PWPSD Board News – January 21, 2021

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JANUARY 21, 2021

Inspiring all learners to become confident, collaborative and ethical citizens motivated with a passion to achieve a sustainable future.

Welcome to Jr. K and Kindergarten –
Online registration opens March 2

PWPSD will open Kindergarten online registration on March 2. 

Trustee Anderson reported on the PWPSD Communications Committee meeting held on January 11 that largely focused on planning for Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year.

Families with a child turning five in 2021 should mark Tuesday, March 2 as the opening of Kindergarten online registration at 19 Peace Wapiti Public Schools. Online registration will be accessible via the registration link found on the PWPSD website,, and on all school websites. A birth certificate and proof of residency are required for registration.

This year's advertising campaign will include a community mailer, mini-billboards, newspaper and radio advertisements, and promotion through PWPSD and school social media channels and newsletters. New this year is an iPad draw, open to those who register their child for Junior Kindergarten or Kindergarten by March 31st. The draw will take place in October. 

During the meeting, the Communications Committee received a presentation on ThoughtExchange software. Committee members also discussed the possibility of hosting a virtual General School Councils meeting, tentatively scheduled for March 30. More information will be shared with School Councils and parents as planning progresses.

Policy Review Committee Report

The Policy Review Committee meets regularly to review and update policies. All policies are available online. Trustee McIntosh provided a report from the meeting held on January 12.

Two obsolete policies were rescinded:
  • Policy HGBG – Home Education: Replaced by the new Government of Alberta Home Education Regulation which provides direction for this program.
  • Policy IEA – Early Entry into Kindergarten: Replaced by the Government of Alberta Early Childhood Regulations which state that effective 2020-21, all children in Kindergarten must be five years of age by December 31. 
The following policies underwent review: 
  • BCE – Exhibit 1 – Committee Terms of Reference
  • EEACC– Student Conduct on School Buses
  • EEABA – Cross Boundary Transportation
  • EEBA – Division Vehicles Acquisition & Replacements
  • GBE – Health and Safety
  • GDABA – Regular Route – Bus Driver Selection Process
  • HGCG – Off-Site Activities
  • HIAD – Resources for Schools
  • HICAB – Citizenship Programs Support
  • HND – Remembrance Day Ceremonies and Observance
  • IC – Student Attendance Areas
  • IECC – Student Re-Entry into Schools Under Special Circumstances
  • IFCA – Student Dress and Grooming
  • IFCG – Tobacco and Tobacco-like Products
  • IFCI – Drug and Alcohol Use by Students
  • IFCJ – Student Violence, Use of Weapons & Criminal Offences
  • JA – Educational Partnerships
  • JC – School Councils

Committee & Meeting Reports

  • Trustee Anderson reported on the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone 1 meeting and the PWPSD Communications Committee meeting.
  • Trustee Knull reported on the Public School Boards' Association of Alberta (PSBAA) meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • Optional January Diploma Exams: Monday, January 11 - Thursday, January 28. View the online schedule
  • Family Literacy Day: Wednesday, January 27. See schedule of PWPSD school events.
  • Bell Let's Talk Day: Thursday, January 28.
  • Semester 2 begins: Friday, January 29.
  • Professional Learning Day: Friday, January 29. No school.
  • Nomination deadline for the Honouring Spirit – Indigenous Student Awards: Due 4:30 p.m. on February 1. Nomination form and more info on the ASBA website
  • Administrator's Meeting: Tuesday, February 9.
  • February PSBC Meeting: Thursday - Friday, February 11-12, via Zoom. 
  • 2020 Passionate Heart Awards Virtual Ceremony: Friday, February 12, 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. More info and online registration
  • National Flag Day: Monday, February 15. 
  • Family Day: Monday, February 15. No school. PWPSD offices and shops closed.
  • I Read Canadian Day: Wednesday, February 17. More info
  • Next Board Meeting: Thursday, February 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • Deadline for Grades 1-9 families to request a transition to Remote Learning for Term 3: Monday, February 22. More info
  • Pink Shirt Day: Wednesday, February 24. Visit the Pink Shirt Day website.
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