Building Brighter Futures Together
at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
September 2019

Welcome to the OCDSB! We are excited for the start of the new school year and extend a very warm welcome to all students, staff and families. Check your school website for school based information, and check OSTA for bus route information. The  Bus Stop Finder   is now open on their website.
OCDSB Launches New Strategic Plan 2019-2023

Creating a Culture ... of Innovation, Caring and Social Responsibility
At the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, we want to ensure that our schools are welcoming places for all students to engage, belong, learn, grow, explore and discover. Our job is not simply to provide facts and figures, but to develop the characteristics and skills that will help our students find success in the world.

Recognizing that learning, well-being and equity are the core of our work, our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan is focused on building a culture that supports and engages students, staff, parents and community members. Read the full plan here or visit our website for the HTML version, which can be translated.
School Ye ar Calendars
Looking to plan out your school year? The 2019-2020 School Year Calendars are available on our website . Calendars will also be sent home, so make sure to check those backpacks.
School Bus Transportation
With school back in session, we all need to be extra careful on the roads watching for students walking or cycling to school, or waiting at bus stops. If you have experienced delays, please be patient. Inquiries about busing should be directed to OSTA .
Speaker Series 2019-2020 - Concussion Management
Join us on Rowan's Law Day, September 25th, for our first Speaker Series of the school year. The session will focus on Concussion Management, and will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Longfields-Davidson Heights SS. Learn more .
Advisory Committee on Equity Seeking Community Representatives
The OCDSB is seeking eleven (11) Community Representatives to serve on its Advisory Committee on Equity (ACE) for a two (2) year term ending in November 2020. Deadline for applications is Friday, September 13, 2019. Learn More .
Ontario Ministry Releases Cellphone Restriction Guidelines
New guidance regarding the restriction of cellphones in schools was released on August 28th, 2019, from the Ontario Ministry of Education. Learn more .
Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum
The Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum announced by the Ministry clarifies the elementary curriculum related to sexual health, consent, mental health, online safety, bullying, cannabis and healthy body image.
Boardroom Highlights
The first Board meeting of the school year will be held on September 24th, 2019, in the boardroom at 133 Greenbank Road at 7:30 p.m.

Read full newsbriefs on our website here . Watch the meetings here .
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