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Highlights from the January 12 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Highlights from the January 12 Board of Trustees’ Meeting
Posted on 01/18/2022

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

January 17, 2021 (Brockville, ON) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) met on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, for their first scheduled board meeting of 2022. 

Operations Management Priorities and Practices Update 

Chief Medical Officers of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and Dr. Paula Stewart from the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit joined UCDSB staff to update Trustees on the operations management priorities and practices related to the current status of COVID-19 in our community. This is the sixth update of the school year. 

Both Medical Officers of Health gave their support to welcoming students back to school on Monday, Jan. 17, as per provincial direction received on Jan. 12. 

The UCDSB will be following the guidance from our local public health units and the province and re-instating practices used earlier in the year to minimize contacts. Also, remote learning options will continue to be available to families who want to continue with that mode of learning. 

Director Ferguson Announces Recipients of Red Apple Award
Director of Education Ron Ferguson updated trustees on a new award that has been developed this year to recognize staff.
The Red Apple Award is given by the Director of Education to individuals that stand out for their deeply-rooted dedication to our school board’s top priority – our students. Their day-to-day impact on those around them branches far & wide, planting seeds of inspiration for us all. 

Ferguson announced the inaugural recipients of the award at the January 12 meeting:  

Debbie Banks, Principal of Special Education, for her dedicated years of service with the UCDSB and specifically, her work with the development of the Power Up Program which was designed to increase inclusion in our board.

Erin Hurford, local CUPE President, for having the best interest of staff in mind, while keeping student impact front-and-center during this pandemic. Hurford went far beyond expectations when assisting in medical emergencies on more than two occasions since the start of the pandemic.

Jane Veninga, Teacher at R. Tait McKenzie Public School, for her mentorship of new teachers, dedication to her students and heightened focus on literacy, ensuring all students in her class have the best opportunity to learn how to read.

For media inquiries, please contact: 

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




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