Racism sensitivity training supported

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A plan and strategy to battle racism is being drafted by Peace River School Division, sstates a ews release.

At its regular meeting June 25, the board directed administration to research both professional development and racism sensitivity training for board members and senior administration in PRSD.

“PRSD is a diverse school division and we are making a commitment to do things differently,” says chair Darren Kuester.

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 worldwide 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.

Task force meeting in Peace River

The board appointed a delegation to attend a meeting planned for Peace River on July 9 by the newly-formed Student Transportation Task Force formed by Alberta Education.

The task force was created to examine the transportation system, including but not limited to eligibility, legislation and regulation, school board responsibility for transportation, safety and co-operation.

The task force is hosting several meetings across the province.

Alberta Education wants the report by the fall of 2020.

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