As May starts, I want to recognize that the physical distancing of recent weeks has been hard on families with school-aged children. Our worlds have contracted and our immediate families and neighbours now play an increasingly prominent roles in our lives. The many casual interactions that nourish our school communities must now be deliberate and planned.
Given the need for planning and organization, the leadership role of the PAC is now more important than ever.
Although the time spent by parents and children on the playground and other activities cannot easily be replaced, PACs have always had a role in building connections. For example, many schools have engaged their parents in online PAC meetings very successfully using software like Zoom Meeting. Other PACs are using online tools to determine what supports they might be able to provide vulnerable members of their school community. Whether you create virtual events or simply open up lines of communication for families to connect to one another, we encourage you to find ways to continue to support your school and your families.
Similarly, DPAC will continue our work to support and bring school communities together. Our April online townhall meeting (link to Q&A) was well attended. We are now taking questions for our next townhall, tentatively scheduled for May 21st – submit questions here.
As part of ensuring continuity of service to PACs, we are looking for interested parents to join the DPAC executive for the coming school year. Our executive members participate on VSB committees and organize informational events such as our townhalls. Our nomination form is here. If you have questions about DPAC, please feel free to contact us.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind.
Shaun Kalley, 2019-2020 chair Upcoming DPAC Events
Unprecedented obligations are being placed on us as parents of school aged children in a time of physical distancing. Let’s have real conversations with our friends and neighbours about how we’re all really doing. Genuine, heartfelt dialog can bring us together, even when we must be apart. Visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca for information and tools about CMHA Mental Health Week.
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