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Highlights from the November 24 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the November 24 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 11/25/2021
UCDSB Board of Trustees

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

November 25, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, for a regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

Power Up Program Pilot Project Reviewed

Staff reported that a two-year-old pilot program centered on special education services is now in high demand across the school board.

The Power Up Program pilot project was launched in 2019 as a response to meet increased student needs. Special education teachers in 13 schools across the school district were provided with a supported learning space – usually a classroom – that was flexible, responsive and accessible to all students where they acquired learning strategies. The participating schools reported increased literacy and numeracy results, reduced suspensions and positive parent feedback.

Based on the pilot’s initial results, schools continue to request being considered for a Power Up classroom. The school board recognizes there is a need to grow the program in order to serve a wider range of schools within the district. Next steps include growing the capacity in Power Up to become the UCDSB foundational model for the delivery of special education services; exploring more specialized programming focused on learning strategies and community living and life skills, and; offering further professional learning opportunities.

 

Update on Vaccine Clincs in UCDSB Schools and COVI-19 Testing Options for Students

The Eastern Ontario Public Health unit will be holding four clinics in schools within the UCDSB offering the Pfizer vaccine throughout December. The four schools include Seaway District High School, Russell High School, Char Lan District High School and St. Lawrence Secondary School. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health will be holding vaccination clinics throughout their region in the coming weeks, also offering the Pfizer vaccine. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

Trustees also learned the province will provide free rapid antigen tests for students where there are heightened risks of COVID-19 spread. Staff outlined the public health units will provide these tests are needed. As well, PCR Self-Collection has expanded to all elementary and secondary schools. Students and staff will be able to access PCR self-collection kits at school and drop them off at a convenient location within their community, such as a pharmacy.  The Ministry of Education is working with school boards on the implementation process. Test kits are expected to arrive within the next three weeks.

 

Staff Vaccination Protocols Reviewed

Staff provided an update to trustees on the new school board requirements from the provincial government for employees who have not provided proof of immunization against COVID-19.

As of Nov. 10, 2021, individuals who have not provided proof of vaccination must now provide verification of negative test results three times per week as an added measure to protect schools from the risk of COVID-19. Currently, 90.66 per of UCDSB staff and trustees have completed the attestation form and attested to being fully vaccinated.

As per the instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, which requires all publicly funded school boards to have a COVID-19 vaccination disclosure policy in place, all staff who have not attested to being fully vaccinated now must complete regular, rapid, antigen testing three times per week.

 

UCDSB Set to Open Schools Up for Community Use

After a 20-month hiatus due to the pandemic, the UCDSB will re-open the schools for community use. Past community user organizers have been notified they can now register with the expectation to begin using UCDSB facilities as of Dec.6.

When the school closures first occurred at the pandemic’s onset in March 2020, community use of schools programming was suspended. Since then, the UCDSB has been working with legal professionals and the Ontario School Boards' Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) to adapt existing contracts and procedures to ensure community use may proceed while ensuring the Board is able to meet its health and safety requirements without undue risk. Past community user organizers have been notified they can now register with the expectation to begin use in early December.

 

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For media inquiries, please contact:

April Scott-Clarke
Manager of Communications
Upper Canada District School Board
[email protected]


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