School board updates crisis response plan

Rainy River District School Board trustees will hear a report on its crisis response plan at its regular monthly meeting here tonight.
Representatives from the board and the Northwestern Health Unit held a crisis management committee meeting Feb. 10 to discuss the board’s crisis response plan and make any necessary revisions.
“Initially developed and placed in the schools and with senior administration last year, the crisis response plan was only in draft form,” reads the report to be delivered at tonight’s meeting.
“As a result of specific incidents this year, the crisis management committee met to revise the plan to meet the needs of our schools,” it adds.
Back in January, an unidentified white powder was found at the entrance of Robert Moore School in the early evening. The school and adjacent board office were closed the following day, pending identification of the substance.
The powder was sent to Winnipeg for testing, where it was found not to be harmful to human health. Students later came forward to say they had found the substance under a school sink and had brought it outside.
As a result of the committee meeting, “the revised crisis response plan is now a more organized and user-friendly document,” the report reads.
The updated package will be sent to all schools for the 2004-05 school year, and will continue to be revised on a regular basis.
“The safety of all Rainy River District School Board staff and students is paramount,” notes the report.
“Thus, the board wishes the thank its community partners—the Ontario Provincial Police, the Northwestern Health Unit, and the Fort Frances Fire Department—for their valuable assistance in this process,” it adds.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will:
•vote on By-Law #156 to issue 2004 educational taxes within the board’s jurisdiction in the unorganized areas as indicated in Section 257.7 of the Education Act;
•vote on write-offs of unorganized taxes in the amount of $3,812.89 and the supplementary taxes in the amount of $1,474.82;
•vote on whether to approve the board’s Anti-Bullying Curriculum Implementation Plan;
•hear a report on the board’s results for the October, 2003 Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT);
•hear a report on what courses will be offered at summer school; and
•hear a report on maintenance and repairs to be made at the board’s schools over the summer.
Tonight’s meeting will be held at Robert Moore School starting at 7 p.m. The board also will hold a special meeting June 21 at 7 p.m.