Regular Board Meeting Summary - January 2022

Regular Board Meeting Summary - January 2022
Posted on 01/21/2022

The High Prairie School Division Board of Trustees met virtually for their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The meeting began at 1:00 pm in closed to facilitate the livestream of the open section of the meeting, which started at 1:45 pm. The meeting began at 1 pm with the acceptance of the agenda and consent agenda.


Trustees requested clarification regarding the continuity of school outbreak alert status. Schools are no longer being communicated to by Alberta Health Services regarding the alert or outbreak status of a school related to the number of COVID-19 cases in the school or the number or percentage of students and staff absent due to respiratory illness. 


The next item on the agenda was the Kindergarten to Grade 3 masking requirements. Currently, the Government of Alberta strongly recommends students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 wear masks. High Prairie School Division's School Re-Entry Plan mirrors that recommendation. Superintendent Laura Poloz advised that principals, charged with ensuring the safety of all staff and students in their respective schools, may ask Kindergarten to Grade 3 students to wear masks in common areas depending on the activity and the COVID conditions in the school and community.


Trustees reviewed invitation letters sent to the municipalities requesting meetings regarding "...the economic development and sustainability of rural communities along with other issues such as mental health and any other topic council would like to address".


Trustees then received and accepted the Finance Report with questions regarding Visa cards, including access to corporate credit cards and the spending limit with those cards.


The Board discussed standing committee reports, specifically a meeting with the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) with a request from Peace River School Division to Zone 1 school divisions to put forward a resolution to ASBA to ask the government to support school divisions on occupational health and safety and insurance with regards to policy.


Trustees reviewed the ASBA Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. Nominations are now open for the prestigious award, which the High Prairie School Division was very proud to have a student receive in the previous year.


Trustees also reviewed the Public School Boards' Association (PSBA) awards nomination packages. Trustee Lynn Skrepnek is eligible for a long service award after completing 8 full years of service as of October 2021. PSBA Long Service awards are presented after eight years of service and in four-year increments thereafter.

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