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Highlights from the September 22 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the September 22 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 09/24/2021

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

September 24, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, for a regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

 Student Enrolment Numbers Exceed Initial Projections

Staff presented the current 2021-22 enrolment numbers for both elementary and secondary sections. Based on initial projections, which were done in the spring, the UCDSB has   surpassed its initial projections by approximately 1,100 students, as of Sept. 8.

The largest variation in enrolment for the system is currently in the elementary level, which is about 800 students above projections. Secondary enrolment accounts for about 300 students above projections. Staff outlined the highest numbers have been occurring within the kindergarten programming as well as Grades 7 and 9 students.

Staff will continue to research the reasons behind the increased enrolment numbers. Initial conclusions are tied to students returning to school following at-home learning during the pandemic as well as families migrating from urban to rural communities.

 

Staff Provide Extra-Curricular Sports and Activities Update

With Grades 7-12 students able to participate in extra-curricular activities with students outside of their class cohort this year, staff provided an update to trustees on how the school board is following health protocols and working with health units to re-introduce these activities.

All extra-curricular activities – whether a club or a sports team – requires that all club leaders and coaches adhere to safety protocols such as screening, masking and participant tracking.

Currently, students participating in sports are only engaged in training and practices. Inter-school play will be possible beginning Oct. 1, and plans will be communicated with school administrators, athletic directors, teachers and coaches.

 

School Vaccine Clinics Set Up Throughout UCDSB

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit (LGLHU) have initiated or have already begun to host school vaccine clinics in secondary schools across the UCDSB.

These clinics, available for students ages 12 and over, will take place in the schools for ease of access. Consent forms have been sent home from both health units. The EOHU has already started hosting vaccine clinics while the LGLHU is collecting consent forms and coordinating dates and locations in the coming days.


UCDSB Finalizes Immunization
Disclosure Protocol for Staff and Visitors

Following Ministry of Education guidelines, the UCDSB has finalized its Immunization Disclosure Protocol for staff and visitors.

All staff must attest to and provide proof of being fully vaccinated. If staff do not attest and provide proof, they must give written proof of a medical reason provided by either a physician or nurse practitioner. Otherwise, the individual will have to perform a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 and demonstrate a negative result twice a week, in addition to participating in a COVID-19 vaccination educational program by the Ministry of Education.

Visitors will follow the similar protocols as staff. They must either show proof of a vaccination, provide a medical exemption letter, or complete a rapid antigen test with a negative result within 48 hours prior to entering the school building.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

 

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





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