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June 2019
OCDSB Staff-Recommended 2019-2020 Budget
On May 29th, 2019, a staff-recommended budget for the 2019-2020 school year was presented at the Committee of the Whole, Budget meeting. This included input from trustees, schools and the public.

The budget took into consideration the following:
  • strategic priorities
  • budget risk
  • underlying assumptions

Committee of the Whole Budget Continuation Meetings are as follows:
  • June 3rd, 2019 – Delegations/Debate (Special Board scheduled if required)
  • June 10th, 2019 – Delegations/Debate (Special Board scheduled if required)
  • June 17th, 2019 – Debate (Special Board scheduled if required)

For a full overview of the recommended budget please   visit our website .  
Student Recognition Awards
The  2019 Student Recognition Awards  are in the record books. Just over 250 students, staff and their families were in attendance at the 14th annual awards celebration on Thursday, May 30th.
The evening is designed to acknowledge the work of graduating grade 12 students from all 26 OCDSB High Schools including Adult High School and 6 secondary alternate sites. The students embody honesty, respect, and responsibility.  Their stories   have just begun. These students are confident enough to know they can change the world for the better - so they will! We wish them all success and happiness as they begin a new chapter in their life.
OCDSB Strategic Plan 2019-2023
" Education must not simply teach work - it must teach life ." - W.E.B. Dubois

This quote by W.E.B. Dubois is a great summary of what we heard from students, parents and staff in our strategic plan consultations. In fact, it resonated so much, that we incorporated it into our new plan.

We are excited to share our draft strategic plan with you. This plan is all about building a culture of innovation, a culture of caring and a culture of social responsibility. It recognizes culture as a driver of change.

Please take a few minutes to review the draft plan. We'd love to hear your feedback.

You can read the  draft plan poster in PDF  or the  draft plan in HTML  which allow use of the translation feature on our website.

Please share your  feedback  by June 7th, 2019.

Valuing Voices – Parent Focus Groups

The OCDSB is committed to improving equity of access and opportunity for all students. In November 2019, the District will be collecting identity-based data. Identity-based data is personal information about your child and how they identify themselves.

We invite you to participate in our focus group discussions to be held in June. The purpose of these focus groups is to share and discuss the challenges, barriers and bias that students experience at school, as well as examples of supports that have impacted them positively.

To learn more and to register, visit our website.
OCDSB School Website Survey -
Tell us what you think!

We're looking for input on our school websites - tell us your thoughts and help us see where we can improve.
OCDSB Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Community Recognition Awards

June 13th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
1645 Woodroffe Avenue
Please join us as we celebrate the valuable contributions of all our volunteers and celebrate our 2019 Community Recognition Award winners and nominees at our annual appreciation event. 

This is our chance to show our appreciation for the contributions our volunteers make every day in supporting students, staff and our schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with our community and show our appreciation for the significant and valued work that our volunteers do in our schools for our students.

Dates to Remember

The  2019-2020 School Year Calendar has been approved by the Ministry. School year calendars are distributed to all students at the beginning of each school year. The school year calendar lists school holidays and other important dates.

View our Elementary and Secondary 2018-2019 School Year Calendars on our website.

PA Day - June 7th

A reminder that June 7th, 2018, is a PA day for all elementary students (K-8). Extended Day Programs operated by the district will be operating on that day only for children enrolled in the extended day programs or eligible to attend PA day programs.

Semester 2 Exams - June 19th to 25th
Secondary school exam schedules are currently being posted. Check your school website for details. This is a good time to start building a study schedule. Make sure that schedule includes time for rest and a little physical activity.

Last Day of School

The last day of school for Secondary Students is Tuesday, June 25th.
The last day of school for Elementary Students is Thursday, June 27th.
Boardroom Highlights

Elementary English with Core French Program

Staff was directed to prepare a report for Board discussion in early fall 2019, comparing the current and projected student enrollment numbers of elementary English Core French programs with the elementary Early and Middle French Immersion programs.

Feedback to the Ministry of Education on School Board Hiring Practices and Class Sizes

Trustees approved the OCDSB  feedback  on the Ministry of Education’s School Board Hiring Practices Consultation Guide and the Class Size Consultation Guide. Trustees would like all hiring decisions to be based on who is the best candidate for the position.

As for class size regulations, Trustees addressed the need for sufficient funding to allow for implementation without compromising student achievement, including adequate funding for technological requirements and, if necessary, offering high school students a fifth year to fulfill their requirements. Trustees also approved the need for consultations with unions.

Visit our website for further information.
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