June 10, 2022 - Summer Learning Programs for Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQ+ youth, Updated Student Dress Code, and more.

June 10, 2022 - Summer Learning Programs for Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQ+ youth, Updated Student Dress Code, and more.
Posted on 06/10/2022

Hello OCDSB Students, 

Summer Learning Programs for Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQ+ youth

Registration is open for the OCDSB’s summer learning programs for Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQ+ youth. Please visit our website to learn more about Indigenous Summer Learning, the Sankofa Academy for Black Youth, and the 2SLGBTQ+ Voices: Building Bridges Program. These programs provide a great opportunity for in-person learning over the summer, and free transportation is available.

Updated Student Dress Code 

All students have the right to express themselves in school through their choice of clothing, hair styles, jewelry, and accessories. While a student’s style is their choice, we want to keep school a place where everyone can feel comfortable. Learn more about the OCDSB’s updated Student Dress Code on our website

Updated Safe Schools Policies

A positive school climate exists when we all can feel safe, valued, and know that we belong. In April 2022, the Board of Trustees approved updated Safe Schools policies focused on managing student behaviour, emergency preparedness and response, and the school district code of conduct. Learn more.

End of Year Report Cards 

Parents, guardians and eligible students will soon be receiving report cards via email. Your Ontario Education Number (OEN) is required to access the report card: if you will need help identifying or using your OEN, we ask that you please contact your school now, as there will be limited capacity for schools to respond to queries once the school year ends. Learn more on our website

2022-2023 School Year Calendars 

The OCDSB’s 2022-2023 school year calendars have been approved by the Ministry of Education. Please visit our website to view the Secondary calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Lifting of Remaining Provincial Masking Requirements 

On June 8, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore issued a statement on the lifting of most of Ontario’s remaining masking requirements. As of June 11, 2022, students using public transit will no longer be mandated to wear a mask. Ottawa Public Health continues to encourage everyone to assess their risk and to respect individuals’ choices relating to mask wearing.

The OCDSB’s Disconnect from Work Procedure

In December 2021 the Government of Ontario passed legislation that supports employees in disengaging from work-related communications after their work day ends. In response, the OCDSB has developed a new disconnect from work procedure to support employee wellbeing and clarify expectations around disconnecting from work. This encourages employees to disconnect from work following the regular work day, especially between the hours of 6:00 pm and 6:00 am on weekdays, and on all weekends, holidays, and times where an employee is on leave. 

This will not affect issues or events defined as urgent, that teachers, principals, or administrative staff receive from students. These types of messages will still be attended to on evenings and weekends as required. Other messages might have to wait until the next work day. If you want to learn more about this procedure, visit our website

School News: Cultivating Sustainable Food Solutions at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School

An exciting initiative is springing up at Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School. In partnership with Farm to Cafeteria Canada and the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE), students are flexing their green thumbs to grow nutritious food for the school community. Read more and find other stories from our schools.

Thank you, 

Camille Williams-Taylor 

Director of Education


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