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Racism-sensitivity training in progress
A plan and strategy to curb racism in Peace River School Division continues to be studied.
At its regular meeting Sept. 17, trustees reviewed dates in October for training session for trustees and senior administration, says a PRSD news release.
PRSD plans to present “The Equitable Workplace: Cultivating Attitudes of Anti-Racism and Allyship” as part of the racism-sensitivity training.
Following recent discussions and highlighting anti-racism on a global level, PRSD decided it was timely to review and ensure they have clear policy on the issue.
The board approved recommended training and felt it would be an appropriate starting place for trustees and senior administration to undertake prior to including anti-racism statements in PRSD’s Policy 19 Welcoming, Caring, Respectful and Safe Learning Environment.
Modules in the training program include: “Challenging What We Think We Know About Racism”, “Anti-Racism in Action: Exploring Power, Privilege and Power in the Workplace” and “Inclusive Leadership: Moving Beyond Diversity Towards Racial Equity”.
“PRSD is a diverse school division and we are making a commitment to do things differently board chair Darren Kuester says in a news release after the board meeting June 25.
Trustees will also draft a divisional anti-racism statement and a detailed plan for anti-racism education in PRSD.
The board’s move responds to the world-wide Black Lives Matter movement to fight against racism after George Floyd died in the United States after an altercation with police.
A community Black Lives Matter rally was held June 6 including Peace River.
New buses on order for PRSD
The board approved a recommendation to purchase four new school buses from Western Canada I.C Bus Inc.
New buses will replace older buses in the fleet according to policy which allocates funds to replace of buses older than 11 years.
PRSD operates school bus transportation for about 3,000 students in PRSD, Holy Family Catholic Regional School Division, Conseil du Nord-Quest and Grande Prairie Catholic School Division.
Trustees updated on school re-entry
PRSD Supt. Paul Bennett updated the board on the division’s progress on school re-entry as it relates to restrictions and health orders in the coronavirus pandemic.
Bennett shared updates on measures and precautions being taken in schools as well as educational delivery options offered to families including at-home learning and home education.