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Highlights from the September 23 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from the September 23 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 09/24/2020
UCDSB Board of Trustees

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

September 24, 2020 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 for a regularly scheduled board meeting. Trustees conducted the meeting in person at the Brockville Board Office, with the option for staff and trustees to call in, as per regular practice.

Update on School Operations

UCDSB staff updated the board on current school practices for responding to students and staff exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

The local health units have developed a COVID-19 School Management Toolkit, which schools are now using. This toolkit includes a printable version of the COVID-19 school screening tool, school protocols for when staff or students show symptoms or test positive with the virus and the return to school protocol for those with symptoms. This school management toolkit can be found on the UCDSB website.

Redesign of the Elementary Remote Learning Model

Student requests for the elementary asynchronous program remain high with an enrolment of 1,931 students, making the original program design unsustainable from a staffing and budget perspective. 

Elementary asynchronous remote learners (students in Kindergarten to Grade 8), both digital and non-digital, will now be connected to their local school, like their classmates who are learning through the remote synchronous method. Their regular classroom teacher will provide and assess student work, and be available for periodic check-ins. This is still an independent-study model with parents providing the daily support for students.

Updating the model in this way allows the UCDSB to keep in-person class sizes as small as possible to help keep students and staff safe, provides parents with the choice and flexibility to move between learning models as they need, and ensures the model has qualified teachers.

Fifty-six of our 80 elementary program sites have less than 15 students in the asynchronous digital program and only three have more than 31. Fifty-four of our 80 elementary program sites have less than 15 students in the asynchronous non-digital program and only two have more than 31.

The secondary Virtual School is in full operation, with 743 students registered in courses as of Friday, September 18. These students are learning asynchronously using independent study, submitting completed learning assignments and projects, while receiving periodic support from a Virtual School teacher.



For media inquiries, please contact:


Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
[email protected]

John McAllister

Upper Canada District School Board

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