Facilities & Operations
Keeping our schools safe, clean and updated is integral to keeping students, staff and families safe and thriving in our school communities. And whether that’s about cleaning and disinfecting spaces, building new outdoor play spaces or working with community partners to support their needs, the objectives we set are all about how we deliver on our strategic goals to deliver on, improve and deepen our connection to our broader community.
DISTRICT GOAL: Be unwavering in our commitment to improve student success
|To ensure students learn/teachers teach in clean and healthy buildings||The importance of keeping our schools clean and ensuring proper disinfection is more important now than ever given school districts are delivering instruction during a pandemic. This objective has risen in priority during the current school year. By ensuring clean and healthy school buildings, the facilities department is assisting to ensure that we are doing what we can to improve student success by allowing staff and students to return to safe buildings.
Action being taken in the current year include:
Ongoing work by the facilities department includes assessing and completing upgrades of critical systems within buildings (roofing, lighting, fire suppression, intrusion and HVAC) by utilizing Annual Facility Grant funding or School Enhancement Funding grant. These continuous evaluations also ensure the ongoing safety and integrity of the buildings.
DISTRICT GOAL: To Implement the District’s long range facilities plan
|To ensure students will be able to learn in right-sized facilities that are in reasonable proximity to their homes||Please refer to “Capital Projects” for additional discussion (major capital projects).
Part of our annual capital funding request (called the 5-year capital plan) are also requests for minor capital projects such as School Enhancement Program, Building Envelope Program, Carbon Neutral Capital Program and Playground Equipment Program. These funding allocations also contribute to allowing the district to address aspects of the long range facilities plan.
For short-term interim measures, the facilities team assist in installing modular classrooms/portables to accommodate growing enrolment at sites until major capital projects are awarded.
|Reduce district greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint||Of a particular focus in the current upcoming 5-year capital plan will be request under different envelopes of funding that provide upgrades to support our climate action initiative.|
|To ensure students will have equitable, inclusive, barrier-free access to physical indoor and outdoor learning environments||As we strive to ensure to have inclusive practices within schools, the facilities department works to reflect our beliefs, values and goals for inclusion in our buildings.
Key results will include:
DISTRICT GOAL: Staff are supported and encouraged to find purpose and meaning in their work and reach their full potential
|To ensure staff are engaged in purpose, and have access to safe, healthy working environments||See objective above on “To ensure students learn/teachers teach in clean and healthy buildings” which addresses the commitment to safe and healthy working environments.
To ensure staff are being provided appropriate direction and guidance, we are committed to:
|To ensure staff will receive support and the right tools to do the job||In order to have our staff reach their full potential, it is critical that they continue to be provided with the right tools – whether it be actual trade tools or training – to carry out their work.
The key results and actions being taken include:
DISTRICT GOAL: Meaningful relationships with community partners to support our students and families
|To ensure we utilize community partnerships to support students and families||As a good community partner, the District’s actions to support this objective include:
|To ensure families will have opportunities to engage with operations to develop trusting relationships||The key results and actions related to this objective where the facilities department can have great insight and feedback is for the selection and installation of playgrounds. The facilities department will update the Guidelines for Playground Equipment Installations to distribute to schools and PAC, in order for there to be a clear and concise method of how PAC can use their funds to install playgrounds. The facilities team will commit to meeting with PACs at their request to discuss options available.|