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Highlights from the March 10 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the March 10 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 03/15/2021
UCDSB Board of Trustees

March 15, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.

2021-2022 School Year Programming Planning
Staff provided an overview to Trustees of possible Kindergarten to Grade 12 program options for the 2021-22 school year, which included three different scenarios. The scenarios and program options have been developed based on preliminary information from the Ministry of Education.

The first scenario includes a regular school day routine with enhanced public health protocols. The second scenario aligns with the current cohorting set-up for elementary school students and secondary school quadmester model. The final scenario would see the cohorting and quadmester models for the first half of the school year and transition to a regular school routine in February 2022.

Staff outlined the assumptions, constraints and risks connected with each given scenario, including the new variants’ impact as well as the projected vaccination roll-out timeline. In the coming weeks, staff will continue to seek Ministry of Education and local public health unit guidance to determine expectations for the upcoming school year. A more detailed report will be shared at the March 24 board meeting regarding emergency remote learning options for Fall 2021, as well as opportunities for fully virtual learning for secondary students as part of the regular secondary program.


Quadmester 2 Data Sees Impressive Successful Completion Rates

Staff presented course credit-completion data for secondary school students during Quadmester 2, which represents the number of students who completed and passed their courses in Quadmester 2. The results showcase a collective improvement in overall achievement – even when comparing to past efforts during the pre-pandemic period.

In Quadmester 2, data shows a 91 per cent average success rate for Grade 9-12 students across all learning platforms. The course credit rate for students who attended school “in-person” averaged 95 per cent while the rate of completed successful credits were at 83 per cent for online synchronous learners. Students enrolled in the UCDSB Virtual Secondary School had a 78 per cent course completion rate.

Staff outlined the school board’s student success specialists are following up with students learning virtually to provide continued supports and encourage engagement. Trustees learned these completion rates have increased since Quadmester 1, signifying that students have adjusted well to the changed schedule.

 

 

Staff Outline Post-Budget Funding Supports

Staff reviewed the current financial status and outlined new funding that wasn’t initially allocated to the school board at the time of its initial budget process, including COVID-19 related government funding. The COVID-19 funding comes from the Federal Safe Return to Class Fund to help cover pandemic-related expenses. The UCDSB received $995,011 for technology supports including device purchases and connectivity. The school board also received $860,700 for optimizing air quality and ventilation and $152,078 for transportation.

Further estimates on expenses for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be presented at the March 24, 2021 Board meeting.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
communications@ucdsb.on.ca

John McAllister

Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
613-213-4094


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