Resolutions

Increase to 5 Period Days for High School by Decreasing Class Length to 60 Minutes

WHEREAS     an all around education includes opportunities to explore interests through elective courses and students that are able to do this would be better equipped to make informed choices for post-secondary education, and

WHEREAS     the number of mandated classes was increased in 2015 to include a grade 10 physical education class as well as a career exploration class and a creativity and innovation class, and

Minister's Directive on School Libraries

WHEREAS    the Public Schools Branch is undertaking a School Review Process - Better Learning for All, and

WHEREAS    the Public Schools Branch states it is responsible to ensure students have equitable opportunities to learn and that resources be used effectively, and

WHEREAS    research is clear that a culture of learning and student achievement is strengthened when schools have access to teacher-librarians and a school library program, and

Provincial School Food Strategy

WHEREAS    the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation passed a resolution in 2015 calling for a universal provincial school food program, and

WHEREAS    Public Schools Branch schools are required to follow the School Nutrition Policyi,iideveloped by the Prince Edward Island Healthy Eating Alliance, and

WHEREAS    the food being served currently in Island schools does not follow the Public Schools Branch School Nutrition Policy, and

School Lunch Time Frame

WHEREAS    according to Statistics Canada, in 2011i, approximately one third of Canadian children between the ages of 5 and 17 were obese and given the amount of time children spend in school, we must recognize the school setting is one that significantly influences students’ food choices and intakes and, consequently, affects their overall health and weight, and

WHEREAS    healthy food choices and practices have been linked with learning readiness and academic success, as well as fewer discipline and emotional problems ii, and

School Healthy Snack Time

WHEREAS    we know that making time for physical activity and nutrition in school does not detract from academics; it’s an investment in higher academic performance, with studies showing that healthy kids get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class, and

WHEREAS    research on properly fueling your body supports the concept of consuming frequent healthy meals and snacks and drinking lots of water, five to seven times per day, as the best way to enhance cognitive performance and keep blood sugar levels constant, and

School Counseling Services

WHEREAS according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 70% of adults with mental illness report that their symptoms first appeared in childhood and adolescence, and an estimated 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness or disorders; and

WHEREAS    the most common mental health disorders affecting children - anxiety and depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and eating disorders - affect students’ quality of life and the ability to benefit from their school experience; and

School Food Guiding Principles

BE IT RESOLVED that the PEI Home and School Federation adopt School Food Guiding Principles to assist in the establishment of a provincial school food strategy for all students in P.E.I.; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the PEI Home and School Federation requests the Public Schools Branch to adopt the PEI Home and School Federation’s School Food Guiding Principles to lead and assist in the establishment of a provincial school food strategy for all students in P.E.I. 

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 PEI Home and School Federation 

Time to Start Thinking About Resolutions!

Policy resolutions are the Home & School superpower: the way that our network of parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff can effect policy and operations in the education system by speaking with a powerful collective voice.

Our Leadership Training Workshops, being held this week and next in locations across the province, include a workshop on writing resolutions, and we include two slide presentations, one on the “ins and outs” of writing and submitting resolutions, and the other a review of the 2014-2015 that was presented to the English Language School Board.

Provincial Lunch Program Resolution Updated

The resolution from Montague Consolidated School Home and School Association and Montague Regional High School Parent Council calling for the establishment of a Provincial Lunch Program has been updated following from a meeting with the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance and some additional research spurred by the meeting. The resolution has been broadened to include all children, and the “whereas” clauses have been supplemented with additional references.

The resolution is now titled Establish a Provincial School Lunch Program for All Island Children and this revised version is the one that should be discussed and voted on at your local meetings, and that will be brought forward at our Annual General Meeting on April 11, 2015.

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