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Board Meeting Highlights for January 2020

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2020

GUELPH, Ontario – The January meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on January 28, 2020. The following provides highlights from the meeting.

Naloxone Recommendation Report

At the January 2020 Board Meeting, trustees approved the implementation of Naloxone in UGDSB schools and board offices as part of first aid protocols, starting in the 2020-21 school year.

Following a June 2019 trustee motion, a staff Naloxone Committee was formed to examine the issue of adding Naloxone to school first aid procedures in the event of opioid overdose. The committee included senior administration, school administrators, Health and Safety, Mental Health and Addictions, Wellness, and Operations Department representation.

As outlined in the staff report, having Naloxone at schools is seen as a proactive measure and will provide an additional resource available to respond to an opioid-related overdose. If an opioid overdose is suspected, administration of Naloxone is an effective medication for temporarily reversing the effects of an overdose, and preventing death and harm associated with oxygen deprivation.  Naloxone will not cause harm to an individual if given in error, so long as it doesn’t delay appropriate response and care as noted above. The board’s implementation plan is cost effective and responsive to community needs and concerns.

To read the full report and implementation plan, download the report here: 

New Guelph Secondary School Concept Design Report

Staff presented a Concept Design Report for the New Guelph Secondary School. The board’s Building Committee developed the report in consultation with the project architect and board staff.

The Concept Design Report includes the concept drawings, architect’s building program summary and architect’s construction cost estimate for this project, and the projected project expenditures budget.

Trustees approved the Concept Design Report for the New Guelph Secondary School building project, including the preliminary budget of $25,505,658.

Download the report here:

Policy Updates

Trustees approved the following revised board policies: Policy 101 Electronic Meetings, Policy 300 Emergency Procedures, Policy 505 Concussion, and Policy 517 Service Animals for Students.

To view all UGDSB policies and procedures, and to provide feedback on draft policies, visit

The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday February 25, 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.

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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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