President French and Executive Director Pynch-Worthylake are members of the Advisory Panel for the Task Force on School Bus Safety. The task force is an initiative of Transport Canada and part of Road Safety Programs (ASFC) | Programmes de la sécurité routière (ASFC); Motor Vehicle Safety | Sécurité des véhicules automobiles. Student Transportation School Health Comprehensive School Health continues to be a priority for CSBA. Throughout the 2018-2019 year, the President and Executive Director collaborated with health partners through the Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health. The Consortium is a partnership of 25 Ministries of Health and Education across Canada working to promote a Comprehensive School Health approach to student wellness/well-being and achievement/success for all children and youth.    The CSBA was also invited this year to be part of the Canadian Alliance for Healthy School Communities. The Alliance is a collaboration of stakeholders spanning the interest of both health and education working together to advance healthy school communities across Canada. The Executive Director and the President maintain regular contact and participate as appropriate.   The CSBA was very pleased to be invited to present to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health on the study of Motion 206, Level of Fitness and Physical Activity Among Youth in Canada. Josh Watt, Executive Director of the Manitoba School Boards Association prepared and presented a brief on behalf of CSBA. He spoke to the committee about facts that contribute to student health risks and in the brief outlined 16 recommendations on how Canada’s public school community can benefit from enhanced federal partnership towards promoting health objectives. Link to CSBA Motion 206 brief The task force is to address all aspects of school bus safety. However, the primary focus to date has been seat belts on school buses. CSBA continues to express concerns and highlight the need to ensure decisions regarding seat belts are evidence-based rather than political and that the on-the-ground implications for school boards throughout the country are addressed. A preliminary report will be released in the near future. 2018-2019 CSBA INITIATIVES Initiatives