April 14, 2022 - Mandatory Mask Requirements, Report Cards for Secondary Students, and more.

April 14, 2022 - Mandatory Mask Requirements, Report Cards for Secondary Students, and more.
Posted on 04/14/2022

Dear OCDSB Families,

We would like to remind you that there is no school for elementary or secondary students tomorrow, April 15th, or on Monday, April 18th. Whether you are celebrating a holiday, taking a few days with family or friends, spending time outdoors, or taking part in any other activity, we wish you a safe and happy long weekend. 

Mandatory Mask Requirements

Thanks to everyone for your feedback on the mandatory use of masks in OCDSB schools and buildings. We know there are many different perspectives on this issue. We have posted information on our website about the mask requirements. Families seeking an accommodation/exemption from the requirement are asked to complete the following form.

Report Cards for Secondary Students 

Secondary report cards will be sent to families via email at the end of April. To access the report card, you will need to enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) - please remember to include the hyphens when entering the number. If you have additional questions about report cards, please visit our website.

Results from the Community Check-In 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the OCDSB Community Check-In. We had 10,301 participants share 10,767 thoughts and assign 344,323 ratings. A summary of what we heard, with links to the full survey results, can be found on our website.

Upcoming Events 

April 21st - Sensory Issues and Emotions: A Guide to Assisting Children and Adolescents with Self-Awareness and Strategy Development - 7:00 p.m.

Join guest speaker Lauren H. Kerstein on April 21st at 7:00 p.m. to learn about sensory issues and the impact they have on our emotions, mental health system, and self-regulation. Participants will develop a better understanding of sensory challenges and strategies that might assist a child with increasing their ability to understand and manage sensory issues. Register or watch the livestream here.

April 26th - Women in Trades: Career Discovery Assets - 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   

In partnership with Build a Dream, the OCDSB will be hosting an interactive Virtual opportunity for young women in grades 7-12 and their families to learn collaboratively about the many careers in the growing trades sectors. This online event will highlight opportunities in a number of careers along with OYAP/Pre-apprenticeship to better assist students to make informed career choices. For registration information and more details, visit this OCDSB page.

April 28th - Going to High School

The OCDSB is hosting the Going to High School information night on April 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This virtual conference, organized by OCDSB’s Innovation and Adolescent Learning team, will provide details about the transition from Grade 8 to high school. Students and families will discover the curriculum and subject areas available to all incoming grade 9 students, including information about destreaming. Learn more

Important Dates 

April 21 is World Creativity and Innovation Day. April 22 is the International Day of Silence, and is also Earth Day. We will be sharing more important dates happening in April in our future updates and on social media. 

COVID-19 Updates and Public Health Information 

As we approach the long weekend, many people are making plans to gather with loved ones or attend religious ceremonies. If you are planning or attending a gathering, Ottawa Public Health encourages you to assess your individual risk and the risk of those with whom you plan to gather. More information on assessing and reducing risks can be found on Ottawa Public Health’s website

In case you missed it…

Summer School Registration for Grades 9-12: Offerings include Reach Ahead, eLearning, Co-op and more (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Register by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28th, and visit our website to learn more.

Nominate a Volunteer for the OCDSB’s Community Recognition Awards: Visit our website to learn more about the six award categories and to nominate a volunteer. Nominations close Friday, April 22nd.

OCDSB’s Draft Policy on Student Exclusions: The OCDSB is seeking input on the proposed new Policy P.144.SCO on Student Exclusions. Visit our website to learn more, and submit your feedback on the policy by emailing [email protected]

French and Spanish Summer Camps and Summer International Language Classes for Students in JK to Grade 8: Registration is open for French and Spanish summer camps with the OCDSB, and for virtual summer international language classes. Learn more and register on our website.

Sending our warmest wishes to all this long weekend, 

Camille Williams-Taylor 

Director of Education 

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