Boardroom Newsbrief - October 27, 2020

Date: October 27, 2020

The Newsbrief is meant to provide the highlights of the decisions made at the Board meeting for the benefit of our community. The notes do not serve as the official record of the meeting. Please refer to Board or Committee minutes.

For full agenda package prepared ahead of this meeting, visit this link.

D. Aubrey Moodie Award

The top scholar at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for the 2019-2020 school year is Sheel Ayachi.

He was presented with the D.Aubrey Moodie Award at the Board meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Ayachi, who attended the International Baccalaureate program at Colonel By Secondary School, graduated with the highest average in the district of 98.86%.

He is currently enrolled in McMaster University’s Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Science Coop Program.

Briefing from the Chair of the Board

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Riverside South Secondary School

We are excited to share that the Government of Ontario has announced it will provide $42.3 million to fund the construction of a new high school in Riverside South.

The school will offer more than 1500 new secondary student spaces, along with two child care rooms with 39 licensed child care spaces.

With the funding now approved, the OCDSB will be able to establish timelines for the building process.

This will be the first secondary school for the OCDSB in the growing Riverside South community. We would like to thank all of the members of the community - students, parents, trustees and local politicians - who advocated for the funding of this school.

PIC Reminder

A reminder that the OCDSB is looking for parents and interested community members to serve on its Parent Involvement Committee. Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 30th. Please visit our website for details.

Briefing from the Director

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Treaties Recognition Week 2020

The first full week of November (November 2nd - 6th) is Treaties Recognition Week. The goal of this week is to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships.

All students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, benefit from learning about the histories, cultures, contributions and perspectives of First Nation, Métis and Inuit people in Canada.

OCDSB schools will take time during the week to incorporate subject matter related to Treaties within their classrooms.

Indigenous Youth Virtual Sharing Circle

Learning Support Services and the Indigenous Education Team are working together to explore mental health for OCDSB Indigenous youth. Hearing directly from students is an essential part of this work. Led by members of the Indigenous Education Team, there will be a virtual focus group on Tuesday November 10th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Further information can be found on the OCDSB student portal and school websites.

Scholarship applications

A message to our Grade 12 students. It's time to be thinking about scholarship applications. As an example, applications for the 2021 Loran Award are now open. The Loran Award is a very prestigious scholarship, valued at $100,000 over four years, including mentorship, funding for summer internships and participation in an extensive network of past and present scholars. High school students who plan to attend university next fall are invited to apply. Please contact your Guidance Department for more information.

COVID-19 Update

OCDSB staff presented an update to trustees on COVID-19. A link to the PowerPoint presentation can be found in the agenda package.

In-camera Motions

Trustees approved an in-camera motion concerning a financial matter.

Public Motions

Trustees approved the following:

  • Confirmation of Board Minutes:
    • Board, 22 September 2020
    • Receipt of Committee of the Whole Report, 13 October 2020
      • Approval of the International Student Return Plan
  • Report 20-090, Consultation Plan to Review Police Involvement in OCDSB Schools
  • Funding to Support the Implementation of the Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Roadmap
    • up to $126,000 annually to immediately create two indigenous graduation coach positions (with expertise in the cultures of Inuit Metis peoples) to directly support the implementation of the Roadmap.
    • expand the Equity Team immediately through an additional Equity Coach with a focus on black, racialized, minoritized groups to directly support the implementation of the Roadmap at a cost of up to $100,000.
    • an allocation of up to $50,000 annually over three years to support translation services to communicate and support the implementation of the Roadmap.

The meeting concluded at 11pm


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