Please complete this survey and tell us about your experience at our School Survey.
After you complete a grade 10-12 VLN course you can check to see if your final grade was successfully uploaded to your Ministry Transcript. Sign into EdAccess to take a look at your Unofficial Transcript. You'll need your PEN number. Please note the Ministry of Education has specific upload dates so it will not appear immediately.
If it does not appear please contact your course teacher or your VLN counsellor.
As you know, BC is undergoing an overdose crisis related to the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Some staff, parents and students have been asking for support and information to increase their knowledge about the drug, the risk of accidental ingestion / cross-contamination, and the potential risks to students.
Accordingly SACY (www.vsb.bc.ca/sacy), a joint initiative of VSB and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), that focuses on substance use education, brief intervention and support has developed two resources:
· Fentanyl Info Handout – a fentanyl primer that outlines key core knowledge pieces, including practical examples and approaches to use with youth
· Fentanyl Related Resources and Supports – a one pager listing useful websites with additional information
Please share these materials with your school community.
The documents are also posted at SACY: www.vsb.bc.ca/sacy
You can contact your SACY worker (see list at www.vsb.bc.ca/sacy/contacts) for more information, support or referral to community services or Art Steinmann, SACY Manager,
Important InfoUBC Deadline of February 1st
VSB staff are using criteria from the Interim Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) to review schools and decide what to do with them to make sure seismic upgrades happen as quickly as possible and that we have new schools where we need them in the future.
Here is information on how you can participate!
SCHOOLS & STUDENTS
Earlier this year Vancouver School District did a series of workshops co-planned by teachers and senior staff from the Ministry of Education to look at the redeveloped provincial curriculum. The district also did two parent workshops last week, attended by 400 people. VSB will now review the latest information from the Ministry about changes to provincial assessment. We will have more information for parents once that is done. In the meantime this is the information received from the Ministry of Education about the changes.
Report cards for all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students only can be picked up from the VLN office or you can request it via email.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full legal name and PEN #.
Our VLN community needs parent voices on its Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
PACs are forums within each school community to discuss matters affecting your school and the education of your children. Parents’ voices are a tremendous value to their school. They offer a wealth of ideas and support in the challenges that face all public schools. PACs strive to represent the diversity within their communities and contribute to the benefit of all students by:
• providing opportunities to educate and inform parents about the school;
• involving parents in volunteer activities; and
• openly discussing parents' concerns and aspirations for their schools.
(from www.bccpac.bc.ca “What is a PAC?”)
If you are interested in becoming involved in our VLN PAC, please forward your name and email to email@example.com.
The Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) is expanding into 5 secondary schools: Lord Byng, Point Grey, Templeton, University Hill, and Windermere. Each secondary school will provide greater opportunity for students to connect with resources closer to their home school and also gain easier access to VLN teachers. VLN Core, the office centre, will remain at its current location, John Oliver Secondary, for another year. Deferring the move will allow students to transition to a new facility in a timely manner. Students will have access to 2 counsellors and 5 teachers and also be able to use the testing centre and student lab at VLN Core. Please note that previous correspondence indicated that VLN Core would be moving to Tupper Secondary in September, this move will not occur. VLN Core will remain at John Oliver for at least one more year.
VLN Elementary will also remain at its current location for another year until a new location is determined.
The program will undergo some changes to the administration team. Jim Rutley, current vice principal, will be the new VLN principal in July. A new VLN vice principal will be appointed shortly. Pedro da Silva, the current principal, will be leaving VLN to take on the role of principal at John Oliver Secondary School.
We are encouraged that these changes will support students at both VLN Core and the neighbourhood schools. We look forward to the expansion of the program and connecting with students throughout the city.
If you have any further questions, then please contact VLN at 604-713-5520.
Pedro da Silva
VLN’s student learning centre is a physical space within our virtual high school. It is open daily during the school year. It is staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable teacher who is available to answer questions and provide educational assistance. The computer lab has iMacs and Windows 7 computers with access to a printer and a scanner. Plan to spend an hour or a full day, we are here to help you.