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Highlights from the May 26 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the May 26 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 05/28/2021
UCDSB Board of Trustees

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

May 28, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met virtually on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 for a regularly scheduled board meeting.

Quadmester 3 Achievement Results and Graduation Rate

The UCDSB Board of Trustees received a staff report regarding the Quadmester 3 achievement rates as well as the anticipated graduation rate for 2021.

 

Quadmester 3 ran from February to April and its overall success rate of 93 per cent mirrors that of Quadmesters 1 and 2. Staff did note they anticipate a lower achievement rate for Quadmester 4 based on both pandemic and end-of-the-year fatigue.

 

UCDSB administrators, student success teams and graduation coaches are working together to support our students through these difficult times. Secondary schools are tracking students at risk of not achieving their credits and offering a personalized support plan.

The UCDSB also estimates that the June 2021 graduation rate will be 86.8 per cent, which is 4.8 per cent above the English public school board provincial average.

 

Staff Review Board Action Plan for Indigenous Education

Staff provided an overview of the Action Plan for Indigenous Education, which is designed to improve opportunities for Indigenous students, and to increase knowledge and awareness for all students about Indigenous histories, cultures, and perspectives.

Since the plan was first implemented in 2010, the percentage of self-identified Indigenous UCDSB students rose from 0.01 % to 3.1%. Staff provided an overview of its plans that support learners, support educators, provide engagement and awareness building as well as using data to support student achievement. One initiative highlighted includes the Indigenous grad coach currently working with 30 students at CCVS in Cornwall.

     

Staff Provide Update on Vaccination Clinics for Youth Aged 12-17

Upper Canada District School Board staff formed a working group with public health partners from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Eastern Ontario Health Unit to develop local plans and clinics for the 12-17 age group and their family members. Public health has indicated that during these clinics, there will also be an opportunity to do a “wellness” or mental health check-in with youth and families.

Planning supports from the school board include providing information on the number of students requiring vaccination and aiding in communication efforts to ensure families are provided with the information necessary to book an appointment for their first vaccination should they want to.

 

UCDSB Finalizes Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony Plans

UCDSB staff outlined secondary school plans for graduation ceremonies this year. In an effort to have consistency and equity throughout our school district while respecting restrictions due to the pandemic, the UCDSB established a number of parameters which were finalized following discussions with a focus group of experienced secondary principals as well as in consultation with local Public Health partners. As a result, the UCDSB has decided that all secondary school graduations will have a virtual ceremony component.

In addition to a virtual ceremony, each school will hold either a drive-thru event or home delivery event where graduates will receive their diploma, awards, bursaries scholarships (if available) and a graduation gift.

If students return to in-person learning and in accordance with Ministry of Education and Public Health Guidelines, schools will have the option to coordinate an opportunity for 2021 Graduates to walk across the stage in their school wearing individual gown and/or cap and have a picture taken, and incorporate this into their virtual ceremony if they chose.


2021-2022 Educational Programming Update

The Ministry of Education has provided guidance to school boards when preparing for the 2021-22 school year programming. This guidance outlines that school boards should plan for a regular school year with students returning to in-person learning, but to also provide remote learning options for students who may need it.

The UCDSB will be providing emergency synchronous and asynchronous remote learning options for both elementary and secondary school students next year, with the expectation that most students will return to in-person learning. Cohorting classes will continue to exist based on ministry guidelines. Non-digital remote learning options will no longer be widely offered.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

April Scott-Clarke
Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board
communications@ucdsb.on.ca

John McAllister

Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
613-213-4094


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