Policy updates

The Board discussed four different policies at Tuesday’s meeting.

A recommendation to include the SD83 Mission and Values Statement was approved by the Board. The Mission Statement is as follows:

“Our mission is to engage all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity and the pursuit of personal success.”

The Board also gave first reading to a revision to the District Code of Conduct, adding that the Board expects staff, students and guests to promote both physical and online environments that align with the District’s core beliefs and values as well as the guiding principles of the B.C. Human Rights Code. The complete revision can be viewed here. This update will now go to the Policy Committee for discussion and possible revision before coming back to the Board for second and final reading.

Also approved for first reading was the revised policy on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Jory noted this policy is established with the intent and recognition that public schools need to be safe for everyone. Policy 121 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity can be read here. This update will also go on to the Policy Committee for discussion and possible revision before coming back to the Board for second and final reading.

A third policy which received first reading is Policy 122 Digital Citizenship. The need for this policy came out of a policy review process. The Board supports the use of information technology as a tool for improving student learning and the policy is to ensure that all users of district networks are aware of their responsibilities for acceptable use and gives guidance for the use of electronic personal devices connecting to the district wireless network for educational or district-approved activities. Policy 122 Digital Citizenship can be read here. This policy as well, will go to the Policy Committee for discussion and possible revision before coming back to the Board for second and final reading.

Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory noted the district is in the process of aligning and reorganizing its policies with the help of a consultant. “We have a lot of regulations, and not all of it belongs there. So we are moving some of the key content from regulation into the actual policy and moving some other information into procedures. When the new framework is complete we will be putting a new user-friendly version of the policy manual on the website.”

The current SD83 Board of Education’s Policy Binder can be viewed here.

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