April 22, 2022 - 2022-2023 School Year Calendars Approved by Ministry of Education, Social Media, and more.

April 22, 2022 - 2022-2023 School Year Calendars Approved by Ministry of Education, Social Media, and more.
Posted on 04/22/2022

Dear OCDSB Families, 

Over the past week, we have received a number of questions from students, staff and families in response to the OCDSB’s new mask mandate. To provide more details, we have updated our website with a few new FAQs to answer some of the common questions we are receiving. We understand these adjustments have been challenging for some students and families, and we thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement these changes. 

2022-2023 School Year Calendars Approved by Ministry of Education

The proposed 2022-2023 elementary and secondary school year calendars have been approved by the Ministry of Education. The full calendar will be available soon on our website. Key dates for elementary and secondary students include:

  • First Day of School: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
  • Winter Break: December 26, 2022 - January 6, 2023
  • March Break: March 13 - 17, 2023
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, June 29, 2023

Social Media 

We have been rethinking our use of social media - why and how we use it, and our responsibility to curate a safe and respectful online community. We’re going to continue to use social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and are making a few changes. Please visit our website to learn more about what this means, and how you can help. 

Ontario government commits to new funding for Findlay Creek school

On Thursday, the Ontario government announced that it will be committing over $19.2 million to fund the construction of a new OCDSB elementary school with child care in Ottawa’s Findlay Creek community. The OCDSB would like to thank the Ontario government for committing to this important project. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the parents, students, trustees and community members who have advocated for this school. Read more.

Upcoming Events 

April 26th - OCDSB Board Meeting 

The OCDSB’s Board of Trustees will meet next on Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. for a Board Meeting. Save this link to watch the livestream.

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 information Night

The OCDSB is hosting the Going to High School information night on April 28th, 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

May 5th - OCDSB Presents Dr. Bettina Love - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of both Education Week and Mental Health Week, we invite families for a lively and engaging virtual conversation with Dr. Bettina Love as she discusses the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. For registration and more information, visit this website

Important Dates 

There are lots of upcoming important dates to recognize, including:

  • Today is Earth Day and International Day of Silence, 
  • Tomorrow is World Book Day,
  • Next week is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to thank and celebrate our volunteers, 
  • Next week is World Immunization Week,
  • April 24th is Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day,
  • April 27th is Administrative Professionals Day, 
  • Beginning the evening of April 27th, we will recognize Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 
  • April 28th is the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. 

COVID-19 Updates and Public Health Information 

After School Vaccination Clinics 

Ottawa Public Health has added new dates and locations for after school COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Anyone ages 5 and up can drop in to speak with a public health nurse and/or get a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more on OPH’s website

Self-Isolation 

If you or your child have been exposed to someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, remember to complete this self-isolation determination tool to find out if self-isolation is needed.

In case you missed it…

Nominations for the Community Recognition Awards Close Today: Nominations for the OCDSB Community Recognition Awards close today at 4:00 p.m. If you know a volunteer who has made a difference for your school community, nominate them today! Learn more on our website

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.

We hope you enjoy your weekend, and send our warmest wishes to those celebrating Orthodox Easter, Ridvan, and any other celebrations that are important to you and your family. 

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor 

Director of Education 

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