Dear Parents and Guardians:
I hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful summer. It’s such a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to explore new things – whether that is in your community, in books, through travel or just quiet time together.
At this time of year, our thoughts turn to the new school year. Our staff has been busy preparing for the first day of school on September 8, 2015. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on a few items.
JK – 7 Mark Summaries
Parents of students in JK to grade 7 can expect to receive information about the 2014-2015 Term 2 marks this week. The information will be in the form of a letter which was mailed to the home address of the student on August 31, 2015. The mark information is not a report card; it contains the student’s marks by subject and strand, and is based on the information submitted by the teacher. If you have questions about the mark summary, please contact the school which your child attended in June 2015.
There have been many media reports about labour negotiations over the summer months. You will recall that there are both central table and local table negotiations. Over the summer, a tentative agreement was reached at the central table with OSSTF, the union representing secondary teachers and secondary occasional teachers. This is an important step forward in the negotiations process. Locally, we remain committed to bargaining fair and fully funded local agreements and have dates scheduled with our local OSSTF union. As the school year begins, we anticipate that the OSSTF local union will continue the sanctions which were in place in June 2015. Those sanctions included such things as reporting marks without comments, not participating in professional development activities, not attending staff meetings, etc. Please note that field trips and extra-curricular activities were not affected by sanctions and are expected to operate as usual.
At the elementary level, central negotiations with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) are scheduled for September 1, 2015. Locally, the school district will be scheduling bargaining dates and we remain committed to negotiating a fair and fully funded local agreement as quickly as possible. ETFO has indicated that they will be continuing the sanctions which were in place in June 2015 and may extend those sanctions to include field trips and fundraising activities if a tentative central agreement is not in place by the start of the school year.
School Start Times and School Bus Transportation
There have been some changes to school start times and school bus routes. Parents are encouraged to check their school website for information about start times. Information about school bus transportation, including stop locations and pick up and drop off times is available from the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA). Please visit their website at www.osta.ca
As always, information is posted on our website as soon as it becomes available. You can send any questions to email@example.com or to Director@ocdsb.ca.
I hope that you have a wonderful school year.
Director of Education
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board