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2020-2021 Budget ApprovedNew

​After passing a motion to hold all three readings of the annual budget bylaw for 2020-2021 at the May 26 public meeting the Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the preliminary operating budget.

The budget is based on an estimated student enrolment of 5,640 students in September 2020 and forecasts total revenues of $71 million and total costs of $72.4 million for an operating deficit of $838,000 and a capital/special purpose fund deficit of $520,837.

As part of the budget development process, the board had indicated a willingness to draw up to $840,000 from the
district’s unrestricted reserves to deliver a balanced budget if necessary. Historically, the board has been willing to support a draw of up to one-third of the district’s unrestricted reserves and after the 2020-2021 draw the district will still retain a balance of $1.7 million for future use.

The 2020-2021 preliminary operating budget includes the following additions in direct support of priorities within the
district’s strategic plan: 4.0 FTE literacy teacher coordinators, 1.0 FTE technology teacher coordinator, 1.0 FTE wellness teacher coordinator, 0.6 FTE student opportunities teacher coordinator, and 0.5 FTE teacher coordinators to support District French Immersion and teacher mentorship; increasing approximately 25 elementary education assistant positions to 26.25 hours/week; a 0.43 FTE increase to the district communications officer position; $30,000 for IT equipment evergreening; and $36,000 for transferring HR secretarial positions to exempt positions.

In previous years, the district had addressed some operational expenses using surplus. This year’s budget recommended that $175,000 for learning resources appropriation now be included into ongoing operational
expenses to allow for its continuation. Prior to approval, the board expressed that they were extremely pleased that the budget for 2020-2021 is directly connected and driven by the priorities of the district’s strategic plan.




Jennifer Patrick5/29/2020 2:56 PM
Optional Part-Time In-Class Instruction: CRSD72 RestartNew

On May 15, Premier Horgan, Education Minister Rob Fleming, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that British Columbia's schools would enter Stage 3 of the BC Restart Plan for K-12 education.

Under Stage 3 of the provincial K-12 restart, parents are welcome to send their children to school on a part-time basis throughout the month of June. Please connect with your school principal before your child returns to ensure that all health and safety protocols are followed.

Our district's restart plan has in-class opportunities available as follows:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 5: Students attend for 2 days of the week with some on Monday/Tuesday and others on Thursday/Friday. No more than 50% of the school's student population will be in attendance at one time. Wednesday will be remote learning opportunities and a deep cleaning of the school building.
  • Grades 6 to 8: Grade 6 and 7 students will each attend 1 day a week and the grade 8s will be split into two groups with half coming on one day and the other half on another day. Wednesdays will be remote learning opportunities and a deep cleaning of the school building.
  • Grades 9 to 12: Each grade will be assigned a different day of the week for attendance to ensure that the school population is kept to no more than 20% occupancy at any given time. Wednesdays will be remote learning opportunities and a deep cleaning of the school building.
  • Essential Service Worker children (K-5), identified vulnerable students and students with special needs at all levels: have the option of attending 5 days a week.
  • Families who decide not to send their children to class: continue remote learning until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Schools will provide specific instructions to their own school community with regards to what days and times students attend, along with any other site-specific information. Please direct any questions to your child's school office.

As we prepare to welcome more students back to class on June 1, the district has developed specific school occupancy protocols to ensure that our schools meet all the health and safety protocols and direction from provincial public health and the Ministry of Education.

School District 72 COVID-19 School Occupancy Protocols

Quick Look: New SD72 School Protocols Video

Bus Transportation

Unfortunately, physical distancing requirements have meant that we will not be able to offer our full bus routes and schedule for the month of June. The district's bus fleet is simply not large enough to meet the reduced ridership requirements and running multiple trips would mean significant delays for students arriving to and from school.

We will continue to provide bus services for special needs students, First Nations communities, elementary aged students who live in Oyster River and attend Ocean Grove Elementary, and our remote/outlying communities of Quadra, Cortes and Sayward. All other routes have had to be cancelled and students who usually ride those other routes will need to make alternate transportation arrangements.

Bus ridership will require a daily health check and so we ask parents of elementary aged students to have a responsible adult wait at the bus stop with their child in the morning as children who are unwell will be required to return home.

SD72 COVID Adjusted Bus Route Schedule June 2020

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Jennifer Patrick5/29/2020 12:23 PM
COVID-19 Updates

On May 15, Premier Horgan, Education Minister Rob Fleming, and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that British Columbia's schools would enter Stage 3 of the BC Restart Plan for K-12 education.

Under Stage 3, effective June 1, 2020, parents have the choice of sending their children to school on a part-time basis. Stage 3 includes:

  • Kindergarten to Grade 5: voluntary in-class instruction 2 days per week, supplemented with remote learning.
  • Grades 6 to 12: voluntary in-class instruction 1 day a week, supplemented with remote learning.
  • Children of essential service workers (aged 5-12), identified vulnerable students and special needs students: option to attend school 5 days per week.
  • Families who decide not to send their children to class: continued remote learning until the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Vancouver Island Health Authority. 

As we prepare to welcome more students back to class on June 1, the district has developed specific school occupancy protocols to ensure that our schools meet all the health and safety protocols and direction from provincial public health and the Ministry of Education.

School District 72 COVID-19 School Occupancy Protocols

Quick Look: New SD72 School Protocols Video

COVID-19 Communications to Families:

Daily Provincial Updates

Ministry of Education Response to COVID-19 (includes link to their Frequently Asked Questions)

Jennifer Patrick5/29/2020 11:08 AM
One District, One Book Student Submissions: "Alice in Wonderland"

Our One District, One Book audiobook challenge for the first book, "Alice in Wonderland", received amazing submissions from students across #CRSD72. Check out these photo collages of the submissions.

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Jennifer Patrick5/29/2020 10:52 AM