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Board Meeting Highlights for June 2018

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – The June meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on June 27, 2018. The following provides highlights from the meeting.

Climate Survey

Staff presented highlights from the 2018 UGDSB School Climate Survey Report. The School Climate Survey is a bi-annual, board-wide survey that seeks input from students, parents/guardians and staff in the UGDSB. Response rates for the 2018 School Climate Survey rose in all participant groups compared to the previous survey.

Participants were asked questions on topics ranging from bullying, safety and inclusion to positive mental health, engagement and individual learning needs. Data from the survey will help inform school planning and evaluate the areas of school climate and inclusivity, student engagement, and student mental health and wellness.

Ontario Green Energy Reporting for 2016-17

Trustees received a report summarizing the board’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission data for the 2016-17 school year, as required by the Ontario Green Energy Act, 2009. Under Ontario Regulation 397/11, school boards are required to report energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission data annually and update their energy conservation plans every five years. The 2016-17 data will be made public on the board website and filed to the Ministry of Energy by July 1, 2018.

The 2016-17 report shows that the board’s energy usage and electricity consumption have continued to drop over the past several years. Throughout the year, staff use this data and work diligently to review the board’s performance, identify equipment failures, review Maintenance and Operations practices and identify future energy upgrade projects.

Report from Student Trustees

UGDSB Student Trustees Allison Cai and Caitlin Ennis gave their final report for the 2017-18 school year. They provided highlights from the year at Student Senate, including numerous guest speakers covering topics ranging from accommodation planning and student fees to the environment and Indigenous education. Student discussions held throughout the year included topics such as child abuse and prevention, student success in post-secondary, mental health in schools and municipal transportation. The Student Trustees also recapped the Transitions Conference from earlier in the spring, which featured student workshops on financial literacy, pathways, mental health and identity, and presented highlights from the 2018 OSTA-AECO AGM.

For more information on Student Trustees and the UGDSB’s Student Senate visit

Policy Updates

Trustees approved the following policies: Policy 501 Out of Area Attendance and Policy 518 Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions. The following policies and protocols were rescinded: Policy 507 Anaphylaxis, Policy 516 Asthma-Friendly Schools, and P.04 Diabetes Management.

Draft Policy 503 Safe Schools was released for public consultation. The deadline to provide input on this draft policy is October 25, 2018, at 4 p.m.

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

The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Tues. August 28, 2018, 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 34,000 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 3,000 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

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

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