We are honoured to be learning on the Traditional Territory of the Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw and St’át’yemc Nations.
As you may be aware, Vancouver Coastal Health, in collaboration with the Sea to Sky School District screened all district schools for radon this past winter. This school screening initiative was undertaken to confirm that radon concentrations are low in District schools.
Screening is now complete, and test results for most classrooms are below the Canadian guideline of 200 Bq/m3 and the World Health Organization suggested action level of 100 Bq/m3. The radon screening results can be found below. In one school, screening identified concentrations in some classrooms above the Canadian guideline. In a second school, concentrations in some classrooms exceeded the World Health Organization suggested action level, but were below the Canadian guideline.
For these two schools, additional testing is required to determine if radon concentrations are above guideline levels when the building is in use by the school community. The school district is engaging certified professionals to conduct this additional testing over the next few months, and the results will be shared with parents as soon as they are available. Because a child’s classroom exposure represents a small portion of their overall exposure over the year, and the radon concentrations found are not high enough to warrant urgent action, the continued use of these classrooms while further testing and mitigation is being planned is not a health concern.
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Sea to Sky School District Sees Huge Increase in Indigenous Graduation Rates – CBC News, June 25, 2018
As the end of the school year approaches and students across the province prepare for graduation, one district in particular is celebrating significant success.
Indigenous students in the Sea to Sky school district had a graduation rate of 86.1 per cent in the 2016-17 school year — up from 35 per cent in 2009.
That’s compared to a provincial average of 66 per cent for Indigenous students.
School District No. 48’s principal of Aboriginal education, Susan Leslie, says the high graduation rate is the result of a district-wide push to restructure their approach to learning.
“This is on every level,” said Leslie. “We’re led as a district by the goals and commitments that we co-created through our strategic plan.”
Whistler Area Long Term Facilities Planning
The Sea to Sky School District regularly reviews enrolment and facility matters for long term planning and has been reporting out on pressure in the area over the last few years.
On Wednesday March 7, 2018, a Whistler Area Long Term Facilities Planning Information session was held. Information was presented that schools in the area are facing significant space challenges. Increasing enrolment is projected to continue into the foreseeable future. The information from the meeting is available here and we recommend you take a moment to read it prior to completing the survey.
If you require any further information, please email SD48WhistlerPlanning@sd48.bc.ca
Latest Six Year Completion Rates Are In
The Ministry of Education provides data on the percentage of students who graduate from High School within 6 years of entering grade 8. The following table shows our results since the 2009-2010 school year:
Labour Market Outlook
The British Columbia Labour Outlook: 2017 Edition can help to support students, teachers and parents to get the most up-to-date information on the occupations and skills that will be in demand in BC over the next ten years. For more information about BC’s labour market information, please visit WorkBC’s webpage. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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