Professional Activity (PA) Days

Professional Activity (P.A.) Days 2023-2024 School Year

Each school year, OCDSB schools have several professional activities (PA) days during which staff participate in a number of professional learning areas in support of student learning, and achievement, equity, and student well-being.

On these dates, students remain at home but schools remain open for school staff to engage in their learning and professional development as a school team. Educators have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of anti- racism and oppression, review student progress and achievement, create plans for intervention and support, review and share evidenced based practices, and create next steps for their learning, among other areas. 

The Ministry of Education’s regulation 151 states that school boards must designate three Ministry Priority PA Days and may designate up to four additional PA Days per school year. 

The information below reflects the elementary and secondary PA Day activities for the PA Day on Friday, September 1, 2023.


PA Day: Friday, September 1, 2023 

Friday, September 1, 2023 is a Professional Activity Day for OCDSB school staff that focuses on key Ministry Priorities: Student Well-being, School Safety and Violence Prevention, and Literacy. School staff will attend in-person and participate in presentations, group discussions and collaborative activities facilitated by school administrators. 


Topic 1: Reading and Literacy

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenters/Facilitators: School administrators

Learning Objectives Include:

  • Educators will learn why and how to administer universal screeners and diagnostic assessments that measure foundational literacy skills.
  • Educators will develop their skills in reading comprehension across content areas with connections to the new de-streamed English, Grade 9 courses.
  • Educators will understand what it takes to read and make meaning from a text in their class and will reflect on the different profiles of readers in their classroom.

Health and Safety/Violent Incident Prevention

Learning Objectives Include:

  • School staff will develop increased awareness of workplace health and safety protocols.
  • School staff will be reminded of the obligation to report hazards in the workplace, and the process for reporting health and safety concerns and incidents related to the workplace.


Topic 2: Student and School Safety- Promoting a Safe and Positive Climate

Entity Hosting: School board

Presenters/Facilitators: School administrators

Learning Objectives Include:

  • Educators will develop a deeper capacity to cultivate safe and positive learning conditions rooted in relationships, belonging and inclusivity.
  • Educators will learn more about the OCDSB's Violence in the Workplace procedure, including preventative tools and strategies for reducing violent incidents and for reducing the severity of incidents that do occur.


Participating Schools 


A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School

Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School

Agincourt Road Public School

Alta Vista Public School

Arch Street Public School

Avalon Public School

Barrhaven Public School

Bayshore Public School

Bayview Public School

Bells Corners Public School

Berrigan Elementary School

Blossom Park Public School

Briargreen Public School

Bridlewood Community Elementary School

Broadview Public School

Cambridge Street Public School

Carleton Heights Public School

Carson Grove Elementary School

Castlefrank Elementary School 

Castor Valley Elementary School

Cedarview Middle School

Centennial Public School

Chapman Mills Public School

Charles H. Hulse Public School

Churchill Alternative

Clifford Bowey Public School

Connaught Public School

Convent Glen Elementary School

Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education

Devonshire Public School

D. Roy Kennedy Public School

Dunlop Public School

Dunning-Foubert Elementary School

Elgin St Public School

Elmdale Public School

Emily Carr Middle School

Fallingbrook Elementary School

Farley Mowat Public School

Featherston Drive Public School

Fielding Drive Public School

First Avenue Public School

Fisher Park/Summit Public School

Forest Valley Elementary School

General Vanier Public School

Glashan Public School

Glen Cairn Public School

Glen Ogilvie Public School

Goulbourn Middle School

Greely Elementary School

Half Moon Bay Public School

Hawthorne Public School

Henry Larsen Elementary School

Henry Munro Middle School

Heritage Public School

Hilson Avenue Public School 

Hopewell Avenue Public School 

Huntley Centennial Public School

Jack Donohue Public School

Jockvale Elementary School

John Young Elementary School

Kanata Highlands Public School

Kars on the Rideau Public School

Katimavik Elementary School

Knoxdale Public School

Lady Evelyn Public School

Lakeview Public School

Le Phare Elementary School

Manordale Public School

Manor Park Public School 

Manotick Public School

Maple Ridge Elementary School 

Mary Honeywell Elementary School

Meadowlands Public School

Metcalfe Public School

Mutchmor Public School

North Gower/Marlborough Public School

OCV Elementary School

Orleans Wood Elementary School

Osgoode Public School

Pinecrest Public School

Pleasant Park Public School

Queen Elizabeth Public School

Queen Mary Street Public School

Regina Street Alternative School

Richmond Public School

Riverview Alternative School

Robert Bateman Public School

Robert E. Wilson Public School

Robert Hopkins Public School

Roberta Bondar Public School

Roch Carrier Elementary School

Rockcliffe Park Public School

Roland Michener Public School

Sawmill Creek Elementary School

Severn Avenue Public School

Shingwàkons Public School

Sir Winston Churchill Public School

South March Public School

Steve MacLean Public School

Stephen Leacock Public School

Stittsville Public School

Stonecrest Elementary School

Summerside Public School

Terry Fox Elementary School

Trillium Elementary School

Vimy Ridge Public School

Vincent Massey Public School

Viscount Alexander Public School

Wazoson Public School 

W.E. Johnston Public School

Westwind Public School

W.O. Mitchell Elementary School

Woodroffe Avenue Public School

W.E Gowling Public School

York St. Public School


Adult High School

A.Y. Jackson Secondary School

Bell High School

Brookfield High School

Cairine Wilson Secondary School

Canterbury High School

Colonel By Secondary School

Continuing Education

Earl of March Secondary School

Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate Program

Frederick Banting Secondary Alternate Program

Glebe Collegiate Institute

Gloucester High School

Hillcrest High School

John McCrae Secondary School

Lisgar Collegiate Institute

Longfields–Davidson Heights Secondary School

OCV Secondary School

Osgoode Township High School

Ottawa Technical Secondary School

South Carleton High School

Storefront School

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School

Merivale High School

Nepean High School

Norman Johnston Secondary Alternate Program

Richard Pfaff Secondary Alternate Program

Ridgemont High School

Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School

Sir Robert Borden High School

Urban Aboriginal Alternate High School Program

West Carleton Secondary School

Woodroffe High School

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