School Board News

February 23, 2022 Board Meeting News

R.F. Staples Secondary School – 2022-2023 School Year Calendars Alberta Education mandates a minimum number of instructional hours for all students – 950 for elementary and junior high school students, and 1,000 hours for high school students.   This requirement, along with bus scheduling, means that some schools have longer days than others. These schools have […]

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February 9, 2022 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Alternate days for Barrhead Comp and R.F. Staples junior high students Alberta Education requires schools to provide a minimum amount of instruction for students each year. High school students require 1,000 instructional hours, while Grades 1-9 students require at least 960 hours. Given scheduling considerations around busing and start/finish times for each […]

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January 19, 2022 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Student Services Director presents assurance report Director of Student Services Rob McGarva presented the board with a comprehensive report on the support services that Pembina Hills School Division provides to its students. Pembina Hills students with identified needs consistently perform better than provincial averages for students with identified needs on achievement tests […]

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December 8, 2021 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Preliminary School Viability / Grade Reconfiguration Criteria Report Board Policy 15 Grade Configuration and School Closure requires that the division annually apply a set of criteria to all of its schools to review whether or not they are viable. The criteria include a review of student enrolment, the physical condition of school […]

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November 24, 2021 Board Meeting News

Barrhead Composite High School – Following a break due to COVID-19 restrictions, the board resumed the practice of holding meetings in community schools. The first school-based meeting of the 2021-2022 school year was held at Barrhead Composite High School (BCHS). School staff presented the board with some school history and shared the school’s successes, challenges […]

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November 10, 2021 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Division-provided food and beverages for events and meetings In early 2020, the Board of Trustees passed a motion to eliminate all food and beverage spending for division, school and board events and meetings. While this action was taken to relieve budget pressures and was necessary at that time, the division’s situation has […]

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October 27, 2021 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Trustees sworn in to office; Elect new Chair and Vice Chair All school board trustees in Alberta are elected on a four-year cycle as set out in the Local Authorities Election Act. The 2021 election was held on October 20th, and five of six Pembina Hills School Division electoral wards saw new […]

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October 13, 2021 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Board approves proof of vaccination policy Earlier in October, the board received a joint letter from the Ministers of Health and Education encouraging school boards to require staff to either provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or provide negative screening tests. The board received several comments from staff and community members, and […]

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September 22, 2021 Board Meeting News

Regional Office – Additional funding for Busby School gymnasium The board received a presentation on the new gym project underway at Busby School. While early planning is going well, some important decisions surrounding building materials and current market conditions have increased the cost of the project, and additional funding is required. The board discussed these […]

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September 8, 2021 Board Meeting News

Regional Office –  No added masking for Pembina Hills Given recent changes to provincial health measures, Pembina Hills board members discussed with careful consideration whether to bring in any additional health-related requirements for local schools, including requiring masks. The board received feedback from 69 parents, grandparents and concerned community members, in the form of e-mail, […]

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