South Peace News
School Re-entry Plan Summary
At Peace River School Division’s board of trustees meeting Aug. 19, incoming Supt. Adam Murray reviewed PRSD’s School Re-entry Plan Summary with the board of trustees.
PRSD will follow the guidance of Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Education School Re-entry Plan. Masks are mandatory for all students and staff while riding the school bus.
Cohorting, physical distancing and masking in schools are no longer required; however, should there be a respiratory illness outbreak at a school, some of these measures may be put in place for a short time. Principals will also ensure support for those staff and students who wish to wear masks for their protection during the school day.
The plan, summary and other helpful COVID-19 response information are posted at prsd.ab.ca.
Summer business concludes
The board approved the report from secretary-treasurer Rhonda Freeman that outlines a review of business carried over the summer.
PRSD purchased seven school buses from Dynamic Bus Sales and Service to replace older models in the fleet as per Administrative Procedure 502, Acquisition of Equipment.
A contract for parking lot and access improvements at T.A. Norris Middle School, Springfield Elementary School and Peace River High School was awarded to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers, a division of N.P.A. Ltd.
PRSD Anti-racism committee update
Incoming Supt. Adam Murray provided the board with an update on the work of PRSD’s Anti-racism committee.
The committee will meet on Sept. 8, and will be supported by facilitators from the Alberta Civil Liberties Centre [ACLRC]. The ACLRC is a 38-year-old registered charity organization focused on human rights and civil liberties connected to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, provincial and international laws.
Transportation facility upgrade
Director of support services Jon Przybylski and transportation manager David Rushton provided the board with a construction update on the facility at central operations in Grimshaw.
Trustees also took a tour of the facility, as well as renovations inside central operations that house PRSD transportation department staff and the PRSD virtual education program. The transportation facility is nearing completion and includes six bays for school bus mechanic work [two of the bays have drive-on bus hoists], a smaller bay for PRSD service vehicles as well as a two-stall wash bay. The structure is joined to the existing central operations building through a connecting link.
“The construction of the new facility and the renovations to the existing central operations building are nearing completion, and we are very pleased with the benefits that have already come with centralizing services in PRSD,” says PRSD board chair Darren Kuester.
“Having all our central services and staff under one roof allows for greater efficiencies and cost savings – which means we can more effectively serve and support our students.”