School district in Powell River region cancels public board meetings

COVID-19 results in two online in camera meetings

While School District 47’s board of education cancelled in-person board meetings in April, school trustees have continued to meet electronically.

School District 47 board of education chairperson Aaron Reid said in light of the COVID-19 situation, the board opted to cancel its regular meeting and committee of the whole meeting on April 8 and 22, respectively. 

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“We have, however, met twice in-camera via Zoom in order to be updated and discuss issues related to staffing and students, which would not be appropriate for a public meeting,” said Reid.

She said the school district’s staff has been very busy putting alternate learning opportunities in place for its students, as well as implementing food programs and care for the children of tier one, and now, tier two essential service workers. 

“We are very lucky to have some amazing staff who have stepped up to this current challenge to do their best to provide supports and learning opportunities for our community,” said Reid.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for May 13. Reid said at this point, it is her expectation that this public meeting will proceed. 

“The meeting will likely proceed via Zoom but that could change,” she said.

Reid added that the school district would be sure to update its website with information once it has a plan set.

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