Notice of Liability Letters: Vaccination Clinics in Schools and Requiring Students to Wear Masks

In a notice sent to all Trustees, Superintendents, and Secretary-Treasurers the BCSTA provided an update in regards to the notice of liability letters that were received by many school districts and boards of education. 

The BCSTA consulted with Harris & Co. to provide the update. The update concluded that "there is very little risk that school districts would be generally liable for having vaccination clinics in schools or for requiring students to wear masks". This was in response to legal threats that stated "it is unlawful for the district to 'practice medicine' by having vaccine clinics at schools and requiring students to get vaccinated" and "it is unlawful to require students to wear masks in school". 

Any law or legal action quoted in the notice of liability letters were deemed either not applicable to the jurisdiction of British Columbia or represent an inaccurate legal summary of the laws cited.

Please read the entire update here.

Indigenous Youth Mental Health Literacy Curriculum Project

The Indigenous Youth Mental Health Literacy Curriculum Project is looking for BC Youth Ambassadors and Elder Mentors to participate in the project from October to December. Indigenous youth and elders will connect through sharing circles and collect wellbeing approaches from community members that participate. 

Meetings will take place over Zoom, so access to a computer and comfort with technology are needed.

Please see the project posters below for more information:

Youth | Elders

Vancouver Sun: Adopt-A-School Grants Program

The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Society (VSCF) was established in 1981 as the newspaper's in-house charity, with a mandate to raise funds to help children in need throughout the province. The purpose of the charity is to: 

  • Relieve poverty by providing funding for food, snacks, clothing and other basic necessities, as well as for mentorship programs, sports programs, and arts programs, to needy students in British Columbia.
  • Advance education by providing funding for books, equipment, and educational / technological aids to students in British Columbia.
Submit your grant application before October 15. 

Information | Application

BCRTA Golden Star Awards

BC Retired Teachers’ Association (BCRTA) is pleased to offer the Golden Star Awards Program again this year. Adjudicated by the Excellence in Public Education Committee, the awards acknowledge outstanding intergenerational programs in BC’s public schools.  This year, due to the restrictions of COVID-19 measures, established programs will proceed differently but we are hopeful that some teachers will find safe ways to facilitate communication between students and seniors. One of last year’s winners is developing the use of technology and letter writing, for example, to continue their program.  Although in-person activities are not permitted at this time, students and seniors can still learn much from one another.  If teachers are able to continue intergenerational programs during these difficult times, we want to acknowledge their efforts.

Information | Application

BC Ministry of Education News

Information Sheet on Changes to Online Learning:
An information sheet summarizing the upcoming changes to the Online Learning delivery model in B.C., including what to expect for the 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 school years, is now available on the new Online Learning website. Please share this information with the parents of online learning students in your district.

Funding Eligibility of Undocumented Students: 
With the potential for an increased number of undocumented or refugee school age students arriving in B.C.'s schools ahead of the September 1701 count, school district staff are reminded in this information document of the Operating Grant Eligibility directives and the K-12-Funding Refugee Policy. Directives to verify B.C. residency are not intended to exclude families who are B.C. residents and may have unresolved federal immigration status. Please contact EDUC.Compliance@gov.bc.ca with any questions.

Read the Deputy Minister's Bulletins

2021 Canadian Outdoor Learning Free Fall Virtual Workshop Series

A series from Take Me Outside, and our Canadian Outdoor Learning Partners!

Outdoor Learning in the Early Years
Thursday, October 14 at 4pm PST | 7pm EST

Play is the best way children learn in the early years and the best place for play is outdoors! Following the lead of the children and supporting them with the time, space, materials and permission is our role as adults. What does that really look like? We will explore this together and you will come away with practical ideas and resources to support outdoor play in the early years.

Christina Pickles has been connecting people of all ages with the natural world for 20 years in the badlands, forests, streams and streets. For the past 7 years she has focused on outdoor play in the early years and now believes that it is the best way children connect with nature, their communities, their bodies and each other.

Register

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers Teaching Aviation

October 22, 2021 (BC Provincial Professional Development Day)
Location: Langley Regional Airport and/or virtual

Who should attend: Teachers, administrators and career advisors / support staff who are teaching aviation, or who want to contribute to the conversation about teaching aviation, or who are supporting students as they pursue learning about aviation.

The day will begin with a keynote address from Cathy Press, CEO and Owner of Chinook Helicopters, Chief Pilot, Airline Transport Pilot (Helicopter & Aeroplane), and most recently the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. Panel discussions (industry leaders, training institutions, and career seekers), curriculum collaboration and sharing, and some hands-on STEM will be included. We hope to be able to include some airport facilities tours but this will depend on COVID protocols in place on the date.

Register

BetterEducate

With the ongoing need for continuity of learning in our system, the BCPVPA has opened up free access to BetterEducate for all BC K-12 educators. Develop a BetterEducate Profile | Collaborate with Colleagues | Browse and Share Resources | Develop your Plans – All on one platform! 

Learn more here

Join the Platform!

If you haven’t yet signed up for BetterEducate, visit the site and sign up for your free membership
with the promo code BCPVPA123.  View Sign-Up Instructions

Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a province wide professional support service provided by the BCPVPA at no cost to you and is completely voluntary and confidential. The program supports BCPVPA Benefits Plan members experiencing health-related personal and/or professional challenges. Find out more

BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association (BCRPVPA)

Are you or a colleague thinking of retirement soon? Please check the BC Retired Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association for benefits offered to retired members, such as affinity, health & travel insurance, prestige coverage, pensions & other topics of interest, and you will also find a mail-in application form on the site. The BCRPVPA looks forward to hearing from you if retirement is in your near future! Contact the BCRPVPA


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