A Central Okanagan school counselor requests a delay in the implementation of Indigenous-related course credit for high school graduation.
Administrator Wayne Broughton suggested at the April 13 Central Okanagan School Board meeting that the 2023-2024 target school year be postponed for a year in deference to current Grade 10 students who are planning their academic requirements. graduation courses.
The Department of Education said implementing the new graduate credit requirement is expected to involve a phased approach that is expected to come into effect province-wide for the 2023-24 school year.
This is part of the provincial government’s commitment to truth, reconciliation and anti-racism adopted by the Ministry of Education.
“It’s going to affect them,” Broughton said of the Grade 10 students’ lesson planning efforts.
Administrator Julia Fraser added that any credit requirements for new graduates should be accompanied by the funding necessary to offer the courses to students.
The school district has adopted courses related to Aboriginal culture in recent years at Mount Boucherie, a program that has since begun to be replicated in other local schools.
The school board adopted two new declarations: National Volunteer Week (April 24-30) and National Day of Mourning (April 28).
National Volunteer Week recognizes the contributions of all Central Okanagan school volunteers.
The Day of Mourning will see flags on school property flown at half-mast to honor workers who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty.
School district personnel alerted local administrators to an impending name change to the Department of Education.
The name change of the department should be the Department of Education and Child Care.
This reflects the transfer of responsibility for childcare to the Department of Education from this month.
The provincial government says, “This change, along with new investments in child care and early learning in the schoolyard in this year’s budget, lays the groundwork for accelerating access to convenient, affordable and quality child care that better meets the needs of families while facilitating children’s transition to school.
More details on how this change will take shape, including a move of child care program support staff from one department to another, are expected sometime in May.
The next regular school board meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m., April 27 and May 11, at the Central Okanagan Public Schools Administrative Headquarters, 1040 Hollywood Rd. South.
The next meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee will take place on Wednesday, April 20 at 4:00 p.m., at the school board office, when the final recommendations for the budget for the 2022-23 school year will be adopted for consideration by the board. school.
The Education and Student Services Committee meeting is the same day at 6 p.m.
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