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Highlights from the November 11 Board of Trustees' Meeting
Highlights from the November 11 Board of Trustees' Meeting
Posted on 11/16/2020

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


November 16, 2020 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 for a regularly scheduled board meeting. Trustees conducted the meeting in person at the Brockville Board Office, with enhanced public health measures in place that provided the option for staff and trustees to use a conference call option as an alternate means for attending the proceedings.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Schools across the Upper Canada District School Board
On November 11, schools operated by the Upper Canada District School Board held their Remembrance Day virtual ceremonies – a new format for this key event given COVID guidelines that informed the operation of schools. Members of the Board of Trustees also paid their respects for the Canadians who died during the two World Wars, the Korean War, the War in Afghanistan, and in Peace Keeping Missions by observing a moment of silent reflection at their Board Meeting. Trustees also reviewed excerpts from the virtual ceremonies featuring video presentations from Centennial '67 Public School and Rockland District High School.


UCDSB Sets Action Plan for Student Wellness, Literacy and Numeracy Goals for 2020/ 2021
The UCDSB’s Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness (BIPSAW) works to support student wellness and developing sound literacy and numeracy skills which contribute to the outcomes required for graduation.

COVID-19 has impacted children in different ways – loss, anxiety, uncertainty – and so UCDSB plays a key role in assisting students to move beyond the pandemic disruptions on learning. The Board’s plan identifies common priorities for learning in the UCDSB that enhance student confidence in reading, writing and mathematics, promote familiar practices and routines that come with daily learning at school, and encourage positive relationships with peers and with key adults on duty at the school each day.

By knowing the learner and integrating pedagogical practices while considering the learning environment, this plan for 2020-2021 has crafted goals tied to wellness, literacy and numeracy. Each goal connects to a list of actionable items that will help support students through these times. Staff outlined these action items to trustees, demonstrating the school board’s commitment to student success and support which has become even more important given the need to counter the disruptive influence of the pandemic on daily learning and school routines.


Trustees Approve the 2019-20 Draft Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
The motion to approve the 2019-2020 consolidated financial statements was moved by trustees. The statements were audited by BDO Canada LLP, independent external auditors appointed by the Board. The external auditors provided an unqualified opinion as an assurance to the Board that the statements were prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with the required basis of accounting and are free from material misstatements. The in-year surplus available for compliance of $6.9M, largely arising due to lower-than-planned expenditures due to COVID19, positions the Board well with financial resources to respond further to uncertainty in the 2020-21 school year.



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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