May 20, 2022 - OPSBA’s Public Education Video Contest, Mask Mandate, Upcoming Events, and more.

May 20, 2022 - OPSBA’s Public Education Video Contest, Mask Mandate, Upcoming Events, and more.
Posted on 05/20/2022

Dear OCDSB Families, 

We’d like to remind you that there will be no school for elementary or secondary students and no childcare on Monday, May 23. We hope you enjoy a safe and happy long weekend. 

OPSBA’s Public Education Video Contest 

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) Public Board Council are hosting a video contest open to students in JK to Grade 12. The deadline to enter is May 31, 2022, and everyone who submits a video will be entered to win a prize. Learn more on OPSBA’s website

Mask Mandate

Many people have asked about the status of the mask mandate in OCDSB schools and administrative buildings. Currently, an end date has not been established. We are working with Ottawa Public Health to monitor key COVID-19 indicators in the community and associated risk factors, which will inform the lifting of the requirement. We will continue to keep families and staff informed. Read more.  

Upcoming Events 

May 24th, OCDSB Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

The next OCDSB Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. Save this link to watch the meeting, and view the agenda on our website. 

Google Hangouts for Students during Jewish Heritage Month 

Jewish students in grades 7-12 are invited to join a weekly student-led Google Hangout, open to all students who are a part of a Jewish family, including those who are exploring their Jewish identities. Students can ask their student success teacher, principal, or vice principal for the nickname. Two more Meets will take place this month, on Thursday, May 26th, and Monday, May 30th.

June 18th: The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority’s Driver Appreciation Day 

A reminder that Saturday, June 18th is OSTA’s Virtual Driver Appreciation Day, where we recognize and thank our school bus drivers and walking school bus (WSB) leaders. Students are welcome to create a thank you card for their driver or leader and post it on social media, or upload it online to send to OSTA.

Important Dates 

May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, and is also Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The week of May 23-29 is recognized as Citizenship Week. Please visit our website and follow us on social media to learn more about important dates throughout the year. 

School News

Broadview Public School, with support from the OCDSB Indigenous Education Team, engaged in learning to revise the school’s land acknowledgement practices. Students also learned about the history of this territory as they wrote personalized land acknowledgements. Read the story.

OCDSB students recently earned top titles in two competitions. Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments:

  • Teams from Canterbury High School and John McCrae Secondary School won first and second place in the Euro Challenge Canada Competition, presenting on solutions to international economic challenges. 
  • Saumya T., Edwin Z., and Ria P. from Merivale High School were recognized in the Your Voice is Power contest for using their coding skills to create songs about equity and entrepreneurship.

In case you missed it…

Spanish Summer Camp: Spaces are still available in Spanish Summer Camp for students in JK to Grade 8. Learn more on our website. 


Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor 
Director of Education 


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