Topics ranging from Fraser Valley Distance Education to question period adjustments have been pushed off to Feb. 26 due to this week’s snowstorm in Chilliwack. (Progress file)

Presentation of Chilliwack’s distance ed plan moved to new date

Snowfall leads to cancellation of Chilliwack school board meeting

It was to be an interesting meeting with a full agenda, but the school board meeting was cancelled this week due to heavy snowfall.

The Feb. 12 meeting was to include a presentation on the strategic plan for Fraser Valley Distance Education, an arm of the district which has been minimized over the past few years.

The presentation, by Diane Chapman, Vice Principal of FVDES, will now move to the next meeting, Feb. 26. It will outline the background of distance education in Chilliwack, the changes that were made in 2017 and 2018, offer up the current status and update for the program, and go over the next steps.

Rohan Arul-Pragasam, assistant superintendent for the district, addressed parents’ concerns at an information meeting last February, in the midst of rumours floating that the distance education program would be closing due to plummeting enrolment numbers. He assured parents and staff at the meeting that it would stay open, but focus on blended learning opportunities.

ARCHIVE: Distance ed school not closing, Feb. 7, 2018

FVDES is attended by many local children and teens who have multiple barriers to learning, including physical and emotional needs that cannot be met in a standard classroom. Their parents are become both caregivers and teachers.

They described FVDES as “a gem” and “lifesaving” in helping them with their network of programs, supports, teachers and classes.

Other items that were on the Feb. 12 agenda included a second and third reading of the budget, potential changes to the public question period, revisions to the board’s governing principles, information on when public consultation could happen for the proposed integrated arts school, and terms of reference as the board moves toward creating a remuneration committee to guide a potential hike in trustee pay.

Of note, the public participation portion of meetings could be reduced from two question periods, to just one at the end of the meeting. Recently, the board has been limiting the audience to the 35 or so chairs in the room, requiring audience members to sign in, and locking the lobby doors during meetings.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Drugs and guns seized by Chilliwack Mounties in complex case

Drug trafficking investigations led to five arrests in three different locations across Chilliwack

Chilliwack RCMP trying to catch robbery suspect

Police hope someone will identify the person who appears in security camera footage

Chilliwack churns out new generation of wildfire fighters

School district partners with B.C. Wildfire Service to prep Grade 12s for careers

Bucket-list flight for Chilliwack grandmother

Hampton House resident treated to a beautiful plane ride in Moments that Matter

UFV introduces first mindfulness graduate program in Canada

Most of the University of the Fraser Valley program is offered online

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

LETTER:Chilliwack trustee says dress code quotes out of context

Furgason says he wants to hear from parents, not union head

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Six ‘distraction thefts’ in two days spark warning to seniors by Vancouver police

Distraction thefts are used to steal jewelry off the necks of unsuspecting women

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Most Read