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Celebrating the season

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The BRSD Board of Trustees kicked off their  December Board meeting by seeing video presentations from  Band classes at both Ecole Charlie Killam and Ecole Camrose Composite High School. A  few Christmas carols  got the morning off to a delightful start!

Trustees have also been visiting schools and departments to deliver gift baskets in recent days and report that it has been very meaningful to see staff and thank them for their service

Sharing Research Project Results

The Superintendents of Battle River School  division have been working in partnership with the University of Calgary to provide learning and skill development opportunities for school and division leaders, in keeping with the new Leadership Quality Standards that have been implemented in Education.  The Research Project has focused on what structures and practices were the most successful in supporting the learning. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Rita Marler and Assistant Superintendent Shan Jorgenson-Adam, along with two representatives of the U of C, recently presented their research project findings to the Australian Association for Research in Education.

Employee Numbers remain stable

Board members heard that, for the 2021-2022 school year, the number of people employed by Battle River School Division has remained very stable. In the previous school year, With about 764 active employees, including school-based staff such as teachers, educational assistants, learning commons facilitators; and division-wide teams such as learning supports, transportation, facilities, technology,  finance, Family School Liaison and MCHB teams; and an additional roster of substitute teachers, school support staff and bus drivers, BRSD employees about 1070 people.

Recruiting is an ongoing process in the school division, in order to fill positions which become available due to illness or resignation. One area of particular challenge for BRSD, as well as most other rural school divisions, is to ensure there are enough substitute bus drivers available.

The BRSD Human Resources Department has been implementing a Respect in the Workplace program for all employees this year, as well as a Psychologically Safe Workplaces program.

COVID continues

The Board of Trustees received an update on COVID cases in schools this fall. Although the school division has been notified of 121 cases in BRSD schools since  Alberta Health Services reinstated the case notification process on October 12, there has been a decline in the number of notifications in recent days. The school division is hopeful this trend will continue and it may become possible to lift some school-based restrictions in the new year.

- based on information from the December 10, 2021 meeting of the BRSD Board of Trustees

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