Regular Board Meeting Summary - March 2021

Regular Board Meeting Summary - March 2021
Posted on 03/24/2021
Regular Board Meeting Summary - March 2021The Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, via Zoom for their regularly scheduled meeting. Trustees approved the consent agenda, additions to the agenda, and moved into their regular meeting.

The Board discussed the Public School Boards’ Association awards nomination package. Ward 1 Trustee Karin Scholl is nominated for her 16  years of service as a trustee. Also discussed were award nominations for the Alberta School Boards Association. Nomination categories include community engagement, friends of education, and long service awards.

The next item on the agenda was on community consultations with respect to the Alberta Education Assurance framework. Schools have been developing a process to gather information from their school communities. This is in addition to the accountability pillar surveys that will be going out to all staff, students in Grades 4, 7, and 10, as well as all students in schools with fewer than 120 students in Grades 4-12. These Government of Alberta surveys are also sent to parents and guardians of students in Grades 4, 7, and 10. Also, HPSD surveys all students in Grades 4-12 about attendance, student supports, bullying, nutrition, and technology. The information collected is used to help make decisions about student services and supports. 

Trustees also discussed a letter sent to Trustees and division staff regarding access to feminine hygiene products in school for students. Administration gathered and presented information to the Board on the current processes at each school.

The Board then reviewed a Mental Health proposal generated as part of their Advocacy Committee. The proposal is for a collaboration between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and High Prairie School Division for the provision of psychiatric services for HPSD students who require mental health supports above and beyond the services and supports available by the HPSD wellness team. The proposal aims to decrease the wait-time students and their families face when attempting to access mental health services. Additionally, to improve communication between AHS and the division to ensure supports and plans put in place by AHS are assisted and augmented by division staff.

Trustees received and approved the Finance report and then received a delegation on staff professional development.

Assistant Superintendent Treva Emter, Supervisor of Inclusion Brennan McDonald, and Mentor Coordinator Corinna Horsman presented to the Board about current professional development within the division.

The meeting then went into closed for the remainder of the meeting.
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