February 4, 2022 - Report Cards in February for Secondary and Elementary Students, Vaccine Clinics, and more.

February 4, 2022 - Report Cards in February for Secondary and Elementary Students, Vaccine Clinics, and more.
Posted on 02/04/2022

Dear OCDSB Families, 

January was a long month for all of us! It’s nice to welcome February and great for our secondary students to start the second semester with a return to four classes per day. And some good news - March Break is only 5 weeks away.

February is Black History Month and the OCDSB will celebrate with a number of activities and events for staff, students and families. Here are a few words I would like to share with you all as we kick off this month together. Please visit our website for more. 

Report Cards in February for Secondary and Elementary Students

Report cards will be sent out to families via email. Secondary report cards will be sent on Thursday, February 10th, and elementary report cards will be sent on Wednesday, February 16th. You need to enter your child’s Ontario Education Number (OEN) to access the report card - please remember to include the hyphens when entering the number. If you have additional questions, visit our website

Register for Ottawa-Carleton Virtual Learning by February 22, 2022 

We are planning for September 2022 and will offer both in-person and remote learning. We expect an increasing number of students to return to in-person learning in September. We also know that for some families, OCV has been and will continue to be an important choice for their learning needs. Please note, Middle French Immersion, Alternative, ESL/ELD programs, International Baccalaureate (IB), Arts, and Specialized Program Classes are not available through an OCV campus.

If you would like your child to attend an OCV school for the 2022-2023 school year, here is the process for registration:

  • Register - Complete the Registration Form by February 22, 2022. 
  • Confirm - Families who have registered by February 22nd will receive an email in early March asking for Confirmation of Registration by March 10, 2022.

We continue to ask that families register with the understanding that this is a commitment for the full school year. We recognize that families’ needs can change and after the application period we will consider requests for OCV on a case-by-case basis, but we will not be able to guarantee space. If you are planning for in-person learning, no action is required.

Learn more about OCV and registration on our website

COVID-19 UPDATES AND PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

Voluntary COVID-19 Disclosure Form and Dashboard 

A reminder that staff, students and families are now able to report school cases of COVID-19 on the Voluntary COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard. All information is posted to the dashboard anonymously. To learn more about how this tool works, submit a case, or read frequently asked questions, please visit our website.

Vaccine Clinics

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in helping us keep schools open and safe for in-person learning. In the City of Ottawa, the current vaccination rate for children aged 5 to 11 years old is approximately 68% for first doses and 30% for second doses. We are continuing to work with Ottawa Public Health to support vaccine clinics to provide first or second doses to students. In Ottawa, appointments can be booked at any of the following locations:

Helping Children to Prepare for Vaccination 

We understand that you and/or your child may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. This Vaccine Information Sheet for Children provides further information to help you speak to your child about the many benefits of being vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child has a fear of vaccination, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s webpage full of information about vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds. 

Dates of Significance 

In Canada, Eating Disorders Awareness Week is recognized from February 1st to 7th. February 1st to 7th is also World Interfaith Harmony WeekCanadian School Counselling Week is February 7-11, and February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Please remember to follow us on social media and visit our website for additional resources and to learn more about the important dates of significance we recognize throughout the year. We will be sharing more February dates in our upcoming updates.

Upcoming OCDSB Committee of the Whole Meeting, Tuesday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m.

OCDSB Trustees will meet on Tuesday as a Committee of the Whole to ask questions of staff and debate items. Agenda items include reporting on school year calendar dates, approval of safe schools policies, and more. Motions approved at Committee of the Whole meetings then go to a Board of Trustees meeting for a final vote.

Watch the meeting at this link. Dates and times of all upcoming OCDSB committee meetings can be found on our calendar: https://ocdsb.ca/calendar.

EVENTS

“Why Do You Have to File Taxes?” Webinar for Students: If your child is in high school, they are welcome to join representatives from the CRA to learn more about taxes, credits, and the benefits that may be relevant to them. The webinar will take place Tuesday, February 8th from 4:00 p.m until 5:30 p.m. Join the webinar via Zoom

2SLGBTQ+ Interfaith Panel Discussion: Students, staff and families are invited to a 2SLGBTQ+ Interfaith Panel Discussion webinar on Wednesday, February 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please note, this date has been updated from the original date of February 10th. Register on our website.

Student-led Discussion on Black Excellence: The OCDSB is hosting a student-led discussion on Black Excellence on Thursday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. The event will feature current and former OCDSB students. Learn more on our website.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Elementary and Secondary Transfer Application Period: The student transfer application period for both elementary and secondary students runs from January 31st until February 11th. If you wish to have your child attend a school other than their designated school, visit our website to complete a student transfer application.

Registration for the Middle French Immersion Program: If your child has completed the grade 3 English/Core French Program, they can choose to enter Middle French Immersion. Registration runs from February 7th to February 11thLearn more on our website.

Nominations Close February 8th for 2022 Prime Minister’s Awards: The Prime Minister’s Awards honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers, along with early childhood educators. Nominate a teacher or early childhood educator.

“In Conversation with OCDSB” is Now Available on Spotify: If you haven’t had the chance to listen to episode one of the OCDSB’s new podcast, it’s now streaming on Spotify! Episode one is for parents getting ready to send their child to Kindergarten. Learn more on our website

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor

Director of Education

 

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