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Update for UCDSB Secondary Students
Update for UCDSB Secondary Students
Posted on 05/07/2020
Update for Secondary Students

The Upper Canada District School Board continues to provide regular updates on our operations as we work and learn in different ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many of our students and their families have questions about examinations, the school prom, graduation ceremonies, and other issues. Here is what was shared with students and families via email earlier this week. 

1. Prom and Graduation Update
The local Medical Officer of Health has informed the UCDSB that we need to remain vigilant as it relates to COVID-19. The situation is evolving daily, with new cases of the virus being recorded in our region.

Given these developments, and the current provincial emergency order limiting gatherings to less than five people, public health officials have told school districts across our region that proms and other social gatherings in large numbers cannot take place.  We understand that this is very disappointing for our senior students who were anticipating this milestone event, but we have been consulting with our student leaders about possible alternatives they might consider given these unprecedented times.

Senior students and families are also wondering about the status of our graduation ceremonies next month.  All UCDSB schools will be required to follow the direction of our Chief Medical Officers of Health regarding whether it is safe to hold events of this nature in June. At this time, we have not received any direction on these events so, we have not made a decision on how or if we will be able to proceed with graduation exercises. 

These are important events for our graduating students and we will share information with you and our students as it becomes available so that we can all plan accordingly.

2. Semester 2 Calendar Update – Secondary School Examinations
As a result of the Ministry of Education’s announcement on April 26, final exams will NOT take place for second semester courses this year. Instead, examination days for Semester 2 will now be instructional days, where students will continue with distance learning activities.

Teachers may decide to provide assignments or tasks that allow students to demonstrate their learning. As communicated previously, grades on any learning tasks during this phase of distant learning will only be part in the calculation of a final mark on the June report card if it improves the student’s overall mark from before school closures (March 13). We want to ensure that students are given every benefit for their learning during this crisis.

3. Grade 12 Midterm Marks
Our Grade 12 students were provided midterm marks for Semester 2 last week. Those marks were also forwarded to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) and the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) for the May 1 deadline.

4. Summer Semester
The UCDSB will be continuing its tradition of offering interested Grade 7-12 students the
Summer Semester Online program, operated by the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education.  The program is offering 47 courses online that students can do anytime and anywhere they have access to the internet, earning additional diploma credits over the month of July. The Summer Semester starts on June 29 and ends July 27. 

For more details please contact your school’s student services department or your school principal. You can also get more general information in the Summer Semester  section of our website.


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