November 10, 2021 Board Highlights

A moment of silence was observed in honour of Remembrance Day.

  1. National Bullying Awareness Week: November 14 – 20, 2021
    The Central Okanagan Board of Education declared the week of November 14 to 20, 2021 as ‘National
    Bullying Awareness Week’ in Central Okanagan Public Schools.
  2. National Child Day – November 20, 2021
    The Central Okanagan Board of Education declared November 20, 2021 as ‘National Child Day’ in Central
    Okanagan Public Schools.


  1. Transportation Policy – French Immersion
    Presenter: Susan Kootnekoff, Parent
    Ms. Kootnekoff’s presentation to the Board of Education requested the Board of Education review and
    change the wording in Policy 470 – Transportation Services Management and apply the same criteria to
    both French and English students, and that the Board provide parents of affected French Immersion
    students with their child’s bus routes and drop off and pick up times and locations as soon as possible and by no later than December 1, 2021.
    Action Items:
  2. Amended Capital Plan Bylaw No. 2021/22 – CPSD23-02
    The Board of Education gave first, second, third readings, and adopted Amended Capital Bylaw No.
    Information Items:
    Superintendent’s Emergent Items:
  • As Interior Health has recommended moving to remote learning for Mar Jok Elementary School in West
    Kelowna due to the declaration of a COVID-19 school outbreak, the school will be temporarily closed to inclass learning effective November 11th up to November 22nd.
    The Board of Education reviewed the following:
  1. Level 4 and 5 Field Study Summary – 2021/2022
  2. General Statement – October 27, 2021
  3. Financial Update – September 30, 2021
  4. 2021 Literacy Summer Camps (Grades 1-5)
  5. Public Engagement Sessions
    Okanagan Mission Catchment and School Reopening Review
    Monday, November 22, 2021
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Okanagan Mission Secondary School Gold Gym
    *Masks will be required to be worn. Westside Catchment and French Immersion Programming Review
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Mount Boucherie Secondary School Gym
    *Masks will be required to be worn.
  6. Employee Vaccination Status Validation
    The Board of Education confirmed that at the Incamera Board Meeting they approved the following Motion:

    The Board of Education direct the Superintendent to implement a validation of vaccine status
    process for all staff and Trustees.
    Items of Special Mention
    The Board Chair, Trustees and the Superintendent of Schools/CEO spoke of the following:

     In honour of Remembrance Day, Trustees and senior staff participated in virtual Remembrance Day
    Ceremonies and at the opening ceremony of the Field of Crosses commemorating Kelowna’s members
    of the Canadian Armed Forces.
     The Superintendent of Schools/CEO attended the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series
    Luncheon introducing the new faces on campus at Okanagan College – Neil Fassina, President, and at
    the University of British Columbia Okanagan – Lesley Cormack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
     Trustees and senior staff participated in the Kelowna Pride Festival and expressed appreciation to
    Assistant Superintendent Raquel Steen for her organization of the booth, and also to the many other staff
    and student volunteers
     Trustees and senior staff recently visited the Land Based Learning Academy for Indigenous Middle
    School Students situated at Okanagan Mission Secondary School.

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