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Highlights from the February 9 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights from the February 9 Board of Trustees Meeting
Posted on 02/10/2022
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Full details on presentations, reports, and discussions can be found in the agenda or reviewed in the recorded broadcast.   

 

February 10, 2022 – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Some of the items discussed in the public session are as follows.  

  

Anti-Sex Trafficking Protocol Implemented  

Superintendent Marsha McNair along with Principal Don Lewis reported to Trustees that UCDSB’s newly created Anti-Sex Trafficking protocol has officially been implemented.   

The protocol, which is a directive from the Ministry of Education, will provide support coordinated action by all community partners to prevent, identify and recognize sex trafficking and develop responses to facilitate early and appropriate intervention. Staff will receive training in this protocol and students will receive educational awareness implemented into the curriculum. This protocol will provide an added layer of protection for UCDSB students. 

  

Trustees Vote to Change Name of Roxmore Public School 

Superintendent Susan Rutters reported to the Board that the Roxmore/North Stormont Transition Committee’s sub-committee, the School Naming Committee, has determined a new name for Roxmore Public School. After a diplomatic process that included suggested names from the school community, the committee narrowed the proposed names to a top three. The top three were then shared with all families and staff from the two schools to vote on their preferred name. Over half of the votes were in favour of Avonmore Elementary School.  

Rutters shared with Trustees it's the committee’s recommendation that Avonmore Elementary School be the school’s new name. Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation. Effective September 1, 2022, Roxmore Public School will be known as Avonmore Elementary School.  

North Stormont Public School will close at the end of the 2021-2022 School Year and students will transition to the newly named Avonmore Elementary School. 

  

Student Transportation Update 

Ward 9 Trustee John Danaher presented to the Board an update regarding student transportation. There were several updates provided. Among them included that Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO) has seen several bus route cancellations take place this school year due to driver shortages.   

Danaher also offered an update on STEO’s Inclement Weather Zone Review and stop-arm cameras on school buses. Work and review is underway on both of these initiatives. STEO expects to be able to provide an update later this school year. 

 

Operations Management Update 

Several superintendents reported to the Board updates from their respective portfolios.

Human Resources Superintendent Chad Brownlee provided a staffing shortage update. As reported during previous Board meetings, the UCDSB is experiencing similar staffing issues to other school boards. To date, no UCDSB schools have had to close due to staffing shortages, but plans are in place should it occur.  

Executive Superintendent Jeremy Hobbs shared with Trustees a Community Use of Schools update. As of February 1, UCDSB reopened schools for community use for previous permit holders. Permit holders must abide by current safety protocols – no spectators, cannot exceed 50 per cent capacity, and all participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Superintendent Bill Loshaw reported to the Board that all extra-curricular activities remain paused, as directed by the Ministry of Education.  

  

For media inquiries, please contact:   

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

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