District 19 school board. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

District 19 school board. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Highlights from recent school board meeting in Revelstoke

Soon-to-arrive Syrian family, budget update, and upcoming silent action were discussed

Here are some of the items discussed at the School District 19 board meeting on Dec. 12:

Superintendent Mike Hooker’s report

The Syrian family will soon arrive in Revelstoke. The family of four including two high school ages boys may arrive sometime this month or early next year. The family has yet to find accommodation in Revelstoke.

READ MORE: Revelstoke for Refugees waiting for final paperwork to bring Syrian family to Canada

Okanagan College is reviewing a plan to offer a tourism diploma in Revelstoke starting in Sept, 2019. Hooker noted that the college is facing challenges related to finding housing for up to 20 students. The diploma would also be open to international students. One possibility could be home stays, where students stay with families in Revelstoke. Hooker noted that they are still looking for willing families. There could be up to 27 students enrolled in the program.

New Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Policy

Here are some of the guidelines in the policy:

  • Restraint and seclusion are used only as emergency, not treatment, procedures.
  • All behaviour interventions must protect the rights of all students to be treated with dignity and honour each student’s right to learn in a safe environment.
  • Physical restraint or seclusion is used only in exceptional circumstances where the behaviour of a student poses imminent danger of serious physical harm to self and/or others.
  • Restraint or seclusion is discontinued once imminent danger or serious physical harm to self and/or others has dissipated and parents/guardians are notified as soon as possible that emergency action was necessary.
  • Staff working in a situation that may involve physical restraint or seclusion are trained accordingly.

2018/2019 Funding

The final 2018/2019 operating grant for SD19 is $11,262,848, which is an increase of $420,818 of what was originally expected. The increase is mainly due to higher enrolment. This year, there are 1,045 students enrolled.

SD19 silent action

In January there will be a silent auction posted on the school district’s website, where surplus assets such as vehicles and electronic equipment will be sold. Equipment and assets determined to be obsolete or surplus to the requirements of the school district may be disposed of under the authorization of the Secretary-Treasurer.

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