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Highlights from the December 15 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the December 15 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 12/16/2021
Board of Trustees’ Meeting

Full details on presentations, reports, and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast.

December 16, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, for their last regularly scheduled board meeting of 2021.

Chair of the Board’s Comments

In his opening remarks, Chair John McAllister confirmed that UCDSB schools are meeting the daily physical activity requirements laid out in PPM 138, which states that all students in Grades 1-8 must have the opportunity to be physically active for a minimum of 20 minutes per day, during instructional time.

Following a survey to school principals last week, 46 per cent of schools indicated that 20-30 minutes is dedicated to physical activity, 44 per cent said they dedicate 30-40 minutes, and 10 per cent dedicate more than 40 minutes of instructional time each day to physical activity.

He also spoke about the work being done within the board in the equity and inclusion portfolio. The UCDSB now has a Principal of Equity and Inclusion, Dan McRae, who’s role is to helps students see themselves reflected and affirmed in their learning and improve conditions for learning in our system.

This school year, McRae has done face-to-face presentations with 2,300 students, instituted a new inclusive dress code for all schools, completed equity and inclusion training for our staff and trustees, and spearheaded the We All Belong Student Survey pilot, which garnered a 96 per cent response rate. 

The Chair will be writing a letter to the Minister of Education outlining these two topics.

Operational Practices and Priorities Update #5

UCDSB staff, joined by Dr. Paula Stewart of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Dr. Paul Roumeliotis of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit updated Trustees on the current health state of our communities, the expanded COVID-19 testing strategy in schools, and the return to active screening following the winter break.

To promote a safe return to school in January, rapid antigen test kits are being sent home with all in-person learners in publicly funded schools in Ontario prior to student dismissal for the winter break. These kits are intended for asymptomatic students to test for COVID-19 prior to their return to school on January 3, 2022.

Additionally, the PCR self-collection kits are now available in all elementary and secondary schools. Following direction from the health unit, students and staff deemed as high-risk contacts can access the kits at school and drop them off at an assessment location within their community.

Board Supports Amending Education Act to Expand Student Trustee Rights

Trustees approved a motion brought forward by Student Trustees Bradford Ward and Eshal Ali that seeks to give student trustees the right to move and second motions at board meetings. Chair McAllister will write a letter to the Ministry of Education in support of amending the Education Act for all Ontario student trustees.

Staff to Prepare Updated Report on Oxford-on-Rideau PS  

UCDSB staff will prepare a report on the enrollments, facility, and other conditions related to Oxford-on-Rideau Public School, which is set to close in 2022. The report will be presented at a January 2022 board meeting and will look at any changes that have occurred since the decision to close the school in 2017. This is an action out of a motion put forward by Trustee Lisa Swan that was approved after a vote by trustees.

Trustees Seek Ability to Allow for Stop Sign Cameras on Buses

Trustee Bill MacPherson brought forward a motion to allow stop sign cameras on school buses. Trustees approved the motion that a letter be written on behalf of the UCDSB to County Councils to change legislation to allow the legal and lawful use of these cameras. Copies of this letter and the corresponding motion will also be sent to local MPPs, all publicly funded school boards, as well as to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association.

For media inquiries, please contact:

April Scott-Clarke
Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board
[email protected]

 

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