All in-class instruction suspended (March 17th, 2020)

Under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the Minister of Education has suspended in-class instruction in all schools until further notice.

Approved Motions

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DateApproved MotionsAction
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) abandon Policies 1325.1, 1420.1, 2105, 2120.5, 2221, 3500, 3502, 3545.3 and 4111; AND FURTHER That the Board refer Policies 2105, 2221 and 3545.3 to the Superintendent for administration manual consideration.The Board voted in favour of deleting the policies and removed them from the District website.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) agree to give all three readings of the 2019/2020 Amended Annual Budget Bylaw at the Regular Board meeting on February 24, 2020.The voted unanimously in favour of giving all three readings to the 2019/2020 Amended Annual Budget Bylaw.
February 24, 2020That the School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) Amended Annual Budget Bylaw for fiscal year 2019/2020 in the amount of $262,397,401 be: Read a first time the 24th day of February, 2020; Read a third time, passed and adopted the 24th day of February, 2020; And that the Secretary-Treasurer and the Board Chair be authorized to sign, seal and execute this Bylaw on behalf of the Board.The Amended Annual Budget Bylaw was approved and submitted to the Ministry of Education.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No.61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent to provide the Board of Education a report on the operation of the District’s student health and safety framework and communicate any recommendations for operational and strategic level improvements specifically aimed at student health and safety.The Superintendent has tasked District staff to compile information for a report as stated in the motion and will provide this to the Board when completed.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No.61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent to provide the Board of Education annually, a report on the District’s compliance with workplace safety legislation and communicate any recommendations for operational and strategic level improvements.The Superintendent has tasked District staff to assist with compiling this report and will provide it to the Board on an annual basis.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) accept the December 2019 Quarterly Financial Report as presented to the Audit Committee.The Board voted in favour of accepting the quarterly report as presented by the Audit Committee.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Superintendent's report as presented.The Superintendent's report was received as presented.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the posting of the following 2020/2021 school calendar on the School District’s website for a period of one month:
2020/2021 School Calendar*
School Opening September 8, 2020
First non-instructional day September 28, 2020
Thanksgiving October 12, 2020
Second non-instructional day October 23, 2020 (Province wide)
Remembrance Day November 11, 2020
Third non-instructional day November 20, 2020
Schools close for Winter vacation December 18, 2020
Schools re-open after Winter vacation January 4, 2021
Fourth non-instructional day February 12, 2021
Family Day February 15, 2021
Schools close for Spring vacation March 12, 2021
Schools re-open after Spring vacation March 29, 2021
Good Friday April 2, 2021
Easter Monday April 5, 2021
Fifth non-instructional day May 21, 2021
Victoria Day May 24, 2021
Administrative Day and School Closing June 25, 2021
*Sixth non-instructional day to be chosen by each school
The Board approved posting the proposed 2020-2021 school calendar for thirty days on the District website for feedback.
February 24, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Secretary- Treasurer's report as presented.The Secretary-Treasurer's report was received as presented.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the new Board/Authority Authorized courses: Automotive Service Technician 12a, 12b, 12c and 12d; Professional Cook 11a, 11b, 12a and 12b; Reconnecting Youth 11; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 10, 11 and 12; Explorations in Computers 11 and 12.The new Board/Authority Authorized courses were approved by the Board and the Ministry of Education were notified.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) instruct the Equity Committee to make recommendations for making reading recovery available to all elementary schools in the District.The Board approved the motion and it was forwarded to the Equity Committee for consideration and discussion.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) submit the following resolution to BCSTA for the 2020 Annual General Meeting:
"That the BCSTA urge the Ministry of Environment to increase funds available through the Carbon Neutral Capital Program (CNCP) to the Ministry of Education to enable School Districts to increase investment in less carbon intensive infrastructure."
The motion was submitted to the BCSTA for inclusion in their AGM agenda.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) submit the following resolution to BCSTA for the 2020 Annual General Meeting:
"That BCSTA compel the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Education to collaborate to develop and implement a procurement framework/structure for all School Districts to acquire less carbon intensive technologies (i.e. solar panels) and alternative energy solutions."
The motion was submitted to the BCSTA for inclusion in their AGM agenda.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) submit the following resolution to BCSTA for the 2020 Annual General Meeting:
"That BCSTA urge the government to bring Early Childhood Learning and the appropriate full funding under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education."
The motion was submitted to the BCSTA for inclusion in their AGM agenda.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Superintendent's report as presented.The Superintendent's report was received as presented.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Secretary- Treasurer's report as presented.The Secretary-Treasurer's report was received as presented.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the granting of a Statutory Right-of-Way to British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority and Telus Communications Inc., for the purpose of installing services for the new Trades Training Centre located on the Tolmie Board Office property legally described as Lot 3, Section 7, Victoria District, Plan 355, PID 009-142-291.The Board approved granting a Statutory Right-of-Way to BC Hydro and Telus at the Tolmie Board Office.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) agree to give all three readings of Disposal (Right-of-Way) of Real Property Bylaw No. 20-01 at the January 27, 2020 Board meeting.The voted unanimously to grant all three readings of the Bylaw for granting a Statutory Right-of-Way to BC Hydro and Telus at the Tolmie Board Office.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) Disposal (Right-of-Way) of Real Property Bylaw No. 20-01, being a bylaw to grant a Statutory Right-of-Way to British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority and Telus Communications Inc., on the property legally described as Lot 3, Section 7, Victoria District, Plan 355, PID 009-142-291 for the purpose of installing services for the new Trades Training Centre, be:
Read a first time the 27th day of January, 2020;
Read a second time the 27th day of January, 2020;
Read a third time, passed and adopted the 27th day of January, 2020;
And that the Chairperson and the Secretary-Treasurer be authorized to sign, seal and execute this Bylaw on behalf of the Board.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) advance the name change of George Jay Elementary School, and strike a committee to that effect as per Regulation 1421 - Naming School Sites.The Board approved striking a committee and moved forward with the renaming of George Jay Elementary School.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) submit the following resolution to BCSTA for the 2020 Annual General Meeting:
"That the BCSTA urge the Ministry of Education to fully fund the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) in the same manner as the Early Years Development Instrument (EDI)."
The motion was submitted to the BCSTA for inclusion in their AGM agenda.
January 27, 2020That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) task the Superintendent with provision of one comprehensive District organization / reporting lines chart that includes personnel in all departments, to (but not including) the clerical support level, to be provided to the Board and posted in the "About Us" sub-menu under the "Our District" menu before February 24, 2020.
December 16, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) select Chairs of the Education Policy and Directions Committee and Operations Policy and Planning Committee by ballot vote.The Chairs of the Committees were determined by ballot vote and were announced after the vote.
December 16, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the revised Terms of Reference for the Long Term Facilities Plan Ad Hoc Committee, as presented.The Board approved the revised Terms of Reference for the Long Term Facilities Plan Ad Hoc Committee and it was posted to the District website.
December 16, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Superintendent's report as presented.The Superintendent's report was received as presented.
December 16, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Secretary-Treasurer's report as presented.The Secretary-Treasurer's report was received as presented.
December 16, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the revised 2020-2021 Budget Plan, as presented.The Board approved the revised 2020-2021 Budget Plan and it was posted to the District website.
December 16, 2019That the motion "That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the following change to a) Bylaw 9360 Article 5 General Meeting of the Board, b) Bylaw 9360.2 Article B.3.4. regarding the agenda of the Operations Policy and Planning Standing Committee, and c) Bylaw 9360.2 Article B.4.4. regarding the agenda of the Education Policy and Planning Standing Committee, by adding, "The Community Presentations period is limited to a maximum of six speakers, each speaking a maximum of five minutes. In the event the named speaker on the list does not wish to speak, the speaking opportunity will be forfeited" be referred to the Policy Sub-Committee.The motion as been referred to the Policy Sub-Committee.
November 25, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) report results of the Trustee elections by name only, and not vote totals.The election results were read out by
Trustee name only.
November 25, 2019That the election ballots be destroyed.The election ballots were destroyed.
November 25, 2019Whereas the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) has identified 2.34 acres of land surplus to future educational needs at, and around Victoria High School, the Board of Education’s intention to dispose of 2.34 acres of land for the purpose of the Caledonia Project by way of land exchange with the City of Victoria and BC Housing Corporation, and a 60 year lease in favour of Capital Regional Housing Corporation (CRHC), BE APPROVED;
AND FURTHER
That the disposal be subject to Ministry approval, City of Victoria zoning approval for the Caledonia Project, and negotiation of the terms of the land exchange and the lease;
AND FURTHER
That the lease proceeds be directed to the Victoria High School seismic upgrade shortfall of $2.6 million, and the remainder to amenities enhancement at Victoria High School.
November 25, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent to compile a public engagement report.
November 25, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the new Policy 5141.1 Provision of Menstrual Products to Students.The Board approved new Policy 5141.1 Provision of Menstrual Products to Students and it was posted to the District website.
November 25, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Superintendent's report as presented.The Superintendent's report was received as presented.
November 25, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Secretary-Treasurer’s report as presented.The Secretary-Treasurer's report was received as presented.
November 25, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the 2020/2021 Budget Process as amended.The Board approved the 2020-2021 Budget Process and it was posted to the District website.
October 28, 2019 That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent to establish and document a process for undertaking a review of Late French Immersion programming that takes into account the current Ministry of Education policy on French Immersion programs and that includes a consultation process which involved relevant stakeholders prior to implementing a change to the program, in line with Policy 1163 – Consultation.
October 28, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) accept the September 2019 Quarterly Financial Report as presented to the Audit Committee. The Board voted in favour of accepting the September 2019 Quarterly Financial Report.
October 28, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) accept the Living Wage, Living Hours Report as presented to the Audit Committee.The Board voted in favour to accept the Living Wage, Living Hours Report as presented by the Audit Committee.
October 28, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Superintendent's report as presented.The Superintendent's Report was received as presented.
October 28, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Secretary-Treasurer's report as presented.The Secretary-Treasurer's report was received as presented.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) accept revised Regulation 3323, Purchasing Services as presented.The Board voted in favour to accept revised Regulation 3323, Purchasing Services, and it has been updated on the District website.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) direct the Superintendent, pursuant to Policy and Regulation 1421 and any applicable legislation, to establish a process and then a committee to explore changing the name of George Jay Elementary School.The consultation process and survey have been completed and a committee will be formed next. A full update will be brought back to the Operations Policy and Planning Committee in due course.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the June 30, 2019 unrestricted operating surplus of $2,037,796 (Note E) to be carried forward and applied towards the projected deficit in 2020-2021. The Board voted in favour of approving that the unrestricted operating surplus of $2,037,796 be carried forward and applied towards the projected deficit in 2020-2021.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the internally restricted surplus appropriation of $14,827,885 as shown on Schedule 2 of the 2018-2019 Audited Financial Statements, being held for school level funds $3,400,360 (Note A), unspent project budgets $4,843,799 (Note B), purchase order commitments $419,972 (Note C), and the previously approved budgeted surplus of $4,125,958 (Note D).The Board voted in favour of approving the internally restricted surplus appropriation of $14,827,885 being held for school level funds.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the transfer of $639,270 to Local Capital in 2018-2019 for the Student Device Replacement Reserve ($339,270), the Technology Replacement Reserve ($200,000) and the Childcare Capital Reserve ($100,000).The Board voted in favour of transferring $639,270 to Local Capital in 2018-2019 for the Student Device Replacement Reserve, the Technology Reserve and the Childcare Capital Reserve.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the Audited Financial Statements of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) for the year ended June 30, 2019; and that the Board Chair, the Superintendent and the Secretary-Treasurer be authorized to execute these statements, where applicable, on behalf of the Board.The Board voted in favour of approving the Audited Financial Statements for the year ending June 30, 2019 and submitted them to the Ministry of Education.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) approve the schedules as required by the Financial Information Act for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.The schedules were approved and submitted to the Ministry of Education and posted to the District website.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Superintendent's report as presented.The Superintendent's report was received as presented.
September 23, 2019That the Board of Education of School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) receive the Secretary-Treasurer's report as presented.The Secretary-Treasurer's report was received as presented.

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