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Board Meeting Highlights for February 2020

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2020


GUELPH, Ontario – The February meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on February 25, 2020. The following provides highlights from the meeting.

New Student Trustees for 2020-21 School Year

Trustees moved a motion that students Taran Fournier (representing rural schools) and Kimberley Tran (representing urban schools) be appointed as Student Trustees to the Board for the 2020-21 school year. Fournier and Tran were elected at a Student Senate meeting in February.

Student Centred Intervention Plan

Staff gave a presentation on the board’s Student Centred Intervention Plan (SCIP). Over the past few years, the board’s Program Services staff have been working with school and board leaders to develop a common and aligned process to inform instructional practices and supports for students in the board. The SCIP is process Program Services staff developed collaboratively with school staff, clinical staff and board leaders. It will support classroom teachers to intentionally design and develop their classrooms based on the students in their class, while also providing a way to then individualize supports for specific students based on their individual needs as they arise.  This process has also been focused on developing a common language between classroom teachers, school and board support staff as well as community partners to ensure all are aligned in their work to ensure student success. The core of this work is based on the Ministry’s K-12 Learning for All document, which is “designed to help raise the bar and close the gap in achievement for all students.”

Policy Updates

Trustees approved the following revised board policies: Policy 107 Advocacy Expenditures, Policy 604 Safety in Science and Technological Education, Policy 702 Use of Operating Budget Surpluses, and Policy 705 Investments.

To view all UGDSB policies and procedures, and to provide feedback on draft policies, visit www.ugdsb.ca/policy.

Board Correspondence

Trustees approved the writing of a letter from the Chair to the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Education advocating for Upper Grand students and for a strong, publicly-funded education system. Trustees expressed concern over issues such as larger class sizes and mandatory e-learning. They expressed their support for the current Full Day Kindergarten model and strong, stable and predictable education funding. Trustees also advocated for the restoration of the Local Priorities Fund, which the Upper Grand DSB used to hire additional staff to support students with special needs, unique learning needs and mental health issues.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday March 24, 2020, at the Guelph Board Office, 500 Victoria Road North. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves approximately 35,000 students through 65 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools in the City of Guelph, County of Wellington and County of Dufferin. The UGDSB covers the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Six Nations of the Grand River, and Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territories. Student success is the goal of over 4,000 dedicated teaching and support staff who are aided by the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners.

Learn, Lead, Inspire…Together

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Media contact:
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.725
[email protected]

Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board
519-822-4420 ext.764
[email protected]

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