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Joint DPAC Statement on School Safety Measures

Vancouver DPAC has signed on to a joint letter from DPACs to the Minister of Health and Minister of Education calling for additional safety measures in schools.

DPACs continue to discuss their support for this letter. Currently, this letter covers:
Vancouver, Surrey, Sooke, New Westminister, Burnaby

This letter covers: 173000 students.

Some DPACs have expressed public support for some of the measures in our letter and are discussing remaining measures.

North Vancouver DPAC, covering 11500 students, has spoken publicly in favour of a K-3 Mask Mandate, additional exposure reporting and vaccinations for volunteers entering the school.

We have written our trustees in support of their motion for a K-3 Mask Mandate.

Supporting and Connecting Youth (SACY)

We would like to introduce Alex Tokiwa, our new Point Grey SACY Youth Engagement/Prevention worker (Vancouver Coastal Health). The SACY program provides supports to students through substance-use prevention and health promotion strategies. Alex is available to work with students from all grades and will also be providing classroom education throughout the school year. More information about SACY can be found at: www.vsb.bc.ca/sacy

Alex’s contact information is alexandra.tokiwa@vch.ca or 604-250-2675.

PG Calendar at a Glance 2021-2022 School Year

As you are aware, after input from students, families, school-based and District staff, the Vancouver School District will adopt a semester model for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will take four courses from September to January and another four courses from February to June.

Semester 1 September 8, 2021 - January 31, 2022 *

Semester 2 February 1 - June 29, 2022

Health and safety continues to be a top priority in our schools and we anticipate a return to full-time in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. As such, this new schedule is designed to better meet the needs of students, including more teacher support for students and more flexibility with learning. The adoption of the semester model will also see a standard timetable and bell schedule across all secondary schools. School will begin at 8:40 am and finish at 3:06 pm.

As plans continue to develop, together with District staff, we will continue to work with families, teachers, staff, the Ministry of Education and health officials to ensure the schedule will be implemented safely.

Volunteering Opportunities at Marpole Community Food Hub

Spots are available for sign up on Wednesday mornings / evenings and Thursday mornings from August to December of 2021.

 

Covid:

 

Please visit the following page to sign up for any future volunteer shifts you are interested in doing. As you know, in keeping with Covid guidelines and as part of our agreement with St. Augustine Anglican Church’s Diocese, we are currently asking our volunteers to be vaccinated, or in the process of getting your Covid vaccination, in order to keep our volunteers and our vulnerable members of our community safe.  We understand this is a personal decision, so if for any reason you are not in support of these measures, please do come back and join us once the restrictions ease.  

 

New(er) Volunteers (ivolunteer):

We are accepting new volunteers at all times, via the school community sign ups, or via ivolunteer as part of the United Way. If someone you know is interested in joining us, please forward them the link to ivolunteer - and ensure that they clear a Criminal Records Check (CRC) via the ivolunteer website in order to participate. A CRC is essential for volunteering with vulnerable members of our community. Students coming from local high schools are exempt and covered by other agreements. 

 

CPC Volunteers:

If you initially volunteered via the KOMCPC, we are happy to continue to open our volunteer shits to all your expertise, enthusiasm and incredible efforts.  These volunteer hours will be independent of the CPC, but as you completed a CRC, you are cleared and available to support us going forward independently of the CPC if you wish. 

 

Thank you to everyone that has supported the Food Hub over the past year. Your support, hard work, flexibility, input and enthusiasm has created a welcome space for our community to access food and, more importantly, to create connections with people and recognizing their needs during a very difficult time in our world. 

Free Mental Health Supports for Families

At FamilySmart we offer parent peer support to families who have a child struggling with their mental health.  No diagnosis is required, there are no waiting lists and our services are free.  Parents can simply self refer themselves to us through email. In addition to providing one on one support we also host  a monthly educational series where parents come together and learn and connect on a particular mental health topic. .

 

I am enclosing a one pager info sheet about our role and some information about our November support and educational session which focuses on challenging behaviour in the teen years. I hope you will be able to share amongst your school families.

 

 
In the Know
Topic: Beyond Behaviours: When Is It More? What It Looks Like at Ages 13+
Why can it feel so tricky to tell if our kids are on track,  going through a phase, as opposed to struggling with something more, or beyond behaviours? In this video conversation, a parent and counsellor talk about the developmental stages of children 13 years of age and older. 
 
Date:  Monday November 22, 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Registration: please click URL attached
Please note that there are other times and dates available if the Vancouver session is not convenient.