepare a record containing a general statement as to the nature of the matters discussed and the general nature of the decisions reached at a meeting from which persons other than trustees or officers of the board, or both, were excluded….”   Any report beyond the very basic one required must be done by in camera motion / majority vote.

Search  SD61 Bylaws, Policies and Regulations here (click “View All”) . Actually, you will “read all” as the search function is  not currently all that helpful.

January 12/15: The Record Off The Record: OPPS: Don’t Make Too Many Motions. It’s Cheaper That Way.

The District is fine. The Board needs a strategic plan. If we knew where we were going we wouldn’t have 8-12 motions on one agenda.

P1 Next Meetings
P2 SD61 Applicable Bylaws / Committees
P3 OPPS November 10, 2014 (scroll to bottom for page links)

Official voting record in OPPS minutes, which will be approved at next OPPS meeting, Feb 10/15 and then  posted to the SD61 website.

Links for more info /sources in red.
Home page: Sticky post: Motions and Voting Records to January 2011 – June 2014: Voting records September –December 2014 to be added.

Next Meetings:

Monday January 19/15 7:30 pm : Board Meeting: Tolmie Building
Monday February 2/15
7 pm: Education Policy Development: Glanford Middle School
Tuesday Feb 10/15 7:30 pm: Operations Policy and Planning, Tolmie Bldg
Monday Feb 16/15 7:30 pm: Board Meeting, Tolmie Bldg

The Record Off The Record is my personal record of and commentary on Board and Standing Committee meetings in School District 61 Greater Victoria (Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal, a big part of Saanich and Highlands, and the Traditional Territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations). Official approved minutes of Board and Standing Committee meetings are posted on the SD61 website under the “Board of Education” menu one month after the meeting. Agendas are posted for the public the Friday before the meeting.

Required reports from In Camera meetings are posted beside the relevant meeting. (Click “view all” on the Bylaws, Policies and REgs menu). “Section 72” refers to Section 72 (3) of the BC School Act which states “ A board must prepare a record containing a general statement as to the nature of the matters discussed and the general nature of the decisions reached at a meeting from which persons other than trustees or officers of the board, or both, were excluded, and the record must be open for inspection at all reasonable times by any person, who may make copies and extracts on payment of a fee set by the board.” [Kind of an antique process now that these are posted online.] Key word: “general”. Any report beyond the basic one required must be done by an in camera motion and majority vote. SD61 Bylaw 9360.1 states: “In-camera items that may be discussed confidentially include legal, property, personnel and privacy matters as defined by provincial legislation. [Note, not “are limited to”.] Full board meetings must be held in public unless the board decides that it is in the public’s interest to hold a private session (closed or in-camera meeting). However, it is important not to abuse this power. Potential controversy or embarrassment to the board is not usually sufficient reasons for an in-camera meeting.” “Usually” leaves lots of room to move. “Never” might be better wording.

Civic governments are bound by the Community Charter (except for the City of Vancouver) and move into in camera meetings by public motion of the Council, and the public has to leave for the duration of the secret meeting and them come back. School Boards are governed by the BC School Act and Chairs set in camera meetings before public meetings.

The public meeting schedule is posted on the District Calendar (under News and Events menu). Trustees are referred to by last name only for brevity; “The Board of Education of SD No. 61 (Greater Victoria)” is referred to as “the Board”. No audio or video recordings are made of Standing Committee meetings, only of Board meetings. [No record of how the audio recording decision was made, or any debate on proposed uses of and storage of the record appears to exist. However, the video recording was debated at length in 2014 OPPS meetings.] Motions may be shortened but retain the essential wording. Seconders not noted.

School District 61 Greater Victoria is the 6th largest employer in the Capital Regional District with a 2014-15 budget of $195.330, 769.00 of your tax dollars.

November 3/14: Education Policy: Defeat of District Code of Conduct Shows Lack of Leadership

Nohr: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) develop through a review process at the Education Policy and Operations, Policy and Planning meetings a District Code of Conduct which would be relevant and appropriate for students, parents/guardians, community members, staff, and district employees who attend our schools; the engagement process with partner groups to be determined at a later date. / Defeated.

You had to be there. And I wasn’t, due to not wanting to cough in paroxysms all through the meeting (yes, that cold / flu thing). But the Twitter report captures what went on.
Following Robert’s Rules and the Board’s own Bylaws has been said on various occasions to be “not our process” by some long-time SD61 Trustees. Now, apparently, we can add “following the requirements of the School Act of British Columbia”  to that.

 

Education Policy Packup for Nov 3 20152013-2014-stand committees

Education Policy Development Committee November 3, 2014
Chair: Alpha      Absent: Ferris, Leonard      Regrets: McNally
The only motion on the agenda:

  • Nohr: That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) develop through a review process at the Education Policy and Operations, Policy and Planning meetings a District Code of Conduct which would be relevant and appropriate for students, parents/guardians, community members, staff, and district employees who attend our schools; the engagement process with partner groups to be determined at a later date.

The School Act, British Columbia states:

Power and capacity

85  (1) For the purposes of carrying out its powers, functions and duties under this Act, a board has the power and capacity of a natural person of full capacity.

(1.1) Without limiting subsection (1), a board must, subject to this Act and the regulations, and in accordance with Provincial standards established by the minister, establish a code of conduct for students enrolled in educational programs provided by the board.

 Must.
But let’s move on.
The meeting in tweets:
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga @EdithLK [Trustee]Yes the 1st time that IN-CAMERA Board/Committee meeting was listed on the regular agenda for the public to see
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  Lots of discussion on whether or not shld have a District Code of Conduct in addition to the School Code of Conduct
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  Trustee Horsman tried to table ‘s Code of Conduct motion but it failed now closing comments by Nohr
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga   Incredible emotional pleas by several parents, teachers & trustees on why should have a District Code of Conduct
  •  Edith Loring-KuhangaCindy rep says that she wishes that there wld be genuine and collective vision to develop a District Code of Conduct
  • Rob Paynter @RobPaynterSD61 [parent] Déjà vu – 3 years after I identified lack of district code of conduct, same trustees are trying to avoid creating district code
  • Rob Paynter  Can’t believe crap I’m hearing about codes of conduct. So disappointed Bev Horsman is working so hard to shut down any conversation
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga @DeborahNohr [Trustee] states in her closing comments, Board of Education would be negligent in not having a Code of Conduct
  • Deborah Nohr @DeborahNohr [Trustee]  School Act directs trustees to establish Code of Conduct-Orcherton doesn’t understnd the need & Horsman says it is top down#yyj
  • Edith Loring-KuhangaNot surprising @DeborahNohr motion on having a District Code of Conduct failed -3 for & 3 against (Orcherton, Horsman, McEvoy)
  • Deborah Nohr Shocking! District Code of Conduct motion voted down by Chair Orcherton, Horsman & McEvoy
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  Thank you @treatyarbroath [Chair Catherine Alpha] for allowing parents, staff & trustees to have a frank discussion on Code of Conduct
  • Diane McNally @DianeMcN [Trustee] So sorry I missed this mtng. THE cold,coughing, all that. What possible reason could there be to defeat this?
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga   At the end of the mtng Trustee Bev Horsman gives Notice of Motion asking the Culture Committee to report back to the Board [Culture and Community Ad Hoc Committee formed in 2012; no reports so far so this would be ….nice]
  • Renay M. @renaymo [parent] Trustees who defeated motion to develop dist. wide codes of conduct with community to address sexism, racism and bullying need to go.
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  Do you think that a School District Culture Committee should have some sitting on it? Not
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga Time for the old guard to change at board table – Students & Staff need new ideas & open minded Trustees
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga Do you believe that ALL School Districts should have a District Code of Conduct? Vote 4 change on
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga If you value your children, vote for change : Ann Whiteaker
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  THANK U for sharing your daughter’s exp in being bullied-Trustees have a responsibility-Act Sec. 85 1 & 2
  • Renay M. Board meeting tonight, Bev Horsman suggested that a sexual assault victim should be charged for defending herself
  • Renay M.  stories were shared, victim tried to get help, system failed, she fought back, Horsman said she was guilty of crime
  • Renay M.  yes, she repeatedly stated that the young woman should have been charged, that her violence was wrong
  • Renay M. Trustee Bev Horsman you ARE . Suggesting a victim AND perpetrator are “both wrong” if she fights back???
  • Rob PaynterJudging student victim who struck back against her student assailant when admin failed 2 support; Bev Horsman not your finest hour
  • Renay M.  Board of Education needs to reflect the needs of those it serves, not serve those who need control
  • Diane McNally  How many times can I favourite that? Imagine what goes on in camera. Someone is printing this right now to smack me with it later.
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga Yes it’s unfortunate how some have lost sight of the real reason that they were elected-2 represent the public!
  • Deborah NohrThanks to Renay, Theresa, Jonah, Cindy and Ruth for coming and speaking to the need for a Code of Conduct
  • Renay M. I want candidates who care. I want as my Trustees.
  • Renay M.  for engaged and accountable Trustees: :
  • Renay M.Saw a lack of respect at Board meeting, for democracy, community input, and young women has to go.
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  Sad but true! Time for REAL CHANGE
  • Edith Loring-Kuhanga  Time for the old guard to change at board table – Students & Staff need new ideas & open minded Trustees
  • Renay M. Six picks for : progressive candidates, engaged and accountable mandate.

gvta endorsement

Renay M. Still reeling from meeting last night… is not abstract thing on campuses, its in our systems
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Examples:  BC School District Codes of Conduct
SD61 Greater Victoria has school based codes of conduct,  dfferent in every school, and various conduct policies, some of which apply only to employees (4116 Sexual Harassment, last reviewed 1998; 4304 Bullying and Harassment developed in 2013);  Policy 5131.0  Personal Safety and Security, developed 1993 and never reviewed, addresses “violence in schools”. Various Policies address threats (1993), weapons (1993). SD61 does have a Trustee Code of Ethics, Policy 8251.

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