The work done by Speech Language Pathologists, a school “re-start” update, and the 2020-21 Preliminary Budget were under discussion at the Board of Education of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap)’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday, May 28.
Speech-Language Pathologist Megan Brooke presented to trustees about the work done by the school district’s speech-language pathology program. She noted in B.C., children not yet of school age are provided speech-language therapy by community health. Once children come to school it is provided by school districts.
Trustees discussed the 2020-21 preliminary budget options. They decided to continue discussions at the Committee of the Whole meeting on June 10th before finalizing their budget at the regular Board meeting on June 16th.
Superintendent Peter Jory also provided an update on the voluntary return to in-class instruction. He commented the survey sent out resulted in information being returned on about 5,000 students, with schools reaching out to those they hadn’t heard from. “Classrooms in essence will look about half the size.” He added that schools will be contacting parents each week to see if they want to send their child to school or stay with the learning from home opportunities.
Jory noted this has been a very fluid time with steep learning curves, especially around safety protocols and technology. “Our staff has gone above and beyond.”
A Committee of the Whole meeting provides the Board of Education an opportunity to discuss an issue before bringing recommendations/motions to a regular Board of Education meeting.