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2023-24 Annual Budget Consultation


The Board of Education of School District No. 59 (Peace River South) is hosting a public consultation meeting to share information about the 2023-24 Annual Budget. The meeting is an opportunity to learn about the 2023-24 school district budget, ask questions, and provide feedback. Public consultation is an important step in the budget process and the Board is encouraging staff, parents/guardians, education stakeholders and the greater school communities to share their priorities for the 2023-24 school year in the district’s annual budget consultation.

How do you provide feedback?

Attend the SD59 2023-24 Budget Consultation zoom meeting:

When: June 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm

Zoom link:

Complete the survey:

Provide feedback in writing: email the Secretary Treasurer, Melissa Panoulias @

Feedback is being accepted on the 2023-24 Annual Budget until June 16, 2023. Priorities will be taken into consideration in the budget review that occurs before the final reading of the budget at the June 28, 2023 board meeting.

Thank-you for participating in this important process.

Registering for Transportation (Bus) Service

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School District No.59 (PRS) provides transportation service for rural students following the guidelines as established in Policy 6070.  Registration for bus service is mandatory.  If you would like to register for bus service or have general questions regarding transportation services please contact the Transportation Department in Dawson Creek at 250-782-2106. 

The Transportation Department would like to remind any families that have moved or will be moving over the summer to provide the department with updated information.

In order to help us in planning for the return to school, please contact the Transportation Department early to ensure we have updated information.

Note: Families in the Chetwynd rural area may contact Standard Bus at 250-788-2415 for transportation inquiries.

Policy Updates

The following policies have been revised and the Board of Education is accepting feedback:

Policy 3230 Fire Fighting Duties - (Consideration for repeal) - feedback will be accepted until June 7th for consideration in the June Board Meeting.

Policy 5140 Moving Assistance has been revised and it being circulated for feedback. Feedback will be accepted until August 31, 2023 for consideration in the September Board Meeting.

Feedback can be sent to Christy Fennell at up to June 7th.

Decriminalization of people who use drugs and impacts for BC K–12 education

Health Canada has granted the Province of British Columbia an exemption from the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, allowing the removal of criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of certain illicit substances for personal use. Decriminalizing people who use drugs is a part of the Government’s work to tackle the toxic drug crisis, intended to remove the shame and stigma associated with substance use and support people in accessing important health and social services.

It is important to note that the exemption does not apply to:

  • Youth aged 17 and younger who will continue to be subject to the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). This means that youth aged 17 and younger will not be permitted to possess illicit substances in any amount;
  • Licensed child care or K-12 school properties where there will continue to be and are criminal penalties for possession of illegal substances, regardless of amount, while on child care and or K-12 school properties.

While decriminalization will not apply to youth aged 17 and younger, this important change could provide an opportunity to talk openly with your child or youth about substance use and addictions. The Ministry of Education and Child Care’s Expect Respect and A Safe Education (erase) website provides students, parents/guardians, caring adults, and educators with information and resources to support healthy and effective learning environments, including how to have conversations about substance use.

Erase Bullying

Erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.

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