Regular Board Meetings
The Board of Education (7 Elected Trustees) and staff hold their Regular Board Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the School Board offices. Board meetings begin "In Camera" at 6PM and are open to the public at 7PM. Parents, public and the media are encouraged to attend the public portion of these meetings each month. Check the calendar for dates and times. These Agendas are available the Friday prior to the meeting.
The Board of Education (Trustees) and staff hold their Education Meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These meetings generally deal with emerging issues referred from a General Board meetings. Issues referred to the Education Committee are given more time and discussed in greater detail. Parents, public and media may attend these meetings.
LIVE STREAM Regular Board meetings
Parents who cannot make it to the School Board Offices for meetings can view the meetings LIVE on the SD71 website. The recorded meeting is usually available the following Thursday ir Friday on the website for review if you are not able to view it live.
Family Resources in the Community
Mental Health Resouces available to Comox Valley Residents
The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health; http://www.forcesociety.com/; Comox Valley rep is Colleen Clark
Christine Middleton, B Ed, BA (CYC) ~ Suicide Prevention Presentation Facilitator; 250-650-1607 (cell)
Helpline for Children: 310-1234 (no area code needed)
Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide (BC Ministry of Education, 2008)
Youth Against Violence Toll free line: 1-800-680-4264 This is a safe, confidential way for youth to pass on information to prevent fights, receive assistance with harassment, bullying and sexual assault, and leave information about drug and criminal activity
Vancouver Island Crisis line 1-888-494-3888 - - Helps families sort out where to turn to next. 24/7
Comox Valley Girls Group - is celebrating its 15th year in the Comox Valley. We run 4-6 groups per year (Winter, Spring, Fall) in 2 age groups: 11/12; 13-15. Groups run after school weekly for 8-12 weeks. Most groups operate out of Comox Valley Transition Society, #202-576 England Avenue. Other community locations are utilized at times. Our website is www.comoxvalleygirlsgroup.com Also on Facebook.
www.hincksdellcrest.org The ABCs of Mental Health provides two free, web-based Resources - one for teachers and one for parents – to help answer these questions. The Resources include ideas for promoting the mental health of children and adolescents, information about how children change as they get older, descriptions of behaviours that might indicate a problem, and practical suggestions for steps to take.
www.teenmentalhealth.org/ - a site specifically about how the teenage brain works. Tons of resources, including information about the importance of SLEEP, Dr Suzuki's "Surviving The Teenage Brain" (Nature of Things), anxiety, mental disorders, and much more !
www.mindcheck.ca/ - has information about substance use, moods, stress
www.forcesociety.com Comox Valley has a representative serving families and youth; Colleen Clarke provides confidential information and support, and promotes children and youth mental health.
www.keltymentalhealth.ca/ BC's mental health resource for children, youth and families.
August 23-24, 2012 Conference: The 3rd annual Summer Institute will bring together teachers, school counsellors, school support staff, school administrators, district staff, parents, students and school community partners to exchange knowledge and ideas about how to build school connectedness and improve student mental health and well-being.
www.mooddisorders.ca/program/check-up-from-the-neck-up - a site that provides an online quiz so that you can help evaluate your own mental health.
Educational Resources for Home
www.letstalkscience.ca Lets talk science is an award-winning, national charitable organization. Established in 1993, by Bonnie Schmidt, PhD. Click on the Families Tab.
Math sites via the Navigate Website: http://sites.google.com/site/mymathsites/
Khan Academy: http://www.khanacademy.org/ Learn almost anything for free!
Online Family Resources
www.EducationPlanner.ca - search engine, plan post-secondary pathways. Learners can compare undergraduate and apprenticeship programs offered through BC
Children's Life Online Essential Information for all Parents! Concept, design, structure and content by Avi Luxenburg, one of our own secondary school teachers.
www.witsprogram.ca A program that is used in SD 71. Helps elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. Aimed at K - Grade 6. Offices are in Victoria.
www.rocksolid.bc.ca A charity that helps deliver the WITS program to schools in B.C. Focused on conflict resolution and violence prevention.
http://www.kidsinmind.com/ Teachers and parents can look up a movie and see rating for the amount of profanity, nudity, violence, etc.
www.commonsensemedia.org American Website for Media information - so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
K - 12 Curriculum in B.C.