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Episode #4: Digital citizenship
Episode #4: Digital citizenship
12/01/2022
It seems we’re all struggling to navigate the online world these days. If adults are having a hard time, how do we even begin to talk about it with our kids? In our latest episode of our In Conversation with OCDSB podcast, we talk about how parents can support kids to enter the digital world with confidence. 
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OCDSB Board of Trustees Appoints New Director of Education
OCDSB Board of Trustees Appoints New Director of Education
12/01/2022
The OCDSB Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce it has appointed OCDSB Executive Officer Michele Giroux to serve as Director of Education and Secretary of the Board on an interim basis, effective January 9, 2023.
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December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
12/01/2022
The OCDSB joins communities and organizations around the world, to stand for persons with disabilities to be recognized for their humanity and abilities.
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December 1 is Nunatsiavut Day
December 1 is Nunatsiavut Day
11/30/2022
Nunatsiavut Day acknowledges the effective date of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, which came into effect in 2005.
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OCDSB to host All About High School, a virtual information session on December 8
OCDSB to host All About High School, a virtual information session on December 8
11/23/2022
This virtual conference, organized by OCDSB’s Innovation and Adolescent Learning team, will provide details about all aspects of high school.
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OCDSB Statement in Response to Special Board Meeting
OCDSB Statement in Response to Special Board Meeting
11/23/2022
On Tuesday, November 22, the OCDSB Board of Trustees held a special meeting to discuss a motion regarding mandatory mask use for students and staff. The meeting was attended by over 150 members of the public, with many more watching online.
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November 20 is World Children's Day and National Child Day
November 20 is World Children's Day and National Child Day
11/18/2022
World Children’s Day and National Child Day are recognized each year on November 20.
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November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance
11/18/2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance began as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998
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November 20-26 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario
November 20-26 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario
11/17/2022
This is an opportunity for us all to reinforce clear and positive messages that bullying is not acceptable in our schools and communities.
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An Open Letter to the Community: OCDSB Special Board Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, November 22
11/17/2022
The OCDSB has scheduled a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the adoption of a temporary mask mandate for students and staff at all OCDSB schools. The meeting will be held in-person at 133 Greenbank Road with options for participants to join remotely and watch a livestream.
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November 16 is Louis Riel Day
November 16 is Louis Riel Day
11/15/2022
In Ontario Louis Riel Day is recognized on November 16th, the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution in 1885.
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New OCDSB Trustees Sworn-in, Chair and Vice-Chair Elected
New OCDSB Trustees Sworn-in, Chair and Vice-Chair Elected
11/15/2022
In a special ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, trustees were officially sworn in as members of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for a four-year term.
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 Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day
11/09/2022
Remembrance day is an opportunity to honour those who have served and continue to serve during times of war, conflict, and peace.
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OCDSB Board of Trustees Congratulates the Director of Education
OCDSB Board of Trustees Congratulates the Director of Education
11/08/2022
The Board of Trustees extends a warm congratulations to Director Camille Williams-Taylor who has accepted a new position as Director of Education with the Durham District School Board starting in January 2023.
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November 8th is Indigenous Veterans Day
November 8th is Indigenous Veterans Day
11/03/2022
Indigenous Veterans Day is a time to remember and commemorate the stories and contributions of Indigenous veterans in wars and conflict past and present.
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Important: CUPE strike action will not affect OCDSB schools
Important: CUPE strike action will not affect OCDSB schools
11/03/2022
The OCDSB does not have any CUPE bargaining units and is not directly affected by any potential CUPE strike action or provincial legislation.
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2021-2022 EQAO Results Released
2021-2022 EQAO Results Released
11/03/2022
On Thursday, November 3, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the school board level results for assessments conducted during the 2021-2022 school year. This follows the release of provincial level data in October.
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November is Holocaust Education Month
November is Holocaust Education Month
10/27/2022
Holocaust Education Month provides students, staff, and families with opportunities to learn more about the history and legacy of the Holocaust.
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Treaties Recognition Week
Treaties Recognition Week
10/27/2022
This year, Treaties Recognition Week is recognized from November 6-12.
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New Podcast - The Joy of Reading
New Podcast - The Joy of Reading
10/26/2022
For a child, there is so much potential in a good book. For some kids, learning to read comes easy. For others, it can be a challenge. In this podcast, we provide a few tips to support early learners and how parents can help develop in their children a joy of reading.
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OCDSB Welcomes Newly-Elected Trustees
OCDSB Welcomes Newly-Elected Trustees
10/25/2022
The OCDSB would like to congratulate those who were elected to the office of school board trustee on Monday, October 24, 2022.
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Diwali
Diwali
10/20/2022
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, will be celebrated on October 24, 2022.
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Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Road Trip: Transforming Cultures for Students, Staff and Families
Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Road Trip: Transforming Cultures for Students, Staff and Families
10/20/2022
The OCDSB will be hosting a special event to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we need to go to fulfill our commitments to Indigenous education, equity and human rights.
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OCDSB Announces New Additions to Senior Team and New Manager, Finance
OCDSB Announces New Additions to Senior Team and New Manager, Finance
10/20/2022
Following a series of successful recruitment competitions, the OCDSB has filled the roles of Superintendent of Instruction; Associate Director, Business Operations; and Manager, Finance.
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October 20 is Spirit Day
October 20 is Spirit Day
10/18/2022
Each year, millions of people around the world “go purple” for Spirit Day to support 2SLGBTQ+ youth in a united stand against bullying.
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Free menstrual pads in OCDSB schools for students Gr. 4+
Free menstrual pads in OCDSB schools for students Gr. 4+
10/14/2022
While menstruation is a normal and healthy bodily function, for too many students, having a period can lead to feelings of shame and financial hardship. OCDSB students have said they can’t participate in school without access to period products. Students have had to leave school, miss class, or be late.
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OCDSB launches 2022 United Way Campaign
OCDSB launches 2022 United Way Campaign
10/06/2022
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) launched its annual United Way campaign today to raise funds for community initiatives to combat poverty, support youth and help people overcome challenges across the region.
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 October is Islamic Heritage Month
October is Islamic Heritage Month
10/05/2022
The month of October is an opportunity to reflect and learn together about Islamic excellence and the rich, longstanding contributions Muslim people have made in our communities.
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Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur
10/04/2022
Yom Kippur will begin at sunset on October 4, 2022
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Three OCDSB Educators Recognized for Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence
Three OCDSB Educators Recognized for Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence
09/30/2022
The OCDSB is proud to share that three teachers have been recognized for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Teaching Excellence in STEM
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OCDSB Seeking Community Member to Serve on Audit Committee
OCDSB Seeking Community Member to Serve on Audit Committee
09/30/2022
The OCDSB is seeking a community member to serve a three-year term on its Audit Committee
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OCDSB Speaker Series Presents: Explore Digital Parenting with MediaSmarts
OCDSB Speaker Series Presents: Explore Digital Parenting with MediaSmarts
09/29/2022
On Tuesday, October 25th the OCDSB will host “Explore Digital Parenting”, a virtual workshop with MediaSmarts.
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October is Latin American Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month
October is Latin American Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month
09/29/2022
October is recognized as Latin American Heritage Month in Canada, and Hispanic Heritage Month in the province of Ontario.
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An Open Letter to Jewish Students, Staff and Families
An Open Letter to Jewish Students, Staff and Families
09/23/2022
Each fall, the Jewish community celebrates the High Holy Days, beginning with the Jewish new year on Rosh Hashanah (September 25-27, 2022) and closing with Yom Kippur (October 4-5, 2022). These ten days, known as the Days of Awe, are a time for reflection and rebuilding of relationships. We recognize that this is a time for our Jewish students, staff and families to celebrate. We are enriched by your contributions to our school communities.
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National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day
National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day
09/23/2022
On Friday, September 30th, OCDSB students and staff members will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah
09/23/2022
Rosh Hashanah will begin the evening of September 25th.
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September 28th is Rowan’s Law Day
September 28th is Rowan’s Law Day
09/22/2022
Rowan’s Law Day honours Rowan Stringer’s memory and raises awareness about concussion safety.
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OCDSB Cares - An anonymous reporting tool for students
OCDSB Cares - An anonymous reporting tool for students
09/20/2022
This September, the OCDSB is launching the OCDSB Cares anonymous reporting tool in secondary schools.
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New: Add the OCDSB’s Elementary and Secondary School Year Calendars to Your Own Digital Calendar
New: Add the OCDSB’s Elementary and Secondary School Year Calendars to Your Own Digital Calendar
09/20/2022
The OCDSB’s Elementary and Secondary school year calendars can now be synchronized with digital calendars like Google Calendar or Outlook.
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Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women: OCDSB leaders recognized
Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women: OCDSB leaders recognized
09/19/2022
At a special book launch and gala event in Toronto on September 17, OCDSB Education Director Camille Williams-Taylor and Education Foundation of Ottawa Executive Director Clarissa Arthur were recognized as part of the Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2022.
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New Job Opportunities Available for Early Learning Assistants
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September 19th is Powley Day
September 19th is Powley Day
09/15/2022
Powley Day commemorates the most important Métis Rights recognition since the days of Louis Riel.
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Building a Safe and Caring Community
Building a Safe and Caring Community
09/15/2022
A recent video of a violent attack on a student near Gloucester High School has rightly prompted significant concerns from families and students about the safety of youths in our community.
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Membership Applications Now Open: OCDSB Parent Involvement Committee
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OCDSB statement - Assault Against Student
OCDSB statement - Assault Against Student
09/12/2022
On Friday, Gloucester High School school was made aware of an assault that occurred off of school property involving a student. The student was assaulted by a group of individuals. This unacceptable and senseless act of violence was recorded and posted to social media. The video and many rumours are circulating on social media.
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Open Trails at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre
Open Trails at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre
09/12/2022
The MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre is having its annual Open Trails day on Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 425-acre classroom will be open for the public to explore.
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OCDSB statement regarding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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A September Message to Parents and Guardians: Strategies to Help Prepare for a Successful Return to School
A September Message to Parents and Guardians: Strategies to Help Prepare for a Successful Return to School
09/02/2022
Heading back to school in September after a summer break is an adjustment for both students and their families. The OCDSB's Mental Health Team has prepared a few strategies to help families prepare for a successful return to school.
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OCDSB Statement on School Board Trustee Elections
OCDSB Statement on School Board Trustee Elections
08/17/2022
School board trustees are elected every four years. The next municipal election will be October 24, 2022.
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Resignation of Zone 6 Trustee
Resignation of Zone 6 Trustee
08/11/2022
OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis has resigned his seat on the Board of Trustees effective August 19, 2022 due to a change of residency.
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Emancipation Day is August 1
07/29/2022
August 1st is Emancipation Day in Canada, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.
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2022-2023 International and Indigenous Language Classes
2022-2023 International and Indigenous Language Classes
07/21/2022
In-Person and Virtual Language Classes are Available for Students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.
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Adult High School is Accepting Registrations for Fall 2022
Adult High School is Accepting Registrations for Fall 2022
07/12/2022
Are you an adult (over 18 years of age) looking to earn your high school diploma? The Adult High School is scheduling registration appointments all summer!
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Celebrating the Recipients of the 2021-2022 Student Recognition Awards
Celebrating the Recipients of the 2021-2022 Student Recognition Awards
06/24/2022
We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the OCDSB’s Student Recognition Awards.
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June 25 - July 1 is Somali Heritage Week
June 25 - July 1 is Somali Heritage Week
06/23/2022
June 25 - July 1 is Somali Heritage Week in Ontario, celebrating the rich culture and heritage of the Somali people.
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Staffing Announcements - OCDSB Leadership Team
Staffing Announcements - OCDSB Leadership Team
06/23/2022
The OCDSB is pleased to announce the following senior team appointments and portfolio changes effective August 15, 2022.
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From Stressed Out to Chilled Out: Stress Lessons for Students in Grades 7 - 9
From Stressed Out to Chilled Out: Stress Lessons for Students in Grades 7 - 9
06/22/2022
Join us this summer to learn more about what you can do to manage stress, build resilience, and develop positive coping skills.
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Shingwàkons Public School - OCDSB announces name of new school in Fernbank community
Shingwàkons Public School - OCDSB announces name of new school in Fernbank community
06/21/2022
The OCDSB is proud to announce that the new elementary school in the Fernbank community will be named Shingwàkons Public School.
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Registration with the OCDSB is Open All Summer Long!
Registration with the OCDSB is Open All Summer Long!
06/21/2022
Families can register their child for school with the OCDSB at any time over the summer.
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Celebrating the Winners of the 2021-2022 Community Recognition Awards
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OCDSB 2022-23 Annual Budget Approved
OCDSB 2022-23 Annual Budget Approved
06/15/2022
At a Special Board meeting on June 14, 2022, Trustees approved the OCDSB 2022-23 operating budget of $1.056 billion and capital budget of $124.5 million.
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Seeking Community Representatives: Special Education Advisory Committee
Seeking Community Representatives: Special Education Advisory Committee
06/15/2022
The OCDSB is seeking to appoint up to three community representatives to sit on the Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.
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OCDSB to host Job & Employment Skills Workshop on June 21 & 23
OCDSB to host Job & Employment Skills Workshop on June 21 & 23
06/14/2022
OCDSB, in partnership with the World Skills Employment Centre and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, is organizing an in-person workshop to support newcomer parents and guardians in their journey to employment.
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Updated Safe Schools Policies
Updated Safe Schools Policies
06/08/2022
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.
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OCDSB Student Dress Code
OCDSB Student Dress Code
06/06/2022
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 our updated Student Dress Code.
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Black Youth Forum: We Celebrate Us, Today and Everyday
Black Youth Forum: We Celebrate Us, Today and Everyday
06/01/2022
Join Black Students, representing each OCDSB High School virtually, as they share their journey to: "Celebrate Us, Today and Everyday"
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Students in Grades 7-12 will now receive report cards in their email
Students in Grades 7-12 will now receive report cards in their email
06/01/2022
Report cards will now be delivered to students in grades 7-12 at the same time as their parents and guardians. Students will receive the report card link in their OCDSB email addresses.
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National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day
05/31/2022
June is National Indigenous History Month, and National Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized on June 21st. Please join us in celebrating and reflecting on the history, accomplishments, culture and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
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Celebrating the Nominees of the 2021-2022 Community Recognition Awards
Celebrating the Nominees of the 2021-2022 Community Recognition Awards
05/30/2022
Today, we are pleased to announce the nominees of the 2021-2022 Community Recognition Awards.
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Upcoming Technology Survey for Students in Grades 7-12
Upcoming Technology Survey for Students in Grades 7-12
05/26/2022
The OCDSB is conducting a short survey for students in Grades 7-12, to gather feedback about their experiences using technology to support learning over the past few years.
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Four OCDSB Schools Open to the Public for Device Charging on May 26th and 27th
Four OCDSB Schools Open to the Public for Device Charging on May 26th and 27th
05/26/2022
The OCDSB will be opening Canterbury High School, Roberta Bondar Public School, Woodroffe High School, and Carleton Heights Public School from 4-9 pm on Thursday May 26th and Friday May 27th, to allow the public in impacted areas to charge devices.
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Impact of Storm on Schools Update - May 22, 2022
05/22/2022
The storm in Ottawa on May 21 has had a tremendous impact on our community. Over the past 24 hours, our Facilities staff have been inspecting schools. There are a number of schools with downed trees, broken branches, and debris.
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Mask Mandate
Mask Mandate
05/19/2022
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 these 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.
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May 16th is World Education Support Personnel Day
May 16th is World Education Support Personnel Day
05/12/2022
On Monday, May 16th we will celebrate the OCDSB’s support staff during World Education Support Personnel Day.
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Cyber Advisory: Phishing and Smishing
Cyber Advisory: Phishing and Smishing
05/10/2022
The Ministry of Education has issued the following advisory to help families recognize and avoid phishing and smishing attempts.
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May 10th is Bear Witness Day
May 10th is Bear Witness Day
05/09/2022
On May 10th we recognize Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin, which honours the memory of Jordan River Anderson and ensures the proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle.
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Please Join Us in Recognizing the Recipients of the 2021-2022 Director's Citation and Employee Recognition Awards
Please Join Us in Recognizing the Recipients of the 2021-2022 Director's Citation and Employee Recognition Awards
05/09/2022
Each year, the Director’s Citation Award and Employee Recognition Awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognize the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's staff members.
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Student-Led Ottawa Deaf Youth Conference: May 18 - 19, 2022
Student-Led Ottawa Deaf Youth Conference: May 18 - 19, 2022
05/05/2022
Students and staff members from Woodroffe High School’s program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students are running a virtual conference on May 18 and 19, for secondary students that are deaf or hard of hearing.
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OCDSB Podcast, "It's ok"
OCDSB Podcast, "It's ok"
05/03/2022
We spoke with Emily Balla, the mental health lead for the OCDSB, about mental health, wellness, and how parents can support children (and themselves) to better deal with the challenges that come our way
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Register Now: Summer School for Grades 6-8
05/02/2022
Registration is now open for 2022 Summer School programs for students in Grades 6-8.
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May is Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month
04/29/2022
Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month are an opportunity to reflect upon the long and rich history of Asian Canadians, and learn more about their accomplishments and impact in our communities.
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2022 Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections - Trustee Nominations Now Open
2022 Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections - Trustee Nominations Now Open
04/28/2022
The nomination period for school board trustee candidates is now open for running in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections on Monday, October 24, 2022.
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Mental Health Week is May 2-8
Mental Health Week is May 2-8
04/27/2022
This year, we’ll be exploring the theme Empathy, before you weigh in, tune in.
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May 1st is National Principals Day
May 1st is National Principals Day
04/27/2022
May 1st is an opportunity to celebrate and thank our Principals and Vice Principals for their ongoing hard work and dedication.
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May is Jewish Heritage Month
May is Jewish Heritage Month
04/27/2022
Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn, celebrate and educate future generations about Jewish Canadians and the impact they have in communities across the District.
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Ontario government commits to new funding for Findlay Creek school
Ontario government commits to new funding for Findlay Creek school
04/21/2022
Today, 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.
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Building a caring online community
Building a caring online community
04/20/2022
We recognize the value of social media. It’s a great way to share messages, interact with others, post photos, exchange ideas and facilitate connections. The great things about social media are really great. Unfortunately, the bad things about social media seem to be getting worse.
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OCDSB Community Check-In: Results
OCDSB Community Check-In: Results
04/14/2022
Results are now available for the OCDSB Community Check-In
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OCDSB to host Women in Trades: Career Discovery Assets virtual conference on April 26, 2022
OCDSB to host Women in Trades: Career Discovery Assets virtual conference on April 26, 2022
04/14/2022
OCDSB, in partnership with Build a Dream, will be hosting an interactive virtual opportunity young women in Grades 7-12 to learn about the career pathways in the trades sector
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OCDSB to host Going to High School - Virtual Information Night on April 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
OCDSB to host Going to High School - Virtual Information Night on April 28, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
04/14/2022
This virtual conference, organized by OCDSB’s Innovation and Adolescent Learning team, will provide details about the transition from Grade 8 to high school.
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Mandatory Mask Use in OCDSB Schools and Buildings
Mandatory Mask Use in OCDSB Schools and Buildings
04/14/2022
On April 12, 2022, the Board of Trustees passed a motion requiring all staff, students (K-12), volunteers and visitors to wear a mask inside any OCDSB school or office building.
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International Day of Pink is April 13th, 2022
International Day of Pink is April 13th, 2022
04/12/2022
On International Day of Pink and every day, we stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
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Summer School Registration is Now Open for Students in Grades 9-12
Summer School Registration is Now Open for Students in Grades 9-12
04/01/2022
Registration for Summer School for students in grades 9-12 is open until 4:00 p.m. on June 28th, 2022.
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April is Sikh Heritage Month
April is Sikh Heritage Month
03/31/2022
April is an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate Sikh Canadians.
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Virtual Information Session: OCDSB International Learning Opportunities - International Certificate Program, Exchanges and Studying Abroad
Virtual Information Session: OCDSB International Learning Opportunities - International Certificate Program, Exchanges and Studying Abroad
03/24/2022
The OCDSB offers a number of exciting opportunities for students who want to learn more about the world. We will be holding an information session for Grade 8-11 students and their parents/guardians to learn more about our International Certificate Program, international exchanges and studying abroad.
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School Earth Hour Challenge: March 25th, 2022
School Earth Hour Challenge: March 25th, 2022
03/22/2022
With Earth Hour taking place on March 26th, Schools are welcome to participate in the School Earth Hour Challenge on Friday, March 25th.
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April is World Autism Awareness Month
April is World Autism Awareness Month
03/22/2022
April is World Autism Awareness Month, with World Autism Awareness Day recognized on April 2nd.
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March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
03/21/2022
Today and every day we reaffirm our efforts to combat all forms of racial discrimination, systemic racism and hate.
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French and Spanish Summer Camps for Students in JK to Grade 8
03/18/2022
This program runs from July 4 - 29, 2022, and is open to students in all school boards.
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Summer International Language Classes, In-Person and Online
03/18/2022
This program includes many languages, and is open to children in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 from all school boards.
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School Climate Survey for Students
03/16/2022
In April 2022, the OCDSB will be conducting a School Climate Survey to gather input from students in each of our schools.
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Updated with Responses: Board Chair Letter to the Education Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Health
03/15/2022
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Board Chair Lynn Scott wrote a letter to Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore with regard to the changed directives in schools that will come into effect immediately following March Break.
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Provincial Announcement on Lifting of COVID Restrictions in Schools
03/11/2022
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) has updated provincial measures in response to COVID-19. The province is removing many of the emergency measures and mandatory requirements by the end of April.
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Registration Now Open: 2022-2023 OCDSB Extended Day Programs
03/11/2022
Registration is now open for OCDSB Extended Day Programs (EDP) for the 2022-2023 school year.
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OCDSB organizing a CRA vs Service Canada webinar on March 31, 2022
OCDSB organizing a CRA vs Service Canada webinar on March 31, 2022
03/08/2022
This virtual session will provide participants with information about taxes, benefits, credits, and Social Insurance Number, looking for work and other services.
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Tuesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day
Tuesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day
03/07/2022
The OCDSB celebrates women and girls in our District and around the globe who are contributing to and leading the way to build a sustainable future for all.
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Ontario Right To Read Inquiry
Ontario Right To Read Inquiry
03/04/2022
On February 28, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released its report on its Right to Read public inquiry.
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March 7th is Black Mental Health Day
March 7th is Black Mental Health Day
03/04/2022
Black Mental Health Day is recognized each year on the first Monday of March.
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Guidance for Families to Discuss the Situation in Ukraine
Guidance for Families to Discuss the Situation in Ukraine
03/03/2022
In the past week, we have seen a dramatic increase in violence in Ukraine. These events may be deeply upsetting for many students, families, and staff members, particularly those who may have loved ones affected. Our thoughts are with all of those impacted at this time.
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OCDSB to host Speech and Language Expectations for Kindergarten Webinar on March 24, 2022
OCDSB to host Speech and Language Expectations for Kindergarten Webinar on March 24, 2022
03/01/2022
This virtual information session will help parents and guardians learn how to identify their child’s speech and language developmental level. The session will highlight speech and language expectations for kindergarten students and provide some take-home strategies to build language and early literacy skills.
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Alert: Woodroffe High School Closure - February 28, 2022
Alert: Woodroffe High School Closure - February 28 to March 4, 2022
02/28/2022
A water main break requires that Woodroffe High School be closed to all students on Monday February 28th. All student transportation has been cancelled.
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OCDSB to host Transition Planning Workshop series in March
OCDSB to host Transition Planning Workshop series in March
02/24/2022
These virtual information sessions will provide detailed information to families and caregivers of students with developmental disabilities about how they can support their child as they transition to a life beyond high school.
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Mandatory eLearning Graduation Requirement and Opt-out Information
Mandatory eLearning Graduation Requirement and Opt-out Information
02/24/2022
Here is some additional information about the Mandatory eLearning Graduation Requirement, and a link to the opt-out form.
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Proposed 2022-2023 School Year Calendar: Subject to Ministry Approval
Proposed 2022-2023 School Year Calendar: Subject to Ministry Approval
02/23/2022
Here are key proposed dates for the 2022-2023 school year, subject to approval from the Ministry of Education.
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OCDSB to host Career Development Workshop Series for High School Students
OCDSB to host Career Development Workshop Series for High School Students
02/23/2022
These virtual information sessions covers topics like Resume Building, Interviewing Skills, Personal Branding and will help students learn and enhance their professional skills
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February 23rd is Pink Shirt Day
February 23rd is Pink Shirt Day
02/16/2022
Pink Shirt Day is an opportunity to practice kindness and wear pink to demonstrate that bullying is never okay.
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Upcoming Elementary and Secondary PA Day: Friday, February 18th
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Reminder: Report Cards for Secondary and Elementary Students
02/11/2022
Report cards are sent out to families via email. Secondary report cards were sent on Thursday, February 10th, and elementary report cards will be sent on Wednesday, February 16th.
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Black History Ottawa Youth Leadership Awards
02/10/2022
The OCDSB is proud to share that South Carleton’s AmaturRaheem Salam-Alada and the leaders of the Black 365 Student Union at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School were recently awarded the 2022 Black History Ottawa Youth Leadership Award.
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Ontario Building New Child Care Spaces in Ottawa
Ontario Building New Child Care Spaces in Ottawa
02/07/2022
This investment will expand access to child care spaces at W.E. Gowling Public School.
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Toonie Tuesday is Tuesday, February 22, 2022!
Toonie Tuesday is Tuesday, February 22, 2022!
02/04/2022
Support vulnerable OCDSB students by making a donation to the Toonie Tuesday campaign.
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Statement on the Protest in Ottawa
Statement on the Protest in Ottawa
02/04/2022
This has been a very difficult week in our city, especially for those living and attending schools in the downtown core who have experienced significant disruption and disturbance.
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OCDSB Statement: Addressing Sexual Assault
OCDSB Statement: Addressing Sexual Assault
02/02/2022
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has been informed that Majed Turk, an individual employed by the OCDSB, plead guilty to multiple charges.
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Middle French Immersion Registration Period
Middle French Immersion Registration Period
01/31/2022
The Middle French Immersion registration period runs from February 7th to February 11th, 2022.
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February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month
01/31/2022
Every February, Black History Month is recognized in Canada.
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OCDSB Update on Demonstrations
OCDSB Update on Demonstrations
01/30/2022
The OCDSB has been closely monitoring the demonstrations this weekend with regard to the potential impact on schools, particularly in the downtown core.
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National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia
National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia
01/28/2022
Saturday, January 29th is the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia.
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February 2nd is a Secondary Student Success Day
February 2nd is a Secondary Student Success Day
01/28/2022
There will be no classes for secondary students on Wednesday, February 2nd.
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Elementary and Secondary Student Transfer Application Period
Elementary and Secondary Student Transfer Application Period
01/27/2022
This year's elementary and secondary student transfer application period is January 31st to February 11th.
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Voluntary COVID-19 Reporting
Voluntary COVID-19 Reporting
01/27/2022
To support school communities with information about confirmed positive student or staff COVID-19 cases, the OCDSB has created a Voluntary COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard.
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International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
01/26/2022
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is recognized each year on January 27th.
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Questions about Freezing Marks for Secondary Students
Questions about Freezing Marks for Secondary Students
01/25/2022
Here are a few answers to questions students and families have asked about the proposal to freeze secondary student marks.
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January 26 is Bell Let's Talk Day
January 26 is Bell Let's Talk Day
01/25/2022
Summary: Wednesday, January 26th is Bell Let’s Talk Day, an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and work together to reduce stigma.
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Ontario School Absence Reporting
Ontario School Absence Reporting
01/24/2022
The Ontario COVID-19: school closures and absenteeism report provides a list of schools and school boards that have reported staff and student absences. For each school, the table shows a combined percentage of students and staff who are reported as absent for multiple reasons, not just illness or absences related to COVID.
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OCDSB Graduate Receives Ontario Lincoln M. Alexander Award
OCDSB Graduate Receives Ontario Lincoln M. Alexander Award
01/21/2022
We are excited to share that OCDSB graduate Dina Efrem was one of three recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award.
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OCDSB Launches New Podcast, "In Conversation with OCDSB"
OCDSB Launches New Podcast, "In Conversation with OCDSB"
01/21/2022
Listen Now: the OCDSB's new podcast is a great way to learn more about...well, learning!
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Reminder: January 21 PA Day for All Elementary Schools
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Rapid Antigen Tests for Students and Staff
Rapid Antigen Tests for Students and Staff
01/20/2022
Starting this week, elementary and secondary students and staff will be provided with two take-home rapid antigen screening kits. These kits are intended for use by any child that attends a publicly funded school, regardless of their vaccination status.
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Black Excellence Discussion Series #3 - The journey to achieving Black excellence
Black Excellence Discussion Series #3 - The journey to achieving Black excellence
01/18/2022
What does Black Excellence mean? How can we work together as a community so that African, Black, African-Caribbean (ABC) students can envision and feel empowered to reach their goals and achieve their full potential?
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Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women: OCDSB leaders recognized
Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women: OCDSB leaders recognized
01/17/2022
The OCDSB is excited to share that OCDSB Education Director Camille Williams-Taylor and Education Foundation of Ottawa Executive Director Clarissa Arthur have been recognized as part of the Top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2022.
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OCDSB Winter 2022 Virtual Night School Program
OCDSB Winter 2022 Virtual Night School Program
01/17/2022
Registration for the OCDSB Virtual Night School Program for Winter 2022 is open from January 18 to February 15. The program is open to students in all school boards, and adult learners.
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COVID-19 Update: Preparing for the Return to In-Person Learning on January 17, 2022
COVID-19 Update: Preparing for the Return to In-Person Learning on January 17, 2022
01/14/2022
We look forward to welcoming students back to in-person learning on January 17, 2022. Here is some additional information about the return to school.
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Winter Break Survey for the 2022-2023 School Year
Winter Break Survey for the 2022-2023 School Year
01/14/2022
Students, staff, and families are invited to share their thoughts about the placement of the Winter Break in the 2022-2023 School Year Calendar.
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Mental Health Supports for the Return to In-Person Learning
Mental Health Supports for the Return to In-Person Learning
01/14/2022
Supporting your family's mental health and well-being during the transition back to in-person learning.
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Letter from OCDSB Chair to Education Minister
Letter from OCDSB Chair to Education Minister
01/14/2022
On January 14, 2022 the Chair of the OCDSB wrote a letter to the Education Minister with a series of requests related to the reopening of schools for in-person learning.
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Parent information sessions: Mental health and wellness
Parent information sessions: Mental health and wellness
01/11/2022
The OCDSB mental health team will be offering families an opportunity to hear from and ask questions to our mental health professionals. They will be hosting group drop-in sessions for parents to ask general questions about how to promote and sustain mental health.
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Additional information and supports for learning during remote period
Additional information and supports for learning during remote period
01/05/2022
As educators and families participate in remote learning between January 5 and 17th, we wanted to provide some additional information to support you during this period.
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Supporting mental health and well-being
Supporting Mental Health and Well-being
01/04/2022
The surge in Omicron and the return to remote learning has left many families and students feeling a range of emotions. The OCDSB mental health team has prepared some simple tips to support students and parents with well-being during remote learning.
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IMPORTANT - Schools closed for in-person learning
IMPORTANT - Schools closed for in-person learning
01/03/2022
On Monday, January 3, 2022, the Ontario government announced that all schools will be closed for in-person learning until Monday, January 17, 2022. OCDSB in-person students and OCV students will begin remote learning starting on Wednesday, January 5.
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Information from Ottawa Public Health About Covid-19 Testing
Information from Ottawa Public Health About Covid-19 Testing
12/17/2021
On December 16, Ottawa Public Health prepared new information on COVID-19 testing to be shared with families.
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Government of Ontario: Rapid antigen screening kits
Government of Ontario: Rapid antigen screening kits
12/15/2021
In an effort to promote a safer return to the classroom after the winter break, on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is pleased to be able to provide take-home rapid antigen screening kits to every child who attends a publicly-funded school in Ontario.
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December 10 is Human Rights Day
December 10 is Human Rights Day
12/09/2021
Each year on December 10th, Human Rights Day is recognized around the world.
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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
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OCDSB Elects 2021-22 Chair and Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees
OCDSB Elects 2021-22 Chair and Vice-Chair of Board of Trustees
12/02/2021
At its annual organizational meeting on December 1st, the OCDSB elected a chair and vice chair of the Board of Trustees for the 2021-2022 year.
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New OCDSB Superintendent of Instruction
New OCDSB Superintendent of Instruction
11/25/2021
The OCDSB is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Brady as a new Superintendent of Instruction.
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Celebrating the Construction of Stittsville Secondary School
Celebrating the Construction of Stittsville Secondary School
11/25/2021
On Thursday, November 18th, the OCDSB hosted an event to mark the construction of the new Stittsville Secondary School.
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Launch Event - Ottawa School Board Participation in OECD Study
Launch Event - Ottawa School Board Participation in OECD Study
11/23/2021
The OCDSB will be hosting a launch event to discuss the Ottawa results of an international study exploring students’ social and emotional skills.
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November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance
11/19/2021
Each year, Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed on November 20th to commemorate transgender people who have been lost to violence.
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OCDSB Speaker Series Presents, Technology and Youth: What Parents Need to Know
OCDSB Speaker Series Presents, Technology and Youth: What Parents Need to Know
11/17/2021
On November 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, the OCSDB Speaker Series is proud to present a webinar with experts from Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, "Technology and Youth: What Parents Need to Know."
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World Children's Day and National Child Day
World Children's Day and National Child Day
11/12/2021
November 20th is World Children's Day and National Child Day. This is an opportunity to learn about children's rights and work to improve children's well-being locally and around the world.
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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2021
Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week 2021
11/12/2021
From November 21-27, 2021, schools all across Ontario will be recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.
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Transgender Day of Remembrance webinar to be held on November 18
Transgender Day of Remembrance webinar to be held on November 18
11/08/2021
This information session will help participants learn more about transgender identity and support for trans and gender diverse students.
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OCDSB to Host Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11
OCDSB to Host Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11
11/05/2021
A District-wide ceremony featuring the work of OCDSB students will be held on Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m.
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IB Programme Virtual Open House to be held on November 17, 2021
IB Programme Virtual Open House to be held on November 17, 2021
11/01/2021
Students currently in Grade 8 and Grade 9 are invited to apply for the 2022-2023 school year. All applications are digital and all requested documents should be provided in a PDF format. Links for submitting documents will be available on the respective school website after this information session.
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Ontario Treaties Recognition Week
Ontario Treaties Recognition Week
10/29/2021
Each year, Ontario Treaties Recognition Week is observed during the first week of November. This is an opportunity for everyone in Ontario to learn more about and recognize the importance of treaty rights and relationships.
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November 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day
November 8 is Indigenous Veterans Day
10/29/2021
Each year, Indigenous Veterans Day is recognized on November 8.
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OCDSB Human Rights Policy Consultation
OCDSB Human Rights Policy Consultation
10/26/2021
The OCDSB is committed to promoting and protecting the human rights of its students, their families, its employees and the wider OCDSB community. In January 2021 we began consulting with students, parents/guardians, staff and community members as the OCDSB works to create a district-wide human rights policy. This was done through small group discussions and an online survey. We received 1732 responses to our survey last April. Interested in seeing the results of the survey? Take a look.
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October 27 is Dress Purple Day!
October 27 is Dress Purple Day!
10/25/2021
On October 27, students, staff, and community members are invited to wear purple to help speak up for vulnerable children and youth.
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Join the OCDSB Parent Involvement Committee!
Join the OCDSB Parent Involvement Committee!
10/25/2021
The OCDSB is seeking two Community Representatives to serve on its Parent Involvement Committee (PIC).
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October 21 is Spirit Day!
October 21 is Spirit Day!
10/20/2021
Spirit Day is a way for students, staff and families across the community to show solidarity with 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
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OCDSB Statement: All students have the right to feel safe
OCDSB Statement: All students have the right to feel safe
10/19/2021
Students, families, and staff of all gender identities and expressions have the right to feel physically and emotionally safe, welcomed and accepted at school and in the wider community.
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October 18 to 22 is Local Government Week!
October 18 to 22 is Local Government Week!
10/18/2021
From October 18-22, the OCDSB and our partners at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) are raising civic awareness by observing Local Government Week.
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October 21 is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
October 21 is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
10/14/2021
At the OCDSB, we are so grateful to recognize the education, skills, commitment and dedication of child care staff and educators of young children.
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Clarification - Use of schools as vaccine clinics
Clarification - Use of schools as vaccine clinics
10/13/2021
In response to some misinformation circulating on social media relating to the OCDSB Committee of the Whole Meeting on October 12, we felt it was important to clarify the District’s position on school based vaccine clinics.
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Launch 2021 – October 21 & 22, 2021
Launch 2021 – October 21 & 22, 2021
10/13/2021
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board are hosting Launch 2021, a virtual post-secondary education opportunities event for students in Grades 11 and 12, and their parents and guardians. This two-day virtual event, being held on October 21 & 22, 2021, is a great opportunity for students, parents and guardians to explore post-secondary pathways.
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Trustee Electoral Zone Boundary Review
Trustee Electoral Zone Boundary Review
10/12/2021
The OCDSB has 12 elected trustees and each trustee represents one electoral zone. These zones must be based on the City’s ward boundaries.
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Update - Police Involvement and Safe Schools Consultations
Update - Police Involvement and Safe Schools Consultations
10/12/2021
In 2020-2021, the OCDSB conducted separate consultations concerning policies regarding Safe Schools and Police Involvement in Schools.
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Fall 2021 Virtual Tutoring Program
Fall 2021 Virtual Tutoring Program
10/04/2021
The OCDSB Fall 2021 Virtual Tutoring Program provides students with a supervised opportunity to complete, review, practice and receive support in a range of subject areas.
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October is National Principals' Month
October is National Principals' Month
10/01/2021
Did you know? October is National Principals Month! Let's celebrate the outstanding principals we have here at the #OCDSB and in schools across the country.
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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
10/01/2021
October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Currently, about 1 in 10 people in Ontario is impacted by a learning disability.
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Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
10/01/2021
October is Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario, an opportunity for communities across the province to recognize and celebrate the heritage, culture, achievements, and contributions of Hispanic-Canadians
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OCDSB Statement on Celebrating Islamic Heritage and Combating Islamophobia
OCDSB Statement on Celebrating Islamic Heritage and Combating Islamophobia
10/01/2021
In Ottawa, Muslim students, families, staff and community members reflect a broad range of individual and collective experiences. They bring a vibrant range of talents and perspectives that enrich the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of the OCDSB community.
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National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day
National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day
09/30/2021
On September 30, OCDSB students and staff will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
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October 2 is National Custodial Workers' Recognition Day
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October 5 is World Teachers’ Day
October 5 is World Teachers’ Day
09/30/2021
October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Please join us in recognizing our OCDSB teachers and supporters of learning.
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Appropriate Use of Technology Policy Review
Appropriate Use of Technology Policy Review
09/29/2021
The school district has a policy about the appropriate use of technology. The policy is rooted in the principles of good digital citizenship and outlines the standards and expectations for how students and staff use District technology, including networks, software, email, apps, devices, and infrastructure.
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OPSBA’s Transitioning from the COVID-19 School Experience Community Survey
OPSBA’s Transitioning from the COVID-19 School Experience Community Survey
09/29/2021
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), of which our school board is a member, has launched an online survey to help inform public education advocacy to the provincial government throughout the 2021-22 school year and beyond.
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Ontario Consultation: Strengthening accountability for school board trustees
Ontario Consultation: Strengthening accountability for school board trustees
09/29/2021
The Ontario Ministry of Education is consulting on strengthening accountability for school board trustees and is inviting the public to provide input on trustee codes of conduct and the measures and sanctions available to boards when a code of conduct is breached.
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Rowan’s Law Day
Rowan’s Law Day
09/27/2021
September 29, 2021, is Rowan’s Law Day. The last Wednesday of every September is designated as Rowan’s Law Day to honour Rowan Stringer’s memory and raise awareness about concussion safety.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
09/22/2021
Vaccination is a key measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect others who may be unable to get the shot.
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September 19 is Powley Day
September 19 is Powley Day
09/16/2021
Each year, Métis communities across Ontario celebrate Powley Day on September 19th, marking the anniversary of the landmark Métis rights victory at the Supreme Court of Canada.
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Speech and Language - Open House
Speech and Language - Open House
09/16/2021
Do you have questions about your child's communication skills? Do you need resources? Do you just want to know what the OCDSB Speech-Language Pathologist offers at your child's school?
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Elections Canada Polling Stations at 10 Secondary, 1 Elementary School
Elections Canada Polling Stations at 10 Secondary, 1 Elementary School
09/15/2021
As the largest school board in Ottawa, we recognize that OCDSB schools serve as important community focal points across the city. In some areas, they are the only local sites available that may safely accommodate the public and support the ability of residents to easily vote in the upcoming federal election.
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OCDSB Statement Against Antisemitism
OCDSB Statement Against Antisemitism
09/10/2021
This is a special time of year for the Jewish community. Earlier this week, families celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and next week will mark Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
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You asked… Elementary Class Sizes
You asked… Elementary Class Sizes
09/10/2021
Every year we receive questions from parents about class size and how many students they can expect to see in their child's class this year.
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Reminder: Daily Self-Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms
Reminder: Daily Self-Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms
09/08/2021
All OCDSB students must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day before school.
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School Ventilation Update
School Ventilation Update
09/02/2021
Since the pandemic began, we have been very active in ensuring the school environment is safe for the staff and students. Our engineers have consulted with the HVAC professionals and public health organizations to ensure we are following their guidance.
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Mandatory Vaccines for School Board Employees
Mandatory Vaccines for School Board Employees
09/02/2021
The health and safety of the OCDSB staff and students has guided planning decisions for the return to school. Health authorities continue to advise that being fully vaccinated significantly reduces the risks of the most serious outcomes of COVID-19.
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OCDSB Fall 2021 Virtual Night School Program
OCDSB Fall 2021 Virtual Night School Program
08/30/2021
Registration is now open for the OCDSB Fall 2021 Virtual Night School Program!
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Learn More: Neighbourhood Vaccination Hubs
Learn More: Neighbourhood Vaccination Hubs
08/25/2021
The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are hosting Neighbourhood vaccination Hubs, open to all eligible staff and students (born in 2009 or earlier) and their family members to receive their 1st or 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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We Apologize
We Apologize…
07/10/2021
This year, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been reviewing practices through an equity, human rights and anti-oppression lens. One important part of this work was a review of police involvement in schools through both the School Resource Officer (SRO) program and times when the OCDSB calls police to respond to incidents.
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COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream – Education Related Projects
COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream – Education Related Projects
07/08/2021
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board would like to acknowledge that schools in the OCDSB have received COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream – Education Related Projects (CVRIS-EDU) as part of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP)
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OCDSB End-of-Year Survey
OCDSB End-of-Year Survey
07/02/2021
With the close of the 2020-21 school year, the OCDSB conducted a survey of parents and students to reflect on the past year and look ahead as we prepare for the return to school in September.
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OCDSB Statement Regarding OCT Hearing Against Former Employee
OCDSB Statement Regarding OCT Hearing Against Former Employee
06/29/2021
On June 16, 2021, the Ontario College of Teachers published a Notice of Hearing against retired OCDSB teacher Peter Des Brisay. The Notice outlines a course of conduct that includes allegations of grooming and conduct that amounts to sexual abuse of a student between 1990 and 1996. The complaint was directed to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) from the individual.
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June 25 - July 1 is Somali Heritage Week
June 25 - July 1 is Somali Heritage Week
06/25/2021
From June 25 to July 1, Ontario is recognizing Somali Heritage Week. This is the first year it is being recognized in the province.
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A Year-End Message from OCDSB Education Director Camille Williams-Taylor
A Year-End Message from OCDSB Education Director Camille Williams-Taylor
06/25/2021
As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, we are wishing a wonderful summer to all our incredible community members and OCDSB families.
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Trustees approve to end participation in School Resource Officer program
Trustees approve to end participation in School Resource Officer program
06/25/2021
On Thursday, June 24, OCDSB trustees voted to immediately and completely end engagement with the Ottawa Police Service School Resource Officer (SRO) program.
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OCDSB Statement: Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Former Residential School Site
OCDSB Statement: Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Former Residential School Site
06/24/2021
As we continue to grieve the loss of the 215 children whose bodies were discovered in Kamloops barely one month ago, hundreds more unmarked graves have now been discovered at a former residential school site in Saskatchewan.
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Appointment of New Supervisory Officer
Appointment of New Supervisory Officer
06/23/2021
The OCDSB is pleased to announce the appointment of Reg Lavergne to the position of Superintendent of Instruction. Reg will begin this new role effective August 16, 2021.
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June 23 is the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
June 23 is the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
06/22/2021
Each year across Canada, the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism is recognized on June 23.
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Sankofa Summer Academy for Black Youth
Sankofa Summer Academy for Black Youth
06/18/2021
The OCDSB Continuing Education department, in partnership with the Sankofa Centre of Excellence will be offering a virtual reach ahead credit opportunit.
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Update - Police Involvement in Schools Policy and Practice Review
Update - Police Involvement in Schools Policy and Practice Review
06/17/2021
On Monday, June 14, in a Special Committee of the Whole meeting, OCDSB trustees approved a motion calling for the immediate end of the OCDSB partnership with Ottawa Police Services through the School Resource Officer program. The full text of this motion is below.
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OCDSB 2021-22 Annual Budget Approved
OCDSB 2021-22 Annual Budget Approved
06/16/2021
At a Special Board meeting on Tuesday, June 15, Trustees approved the OCDSB 2021-22 operating budget of $1.0 billion and capital budget of $119.8 million.
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2020-2021 Student Recognition Awards
2020-2021 Student Recognition Awards
06/14/2021
Each year, the OCDSB’s Student Recognition Awards celebrate excellence in student leadership. Learn more about the students who are being recognized this year in the 2020-2021 Student Recognition Awards!
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Frequently Asked Questions - Lead Testing Program
Frequently Asked Questions - Lead Testing Program
06/11/2021
Ensuring access to safe drinking water is one of the safety practices in place at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Any fixture installed for water consumption purposes must be tested for lead prior to use in accordance with The Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 and OReg 243/07 2017 amendments.
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OCDSB Celebrates Pride Month 2021
OCDSB Celebrates Pride Month 2021
06/10/2021
Throughout the month of June, the OCDSB will be celebrating Pride Month! We are proud of our diversity and committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for all students and staff.
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OCDSB Statement: London Attack
OCDSB Statement: London Attack
06/09/2021
The OCDSB would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those affected by the horrible attack in London, Ont.
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Elementary and Secondary Program Pathways and Achievement Outcomes
Elementary and Secondary Program Pathways and Achievement Outcomes
06/08/2021
The OCDSB has released a new report that examines the representation of students across elementary programs (English with core French, early French immersion, middle French immersion) and secondary pathways (academic, applied, locally developed) and explores how well the system is doing to support students in French, Language, and mathematics (elementary panel) and English, math, and science (secondary panel).
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OCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisor Report: Policy and Practice Review of Police Involvement in Schools
OCDSB Human Rights and Equity Advisor Report: Policy and Practice Review of Police Involvement in Schools
06/08/2021
The OCDSB Office of the Human Rights and Equity Advisor (HREA) has released a report as part of the Policy and Practice Review of Police Involvement in Schools.
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You asked… COVID-19 vaccine for youth
You asked… COVID-19 vaccine for youth
06/04/2021
Ottawa Public Health and CHEO have compiled the following frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for youth aged 12 and older.
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PA Day for Elementary Schools on Friday, June 4th
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Ontario announcement: Remote learning to continue until end of school year
Ontario announcement: Remote learning to continue until end of school year
06/02/2021
Today, the Ontario government announced that learning will continue remotely until the end of the school year. Students currently attending specialized program classes in-person will continue to do so.
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Award Winners: 2020-2021 Community Recognition Awards
Award Winners: 2020-2021 Community Recognition Awards
06/01/2021
After sharing more about our amazing nominees for the 2020-2021 Community Recognition Awards last week, we are now pleased to announce the award winners. The OCDSB is incredibly grateful to be able to recognize the important contributions of our community members through these awards.
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Indigenous Summer Learning 2021
Indigenous Summer Learning 2021
06/01/2021
This summer, the OCDSB Indigenous Education team will once again be leading a learning opportunity for Indigenous OCDSB students currently in Grade 8-12.
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Climate Action Incentive Fund Recipient
Climate Action Incentive Fund Recipient
05/28/2021
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board would like to acknowledge that schools in the OCDSB have received energy efficiency upgrades funded in part by the Government of Canada.
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Indigenous Speaker Series with Jennifer David - June 8, 2021
Indigenous Speaker Series with Jennifer David - June 8, 2021
05/28/2021
The OCDSB Indigenous Speaker Series proudly presents a virtual talk with communicator, researcher, writer and facilitator Jennifer David for OCDSB staff and students in grades 7-12.
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Webinar for parents and guardians on Gender Identity and Supports Available at the OCDSB to be held on June 1
Webinar for parents and guardians on Gender Identity and Supports Available at the OCDSB to be held on June 1
05/25/2021
This information session will help parents and guardians understand gender identity, gender expression, and support for trans and gender diverse students.
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2020-2021 Nominees: Community Recognition Awards
2020-2021 Nominees: Community Recognition Awards
05/25/2021
Each year the OCDSB is glad to recognize the valuable contributions of our community members, parents, and businesses through the OCDSB Community Recognition Awards. Come take a moment to learn more about this year’s nominees!
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Black Student Forum 2021
Black Student Forum 2021
05/19/2021
Students, staff and community members are invited to attend this year’s Black Student Forum. The theme is "A Year of Resistance & Resilience: Moving forward with clear vision".
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Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others
Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others
05/18/2021
For session #2 of the OCDSB Black Excellence Discussion Series, we invite four professionals to share their experiences and offer career advice for students.
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16th Annual Rainbow Youth Forum to be held on May 20, 2021
16th Annual Rainbow Youth Forum to be held on May 20, 2021
05/12/2021
The RYF is a celebration of OCDSB’s diversity and is a day for students and staff to learn together. For 2021, students of all ages can attend this virtual event.
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May 10 is Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin
May 10 is Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin
05/07/2021
On May 10th, we recognize Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin, which honours the memory of Jordan River Anderson and engages the community in ensuring the proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle.
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Complete the Survey - Police Involvement in Schools
Complete the Survey - Police Involvement in Schools
05/06/2021
The OCDSB is holding a policy and practice review of the Police Involvement in Schools Policy. This includes a review of the School Resource Officer role in schools as well as a review of all activities that involve police in school that are identified as legally discretionary.
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Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Jordyn Hendricks
Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Jordyn Hendricks
05/06/2021
Indigenous secondary students and families in the OCDSB are invited to join the next event in this year's Indigenous Youth Symposium, a speed painting session with Jordyn Hendricks, 2-Spirit Michif artist.
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OCDSB Speech and Language Open House
OCDSB Speech and Language Open House
05/06/2021
May is Speech and Hearing Month. OCDSB Speech-Language Pathologists offer assistance to develop your child's communication skills, including articulation, receptive and expressive language, social skills, fluency skills, voice and resonance, pre-literacy and literacy skills, executive functioning skills and augmentative and alternative communication.
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Youth Ottawa Active Citizenship Initiative
Youth Ottawa Active Citizenship Initiative
05/06/2021
The OCDSB is pleased to partner with Youth Ottawa on the Active Citizenship Initiative, which invites students to get involved and take action on local community issues.
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National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
05/05/2021
May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). Today, the OCDSB honours and remembers all missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
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Asian and South Asian Heritage Month
Asian and South Asian Heritage Month
05/04/2021
Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month are an opportunity to reflect upon the long and rich history of Asian Canadians, their contributions to Canada, and their role in communities across the District.
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Jewish Heritage Month
Jewish Heritage Month
05/04/2021
Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate, and educate future generations about Jewish Canadians and the importance of their role in communities across the District.
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2020-2021 Director's Citation and Employee Recognition Awards
2020-2021 Director's Citation and Employee Recognition Awards
05/03/2021
As we approach the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we are pleased to recognize some of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's most exemplary staff members through this year’s Director’s Citation Awards and Employee Recognition Awards.
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Education Week: #StrongerTogether
Education Week: #StrongerTogether
05/03/2021
May 3-7 is Education Week in Ontario and the theme is #StrongerTogether. This week, we recognize and thank all OCDSB staff, students, families and partners. Together, we have navigated so many transitions and worked together to support student learning and well-being.
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May 5 is Support Staff Appreciation Day!
May 5 is Support Staff Appreciation Day!
05/03/2021
Wednesday, May 5 is Support Staff Appreciation Day, a day for special recognition of the amazing work of all the support staff in our schools and administrative offices.
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Summer Virtual International Language Classes (JK - Grade 8)
Summer Virtual International Language Classes (JK - Grade 8)
04/30/2021
The OCDSB is offering Virtual International Language Classes this summer for students in junior kindergarten to grade 8. These classes are free for Ontario residents and provide an opportunity for students to learn a new language or maintain the language of their home or heritage.
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National Principal’s Day - May 1, 2021
National Principal’s Day - May 1, 2021
04/30/2021
May 1 is National Principals’ Day! The OCDSB celebrates all of the outstanding Principals and Vice-Principals across our District who truly embody our OCDSB Culture of Caring, Innovation and Social Responsibility.
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OCDSB 2021 Summer School (Grade 6-8) - Registration Now Open
OCDSB 2021 Summer School (Grade 6-8) - Registration Now Open
04/30/2021
The OCDSB Grade 6-8 Summer School Program for 2021 is now open for registration. Two non credit programs are available for OCDSB students currently enrolled in Grades 6-8. More information, including details on how to register is available on our website.
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Q&A on the Stay-at-Home Order in Ottawa
Q&A on the Stay-at-Home Order in Ottawa
04/29/2021
You may have had some questions about what kinds of activities are still available to families during the Stay-at-Home Order in Ottawa. Ottawa Public Health has helped provide answers for a few common questions below.
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Mid-School Year Check-In: Results and Next Steps
Mid-School Year Check-In: Results and Next Steps
04/28/2021
In February, we collected feedback from students, families and staff in our Winter Survey, where 12,365 participants shared 17,052 thoughts. We thank everyone who participated for sharing your comments with us. We have continued to review the feedback and work to address the comments and concerns that were voiced. Learn more about the work we are doing.
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OCDSB mental health team available to answer your questions
OCDSB mental health team available to answer your questions
04/28/2021
May 3-9 is Mental Health Week. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the steps we can all take to support our mental health, cope with these challenging times, and find the help we need.
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Carbon dioxide monitoring in schools
Carbon dioxide monitoring in schools
04/28/2021
We’ve received some questions about carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and monitoring in schools. We have connected with our HVAC experts and wanted to share some information with you.
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Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Aalla
Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Aalla
04/26/2021
Indigenous students and families in the OCDSB are invited to join the next event in this year's Indigenous Youth Symposium, featuring special guest Aalla.
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Indigenous Speaker Series with Jaime Morse - April 27, 2021
Indigenous Speaker Series with Jaime Morse - April 27, 2021
04/21/2021
The OCDSB Indigenous Speaker Series proudly presents a virtual talk with Jaime Morse for OCDSB staff and students in grades 7-12.
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OCDSB to provide report cards via email
OCDSB to provide report cards via email
04/20/2021
To enable easy and secure access, OCDSB parents and guardians will now receive their child's report card directly in their email.
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IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning
IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning
04/18/2021
Following the orders of the Ontario government, effective Monday, April 19, 2021, all OCDSB elementary and secondary schools will close to in-person learning until further notice.
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National Volunteer Week - April 18-24, 2021
National Volunteer Week - April 18-24, 2021
04/16/2021
National Volunteer Week is April 18-24. The OCDSB thanks all volunteers who have contributed their time to support our students, schools and communities.
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International Day of Pink (April 14)
International Day of Pink - April 14, 2021
04/14/2021
Wednesday, April 14th is the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
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Nominations Open for the 2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition Awards
Nominations Open for the 2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition Awards
04/13/2021
Annually, the OCDSB recognizes the valuable contributions of our community members, parents, and businesses through the OCDSB Community Recognition Awards. Nominations are now open for the 2020-2021 awards. Nominate a volunteer by Friday, April 16, 2021.
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Ramadan
Ramadan
04/12/2021
For all those observing, we wish OCDSB families a blessed Ramadan. R