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2021 10 12 | Host: Bev Rundell | Dr Christine Perkins - SD22 Superintendant

Bev Rundell introduced her second successor as our School District Superintendent.

Dr. Christine Perkins’ first Vernon job was some time ago, working for CKAL radio station. Her teaching & school administration career has seen her in Kelowna, Squamish, Merritt & Nelson, most recently as Superintendent/CEO for SD8. She started here Aug 1st, contending with the use of one of our high schools as an emergency shelter & meal prep site for Okanagan wildfire evacuees.

Our SD22 now serves 8,900 students in 21 schools, including over 200 international students & a well-established French Immersion program. District staff are working hand in hand with Interior Health to monitor Covid-19 exposures & cases, & to adjust protocols as needed, based on directives from our Provincial Health Officer & other government officials. In response to a recent announcement that school boards should develop their own masking policies, Dr Perkins expects a “unified” statement within a few days. She says both the BCTF & CUPE (teacher & support staff unions) are supportive of masking, & most students, even young ones, are better at following rules than the adult population!

Turning to academics, she explained that many subject area exams are being replaced by literacy & numeracy tests, saying “if a student can read, they will succeed.” A new “career & life education” course has been introduced, augmenting the former portfolio presentations done by Grade 12 students.

Dr P believes students are more concerned about climate change, First Nations reconciliation & kindness to others than the general population – “they get it!” She answered questions about scholarships -- they’re critical, & jobs -- many are available.