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With staff and students back in classrooms, the Surrey Board of Education is also gearing up for its first board meeting of the 2020/21 school year.
"Our first meeting will be held on September 16th and we know this school year will come with a new set of challenges," says Laurie Larsen, Chair of the Surrey Board of Education. "With the unpredictability of a pandemic and students attending both in-person and virtually, this school year will be unlike any other."
The September meeting will be the first in-person meeting since the pandemic began.
"Our last in-person meeting was in March," explains Larsen. "All of our meetings since that time have been virtual, so this meeting will serve as an introduction to the new board meeting protocols that we'll be implementing to keep everyone safe."
Community members will have the choice to attend remotely via livestream using a link that will be available on the Board Meetings webpage, or in-person at the District Education Centre. Anyone attending in-person is encouraged to wear a mask and will be required to follow strict health and safety protocols, including maintaining a physical distance of two meters from other attendees and signing in with their name and a phone number to support Fraser Health and BC Centre for Disease Control contact tracing efforts. Space for in-person attendees will be limited due to the physical distancing requirement and you are encouraged to register in advance of the meeting by emailing SECT-Office@surreyschools.ca with your name and phone number.
The board will be available for Question Period following the regular meeting, however with health and safety in mind during the pandemic, we encourage questions be submitted by completing the "Questions to the Board form" and emailing the Secretary-Treasurer's Office at SECT-Office@surreyschools.ca.
"This is new territory for all of us and we are learning to adapt the way we work and learn to keep our community safe," says Larsen. "But we're all excited to get back and continue advocating for our families across the district."
You can view the Sept. 16 board meeting agenda here.
The Surrey Board of Education comprises seven members of the community who have been elected to make decisions about the best possible delivery of educational services to learners, while ensuring taxpayers' dollars are spent effectively and efficiently. For more information on the Board, including dates for upcoming meetings, please visit the Surrey Board of Education webpage.