Boardroom Newsbrief - March 30, 2021

The Newsbrief is meant to provide the highlights of the decisions made at the Board meeting for the benefit of our community. The notes do not serve as the official record of the meeting. Please refer to Board or Committee minutes.

For full agenda package prepared ahead of this meeting, visit this link.

Briefing from the Chair of the Board

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A reminder to the community that the OCDSB is currently holding two important policy consultations.  One of these consultations relates to police involvement in schools.  The other consultation relates to the creation of a new human rights policy. 

Please visit our website to find out how you can participate in group discussions and share your feedback on these important topics.

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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and the month of April is recognized as Autism Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to help in the building of stronger, more inclusive communities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

As part of this effort, the OCDSB will be hosting a three-part series of speaker events in April, intended to help families to overcome challenges and support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Details can be found on our website. 

Briefing from the Director

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OCDSB summer school registration for secondary students begins on April 6th. The program for grade 6 to 8 students starts in May. 

For more information, including how to register and the list of programs, visit the Summer School In Ottawa website.

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Tomorrow, March 31st, is International Trans Day of Visibility. 

It’s dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of trans and gender diverse individuals while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice.

It serves as an important reminder of the responsibility we all hold to ensure students of all gender expressions and identities feel safe, welcomed, and accepted in our schools. 

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At this time, we mark a number of significant religious occasions in our District. Last weekend, the Jewish community celebrated Passover. Next weekend, many Christians will celebrate Easter, with Orthodox Christians marking this at the end of April. 

Also, in mid-April, the Islamic community will begin Ramadan.

Despite the current COVID climate, we hope families can all find special ways to mark these important occasions. 

COVID-19 Update

OCDSB staff presented an update to trustees on COVID-19.

Public Motions

Trustees approved the following:

  • Report 21-034, Academic Staffing Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

Meeting ended at 10:15pm

 

 

 

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