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Term 1 Elementary Report Cards will not be issued

OCDSB Labour Update – Term 1 Elementary Report Cards will not be issued
Posted on 01/22/2020

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board would like to advise parents that as a result of the current labour action, Term One Elementary Report Cards will not be issued to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. 

This decision comes as a result of the strike action by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which has directed that elementary teachers will not:

  • complete Term 1 Report Cards – teachers will provide the school administrator with a class list of marks for the various subjects/strands taught, or one brief comment per frame for the Kindergarten Communication of Learning;
  • undertake the role of report card administrator;
  • file the Progress Report, the Term 1 Report Card or the Kindergarten Communication of Learning.

Without these steps and with other labour sanctions in place, it will not be possible to provide students and families with Term One report cards for students in K-grade 8.

Term One Report Cards were scheduled to be distributed on February 13, 2020.  The production of report cards is a multi-step process which requires full collaboration of teachers and administrators, including the submission and electronic entry of marks and comments by teachers; a review of the marks and comments by principals; the printing and distribution of report cards by a combination of teaching and administrative staff. 

Teacher assessment and evaluation of student learning provides important feedback for students and parents.  While report cards are not being distributed, teachers will continue with ongoing assessment and evaluation practice, and will continue to provide feedback to students in the classroom and to reach out to parents as required. 

For students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), these will continue to be updated as per previous practice. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress or about their IEP, please contact the school.

Secondary Report Cards
Students in grades 9-12 will continue to receive report cards as scheduled. The report cards will include marks but no comments, as the provision of comments is struck work by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF).

The OCDSB will continue to send updates as more information becomes available regarding labour actions, which will affect schools. Parents and guardians are asked to monitor email, media, and school and district websites for updates. Further information can also be found on the OCDSB Labour Negotiations webpage.
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