By Dale Bass
Kamloops This Week
Kamloops-Thompson school-district trustees will be voting on a new policy establishing rules for cancelling classes in extreme weather.
The notice of motion, which went to the board of education on March 9, will include six other emergency-procedure policies when it is dealt with at the March 30 board meeting.
The recommended policy includes several provisions addressing how cancellations are to be made public and what School District 73 staff are expected to do on days when classes are cancelled.
The procedures require parents, students and employees to be notified of cancellations by 7 a.m. or, preferably, the day before.
School-board staff are expected to go to work. If they cannot, they are expected to contact their supervisors for instruction.
The proposed policy also states only employees who report to work for the day or who are on an authorized leave will be paid.
Code of conduct amendment?
The board is also being asked to approve an amendment to its code of conduct policy.
The amendment would add regulations that require schools to ensure the codes are displayed prominently in schools and available to the public, that they are provided to all employees and students each year and to parents when students start attending classes; and that the codes are communicated in an age-appropriate manner.
The regulations would also require parent advisory councils, employees and students review the codes annually.
Official opening of NorKam on Friday
NorKam Trades and Technology Centre is bustling with students and will be officially opened on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. with participation by the Ministry of Education, the local school board, community partners and others.
The centre is adjacent to NorKam secondary, at 730 Twelfth St. in North Kamloops.