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Highlights from March 25 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from March 25 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 03/27/2020
Board of Trustees

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

March 27, 2020 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for their regular Board meeting.  Trustees and senior staff joined the meeting by teleconference to ensure social distancing, however full audio was broadcasted live. 

Second Financial Forecast of 2019-2020 Fiscal Year
Staff presented the second financial forecast of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, predicting a surplus of nearly $2 million for compliance purposes as of August 31, 2020. This projected surplus has increased by $600,000 since the first financial forecast in January. The improvement is due to increases in Grants for Student Needs and tuition fee revenues, as well as savings in instructional and support program costs.

2020-2021 Draft School Year Calendar
Trustees approved the 2020-2021 draft school year calendar, which begins the school year with a PA Day on September 1, 2020. Classes start on September 2, 2020. The calendar contains 97 instructional days in both academic semesters, as well as seven professional activity days. Staff will now submit the calendar to the Ministry of Education for final approval by May 1, 2020. 

Board Response to COVID-19
Staff outlined how the UCDSB is responding to the COVID-19 situation. The overall response has included: the temporary closure of all schools in the district, as well as all in-school child care  facilities  and  administrative centres; the continuation of key business services such as IT and Human Resources services through staff working remotely. Staff also updated the Board of Trustees on its efforts to: collaborate with the Ministry of Education to ensure continued learning by our students; address enhanced cleaning procedures at our buildings; ensure frequent communication with local health units and other agencies; and maintain an active line of communication with the public to keep them updated with relevant information. 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
613-342-0371 ext. 1188

John McAllister
Upper Canada District School Board

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