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Submitted by: Saanich COPACS, SD#63

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC write to the Ministers of Finance and Education for the immediate investment back to the operating budget, of the $54 million in savings for 2015/16 and 2016/17 collected under the mandated “Administrative Savings Plan”.

Submitted by: Karen Tan (SD#36) and Daniel Lindenberger (SD#35)

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC advocate for appropriate funding for programs and resources for learners with asynchronous development/gifted learners.

Submitted by: Kootenay Lake DPAC, SD#8

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC advocate for the Motor Vehicle Act to be amended to increase the penalty for failing to stop for a stopped school bus which is signalling that it is receiving or discharging school children, to 6 demerit points and a $368 fine.

2016.17
Discrimination in Schools
Active

Submitted by: Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC advocates for initiatives and processes that are designed not only to stop discrimination in our schools but also to provide opportunities to unlearn discrimination.

Submitted by: BCCPAC Board of Directors (Awards Committee)

Be it resolved that
Terry Berting be offered lifetime membership in accordance with the Lifetime Membership policy.

Submitted by: BCCPAC Board of Directors (Awards Committee)

Be it resolved that
Susan Wilson be offered lifetime membership in accordance with the Lifetime Membership policy.

Submitted by: BCCPAC Board of Directors (Awards Committee)

Be it resolved that
Stephanie Longstaff be offered lifetime membership in accordance with the Lifetime Membership policy.

Submitted by: Surrey District Parent Advisory Council SD#36

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC petition the Ministries of Education; Finance; Children and Family Development; and Health to jointly ensure that funding is available for the testing and assessment required to obtain the “designations” needed for intervention and support for students with academic, physical, behavioural, social and/or emotional challenges.

And Be It Further Resolved That:

BCCPAC advocate that districts provide intervention and support for students with academic, physical, behavioural, social and/or emotional challenges within one year of being identified upon request by parent or staff.

2016.11
Ministry Funding Formula
Active

Submitted by: Surrey District Parent Advisory Council SD#36

Be it resolved that

Resolution 2009.16 be reaffirmed.

Resolution 2009.16 reads:
That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to re-examine, recalculate and rework the ministry funding formula to address and fully fund all structural deficits and new programs mandated by the government.

Submitted by: Surrey District Parent Advisory Council SD#36

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC continue to pursue Resolution 2015.21 and that it be reaffirmed.

Resolution 2015.21 reads:

BCCPAC insist on the Government’s commitment to an immediate significant increase in grants to School Districts in B.C., which directly address the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ five recommendations for K-12 Public Education in B.C. – Nov. 2014 (pgs.24-25) which read as follows:

22. Provide stable, predictable, and adequate funding to enable school districts to fulfill their responsibility to provide continued equitable access to quality public education, and to meet required repair and maintenance needs.

23. Provide adequate capital funding to school districts for facility improvements, seismic upgrades, and additional schools in rapidly growing communities.

24. Provide support for proposed new K-12 initiatives such as personalized learning and enhanced trades and technology training.

25. Provide resources to identify and address the growing number of students with special needs and those with minimal English language skills.

26. Restore the separate library line item in the Ministry of Education budget for public libraries, and commit to stable, ongoing funding.

Submitted by: Surrey District Parent Advisory Council SD#36

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC advocate that downloaded costs, such as negotiated wage settlements, energy rate increases, and medical services premium increases, be fully funded as additional increases to current operating funding.

Submitted by: Surrey District Parent Advisory Council SD#36

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC advocate for sufficient and additional capital funding be provided to school districts to build necessary infrastructure and facilities to address increasing student populations now and anticipated growth in the future.

2016.7
Resources for Teachers
Active

Submitted by: Surrey District Parent Advisory Council SD#36

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC insist that adequate and additional operating funding be provided for teachers to access requisite resources and tools to teach and facilitate the BC Education Plan and reporting student outcomes to parents.

Submitted by: Kootenay Lake DPAC, SD#8

BCCPAC advocate for all school districts to test wood shop dust collection systems in all schools for compliance with current WorkSafeBC and BC Fire Code requirements.

Be it further resolved that:

All costs for testing and remediation of school wood shops to current WorkSafeBC and BC Fire Code requirements be fully funded by the government of BC without reducing regular school operating and capital grants.

And that testing and remediation work to current standards be completed by December 31, 2017.

Submitted by: Kootenay Lake DPAC, SD#8

The Board of Directors of BCCPAC create a program to train a minimum of two parent advocate volunteers in every school district in BC.

And be it further resolved that:

This program be established and the initial parents be trained by August 31, 2017.

Submitted by: Prince George DPAC, SD#57 and Kootenay Lake DPAC, SD#8

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC produce consolidated information for all school PACs and DPACs on the hazards of radon gas, distribute this information to members, and make this information freely available on the BCCPAC website.

And Further That:

BCCPAC advocate for all BC school districts to complete long term testing for radon at all school facilities as described by Health Canada Guide for Radon Measurements in Public Buildings and to make this information publicly available on district websites;

All British Columbia schools that are found to have radon readings above Health Canada’s recommended maximum (currently 200 Bq/m3) have remediation undertaken by the district as a priority;
Those school districts immediately implement interim measures by increasing ventilation in schools found to exceed the recommended level;

All schools that have had energy retrofitting, substantial renovations or repairs be retested;
And that the Ministry of Education immediately provide access to additional funds to districts specifically for this testing and remediation work.

2016.3
BCCPAC Materials
Active

Submitted by: Prince George DPAC, SD#57

Be it resolved that

BCCPAC keep documents such as Speaking Up, Bullying Stops Here, or a Parents’ Guide to Individual Education Plans accessible via the BCCPAC website in digital form to the public, and not require the general parent population to log into the BCCPAC website in order to access them. Printed copies of these resources would be accessible for a fee.

2016.2
Capacity Adjustment
Active

Submitted by: Prince George DPAC, SD#57

Be it resolved that
BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to adjust the capacity utilization requirements and calculations, in order to take into consideration the needs of districts with rural and urban areas, or districts that cover a large geographical area.

Submitted by: North Vancouver DPAC SD#44

Be it resolved that

Bylaw 1.01 (a) be amended by

Adding: “Official Delegate” means a Parent in a School District who is duly authorized by a Regular Member in any School District to vote on behalf of that Regular Member;
The list of definitions included in Section 1.01 (a) be renumbered accordingly;
Bylaw 4.05 (a) be amended by deleting the words, “by delegate or”;
Bylaw 4.05 (b) be amended by deleting the words, “by delegate or”;
Bylaw 4.10 (b) be amended by

Striking Section 4.10 (b) “The proxy vote may be received from each member Parent Advisory Council and District
Parent Advisory Council in good standing provided the proxy vote is in writing and signed by a minimum of two members of the Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council executive, and the proxy vote is cast by a duly designated person or delegate of the School Council.”

and

Replacing With Section 4.10 (b) “A proxy may be received from each Regular Member in good standing provided that the proxy is in writing and signed by a minimum of two members of the Regular Member’s executive, and the proxy vote is cast by an official delegate of the Regular Member.”

And be it further resolved that the BCCPAC Authorized Proxy Vote Form reflect these changes.

That BCCPAC make hiring and Executive Director as an immediate priority

THAT BCCPAC call on the Ministry of Education to fully fund repairs and replacement of all British Columbia schools that have deemed ‘high risk’ and in need of seismic upgrades by 2020.

2015.27
Gender Identification
Active

THAT BCCPAC call on the Ministry of Education to allow students to select and use their preferred gender and name on district documentation and in the classroom.

2015.26
Outdoor Play Structures
Active

THAT BCCPAC call on the provincial government to provide new funds to cover the full cost of accessible outdoor play environments and equipment for new and replacement elementary and middle schools and for schools where existing equipment is deemed unsafe

THAT BCCPAC promote the development of policy and procedure in collaboration with schools and school districts to ensure that students and parents will not experience retribution when bringing their concerns forward to school district staff.

THAT BCCPAC advocates for provincially mandated standards and practices for Special Education Assistants and similar support staff that include training, conduct and discipline processes.

THAT BCCPAC advocates for the creation of an organization similar to the Teacher Regulation Branch to oversee and regulate the conduct of Special Education Assistants.

THAT BCCPAC advocate for guidelines that require reflective material on all winter outerwear that is supplied to students by districts for school sponsored programs.

THAT BCCPAC insist on the Government’s commitment to an immediate significant increase in grants to School Districts in B.C., which directly address the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services’ five recommendations for K-12 Public Education in B.C. – Nov. 2014 (pgs.24-25) which read as follows:

22. Provide stable, predictable, and adequate funding to enable school districts to fulfill their responsibility to provide continued equitable access to quality public education, and to meet required repair and maintenance needs.

23. Provide adequate capital funding to school districts for facility improvements, seismic upgrades, and additional schools in rapidly growing communities.

24. Provide support for proposed new K-12 initiatives such as personalized learning and enhanced trades and technology training.

25. Provide resources to identify and address the growing number of students with special needs and those with minimal English language skills.

26. Restore the separate library line item in the Ministry of Education budget for public libraries, and commit to stable, ongoing funding.

THAT BCCPAC insist that the government redesign its funding formula for independent schools to remove the unfair advantages inherent in its current policy by doing the following:

1.    Only fund Special Needs Categories 1-3 to the 50% (Group 1) or 35% (Group 2) base standards used for independent school grants.

2.    Only include the funding amounts for English Language Learners, Aboriginal Students, Adult Learners and Vulnerable Students (associated with poverty) if the independent school actually has equivalent proportions ofproperly identified students in those categories enrolled.

3.    Remove the public school’s declining enrolment supplement from the base amount used to calculate the per student grant for independent schools.

4.    Only fund distributed learning programs to the 50% (Group 1) or 35% (Group 2) base standards used for independent school grants.

THAT BCCPAC advocates for additional sufficient targeted resources including support services for school staff whenever substantial systemic change is being implemented.

THAT BCCPAC advocates for systemic and cultural change in our schools to reflect the principles of sustaining passion for learning, building on strengths and addressing challenges.

THAT BCCPAC strongly urge the Ministry of Education to enter into a process with the Ministry of Advanced Education to create a clear and systematic way for graduating students with IEPs to have their adaptations transitioned, with the protection of other confidentialinformation,to the post-secondary school(s) of their choice.

That BCCPAC advocate for the development of guidelines to protect student Health and Safety during forconstruction during periods when students occupy a school.

THAT BCCPAC advocates for prohibition on asbestos removal in schools except in emergency situations when asbestos cannot be covered, contained, or sealed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that BCCPAC advocates for guidelines that ensure that

·  any emergency removal never takes place during “in session time” unless students have been evacuated from the premises and kept off site for several weeks after removal. until state of the art air quality testing technology is performed and indicates the absence of risk to students.

·  Prior to re-entering the school, air quality testing using state of the art technology is performed so as to ascertain the absence of risk to students.

That the BCCPAC board review its confidentiality policies and make any required revisions to ensure:

1)    Transparency with members is enhanced

2)    Directors may actively consult with members about issues before the board

3)    Confidential information such as personal data and specific advocacy cases remains confidential

That BCCPAC develops a functional definition for “learning conditions” and as a result of this information, BCCPAC actively seeks to be consulted by the Ministry of Education on issues related to learning conditions.

BCCPAC advocates for expanded training at Universities to better equip new teachers to teach to our diverse population.

And be it further resolved that BCCPAC advocates for support and resources for classroom teachers to expand their professional skill sets with respect to teaching to diversity and managing student behaviors.

That the following Resolution Policy be approved by the membership.(See page 83 – 88 of 2014 AGM Book)

That both Special Resolution #2 (Lice Checks) and Special Resolution #3 In Support of Outdoor Schools be removed from Appendix 1 of the bylaws.

That the following sections of the Bylaws be amended as follows:

1.01           (a)         In these Bylaws and in the Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires:

(vi)         “membership year” means September 1 to August 31.

2.03           (d)        Associate Member – Any individual parent or guardian of children in the public school system (K-12) may, upon completion of an application form and payment of the relevant fee, become an associate member of BCCPAC. This membership entitles the member to attend BCCPAC conferences; to purchase BCCPAC resources, including the newsletter, at member rates; to direct queries to BCCPAC office.

2.06            A member shall cease to be a member of the Society:

                                  (a)          by delivering a resignation in writing to the Board or by mailing or delivering it to the address of the Society;

                                  (b)          by the death or dissolution of the member;

                                  (c)          on being expelled;

                                  (d)          by failing to pay the annual membership fees.

4.10            (a)       Proxy voting shall be permitted at general meetings.

 (b)       The proxy vote may be received from each member Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council in good standing provided the proxy vote is in writing and signed by a minimum of two members of the Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council executive, and the proxy vote is cast by a duly designated person or delegate of the School Council.

5.03            If a Treasurer is not elected at an annual general meeting, nor appointed after nomination by a member Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council according to Bylaw 5.19, the Board may appoint the Treasurer. The Treasurer so appointed will not be a director but will be entitled to receive notice of, attend, and speak at, but not vote at, Board meetings.

5.04            If a Secretary is not elected at an annual general meeting, nor appointed after nomination by a member Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council according to Bylaw 5.19, the Board may appoint the Secretary. The Secretary so appointed will not be a director but will be entitled to receive notice of, attend, and speak at, but not vote at, Board meetings.

5.05            Only persons nominated with approval of their member Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council will be eligible to be elected pursuant to Bylaws 5.01 and 5.02 and their nomination forms shall be signed by two members of the member Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council executive

5.20            The following are grounds for termination of the office of any Board member:

                                  (a)          is a member of a Regular Member who ceases to be a member of the Society;

6.07             (a)       The Board may delegate any, but not all, of their powers to internal committees consisting of Board members, representatives of Members                                  in good standing, or honourary or life members, to undertake specific responsibilities and abilities.

AND be it further resolved

That section 1.01 of the bylaws be renumbered to reflect the additional definition.

That BCCPAC urgently request the Ministry of Education to make the following changes to the math curriculum:

1. All students will demonstrate mastery of the math facts, including multiplication tables to 10.

2. All students will demonstrate mastery of the four standard vertical algorithms (addition, subtraction with a borrow, multiplication and long division).  These algorithms must be taught using effective conventional methods.

3. All students will demonstrate mastery of basic fractions.

Mastery can only occur through daily practice in the classroom and there must be ongoing assessment throughout the school year to determine where progress is made and intensive intervention where improvement is required for each student.  Students with an IEP/LP may demonstrate this mastery in accordance with their IEP/LP. Every effort must be made to support student master of these skills prior to Grade 6.

2014.1
Amendment of Bylaw 2.03
Active

That BCCPAC urge the BC Government to fully fund all provincially negotiated K-12 education public sector employee wage and benefit increases through a corresponding increase to the School District Operating Budgets.

The BCCPAC lobby the BC Government on behalf of all parents and BC students to enact provincial legislation which puts a legal requirement on boards of education and local governments to develop district and school-based emergency preparedness plans in co-operation with provincial authorities. Such legislation should require that schools have personnel with training and equipment as well as funding for emergency supplies and kiosks at school sites. The cost of this program should be shared between the participating local governments, Boards of Education and the appropriate Provincial Authorities.

The BCCPAC work with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education and Ministry of Finance to eliminate the PST on electronic devices essential for the New Education Plan, as outlined in the Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Learning Plan. Devices such as, but not limited to, laptops, Ipads, tablets, computers, notebooks, E-readers, scientific and graphing calculators would be categorized as “school supplies” when being used for educational purposes for children aged 5 to 19 years of age. In addition to the PST exemption, we request that a tax credit or tax rebate be offered to offset the additional cost of technology.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance to change the current funding formula when calculating the anticipated enrolment of a new or replacement school. It is requested that this new formula would utilize leading indicators like pre-school enrolment and birth rates, as well as current K- 12 population, to predict appropriate school size requirements in the planning and funding process.

BCCPAC revert Policy #3045 Delegate Travel Subsidies, to read BCCPAC will fund delegate transportation costs to BCCPAC Conferences to a ratio of one delegate per 10 BCCPAC member PACs in a district, with a minimum of two delegates per district, instead of the current delegate minimum of one person. This motion does not apply to regional conferences.

BCCPAC calls on Boards of Education:

1. to provide on/off switches to WiFi routers; and

2. to establish a protocol of use that (i) WiFi routers and WiFi/3G functions of computers/laptops/tablets are to be turned on only when they are needed for access to the internet via the wireless network; and (ii) Bluetooth function is to be turned on only if it is needed for accessing other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

3. to observe safety warnings and follow safety instructions in the user manual of iPad by reducing the duration of use under wireless mode and keeping the iPads away from the students’ bodies.

Note: 1. and 2.(i) are for schools in which WiFi has been installed. 2.(i) and 2.(ii) are for all schools with computers, laptops and tablets that have WiFi/3G/Bluetooth functions.

3. is for schools in which iPads are used.

BCCPAC call on Boards of Education to cease to install Wi-Fi and other wireless networks in schools where other networking technology is feasible.

BCCPAC calls on each Board of Education to have one public school at each education level (elementary, middle, secondary) that is free of Wi-Fi, cordless phones and cell phones. This school will only be equipped with wired computers and wired telephones for personal, educational and administrative purposes. This will not be required in cases where there is only one school available of that type in that district.

That BCCPAC lobby government to instruct Schools and School Districts to allow the ability to send electronic communication without the requirement of individual email addresses and that parents be required to opt out if they do not wish to receive e-mail messages from the PAC.

BCCPAC request that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General instruct the Gaming Branch to amend the guidelines of allowable expenditures of PAC gaming funds to permit a broader range of applicable areas of support within the school community which includes the implementation of the recommendations suggested in the BCCPAC submission made to the BC Community Gaming Grant Review.”

BCCPAC reaffirm the 2007.17 Question Period for Public School Board Meetings motion (see below)

2007.17 Question Period for Public School Board Meetings

BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to propose an amendment to the School Act making it mandatory for School Boards to have a question period during regularly scheduled public board meetings and to have those questions and responses recorded in school board minutes.

BCCPAC request the Ministry of Education amend the School Act to include a section on supervision of kindergarten children, which applies non-instructional time to meet the minimum child to adult supervision ratios of the Child Care Licensing Regulation under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. Funding be provided by sustainable funds and not taken out of current funding from the education ministry.

BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to propose an amendment to Section 34 of the School Act, Disqualification of Board employees as follows;

Section 34 of the School Act sets out that an employee of a board of education is disqualified from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office as a trustee on any board of education, unless the employee takes a leave of absence while running for office and resigns from the position of employment if elected

BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to propose an amendment to the School Act making it mandatory for Boards of Education to keep a record and report all district student suspensions and permanent expulsions from school or district and provide this information on a regular basis to the Ministry of Education, District Achievement Committees and School Planning Councils. Reporting will be categorized by school, number of actual students, length of suspension, reason for suspension, number of permanent expulsions from school or district, and total number of suspension days per month. BCCPAC further request this information to be included in the B.C. K to 12 education system annual report.

2012.9
Return Targeted Funding
Active

BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education for the return of all Special Education, Special Needs, and ESL Targeted Funding.

The title of Resolution 2010.9. Funding for non-designated students in need be amended to read Funding for Pre-screening and Ongoing Assessment and this resolution be reaffirmed

The words “and currently provided” be struck from the wording of resolution 2004.32 Clarification of Special Education Categories and Funding

That BCCPAC implore the Minister of Education to

a.       provide greater clarity for the interpretation of the special education categories, in consultation with school districts, and

b.      fund special education students based on the support required and currently provided to address the impact that medical conditions have on the student’s education.

BC School Sports change its current regulation D12.3.1 to align with the choice of high schools provided to students graduating from middle or junior secondary school to those described in the School Act to allow them to compete for the school they attend.

Resolution 2005.23 FSA Cohort Data for School Planning Councils (SPCs) be reaffirmed by the BCCPAC membership.

2005.23 FSA Cohort Data for School Planning Councils (SPCs)

BCCPAC ask the Ministry of Education to provide, free of charge to School Planning Councils upon request, cohort FSA data reports as produced by Edudata, which distinguish between students that wrote both Grade 4 and Grade 7 tests in the same school from those that wrote them in different schools, and for all subgroups of students present in the school, with district and provincial comparisons.

Resolution 2005.22 Customized Item-Level FSA Reports for School Planning Councils (SPCs) be reaffirmed by the BCCPAC membership.

2005.22 Customized Item-Level FSA Reports for School Planning Councils (SPCs)

BCCPAC ask the Ministry of Education to provide to all School Planning Councils, free of charge, customized item-level FSA reports for all categories of students present in their school, (including gender, French Immersion, Aboriginal, ESL, and special needs) with district, provincial, and year-to-year comparisons.

BCCPAC support the Copyright Modernization Act as it pertains to education

 

Section 177 of the BC School Act be amended to include a process which requires reporting of any such offence to police or other authority, confirmation from that authority that the maintenance order is appropriate, and include an expiration of maintenance orders as well as an appeal process for any maintenance orders issued.

2008.31
Cost Neutral Carbon Tax
Active

That BCCPAC strongly and immediately urge the provincial government to exempt
school districts from the newly created carbon tax indefinitely.

 

That the Board designates will represent BC parents at the CHSF Annual Meeting and that any resolutions passed at that meeting will be brought forward for consideration by BCCPAC members at the following BCCPAC AGM for approval

That BCCPAC have consistent communication (through list serve email) with their entire BC membership by making the draft minutes of their meetings and agendas available in a timely basis prior to the next meeting, send copies of their “Resolution Tracking Reports” on regular basis through list serve email and encourage their District Associates (DAs) to be in communication with the member PACs in their districts, to get PACs’ input on matters they (the DAs) are given opportunity to have input on. This will assist PACs’ voices being heard and represented in their “BC Parents’ Organization”. It is in BCCPAC’s interest (and in the best interest of their membership) that they be in contact with their member PACs throughout the province via their DAs.

That the BCCPAC Board of Directors, by the end of June 2003, institute a process to update (a minimum of three times per year) the recording of actions taken, results and further actions needed on current policies in the Statement of Policy, using the Resolution Tracking document and ensure it is posted on the website. 

That Part 5 of the BCCPAC Bylaws be repealed and replaced with the following:

PART 5 DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Board of Directors
5.01 At each annual general meeting the voting members shall elect the following persons who, once elected, shall be a director for a two-year term:

  • President (even years) 
  • First Vice-President (odd years) 
  • Second Vice-President (even years) 

a number of additional directors, the number of which will be determined by the members but shall not be less than three (half to be elected in even years and half to be elected in odd years)

Treasurer and Secretary May be Elected
5.02 At each annual general meeting the voting members may elect the following persons who, once elected, shall be a director for a two-year term:

  • Treasurer (odd years); and 
  • Secretary (even years). 

Treasurer Not Elected
5.03 If a Treasurer is not elected at an annual general meeting, nor appointed after nomination by a member Parent Advisory Council, according to Bylaw 5.18, the Board may appoint the Treasurer. The Treasurer so appointed will not be a director but will be entitled to receive notice of, attend, and speak at, but not vote at, Board meetings.

Secretary Not Elected
5.04 If a Secretary is not elected at an annual general meeting, nor appointed after nomination by a member Parent Advisory Council, according to Bylaw 5.18, the Board may appoint the Secretary. The Secretary so appointed will not be a director but will be entitled to receive notice of, attend, and speak at, but not vote at, Board meetings.

Eligibility
5.05 Only persons nominated with approval of their member Parent Advisory Council will be eligible to be elected pursuant to Bylaws 5.01 and 5.02 and their nomination forms shall be signed by two members of the member Parent Advisory Council executive.
5.06 Candidates for the board of directors shall be a parent of a child in the K-12 public school system at the time of nomination and election.
5.07 Members of the Board of Directors who have completed their term of office are eligible for re-election provided they meet the criteria for nomination and conform to Bylaw 5.14.
5.08 No members of the Board shall be an employee or an elected official of any school district or of the Ministry of Education.

Procedure of Elections
5.09 Annual general meetings in which the Board is to be elected will be conducted efficiently and with fairness to the members present.

Nominations
5.10 The Board shall appoint a Nominations Committee prior to the annual general meeting. The Nominations Committee shall ensure that notice for nominations is distributed to all Regular Members in good standing at least 120 days prior to the annual general meeting.
5.11 The Nominations Committee shall receive nominations for the Board of Directors until 60 days before the annual general meeting, at which time nominations shall be declared closed.
5.12 A member of the Board who is in the first year of their term and who wishes to run for a different position (i.e. First Vice-President running for President) shall be permitted to do so without resigning or taking a leave of absence. If the Board member is successful in their campaign then a new Board member to fill the vacated position shall be elected or appointed as per Section 5.19. If the person is unsuccessful in their campaign they shall continue in their position for the remainder of their term.

Term of Office
5.13 Outgoing members of the Board shall hold office and represent the Society for thirty days after the annual general meeting in order to facilitate the change and orientation of new Board Members.
5.14 The President, the First Vice-President, the Second Vice-President and the Special Advisor(s), if any, shall not hold their respective offices for more than two consecutive terms.
5.15 The Secretary and Treasurer shall hold office until their respective successors are elected or appointed, whether or not they are Directors.
5.16 Any Board Member whose child leaves the public school system in the year in which the Board Member is elected will be permitted to serve the remaining portion of the first year of their term and then must resign. At the annual general meeting, an election will be held to fill the newly vacated position for the remainder of the term.

Immediate Past President
5.17 The Immediate Past-President shall be an ex officio member of the Board, entitled to notice of, attend and speak at, but not vote at, Board meetings; and the term of office shall be no longer than two years.

Special Advisor
5.18 Following each annual general meeting the Board may appoint one or more Special Advisor(s) who may attend and speak at, but not vote at, Board meetings.

Vacancy in Board of Directors

5.19 (a) If there is any vacancy in the Board for any reason, the remaining Board members shall appoint a person who is a member of a member Parent Advisory Council in good standing and who is nominated by that Parent Advisory Council as a member of the Board to fill the vacancy. The term of the Board member so appointed will end when the original term would have ended.
  (b) If three or more vacancies in the Board arise at the same time more than 150 days before the annual general meeting, the remaining Board members shall call for a by-election to fill the vacancies. The by-election shall be conducted by a special mail out to all voting members calling for nominations, followed by voting by fax or surface mail in a timely manner to be determined by the Board.

 

Office to be Vacated

5.20 The following are grounds for termination of the office of any Board member:
is a member of a Parent Advisory Council who ceases to be a member of the Society;
is absent from two consecutive meetings of the Board without prior written consent of the President;
is found to be incapable of managing his or her own affairs by reason of mental infirmity;
is convicted of a criminal offence or other serious offence; or
fails to observe the constitution and bylaws, purposes, or policies of the Society.

5.21 (a) The decision to terminate a Board member's position for reasons set out in section 5.20 shall be decided at a Board meeting attended by not less than 80% of the Board, excluding the Board member in question.
  (b) Such action to terminate the Board member's position shall require a 14 day written notice to the Board member in question prior to the Board meeting.

 

Removal of Board Member by Members

5.22 The members may by special resolution remove a Board member before the expiration of his term of office, and may elect a successor to complete the term of office.

Remuneration
5.23 At no time shall remuneration be paid to directors or officers for their services to the Society.
5.24 The members of the Board shall be reimbursed for all expenses necessarily and reasonably incurred by them while engaged in the affairs of the Society.

Powers of the Board of Directors 5.25 The members of the Board as a whole may exercise all the powers and do all the acts and things that the Society may exercise and do, and which are not by these Bylaws or statute or otherwise lawfully directed or required to be exercised or done by the Society in general meeting, but subject, nevertheless, to:

all laws affecting the Society;

these Bylaws; and

rules, not being inconsistent with these Bylaws, which are made from time to time by the Society in general meeting.

5.26 No rule, made by the Society in general meeting, invalidates a prior act of the members of the Board that would have been valid if the rule had not been made.

 

That Bylaw 2.03(d), Life Member, be repealed and replaced by:
 
May 2005, Bylaw 2.03(d) Life Member—This category of membership is restricted to parents who have been actively involved in BCCPAC and have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the purposes of BCCPAC. The service to the Society by this individual would be considered innovative and of significant lasting importance to furthering the inclusion and support of parents in the BC public education system and the improvement of education for children in BC. It is intended to reflect honour upon BCCPAC as well as upon the individual. This person would be recommended for life membership by at least five member PACs or DPACs in good standing, whose life membership is then approved by the Board based on criteria stated in the Regulations. 
 

That Bylaw 7.07 – The Treasurer shall:

(a) have a demonstrated ability and/or understanding of bookkeeping procedures;
be deleted and replaced with Bylaw 7.07 – The Treasurer shall:

(a) have a demonstrated ability and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as well as experience in the preparation and interpretation of financial statements and budgets.

That Bylaw -7.02 The President shall:

b) be the Chief Executive Officer of the Society unless otherwise determined by the Board and shall supervise the other officers in the execution of their duties;

be deleted and replaced with -7.02 The President shall:

b) be the Chief Executive Officer of the Society, if an Executive Director is not currently employed by the Society, or if otherwise determined by the Board;
c) shall support the other officers in the execution of their duties;

 

That Bylaw 5.11 (Current) “The Nominations Committee shall receive nominations for the Board of Directors until 60 days before the annual general meeting, at which time nominations shall be declared closed.” be deleted and replaced with:

5.11 (Revised) “The Nominations Committee shall receive nominations for the Board of Directors until February 28th before the Annual General Meeting, at which time nominations shall be declared closed.”

That District Parent Advisory Councils be granted Regular Member status and that the Constitution and Bylaws be amended as follows: 

Section previous proposed
2.03(a) Regular Member – Any Parent Advisory Council which applies for and is granted membership and pays the annual membership fee; Regular Member – Any Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council which applies for and is granted membership and pays the annual membership fees;
2.03(b) District Parent Advisory Council – Any Parent Advisory Council which applies for and is granted membership and pays the annual membership fees; Deleted
2.04 Annual membership fees for Regular membership, District Parent Advisory Council membership and associate membership may be established by ordinary resolution and if established shall be payable at the beginning of the membership year. Annual membership fees for Regular membership and associate membership may be established by ordinary resolution and if established shall be payable at the beginning of the membership year.
3.08(a)(i) every Regular, District Parent Advisory Council, Honorary, or Life Member shown on the register of members on the day notice is given; and every Regular, Honorary, or Life Member shown on the register of members on the day notice is given; and
3.09 Each Regular Member shall appoint one official delegate to represent it and cast its vote at any annual general or extraordinary meeting of the Society. Every District Parent Advisory Council shall appoint one delegate to represent it and participate in discussion and debate at any annual general or extraordinary meeting of the Society, but no District Parent Advisory Council shall have a right to vote. Each Regular Member shall appoint one official delegate to represent it and cast its vote at any annual general or extraordinary meeting of the Society.
4.09(b) District Parent Advisory Council official delegates, Honorary and Life Members are not entitled to vote, but are entitled to speak and be heard at general meetings. Honorary and Life Members are not entitled to vote, but are entitled to speak and be heard at general meetings.
2007.20
BCCPAC Members Council
Active

 

That the membership, at its 2007 Annual General Meeting, strikes an ad-hoc committee to analyze and recommend actions required to consider the implementation of a Member’s Council with representation from each school district and report back to the 2008 AGM. 

That the Membership, at its 2007 Annual General Meeting, strike an ad-hoc committee to conduct research and make recommendations with respect to the governance processes and structures appropriate for the future of BCCPAC;
And that these recommendations be processed at the 2008 Annual General Meeting. 

That motions may be amended beyond the scope of notice with the approval by 75% of votes cast in person or by proxy and will take effect at the end of the 2007 AGM. 

2007.5B
Mover to Close Debate
Active

That the mover of a motion at a general meeting be provided the option to make final comments to close a debate. 

That the Bylaws of BCCPAC be amended so that consideration is given by the Life Membership Committee to awarding life membership to Past Presidents of BCCPAC. As part of this process, the current board will put forward its recommendations on the Past President to the Committee, once the Past President had ceased to be on the board in any capacity. For the Annual General Meeting of 2008, the Committee shall also consider Past Presidents in the past.

That BCCPAC change Bylaw 5.17 Immediate Past President to read:

5.17 The Immediate Past-President shall be an ex officio member on the Board, entitled to notice of, attend and speak at but not vote at, Board meetings; and that the term of office shall be one year.

That BCCPAC change Bylaw 5.19 Vacancy in Board of Directors to the following:

5.19 Vacancy in Board of Directors

1. When a vacancy on the Board occurs for any reason, the remaining Board members may appoint a person to fill the vacancy, as a voting member of the Board. That person must be nominated by a member Parent Advisory Council or District Parent Advisory Council in good standing. The term of the Board member so appointed will end at the next scheduled Annual General meeting.”

That the Board of Directors embark on a process to hire an Executive Director for BCCPAC and that this process be initiated expeditiously.

That the Board of Directors, in drafting the new constitution and bylaws, include a provision that ensures that a former director must wait a minimum of eighteen months before seeking employment or contracts with BCCPAC and further that this provision be immediately adopted as internal policy

That during any period where the President is also the CEO, all communications from the President will indicate the capacity in which he or she is speaking by signing he document with only one of the two titles carried.

That BCCPAC support its members to help them be informed during AGMs with an end of the day AGM update sent electronically to members by someone who is approved by the Board effective immediately.

That BCCPAC advocates for the rights of students in the public education system as the need arises with respect to systemic issues.

That there be an increase to the funding available to hire additional school psychometrists for the identification of, and diagnostic services for, learning disabled children in our school system. 

That the BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training to retain the Special Education Targeted Funding. 

That BCCPAC call on the provincial government to ensure that the funding for students with special needs is adjusted to reflect the full costs of meeting the requirements of those students according to Ministry of Education guidelines. 

That in order to make IEPs more accessible for students and parents, BCCPAC urge the Ministry to:

re-write and widely publicize the IEP policy and procedure, in parent-friendly language and format; and

ensure the opportunity for the active involvement of the parent, student and teacher in writing up and signing off the IEP; and

structure the IEP as a long-term planning tool covering more than one school year; and

include a future component and a transition component for each school year within all IEPs; and

incorporate a yearly evaluation of special needs programs’ effectiveness, based on the goals set out in the IEP, by the parent and the child, thereby forming the foundation of an on-going review and accountability process of service delivery models.

That BCCPAC lobby to have increased funding allocated by the Ministry of Education to better serve the requirements of students with special needs. This additional funding would be directed towards:

  • increasing specialized itinerant support for classroom teachers and teacher assistants who have mainstreamed students to consistent standards across BC,
  • promoting programs and the instructional strategies which enable the development of best practices for the creation of Individual Educational Plans (IEP), and
  • ensuring consistency and better communication of the best practices among the students’ support teams.

That BCCPAC petition the Ministry of Education to fund the testing for and special education needs of gifted children. 

That BCCPAC will strongly reiterate the need to increase provincial funding to cover the true costs of meeting the requirements of designated and non-designated students with special needs in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines for special education and inclusion. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance to provide the actual funding cost of providing early identification, classroom teacher training, specialist training and extra support programs for children with special needs, so they have the opportunity to experience success. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Advanced Education, British Columbia School Trustees’ Association, British Columbia Teacher’s Federation and the British Columbia College of Teachers to adopt specific selection criteria for teachers in special education resource positions at school and district levels. 

That BCCPAC request that the Minister of Education delay the funding withdrawal, until the next budget year, for special need students who have been denied funding as a result of an audit. 

That BCCPAC implore the Minister of Education to provide greater clarity for the interpretation of the special education categories, in consultation with school districts, and fund special education students based on the support required and currently provided to address the impact that medical conditions have on the student’s education.

That BCCPAC strongly urge the Ministry of Education to provide funding to establish and train a network of Regional FASD Education/Behavior Consultants who would be available to educate and support teaching professionals, administrators, and parents in their respective regions.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to Establish Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FADS) as a recognized funded Special Education category and to include FASD into the manual entitled “Special Education Services: A Manual of Policies, Procedures and Guidelines”. The funding would be in line with Level 2 Supplemental Funding. 

2010.10
Updating Designations
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Government to review and re-classify the level of designations so that additional learning differences including but not limited to ADD/ADHD, developmental delay, sensory disorders be recognized, acknowledged and funded accordingly

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to mandate School Districts to pre-screen all new and Kindergarten students as well as providing ongoing appropriate assessment for all students, as needed, including for learning and behavioural challenges, so that students who qualify for Ministry funding and/or IEP’s can be formally assessed, have designations put in place, and have learning interventions implemented in a timely manner.  And that Ministry of Education is to work with other appropriate ministries to ensure adequate funding for this initiative.

1993.7C
Copyright Legislation
Achieved

That the Government of Canada ensures that the fair use of the copyright material by educational institutions is not compromised as a result of the second phase of the copyright legislation.

That the membership direct the BCCPAC Board of Directors to continue to advocate on behalf of the parents and students in any further public education restructuring discussions. 

That BCCPAC lobby the BC School Trustees’ Association, the BC Teachers’ Federation and the Ministry of Education to ensure that the criteria for selection of non-recommended learning resources, especially videos and CD ROMS, be directly tied to specific learning outcomes as outlined in the Integrated Resource Packages.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education and the BCSTA to ensure that all Districts have in place a committee, which includes parents, to apply evaluation and selection criteria for all non-recommended education resource materials, i.e. videos referred to in the Ministry of Education program order and pursuant to 3(2) of the Education Program Guide (M165/93). 

1999.3
Video Usage – Legality
Achieved

That video usage in all school districts abide by the Canadian Law specifically C-42 Copyright Act, i.e. to legally show a video to any group at school, or on school functions, schools must first obtain a site license for Public Performance Rights. This resolution is a directive to Ministry of Education, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation and British Columbia School Trustees’ Association. 

2000.26C
Youth News Network
Active

That Canadian Home and School Federation recommend to the other provincial Federation to petition provincial Ministers and Ministries of Education to oppose commercial initiatives, such as the Youth News Network (YNN), into our nation’s classrooms that force students to participate. 

That BCCPAC express to the Ministry of Education, BCPSEA and BCSTA, parents’ concerns that strictly limiting class sizes, in the BC Teachers’ Collective Agreement, for intermediate and, particularly, secondary schools will cause undue hardship to students and compromise their education;

And that BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to increase funding to school districts to allow them to work, with flexibility, on reducing class sizes.

 

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education and the BC School Trustees’ Association to prohibit commercial advertising which targets the students in the schools.
Advertising Defined: the oral, written or graphic statement made by the seller in any manner in connection with the solicitation of business which calls for the public’s attention to it by emphasizing the desirable qualities so as to arouse a desire to buy or patronize in exchange for financial payment.
Advertising Is Not: the sale of goods and services to the districts, schools or the PACs for market value, which have brand names, trademarks, logos, or tags for product or service identification purposes; nor is it the placement of vending machines in the schools.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education and the BC School Trustees’ Association to recommend that all Districts have in place a committee, which includes the various partner groups in education, including parents, whose purpose it would be to examine and establish appropriate limits and controls on the use of corporate sponsored educational materials, videos, contests and incentives in the schools.

That the BCCPAC lobby, the Ministry of Education and the BC School Trustees’ Association to recommend that all Districts have in place a committee which includes the various partner groups in education, including parents, whose purpose it would be to examine and establish appropriate limits and controls on Corporate Sponsorship in the schools.

That Resolution 1993.1 be rescinded and replaced with the following: “That BCCPAC lobby the government of BC to amend the Labour Relations Code (Bill 84)), Part 6, Section 72, to include ‘education’ wherever the phrase ‘health, safety, or welfare of residents of British Columbia’ is stated.” 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to continue to release the annual Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) school level results to PACs and individual student results to parents. 

That BCCPAC support the Education Exception to the Copyright Act as advocated by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Copyright Consortium. 

That CHSF actively support and promote a minimum national standard for education;
And that CHSF actively encourage the Federal Government to establish a department to implement and oversee a national standard of education.

That Canadian Home and School Federation advocate for the creation of a Commissioner for Canada’s Children.

 

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to impose maximum class sizes for Grades 4–7, not withstanding the exclusions as defined by School Act Regulations. 

That BCCPAC send yearly surveys to all PACs and DPACs across British Columbia to monitor and track changes relevant to all aspects of delivering the services to our students. 

That BCCPAC urgently request the Ministry of Education to initiate an audit or review of District School Planning Council Policies in the first year in order to ensure that all policies are congruent with the legislation and the intent of the legislation.

That BCCPAC and the Ministry of Education work together to generate a provincially consistent interpretation and implementation for School Planning Councils making all parents welcome at SPC meetings in order to ensure an open and transparent process for the development of goals for each school. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to amend the School Act, Part 4 School Trustees, Division 6 Holding Office, section 52, Disqualification for failure to make oath or attend meetings, sub-section 2. Amend to read: 

2) A trustee may only be absent for one 3 month period during their term of office unless the absence is because of illness or with the leave of the board. The office of the member is deemed to be vacant and the person who held the office is disqualified from holding office as a trustee until the next general election. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to amend the School Act, Appeals, sub-section 11(5): A Board may establish one or more committees for the purpose of investigating appeals under this section to A board must establish one or more committees for the purpose of investigating appeals under this section and must appoint two or more impartial community members to each committee.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to amend paragraph 8.1(3)(d) of the School Act regarding the appointment of students to School Planning Councils, to include an election process similar to that used for electing parent and teacher representatives, in order to enable students to elect their own representatives to School Planning Councils.

2005.25
Grade Four Class Size Limits
Achieved

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to set a class size limit for Grade Four students, as is presently in place for Kindergarten to Grade 3. 

That BCCPAC ask the Ministry of Education to distribute to each parent a report showing their child’s FSA test results including an item-level analysis, as produced for schools and districts by Edudata, http://edudata.educ.ubc.ca/.

That BCCPAC ask the Ministry of Education to provide, free of charge to School Planning Councils upon request, cohort FSA data reports as produced by Edudata, which distinguish between students that wrote both Grade 4 and Grade 7 tests in the same school from those that wrote them in different schools, and for all subgroups of students present in the school, with district and provincial comparisons. 

That BCCPAC ask the Ministry of Education to provide to all School Planning Councils, free of charge, customized item-level FSA reports for all categories of students present in their school, (including gender, French Immersion, Aboriginal, ESL, and special needs) with district, provincial, and year-to-year comparisons.

Update:

See resolutions 2012.13

That BCCPAC ask the Ministry of Education to provide item-level provincial exam results to secondary School Planning Councils, free of charge. 

That BCCPAC recommend to the Government of BC that any restructuring of the Education system does not include consolidating, regionalizing, or changing School Boards in any other manner that would reduce their local autonomy or availability to the communities they serve. 

That BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to propose an amendment to the School Act making it mandatory for School Boards to have a question period during regularly scheduled public board meetings and to have those questions and responses recorded in school board minutes. 

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC work with the Ministry of Education and the representative organizations for school trustees, students, teachers, support staff, and principals and vice-principals to organize and hold at least one event annually where the grassroots of education stakeholders can meet to share ideas and concerns;

And that BCCPAC request some funding for this type of initiative be provided equally to each member organization to the number of individuals they represent, to help defray the costs of holding and attending the event

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC requests the Minister of Education to amend Ministerial Order 320/02, School Opening and Closure Order, to require school boards to give a minimum of 120 days public notice to close a specific school prior to the decision being made.

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to amend the School Act and other relevant Legislation to limit the term of office of School Trustees to a maximum of three consecutive terms; however, there shall be no limit on the total number of terms any Trustee may serve.

That BCCPAC work with the Ministry of Education and other provincial education associations to change procedures to ensure that results from the Foundation Skills Assessments continue to be released to school districts, schools and parents yet not to the general public in order to stop outside organizations from using/manipulating the data to support their needs.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to mandate and provide the necessary resources to provide specific review policies to ensure the success of all I.E.P.'s for children with special needs designation regardless of the level of need.

That the Minister meet with parent and teacher reps to discuss measures to restore confidence in the FSAs. 

2010.12
Student Records
Active

That BCCPAC advocate for processes, policies and/or legislation that provides for the following with respect to student records:

Parents immediately receive a copy of the following materials by mail, email or in person when added to a student record:

  • Student Learning Plans
  • Individual Education Plans
  • Formal or informal assessments relating to any type of learning disability or designation
  • Student Behaviour Management Plans
  • Student Safety Plans
  • Documents critical of a student or in the nature of discipline

Student and Parents are provided an opportunity to attach a written rebuttal to any material critical of a student and any such rebuttal will be added to the student records

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to advocate for the amendment of the School Act Section 7(1) (a) to read

Parents’ entitlements and responsibilities

7 (1) A parent of a student of school age attending a school is entitled

(a) to be informed, in accordance with the orders of the minister, of the student’s     attendance, and progress in school,

(b) to be informed and included in decisions made regarding the behaviour of the student

(c) on request, to the school plan for the school and the achievement contract for the     school district, and

(d) to belong to a parents’ advisory council established under section 8.

 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to make an amendment to the School Act to include the requirements of school districts to form and maintain an audit committee under Division 8, Part 8 of the School Act. The role and expectations of such committee will be as follows:
An Audit Committee shall:
 
  • Review the audited financial statements of the board? And recommend approval of the audited financial statements where appropriate.
  • Oversee the internal financial control structures to ensure districts assets are safeguarded and ensure auditor recommendations are implemented and followed through where appropriate 
  • Independently review results with external auditor and follow up on the implementation of the auditor’s letter of recommendation. 
  • Approve and review the appointment of the auditor and the nature and extent of other services provided by the auditor in relation to auditor independence
 
Monitor the development of and changes to accounting principles and practices and financial reporting standards, and their impact on the school district’s financial reporting.
Meetings:
 
  • The Audit Committee shall, meet at least four times a year and as often as necessary to adequately fulfill their responsibilities 
  • The Audit Committee, shall report at public meetings as required.
 
Audit Committee Composition:
 
  • The Audit Committee shall be comprised of no less than one trustee other than the Board Chair who will be appointed annually, and at least two qualified persons from the general public and approved by the board
  • The Committee Chair shall be one of the trustee members, appointed by the Chair of the Board of Education. 
  • Any Trustee of the district may attend an Audit Committee meeting upon request.
 
The committee may invite guests to any meeting for the purpose of gathering information or advise.
 
All Committee members shall commit to ethical conduct, proper use of authority, decorum and professional conduct.
 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to make an amendment under Part 8 Division 2 to the School Act to update the requirements of school districts in the area of financial reporting from only requiring an annual report (audited financial statements) and an annual budget (an estimate of the district’s debt service or deficit for the next fiscal year) to also require monthly financial reporting be completed by management and to be provided to each district’s board of education. The monthly financial reporting shall at a minimum reflect the following:

  • The current month actual to budgeted expenditures and revenues
  • The current year to date actual to budgeted comparatives of expenditures and revenues
  • The prior year to date actual and in future years compared to the prior year to date budget

In addition to the monthly reporting, management will within 90 days of completion of a substantial capital project prepare a comparative income statement of the budgeted and actual expenditures of the project.

This information should be made available at a public board meeting on a quarterly basis as to the status of the projected budget to date as compared to the annual budget.

2011.8
Lunch Period Routine
Active

That In order to optimize learning and health outcomes for all BC students, the BCCPAC strongly urge the Ministry of Education in partnership with the Ministry of Health to research and provide guidelines on the pedagogical and health outcomes of students with regard to the eating period of the lunch routine along with time for hand washing, preparation and clean-up.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to develop an integrated approach for the provision of early care and learning in BC in consultation with all education partner groups including early childhood educators.

That BCCPAC be included in the school act.

That the discussion paper, The Role of Parent Advisory Councils in BC Public Schools, Draft #2, March 2001, be adopted by the members as written. 

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to either amend the School Act to provide, or direct, by Ministerial Order, that a PAC, formed in accordance with the provisions of the School Act, or a DPAC be allowed to utilize the internal School and School District mail/distribution system for PAC (or DPAC) to PAC communications within the respective School District, provided such communication is for legitimate PAC purposes and that the communication to be distributed conforms with PAC policy and that any decision respecting what conforms or does not conform to PAC policy rests with the respective PAC;

And that all PACs, formed in accordance with the provisions of the School Act, be entitled to receive and be provided, (in the PAC mailbox), with any and all mail, faxes or other written communication which is directed specifically to the respective PAC or executive officer, which is delivered to or received at the school, without censorship or other interference.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to either amend the School Act to provide, or direct by Ministerial Order, that a PAC, formed in accordance with the provisions of the School Act, be entitled to receive the school’s parent/guardian mailing list (provided individual parents/guardians agree) for their respective school and/or that they be allowed to utilize the internal school mail/distribution systems for PAC to member communication—which would include memos to parents, newsletters or information on the PAC website, provided such communication is for legitimate PAC purposes and that the communication to be distributed to the parents/guardians conforms with PAC policy and that any decision respecting what conforms or does not conform to PAC policy rests with the respective PAC;

And that all PACs, formed in accordance with the provisions of the School Act be entitled to receive and be provided (in the PAC mailbox) with any and all mail, faxes or other written communication, which is directed specifically to the respective PAC or executive officer, that is delivered to or received at the school, without censorship or other interference.

2002.7
PAC/DPAC Autonomy
Active

That the BCCPAC advise the Minister of Education to amend the BC School Act and/or to direct by Ministerial Order that duly constituted Parent Advisory Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils are independent and autonomous bodies and that districts and schools cannot make policies to limit this independence and autonomy.

That BCCPAC urgently request the Ministry of Education to provide parents with a mechanism for clarification on whether any district and school policy and document are within the intent of a ministerial directive or law, and to provide parents with an appeal process that would enable them to appeal any district and school policy and document where parents believe that the school district has not followed the intent of a ministerial directive or law.

And that the Canadian Home and School Federation urge all the Ministry of Education and Territorial Ministries of Education to provide adequate funding for all schools to implement an effective Anti-Bullying Program and to provide the necessary training for teachers, parents, administrators and support staff, as well as the provision of necessary materials to ensure the successful implementation and maintenance of the program.

And that the Canadian Home and School Federation urge the Canadian School Board Association to strongly encourage all of its members to support this resolution and to urge their Provincial Ministers of Education to implement an effective Anti-Bullying Program for all school age children.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to add “With appropriate notice,” and “The proportion of the meeting attended by the above will be determined by the DPAC” to the wording of Section 8.5(3), Purpose and Operation of District Parents’ Advisory Council, to (or similar changes of wording that would provide DPACs the autonomous intent of this resolution) reflect DPAC autonomy:

“With appropriate notice, a superintendent of schools for the school district, a designate of the superintendent or a trustee of the school district may attend any meeting of the district parents’ advisory council. The proportion of the meeting attended by the above will be determined by the DPAC.”

2003.38
PAC Autonomy
Active

That BCCPAC advise the Minister of Education to amend the BC School Act and/or direct by Ministerial Order that the duly constituted PACs and DPACs are independent and autonomous bodies and that the provincial government, school districts and schools cannot make policies to limit this independence and autonomy.

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education and the Minister of Finance to direct the Schools Protection Program (SPP) to clearly state in writing that on-site childcare for pre-school age and school age children of parents attending Parent Advisory Council (PAC), District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC), and School Planning Council (SPC) meetings is included in the SPP’s general liability coverage, and that this written directive be in place no later than September 1, 2003. 

That BCCPAC will urge the Ministry of Education and the BC School Trustees’ Association to develop a process which includes parents in the selection of Principals, Vice-Principals and Superintendents in each school district and that BCCPAC will assist in the development of policies and procedures to ensure that fair and meaningful consultation with parents occurs before any such assignments or reassignments take place. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to take steps to ensure that during the District Review process, the District Review Team will meet with the District Parent Advisory Council as follows:

  • such meeting will be conducted in private 
  • such meeting will be for a length of time consistent with the School Planning Council meetings; and
  • the District Review Team will provide the DPAC with timely notice of the meeting and all relevant information. 

That BCCPAC work with its members and the Ministry of Education to produce and maintain a resource that guides parents in their interactions with the public school system, and which includes the legal rights and responsibilities of parents and parent leaders, as well as processes and supports available to them should they come into conflict with public school boards, trustees and school district employees. 

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to provide fair processes should individual parent, responsibly fulfilling their parent roles as mandated in the School Act and other legislations, come into conflict with school boards, trustees or school district employees;

And that these processes include:

Mandating the use of conflict resolution processes, including but not limited to, such processes as facilitated discussion, mediation, and arbitration;

Legislation and or/policies and regulations to provide support and/or representation for parent leader volunteers in the event of possible legal action.

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to amend the School Act to provide that parents of preschool children registered in a pre-school program offered by a Board of Education in a public school are entitled to membership and participation in that school’s Parent Advisory Council.

That School Boards ensure that all teachers and support staff are trained in Emergency First Aid. 

That School Boards require teachers at the elementary school level to remain in their classrooms while students are eating lunches.

That the Public Sector Employers’ Association remove the clause in the teachers’ collective agreement that allows there to be multiple teachers entering and leaving a single classroom throughout the school year. 

To ensure that the Public School Employers’ Association be asked to include supervision by teachers during noon hours in all teacher contracts in BC.

1996.4
Posting Codes of Ethics
Active

That the Education Partners be encouraged to post their codes of ethics in a public area of all schools in BC, along with a process for complaints. 

That the BC Public School Employers’ Association receive parent input on contract issues relevant to our children's education. 

That the College of Teachers be held accountable for the professionalism of the teachers it certifies and that it take responsibility for responding to all complaints and determining appropriate disciplinary measures.

1997.1
College of Teachers
Active

That the make-up of the College of Teachers Council be changed to include a number of non-teaching parents;

And that the BCCPAC select the parents who sit on the Council from nominations received from BCCPAC member Parent Advisory Councils and/or member District Parent Advisory Councils.

That the BCCPAC endorse the concept of the evaluation of the total learning climate, teachers, course content and the classroom environment, by secondary school students;

And that the Ministry of Education set up a mechanism through which representatives of the teachers, administrators, parents and students can produce a form or forms which would fairly evaluate the learning environment;

And that the process would be carried out so that the anonymity of the students would be maintained.

And that the results of these surveys would be made available in raw form only to the teachers themselves and administrators, while parents should have a summary of survey results;

And that all students shall be given instruction in the responsibility and the accountability of the evaluation.

 

That the BCCPAC request of the BCTF and the BCPSEA that teachers elected to the presidents position in the local or sub-local union be either paid full-time by the union or moved to a part-time teaching position. 

That the BCCPAC promote the development of policy and process to ensure that parents concerns regarding staff, written to school and/or district administrators, are met with a meaningful written response with actions that have been or will be taken. 

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education, the BC Teachers’ Federation, the BC Public School Employers’ Association and other educational partners to review policies, contract language and practices to ensure that students are assigned to permanent teachers and programs no later than the end of the first week of school. Future employee group contract language should reflect that the movement of students beyond this date is not permissible; And that BCCPAC work with partner groups to ensure that all possible measures are taken to ensure staffing levels are in place prior to the start of school in September.

That BCCPAC urge all relevant organizations and government, to make it mandatory for all teachers to participate in professional development courses dealing with the latest research on different learning styles of students. 

That BCCPAC urge the BCCT and the BCTF to ensure that all teacher training include courses on the latest research on the many learning styles of students. 

That BCCPAC urge the government to enact legislation that prohibits collective agreements from requiring the consent of the employee group in order for parents or other volunteers to participate in commonly practiced and reasonable volunteer activities at schools. 

2003.8
Freedom to Educate
Active

That BCCPAC urge government to enact legislation that prohibits school districts from entering into collective agreements that restrict the right and ability of districts to contract out for any services other than teaching. 

That BCCPAC strongly support the continued inclusion of the BC College of Teachers Person Complaint Process, sub-section 28(4) of the Teaching Profession Amendment Act (Bill 51, 2003). 

That BCCPAC strongly support the continued inclusion of sub-section 27.1(1) of the Teaching Profession Amendment Act (Bill 51, 2003), that creates a duty on the part of a member of the BC College of Teachers to report their belief that another member is guilty of professional misconduct.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to ensure that the Teaching Profession Amendment Act paragraph 28(4)(C.1) (Bill 51, 2003) guarantees the independence of the BC College of Teachers and its freedom from the influence of any one voice in the education community to ensure student, parent, and the public interest is protected. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to create an educator employment registry that includes a full disciplinary history accessible to school boards. The database would include such information as: educator name, practicing status, status of certificate, employment history (present and past employers and periods of employment), and criminal record checks, and would be accessible to all school boards.

That BCCPAC request that the Minister of Education amend the School Act, Sections 16 and 166.28, to stipulate penalties for school districts that fail to report discipline that they have taken with employees and that they are required to report to the BC College of Teachers; and that the Act also require the College of Teachers to publish on their website the names of school districts who have failed to report discipline, as well as the amount of the penalty imposed.

And, that BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to amend the Teaching Profession Act to require the BC College of Teachers to notify the Minister of Education of any school districts that have failed to report discipline to the College.

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to amend the Teaching Profession Act to include mandatory publication of the names of educators found guilty of professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming a member, and which result in a suspension or termination of their Teaching Certificate, or whenever any discipline is handed out for physical, emotional or sexual misconduct. These names would be accessible to the general public; the only exemption would be in those cases where publication would cause grievous harm to a child. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to:

Investigate different models for notification to the public that a citation has been issued and a hearing will be held into the professional conduct of a member of the BC College of Teachers.

Develop a model of notification which does not list specific details of the citation, but which references the Standards which may have been violated. And to amend the Teaching Profession Act to allow open hearings to the public and to provide for notification of hearings two weeks prior to the hearing.

That BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to amend the Teaching Profession Act to require the BC College of Teachers to report monthly on its website on the number of person complaints received during that month, and to include tracking of the disposition of all person complaints. This report should also include the numbers of cases pending, and the length of time they have been pending. Tracking should be done in such a way as to ensure the confidentiality of the person who laid the complaint, but to allow the public to monitor that complaints are being addressed in a timely way. 

That BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to remove sections 28(4.1) and (4.2) of the Teaching Profession Act, which prevent the BC College of Teachers from undertaking any action, including beginning an investigation, while a grievance is in process. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to conduct an intensive, all-level (school, district and provincial) investigation to identify and address the obstacles which hinder reporting and management of educator misconduct. BCCPAC would participate in the investigation, and in the subsequent recommendations that arise from this process. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to:

Work with partner groups to develop clear standards for professional misconduct; the standards would also include direction for school districts as to how professional misconduct must formally be handled by school boards. 

Enshrine the standards in legislation and be based on The Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in British Columbia.

Work with partner groups to develop a clear standard for reporting professional misconduct to the British Columbia College of Teachers (BCCT). Once developed, the standard of reporting would include a process for ensuring that the standard is uniformly understood and properly implemented; and,

Mandate the BCCT and urge school boards to promote awareness of professional misconduct and the reporting process to its partner groups/educational community.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to require that every person employed in a public school in BC submit to a new comprehensive criminal records check every 3 years of their employment with a School District, and also upon any transfer or re-location to another School District.

That BCCPAC request that the Ministry of Education expand, for the purposes of defining eligibility for Trustee elections, the definition of School Board employees to include people who work in schools and receive their salary indirectly from the School Board. When the Board of Trustees decides and provides the funding to outside agencies to pay for the employee’s salary this creates the equivalent conflict of interest as with regular employees. The regulations that require regular Board employees to take a leave of absence during their campaign for the position of Trustee and to resign if subsequently elected, should also apply to those persons who receive their salary indirectly from the School District in which they are running. 

2007.11
Discipline Process
Achieved

That the Ministry of Education undertake a comprehensive review of discipline processes for employees to ensure that the needs of students are the foremost consideration in dealing with misconduct and incompetence. This process would involve all education partner groups as well as representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Citizen’s Services. The review would identify issues and problems as well as potential changes to legislation.

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC supports a Registry of Members, maintained by the BC College of Teachers that would include a comprehensive public registry, similar to that of the Ontario College of Teachers. The Registry should include: the name of the educator, date of criminal record check, status of their teaching certificate, practicing status, education – where and what, specialty training – where and what, discipline history (including a link to this history) with further resolve, BCCPAC immediately send a letter to the Ministry of Education in support of the required legislative amendments to that end.

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC strongly urge the provincial government, on behalf of rural school districts, to provide and fund incentive, including the implementation of the forgiveness for student loan program, to allow these districts to attract and retain qualified individuals.

That BCCPAC support the appointment of independent panels which include professional representation, to adjudicate on discipline reports and hearings for the B.C. College of Teachers, with panel members reporting to both the College Council and the public, to better protect the public interest and students. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Universities, Innovation and Corporate Initiatives Division, and the British Columbia College of Teachers, to require wide-ranging teacher training in special education needs.  All teaching positions should require comprehensive training in special education to qualify for graduation and to receive certification.  Continued professional development in special education should be a mandatory requirement to maintain certification.  This would ensure classroom teachers are equipped with current up-to-date information and strategies in order to support the diverse learning needs of the students and to help identify students that should be referred to specialists for further service and/or assessment.  

2011.4
Teacher Reading
Active

That BCCPAC work with the Ministry of Education, the B.C. College of Teachers and education partner groups to promote regular professional development opportunities to support the implementation of effective literacy practices including early identification of barriers to reading.

That teachers and counsellors of native descent be recruited and trained with a provision of training in native language to help implement native second language courses;
And that assessment and placement practices sensitive to language, culture and values unique to native student be assured;
And that native languages as second language programs be promoted.

That the British Columbia Ministry of Education, Skills and Training provide districts with the funds necessary to properly implement the Information Technology K-7 and 8-12 curricula. 

That the British Columbia Minister of Education, Skills and Training, the Ministry of Education's Treasury Branch, and the Premier of the Province of BC increase funding for education, in the amount required to provide a minimum of .4 FTE Teacher-Librarians in all schools in BC, and that those funds be specifically targeted to Librarian services.

That the BCCPAC actively lobby the BCSTA and the MoE to recognize the importance and encourage the retention of existing small (community) based schools, recognizing that they too provide a significant educational environment. 

That Parent Advisory Councils should report the amount of funds they have raised, and what the funds were used for when donated to the schools, to the BCCPAC. BCCPAC should then compile the information and present it to the Minister of Education and also be in a position to release it to the public. 

That BCCPAC recommend that School Districts do not employ personnel for the specific purpose of fundraising.

And that the Canadian Home and School Federation recommend that local PACs and Home and School Federations be informed of this action.

That BCCPAC urges the Ministry of Education to provide ongoing funds specifically designated to ensure quality, specialized delivery of elementary music programs to all students as a right for every child in the province.

That BCCPAC call on the provincial government to ensure that in all schools where all-day kindergarten classes are mandated that every kindergarten student in that school will be funded for all-day kindergarten classes. 

That BCCPAC call on the provincial government to increase the funding for K-12 education to ensure:

all collective agreements negotiated by the province will be fully-funded;

the costs of legal and labour relations arising from grievances and arbitrations and implementation of remedies to grievances will be fully-funded;

each year’s per student funding amount is adjusted for inflation.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to ensure that there are sufficient government funds in place so that schools have the necessary resources and technology in place to allow them to effectively implement new curriculum. 

1999.13
BCCPAC Funding

That BCCPAC continue its efforts to lobby the provincial government for continued funding of the operating expenses of BCCPAC, including the Advocacy Project; and that the BCCPAC continue its efforts to broaden its funding base through membership dues and outside funding sources. 

2000.29C
Rural Schools

That Canadian Home and School Federation through their provincial federations urge the provincial Ministers of Education to give special consideration to maintaining and encouraging the development of schools in rural areas. 

That Canadian Home and School Federation urge the Government of Canada to exclude all reading materials from the Goods and Services Tax (GST); and be it further resolved that Canadian Home and School Federation request the Provincial Federations to write to the Minister of Finance, expressing the intent of the above resolution. 

2000.20
Education Funding Review
Active

the Ministry of Education to undertake a comprehensive review of education funding with the goal of providing long term and stable financial support for public schools.

the Ministry of Education to increase the level of funding for public education to meet the actual costs of delivering the services to our students.

And that BCCPAC support the Provincial government in demanding that Federal “transfer funding” to the province for public school education be substantially increased.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Attorney General, and Ministry of Children and Families to work together to ensure that every student, especially in grades 6 to 12, has access to non-academic support services in their school building. 

That BCCPAC suggests that the Ministry of Education needs to provide more information to parents and others to allow them to more clearly understand the distribution of funds for education in BC. Local school districts should provide the opportunity for parents to be involved in the annual budgeting process in their districts, as well as in their schools, so that they gain an understanding of, and are able to provide effective input, into the allocation of resources. 

That BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to amend its policy regarding funding of all-day kindergarten to ensure that wherever 70% of kindergarten students are eligible for all-day kindergarten funding, i.e. First Nations, English as a Second Language or students with special needs, all kindergarten students will be funded for all-day kindergarten classes. 

2000.3
Middle School Funding
Active

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to adjust the block funding formula for middle schools in recognition of the unique educational needs of the configuration beyond that which is available in the elementary school setting. 

That BCCPAC explore opportunities to work with the Aboriginal Education Branch of the Ministry of Education, First Nations Education Steering Committee and other Aboriginal groups to:

enhance communication with the aboriginal parent community

develop additional means of communicating the benefits of parent involvement in education to aboriginal parents

develop resources, print materials and/or workshops for use by PACs, DPACs and BCCPAC in exploring means of being more inclusive and encouraging the involvement of parents of aboriginal students.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to give special funding recognition to wilderness schools by assigning them an independent funding formula designed to recognize their unique needs. Wilderness schools are defined as rural schools that are at least a one-hour bus ride away from the nearest school. 

That BCCPAC lobby the government to provide targeted funds, equal to the previously received 4.40b funds allocated to PACs as well as an equitable amount allocated to DPACs for providing and promoting parent education, parental awareness and meaningful involvement. 

That BCCPAC strongly urge the provincial government to provide more resources to BC degree and diploma granting post-secondary institutions, in order to increase post-secondary school access for BC students. 

1993.10C
Definition of Serious Harm
Active

That representation be made to the Solicitor General of Canada recommending a broadening of the definition of “serious harm” to include psychological harm so as to assist the National Parole Board in detaining convicted sex offenders until the completion of their sentence, thus preventing their premature release into society and so affording more protection to the community from such individuals.

That the Canadian Home and School Federation alert all Provincial Home and School Federations to the possibility of fungal problems in portables.

That the Canadian Home and School Federation petition Health Canada and the Canadian Standards Association to set guidelines regulating the approximate distance between the placement of hydrants and the placement of school playground equipment.

That the Canadian Home and School Federation urge their Provincial affiliates to petition their Provincial Governments to help resolve the problem of poor nutrition for children and their families; and be it further resolved that Canadian Home and School Federation endorse the funding by both federal and provincial sources for emergency and long term aid to undernourished students in schools across Canada.

2000.25C
Volunteer Screening
Active

That Canadian Home and School Federation petition the Solicitor General to direct provinces to assume the cost of screening district school board volunteers and employees who have direct contact with children.

That the Canadian Home and School Federation urge their Provincial Affiliates to petition their provincial Ministries of Education to require that Workplace Safety Training and Workplace Legal Rights training be part of the mandatory curriculum for all Secondary School students in Canada.

That Canadian Home and School Federation urge the appropriate body to establish national standards and guidelines for emergency response and evacuation plans in all buildings where children and youth are registered in attendance.

That BCCPAC raise awareness of verbal abuse in schools and communities during the week of October 1–7 annually;
And that BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to be involved in a “Verbal Abuse Prevention Week”, October 1–7 annually, helping to create a strong support base of recognition and to support the reduction of verbal abuse incidents and violence due to verbal abuse.

That the Canadian Home and School Federation petition the Solicitor General of Canada to direct provinces to assume the cost of screening school volunteers and employees who have direct contact with children be free or covered by the provincial government.

2003.43C
Internet Safety

That the Canadian Home and School Federation urge all levels of government and their respective agencies to develop and/or promote an Internet Safety Advertising campaign aimed to inform parents and youth of the dangers of Internet usage.

That the Canadian Home and School Federation urge all Provincial and Territorial Ministries to implement an Anti-Bullying Program for all school age children.

That BCCPAC urge the government to require that “Suicide Attempts” be reportable in a similar way to Child Abuse with a requirement for consistent reporting, follow-up and intervention, in order to reduce the number of child deaths due to suicide. 

That BCCPAC request that the Ministry of Children and Family Development change the definition of Child Abuse in BC to include Verbal Abuse and that the Child, Family and Service Act be changed to reflect this definition. Also to require that all forms of child abuse be reported to Child Protection Workers and be consistently investigated and acted upon.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministries of Education, Health, Community Services, and Finance to cooperate to:
Provide additional funds to enable school districts to replace aging and/or unsafe play structures, and to purchase and install adequate play structures for elementary and middle schools that lack them;
Include play structures in all newly-constructed elementary and middle schools
Ensure school districts have funds to adequately maintain play structures.

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That curricula and materials reflecting native heritage be developed in consultation with native peoples; And that native studies be included as a mandatory component of the curricula of schools. 

Support and encourage elementary science programs which address children’s informal ideas about science;
And identify avenues to promote this position and make all education partners aware of the support for teaching of science from the early elementary level.

That BCCAC urge the Premier to reconsider funding cuts to rural community, social, medical, health, legal and other services that are devastating our communities and compromising the ability of school boards to maintain and improve student achievement. 

2002.10
DPAC Funding

That BCCPAC lobby the government for separate funding for DPACs. 

That the BCCPAC recognize that the fulfillment of its mandate as the collective voice of parents for the best possible education of children in BC requires that it raise public awareness of cuts in educational funding by the provincial government. 

That BCCPAC will strongly urge the BC government to maintain current (2002-03) funding levels for all School-Based programs that are currently funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. 

That BCCPAC will invite all education partner groups and all interested advocacy groups to explore ways in which they can work together to document effects of education under-funding in an objective and credible manner, with the goal of producing a consensus report on the adequacy of current funding levels and formulas. 

That the BCCPAC appeal to the provincial government to provide the necessary funding to pay for the legislated increases in teacher salaries and benefits for the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 school years which would otherwise fall to be met by school boards. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education, the Minister of Finance and the Premier to restore funding to allow reinstatement of the full range of education services available in school districts in the 2001/2002 school year. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to ensure that PAC funds are not encumbered by school district policies or collective agreements when purchasing goods or services.

That BCCPAC urgently recommend to the BCSTA that they encourage school districts to have a permanent presence, within each School District of this Province, of Specialized Intervention and Prevention Drug Abuse Counselors so that they may be regularly and easily approached and thereby address the immediate concerns of our students. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to provide the support and incentive needed for districts to report and account for high incidence students. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to reinstate the use of form 1530, rather than the new schedule A6 which replaced it, and to publish a report annually containing all of the data with year to year comparisons. 

That BCCPAC strongly urge the government to reverse gaming changes of April 1st, 2003 disallowing PACs to pay for parental educational conferences, including BCCPAC Conferences, from Direct Access Gaming Funds and that these funds should also be permitted to cover accommodation and transportation where needed. 

That BCCPAC urge the Federal Government to provide school boards with sufficient funds to support the extra educational needs of immigrant students.

2004.15
Librarian Staffing
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to set requirements for Teacher-Librarian staffing at

a minimum of .5 FTE for each elementary school effective in the budget year 2004/2005

a full 1.0 FTE for each elementary and middle school in the budget year 2005/2006

a minimum of 1.0 FTE for each 702 students in high schools by the 2006/2007 budget year which honours the agreement between the BCTF and the province.

 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to research the advantages of having a sound field system in classrooms where a student has these conditions:

conductive hearing loss

English as a second language

cognitive delay

receiving speech and/or language support

ADD/ADHD

speech and language deficits

auditory processing disorders

And that if the research shows significant advantages, the Ministry will target funds so that a Sound Field System will be available in classrooms with students who have these conditions. 

2004.13
Student Fees
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to amend legislation regarding student fees in such a way that would protect students from being identified or punished in any way for their parents’ nonpayment of student fees. 

2004.11
Distance Education Fee
Achieved

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to amend the legislation regarding Distance Education fees to allow for students who are currently registered in a regular school to also utilize Distance Education free of charge. 

 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to change the way that Distance Education is funded, to allow for a student to be registered in both a regular school and a Distance Education School simultaneously. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to

continue to supplement for unique geographic factors—small communities operating grants; and

direct that those dollars be targeted to rural schools by the receiving school districts.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to adjust the walk limits used to determine the Ministry’s share of the cost of transportation for children in grades K to 5 from 4.0/4.8 kilometres to 2.0 kilometres and students in Grades 6 to 12 from 4.8 kilometres to 4.0 kilometres, and that the Ministry use the actual travel distance between the home and school site when determining walk limits.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to provide school boards with targeted funding for student transportation. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to continue to allow school districts to develop reimbursement guidelines in keeping with the learning outcomes, available resources and educational enrichment unique to each district’s Distributed Electronic Learning programs and schools.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to continue to allow district school boards to determine the appropriate amount of reimbursement to be given to parents of students enrolled in Distributed Electronic Learning (DEL) programs, in order to facilitate that child’s education. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to give the same amount of Aboriginal Education Funding to aboriginal students enrolled in Distributed Electronic Learning, as they give to all other public school aboriginal students. 

That BCCPAC urge the provincial government to review the current regulations governing the use/disposal of surplus capital assets such as school and office buildings, as the current regulations limit the ability of school boards to use revenue generated by surplus assets for the protection and/or enhancement of program delivery. New regulations must allow school boards greater flexibility in using their assets to sustain quality program delivery, especially in an environment of declining enrollment, while protecting infrastructures for the future. 

That BCCPAC urge the provincial government to conduct a public inquiry on the funding formula for public education and also on all related regulations. The inquiry must focus on the impact that declining enrollment, the level of per-pupil allocation of funds, and the elimination of base infrastructure funding, has had on the ability of school districts to sustain the delivery of quality educational programs and services to children while also maintaining a balanced budget. A flexible funding formula that meets the varied needs of all school districts is required.

That BCCPAC urge the BC government to require and fund eye examinations for all kindergarten students upon entering the public school system. This screening should be done by certified optometrists or ophthalmologists. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to work together to provide funding and support for education and media campaigns about suicide prevention, including stress management for BC youth and their families.

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to implement changes to the Gaming Regulations that would allow PACs to apply for a Direct Access Grant for a Minor or Major Capital Project in order to replace school playgrounds. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, and the Premier to ensure funding is available for covering costs of installation incurred through the purchase of any and all equipment or product purchased by PACs with the intention of improving physical activity in schools. 

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General to increase the amount of gaming funds that some PACs are eligible for based on the percentage of students from families with low income. These funds should not replace any funding currently in place, but be in addition to current funding. 

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17
  • Response Resolution 2007.12
  • Response from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General on our letter re. Resolution 2007.12

That BCCPAC support the creation of a low cost yearly educational field trip and sports team transit pass to allow a class of children, with adult supervisors, to use transit for educational trips where public transit exists throughout BC. Interested parties should be encouraged to explore opportunities to finance this project with partners including, but not limited to, Ministry of Education, Boards of Education, Municipal Governments, Transit Authorities, BC Ferries and other community partners.

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education and BC Gaming Policy & Enforcement Branch to expand the eligible uses of PAC Playground grants in light of recent government initiatives regarding daily physical activity, healthy schools and BC area schools program to include sports courts and similar outdoor equipment and secure bicycle storage structures and installation. The existing criteria for ranking applicants that excludes sports courts and bicycle storage structures will be maintained.

2009.16
Ministry Funding Formula
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to re-examine, recalculate and rework the ministry funding formula to address and fully fund all structural deficits and new programs mandated by the government.

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education and BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch to enact equal gaming access for Parent Advisory Councils by consistently applying the funding formula of $40 per student for each fiscal year, as reflected in the GPEB's guideline for PAC gaming revenues. And furthermore, with this increase in gaming revenues to PACs, be it resolved that BCCPAC urge the above bodies to expand the eligible uses of gaming revenues to include parent leadership education costs.

2009.25
Transportation and Busing
Active

That BCCPAC advocate that the Ministry of Education provide transportation funding that reflects the true costs of providing transportation to ensure that children have access to public education.

As such, that BCCPAC convey to the Minister of Education that:

a) the solution to a shortfall in transportation funding is not user fees;

b) transportation funding needs to be increased to reflect true costs within a consistent framework;

c) transportation funding needs to be allocated in ways that fairly reflect differences in circumstances between school districts; and

d) the Minister should deliver the promised transportation funding review by no later than October 15, 2009, with implementation for the 2010/2011 budget year.

That BCCPAC advocates for the equal rights of students when other stakeholders in the public education system are exercising their own rights.

That BCCPAC urgently contact the Ministry of Housing and Social Development to obtain their commitment to inform BCCPAC, DPACs and PAC’s what the funding formula will be for their annual Community Gaming Grant by April of every year for the coming year.

2011.12
Funding for DPACs
Active

That BCCPAC request that the Ministry of Education provide new direct funding for DPACs on a base amount plus per-pupil basis, and recognize the increased costs for remote or rural districts.

 

That BCCPAC insist that the Ministry of Education ensure that all public school libraries be adequately funded to provide equitable access to school library programs that meet the learning needs of all students. This should include time for the teacher and teacher-librarian to plan and teach units collaboratively, for students to access the library for research, as well as whole-class instruction, under the guidance of a teacher-librarian, and for regular opportunities each week for all students to work with the teacher librarian to use library resources and to choose books for personal reading.

That the governments of British Columbia and Canada take immediate action to enact appropriate legislation to ensure that persons convicted of sex offences with minors not be placed in or reinstated to positions of public trust and authority with children.

(reaffirmed in 2001)

 

That the Ministry of Education of BC have SAFETY AS PRIORITY when considering walk limits, more so than distance; And that adequate funds be provided for transportation to the boards in those districts where the safety of children is threatened.

 

To support the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code “Protection of Persons in Authority: Correction of Child by Force” which states: Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances. R.S., C. C-34, S.43.

That the Education Partners be encouraged to institute an age-appropriate grievance procedure to go along with the Students’ Bill of Rights and that this procedure include parents.

1996.2
School Speed Zones
Active

That school speed zones should have the same dawn to dusk 30 km/h designation as playground zones.

1996.1
Self Defense
Active

That self defence should be taken out of the combative category of the provincial physical education curriculum and that certified teachers and under-graduate teachers receive training in self defence techniques so that they may provide proper instruction to students.

That the Ministry of Education, Skills and Training and the BC Teachers’ Federation ensure that the issues surrounding gay, bisexual and trans-gendered youth shall be included in the anti-harassment policy rather than be a separate curricular program developed in the BC Public School System.

1998.14
Earthquake Preparation
Active

That the BCCPAC lobby on behalf of all parents and BC students who reside in an earthquake zone to improve the safety of our children by taking measures to insure that legislation is enacted which puts a legal requirement on school boards to develop district and school based emergency preparedness plans for earthquake response. Such legislation should also require that schools have personnel with training and equipment for emergency preparedness and response.

1998.13
Earthquake Preparedness
Active

That the BCCPAC lobby on behalf of all BC students who reside in an earthquake zone to improve the safety of our schools by taking measures to insure that our children will be protected from flying glass in the event of an earthquake. Each school should be inspected by persons who have experience in the effects of seismic activity on buildings to outline a course of action to upgrade all windows of the potentially affected schools. The Ministry of Education should be held accountable for these upgrades.

1998.12
Earthquake Preparedness
Active

That the BCCPAC lobby on behalf of all British Columbia students who reside in an earthquake zone to insure that all schools built from this point on be built to withstand an earthquake that BC could expect. If schools are undergoing major renovation, structural upgrading for earthquake preparedness should be part of the renovation. The Ministry of Education should be held accountable for these upgrades. Such upgrades should have an enhancement of the seismic safety factor of 50% which is currently the requirement for public buildings such as fire halls.

1998.9
Violence Prevention
Active

That the BCCPAC actively lobby the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Families, as well the Federal Ministry of Health and Welfare through the Canadian Home and School Federation in order to provide resources for increased counselling in our elementary schools.

1998.2
Retribution
Active

That the BCCPAC promote the development of policy and process to ensure students and parents will be protected from retribution when students or their parents bring forward any concerns to schools or school districts.

That the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils urges the BC College of Teachers to include basic first aid principles as part of the curriculum for teacher certification;
And that the College of Teachers be urged to consult with BCCPAC and the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) in determining an appropriate implementation of first aid training. 

 

That BCCPAC call on the Ministry of Education to mandate programs in the required curriculum designed to teach students to recognize and protect themselves against sexual exploitation, for all students.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education, the BC School Trustees’ Association and the BC Teachers’ Federation to establish an information service which will provide to all students in BC Middle Schools and High Schools, accurate, non-biased, high quality and easily accessible information on all issues pertinent to the human condition. Any student or teacher should be able to access such information in private and confidence.

2000.23
Code of Conduct Contract
Active

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education, and all other provincial education partner groups to work with BCCPAC to draft a “Code of Conduct Contract” that explicitly defines the code of conduct required from volunteers, students and all staff in accordance with the Human Rights Act. All students, parents, staff and volunteers be required to read and sign such a document at the beginning of each school year, and/or when starting at a new school in BC.

2000.18
Weapons Policy
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education and the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association to develop and implement a weapons policy in all school districts that includes but is not limited to knives as well as firearms in order to send a clear message to all students that weapons will not be tolerated at schools.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education and the BC School Trustees’ Association to draft regulations that explicitly state that where “sensitive issues” are dealt with by a teacher in the classroom, the teacher’s responsibility to notify parents in advance and give them opportunity for input takes precedence over the teacher’s right to professional autonomy.

To urge the Council of Ministers of Education Canada to recommend that provinces give the same accreditation to secondary school leavers whether they have chosen an academic or a vocational pathway;

And to urge the Council of Ministers of Education Canada to make vocational or technical education programs available to all secondary students provided that these programs include acquisition of quality literacy and numeracy skills.

1997.16C
Music and Fine Arts
Active

That the Canadian Home and School Federation support the continued role of music and fine arts education as a fundamental part of public schooling; and
That the Canadian Home and School Federation call upon its provincial affiliates to urge their local Home and School associations, school councils, school boards and departments of education to endorse this principle as a right for every child. 

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education and Minister of Finance to work together to:

define clearly the Ministry’s policy on structural seismic upgrading of older school buildings; and

include structural seismic deficiencies as one of the criteria which school boards use to prioritize major renovations of older school buildings within the province-wide annual capital planning process.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to provide additional funding to cover the actual costs associated with implementing the new WCB safety regulations and training required by Bill 14 which was passed into law October 1, 1999.

2000.2
Anaphylaxis
Active

That BCCPAC lobby the BC School Trustees’ Association to recommend that policies are in place in all school districts in BC to protect children with anaphylaxis, such as those outlined in the Canadian School Board Association and Health Canada document: “Anaphylaxis: A Handbook for School Boards”. Local school districts are responsible for the care and safety of ALL students. Schools need to be prepared to protect students with anaphylaxis.

That BCCPAC join the British Columbia group COVE, Coalition Opposed to Violent Entertainment, in its campaign to:

raise public awareness about the content and dangers of violent video games,

achieve widespread public recognition of the potential psychological and social problems from interactive play with violent media, and its effect on children’s behaviour,

help activate parents, educators, and retailers to cooperate with the development and implementation of a regulatory system,

lobby the government to ensure that public access areas do not contain high violence games, and contribute to the existing research and data on the effects of violent video games on children and youth.

That BCCPAC lobby the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association and other educational partners to ensure that all schools have in place a process for informing parents of their own child’s involvement in an altercation (verbal or physical) at school.

That BCCPAC lobby the BC School Trustees’ Association to encourage school boards in BC to have SAFETY AS PRIORITY when implementing school transportation policies.

That BCCPAC reaffirm Resolution 1993.3 Safety First in Transportation: “That the Ministry of Education have SAFETY AS PRIORITY when considering walk limits, more so than distance; and that adequate funds be provided for transportation to the boards in those districts where the safety of children is threatened.”

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education for mandatory, standardized province-wide anti-violence and harassment policies in all school districts;
And that BCCPAC work with the BC School Trustees’ Association and the Ministry of Education to develop such policies. Policies could include, but not be limited to:

  • a requirement for documentation, communication and recording of all violence and harassment in K-12 schools
  • a bully relocation and counselling plan
  • a victim support plan
  • a safety drill plan to respond to weapons threats
  • a comprehensive communication plan between schools, police and probation officers monitoring students involved in serious violent or criminal incidents
  • every school being staffed with full-time professionals trained to deal with bullying. Duties to include monitoring school grounds and hallways at recess and lunch
  • an accredited citizenship course for all grades, covering citizenship, morals, ethics, and respect.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education for a Ministerial Order requiring all school districts to have in place a policy on harassment, intimidation and aggression that protects students;
And that BCCPAC works with the BCSTA to develop suggested policies for school boards.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education for a Ministerial Order requiring all school districts to have in place a policy on bullying issues including bystanders;
And that BCCPAC work with the BCSTA to develop suggested policies for school boards.

That BCCPAC lobby the government for funding to safely equip schools in those districts designated as high-risk earthquake zones.

Update:

Destination letter to Premier and Ministers of Education, Finance, and Health Services, and Slow Pace of Seismic Upgrading  – Oct 31/03

BCCPAC press release – Oct 27/03

That BCCPAC urge school boards and municipal governments to prohibit the sitting of cell or mobile phone masts aka antennae in any areas regularly used by students such as school buildings and school grounds.

That BCCPAC will stress to the provincial government that the current slow pace of structural seismic upgrading of our public schools greatly increases the risks of death or serious injury to tens of thousands of BC students and that BCCPAC will therefore urge the BC government to explore all possible avenues to expedite structural seismic upgrading of our public schools as a priority.

That BCCPAC request the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Education to amend the 2002 revision to Child, Family and Community Service Act (RSBC 1996) Chapter 46 Section 3 Division 1:13 (1), 14(1), concerning child abuse, in order to make it clear that it is everyone’s responsibility to report all child abuse to Child Protection Workers regardless of who is the abuser;
And for the Ministries to provide training for teachers, staff, parents and students in recognizing and reporting child abuse. Following the training, a District Policy on Child Abuse should then be developed jointly by the RCMP, School District, Child Protection Workers, Educators, Parents through DPAC and students consistent with one developed collaboratively at the provincial level by a similar group.

That BCCPAC recommend that the Minister of Education promote one universal emergency management system for use in all BC schools, and that the system be based on the six principles endorsed by BC Provincial Emergency Program and the Emergency Coordinators throughout BC. These principles promote: 1) Comprehensive emergency management in schools; 2) A risk-based approach for each school; 3) An integrated multi-hazard process; 4) The principles of the Incident Command System; 5) Training of volunteers; and 6) Involvement of stakeholders in community partnerships.

That BCCPAC

urge all PACs to educate parents about the risks of seismic damage to their school and the potential for loss of life in the event of a major earthquake. That BCCPAC support a broad based parent advocacy campaign to target all levels of government to act urgently to upgrade schools.

BCCPAC utilize their web site and their Bulletin immediately to advise PACs to consult the Families for Seismic Safety website (www.fsssbc.org) in order to find information about school safety during earthquakes, FSSS activities, and lobbying information for parents.

And that BCCPAC meet with all levels of government to support the following protocol:

consider the seismic safety of our schools as a life safety issue rather than an educational issue

make a province-wide standardized professional assessment of all at-risk schools within 12 months

commit to a 10 – 15 year timeline from today to complete all necessary upgrades

fund school upgrades with federal infrastructure funds as part of Canada’s National Disaster Mitigation strategy and new provincial dollars from outside of the Ministry of Education.

2005.7
First Aid for Students
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to amend the School Act and other governing legislation to require school districts to have staff with valid First Aid training available specifically for students at every school site, during school hours.

 

That BCCPAC urge the British Columbia Ministry of Education and the Ministry of the Attorney General to work together to consistently enforce the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act to deter drug activity near schools, and to strongly urge local police departments and Crown Counsels to support communities that wish to implement drug-free zones around schools. 

That BCCPAC strongly urge the Ministry of Education to work together with the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, the Ministry of the Attorney General, law enforcement agencies and ICBC, to amend the Motor Vehicle Act in order to establish 30km/h school speed zones on numbered provincial roads and highways that are directly adjacent to school properties. 

That BCCPAC advise all education partners that limiting the number of students in classrooms based on designations or labels is discriminatory and, as such, legislation or employee contracts must not contain wording that promotes or creates such limits.

2006.4
Safe Products
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Provincial Government and all School Districts to review from the perspective of children’s health all products used in schools that contain carcinogens, reproductive toxins, and endocrine disruptors, and replace them with non-toxic and environmentally safe products. This review is to include all chemicals and products that are used in classrooms, offices, maintenance, and cleaning, including school grounds and facilities. Where alternate products are not available, schools will eliminate the use of the product if at all possible and, where this is not possible, the students, staff, and parents will be advised of the proper handling of such products and be provided with the option of either not using or not being put in contact with the product. 

That BCCPAC request the Minister of Education to issue a Ministerial Order prohibiting asbestos removal in schools except in emergency situations when asbestos cannot be covered, contained, or sealed. Also, such emergency removal must never take place during “in-session time” unless students have been evacuated from the premises and kept off site for several weeks after removal. Prior to re-entering the school, air quality testing using state of the art technology must be performed so as to ascertain the absence of risk to students.

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That the BCCPAC petition the provincial government to recognize that children in poverty are one of the greatest challenges to the education of all our children, and that more action is needed to address child poverty in B.C.

2008.29
Anaphylaxis Protocol
Active

That BCCPAC urge the minister of education to change the following points in the new anaphylaxis protocol in order to be in line with the ministerial order and the framework of recommendations from the Provincial Anaphylaxis Advisory Committee (PAAC) Framework which parents were a part of.

The changes we are requesting are:

a) A picture of the student to be placed on the anaphylaxis emergency plan form.

b) That asthma be included on the emergency plan as a secondary diagnosis. We also wish to see the addition of anaphylaxis to medications.

c) Full disclosure of resources available to school boards and parents.

d) Training for both auto-injectors: EpiPen and Twinject (first dose)

e) Specific risk reduction directives to include education on incident avoidance. Directives specifically at a classroom/cafeteria/food lab level regarding allergens, cleaning directives etc.

f) A specific directive for proper tracking of incidents for future review and assessment on the effectiveness of management strategies.

g) Specific plans to help school boards implement change (i.e., documentation, risk reduction education and staff training) within schools

2008.24
Safe Outdoor Temperature
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to develop a policy that prevents schools from sending primary and elementary students outside to play during weather conditions that are colder than below 20 degrees Celsius including the wind chill factor.

2008.22
Construction Guidelines
Active

That BCCPAC advocate for the Ministry of Education to develop guidelines for construction during periods when students occupy a school.

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to take immediate action, and to fund, grounds safety upgrades on school properties where dangerous parking lots and vehicular traffic lanes exist. The upgrades must include designs for environmentally friendly pathways for pedestrians and bicycle travel, as well as appropriate bicycle storage areas, and must not compromise the existing availability of hard top play surfaces for children. Motion to refer to Health and Safety Committee and the Committee to report at the 2010 AGM.

That the “mandatory four-year language study” time span from grade 5 through grade 8 be changed to “a four-year period which suits district needs.” 

That all of the partner groups promote and advocate for multicultural, aboriginal, human rights and anti-racist education initiatives within the British Columbia school system. 

That students have the opportunity to be taught the most commonly held theories on the origins of our universe and life on our planet, or at least be given a list of resources to explore these on their own;

And that students be encouraged to discuss the pros and cons of these theories without being criticized for their opinions, in order to promote critical thinking skills;
And that students be taught evolution as theory, not fact.

 

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to rewrite in consultation with parents from BCCPAC the Career and Personal Planning Prescribed Learning Outcomes in language that is clearly defined and that a process be put in place to inform parents of the specific curriculum and resource materials to be used prior to presentation in a classroom in order to allow parents and students the opportunity to make informed choices. 

That BCCPAC recommends to the BC School Sports that it adopt the policy that all students who demonstrate a desire to play school-sponsored sports shall be given the opportunity;
And that the players shall be allocated between the teams such that each of the teams will be of approximately equal ability;
And that all players, will play as equal amount of time as possible. These recommendations shall not apply to senior teams.

That BCCPAC provide information to member PACs and DPACs to enable them to lobby their districts for daily physical education programs in their schools.

2002.6
Mathematics Curriculum
Active

That BCCPAC urge the Minister of Education to review recent changes to the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Mathematics curriculum and fulfill its responsibility by ensuring that all students have the opportunity to participate in a significant and relevant mathematics program suitable to their needs;

And that BCCPAC urge the Minister of Advanced Education and BC post-secondary institutions, to review the mathematics requirements for post-secondary entrance as they are not necessarily appropriate for students in their high school preparation, or in their post-secondary education, depending on the higher education program chosen.

That BCCPAC lobby the Ministry of Education to ensure Career and Personal Planning (CaPP) curriculum includes mandated information and discussions with all students (male and female) to raise awareness of eating disorders and body image. Areas to be covered should be disorder signs, preventative measures, influence of the media and peer pressure.

Update:

Destination letter to Ministry of Education on the draft Planning 10 Curriculum – Nov5/03

Included in destination letter to Task Force on Student Safety 2002

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to develop a process, in consultation with BCTF and BCCPAC and designed by an educator with appropriate curriculum expertise to develop such a tool that would assist students in providing feedback to teachers about compatibility between students’ learning styles and teachers’ teaching styles. 

2003.35
Study Skills
Active

That BCCPAC urgently request the Ministry of Education to include a comprehensive Study Skills course in CaPP 8-9 and a refresher in the new Grade 10 course that replaces CaPP 11/12. The courses should consist of, but not be limited to listening-skills, note taking, time-management and studying for tests and exams. 

That BCCPAC urge the Ministry of Education to develop and provide formal training for administrators, school staff and parents on the use of Social Responsibility Performance Standards.

That BCCPAC urge that the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with ICBC develop a comprehensive driver education program for inclusion in the high school curriculum, and provide sufficient funding to allow school boards to implement the program in all BC high schools. 

That amendment and additions be made to reflect any changes to the Ministerial Order 191/94 of the Student Progress Report Order

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  • January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That amendments and additions made to the Ministerial Order 191/94, Student Progress Report Order, number 9, subsections (3), (4), and (6) by stating student progress reports will contain modified letter grades. The modified letter grades will encompass only students on a modified program, who previously would not be eligible for letter grades. An example of a modified letter grade recorded on the progress report is Science 10 “**B”. The double asterisk would indicate the student has an Individual Education Program and the program was modified. A student on modified program will not be following the expected learning objectives in the curriculum for the course or subject grade. The modified letter grades demonstrate an accountability of the progress achieved, as mandated by the Individual Education Program goals. 

  • Destination Letter - MOE 2007 Resolutions
  •  

    January 28, 2008 letter to the Minister of Education, Shirley bond, discussing BCCPAC Resolutions:

    • 2007.5,
    • 2007.6,
    • 2007.7,
    • 2007.8,
    • 2007.9,
    • 2007.10,
    • 2007.11,
    • 2007.12,
    • 2007.13,
    • 2007.14,
    • 2007.16, and
    • 2007.17

That BCCPAC develop and distribute a parent information kit that explains the strengths and limitations of FSAs in providing accountability at the level of individual students, teachers, schools, districts and for the system as a whole. Further, that BCCPAC consult with its membership and other education partners in the development of such a kit.

That BCCPAC request a Ministerial Order, similar in concept to the BC Ministry of Education Anaphylaxis Protection Order,

stating that the Ministry of Education and School Districts, as part of their emergency mitigation and response policies and

plans, adopt the North American and province wide Incident Command System used by Emergency Services and government

organizations to assign responsibility for the supervision and care of their students both during and after an emergency

incident or disaster in their area and until such time as the students have been picked up by a parent, guardian or authorized adult.

That BCCPAC call upon the Ministry of Education to work with the Ministry of Health in order to provide age-appropriate, up-to-date, and medically accurate learning resources in ESL friendly language to support the learning outcomes for intermediate grades in Health & Career Education K-7 pertaining to HIV/AIDS.

That BCCPAC endorse the BC College of Teachers recommendation for the newly proposed Criminal Record Review Act on behalf of the membership.

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