Posted on Jun 08, 2021
Covid-19 has presented numerous challenges to Delta Schools. These include closed schools, online learning, mask policies, loss of international students, and ensuring the health of students and staff during the pandemic. Delta School District Trustee Laura Dixon and District Superintendent of Schools Doug Sheppard speak about the impact in Delta and what to expect in September.
Laura Dixon has been an elected school trustee in Delta since 2008. Having served in executive roles for many years, Laura is now spending much of her time on her passion for supporting student and staff wellness and mental health by serving on a number Delta wide committees. Laura is the BC School Trustee Association's representative on a number of provincial and national appointments on the subject of mental health and wellness where the near term focus is on best to support students and staff through the Covid 19 pandemic so they can thrive when learning and teaching. When not engaged in her trustee duties, Laura also serves as a member of the Reach Foundation Board, leading the Planning Giving campaign, and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen where she has been an active member for 10 years.
Doug Sheppard holds a BSc in Zoology from UBC and a Masters of Educational Leadership from SFU and has over 25 years in public education beginning as a Secondary School teacher of Math and Science followed by various school and district administrative positions in Richmond, Coquitlam, and the Delta School District.  Doug was named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals by the Learning Partnership in 2009. As Superintendent in Delta, Doug is focused on achieving the District’s vision of becoming a “Leading District in Innovative Teaching and Learner Success”.  The district’s focus on questioning and inquiry as methods of investigating both student learning and educator practice is central to the achievement of this work. 
Links of Interest
Delta School District employs over 3,000 people and is the largest employer in the city. It is a large, complex system. Here are some links to topics of possible interest to Delta residents.
Giving students the opportunity to learn through the First Peoples Principles of Learning creates an atmosphere where children embrace different perspectives, learn about world cultures, and allow them to become fully engaged world citizens.
Anti Racism
  • How racism exists
  • How racism can be systemic
  • How to be anti-racist
  • The lived experiences of people of colour
  • How you may be benefitting from a racist system
  • Ways you can be part of the solution
Delta School District Vision  - Happening Now!
A ten year vision, updated every five years.  Appreciative Inquiry based – examining our big successes, big themes (all stakeholder input, students, staff, parents, trustees and community). Want to contribute your thoughts?
International Education Learn More
Benefits of becoming globally educated citizens flow to both Delta students and our International Students through this program.  Also has a great economic benefit to the local community with approximately $30,000 of local spending per year by each student.
Homestays Learn More
Our homestay program is run by the school district, not a private business, so school district staff are committed to providing a safe, quality homestay for each visiting student. All home families have been screened with a criminal record check and have been inspected to ensure high quality, safe, and welcoming environments.
Mental Health
Index of Resources:
Ministry of Education Information and Strategies
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Trauma Informed Practice
Mental Health Literacy
(Note:  In development:  Indigeneous Mental Health Literacy and Elementary Mental Health Literacy Curriculum)
Systems Thinking/System Change
Additional Resources