Board Meeting Highlights for November 2018
For Immediate Release
November 28, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – The November meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on November 27, 2018. The following provides highlights from the meeting.
2018-19 Annual French Review Background Report
Staff presented the Annual French Review Background Report for 2018-19. The report is part of an annual review of the board’s French Immersion (FI) program and includes the collection of student enrolment and retention data, available space in schools, availability of French Qualified teachers, and any school-specific or system-wide issues or concerns with the Junior Kindergarten (JK) FI application process.
Through examining the annual review data, the report outlines the feasibility for new FI programs, revisions to the JK FI application process, and any possible revisions to JK FI enrolment caps.
In September 2018, Full Day Kindergarten class size caps were reduced as a result of provincial class size regulation changes. As such, JK FI enrolment caps were reduced at some UGDSB schools for the 2018-19 school year, with the intent of re-aligning the caps in September 2019. Trustees approved that:
- The JK FI enrolment caps be increased at École Guelph Lake PS, Victory PS, École Harris Mill PS, and Palmerston PS, for the 2019-20 school year to re-align the school-based JK FI enrolment caps to the FDK class size caps, as follows: École Guelph Lake PS from 56 to 58, Victory PS from 28 to 29, École Harris Mill PS from 28 to 29 and Palmerston PS from 28 to 29.
No new FI programs will be established in 2019-20. To view the full report, please visit www.ugdsb.ca/jkfi.
École Guelph Lake PS Grade 7/8 Implementation Plan Report
Planning Department staff presented a report about the implementation of grades 7 and 8 at École Guelph Lake PS.
In June 2015, the Board of Trustees approved the JK-8 FI boundary for the new school and also approved a motion that prior to February 2019, the Planning Department provide a report to the Board with recommendations about the start of grades 7 and 8 at the school.
Guelph Lake PS opened in September 2016 as JK-4 FI and has grown by a grade each year. In 2018-19, Guelph Lake PS has a JK-6 FI organization.
Trustees approved staff recommendations that the grades at Guelph Lake PS continue to progress naturally, with grade 7 starting in 2019-20 and grade 8 in 2020-21. Staff were also directed to purchase and install science and technology equipment at the school prior to September 2019.
Annual Accessibility Report and Multi-Year Plan
Staff presented the 2017-18 Annual Accessibility Report and the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan for 2018-23.
Annual Accessibility Report
The purpose of the Annual Accessibility Report is to highlight the progress the board has made during the 2017-18 school year in providing an environment in all its facilities that builds independences, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity for students, parents/guardians, staff and the public. The UGDSB is committed to the goal of giving persons with disabilities the same opportunity of access to its services, in the same location, and in a similar way as these services are available to all others we serve. The report was prepared by the UGDSB Accessibility Steering Committee.
The report supports and reflects all the objectives of the UGDSB’s multi-year Accessibility Plan and highlights measures the board has taken to identify, remove and prevent barriers for persons with disabilities in the areas of policy and procedure, training, education and technology, purchasing, information and communication, employment, transportation, and built environment and outdoor play spaces.
To read the full report, visit www.ugdsb.ca/accessibility.
Accessibility Plan 2018-23
The multi-year Accessibility Plan is developed in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The plan is guided by the board’s Accessibility Standards policy and describes the measures the board will take over the period of 2018-23 to identify, remove and prevent barriers for persons with disabilities who work, learn and participate in the school board community and environment, including students, staff, parents and guardians, volunteers and visitors to the board and its schools.
The plan is established, reviewed and updated in consultation with persons with disabilities, the board’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Accessibility Steering Committee. The UGDSB is committed to:
- Maintaining an Accessibility Steering Committee and implementing the ongoing plans of the committee.
- Continuing the process of consulting with SEAC and with persons with disabilities.
- Ensuring, wherever practicable, that board policies, procedures and practices are consistent with the principles of accessibility and inclusive/universal design.
- Improving access to facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents and guardians, volunteers and members of the community.
To read the full plan, visit www.ugdsb.ca/accessibility.
Trustee expenses for the 2017-18 financial year were received by the board. The expenses, totaling $32,500, include trustee spending on professional development, travel, office supplies and meeting expenses. The expenses are posted on the Finance section of the board website.
From December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2019, trustee honoraria will be set at the following:
- Chair – $18,506
- Vice Chair – $15,161
- Other Trustees: $11,816
The honoraria are set by base amounts plus an enrolment amount based on the Average Daily Enrolment (ADE) from the budget for the previous year.
Trustees approved the following policies: Policy 104 Access to School or Board Premises, Policy 105 Trustee Honoraria, Policy 112 Pregnancy and Parental Leave for Trustees, Policy 503 Safe Schools, Policy 509 Health Support Services, Policy 510 Safe Arrival, and Policy 514 Appropriate Dress. The following policies were received for information: Policy 208 Smoke and Vape-Free Environment, Policy 213 Code of Conduct and Policy 513 Alcohol and Drugs.
To view all UGDSB policies and procedures, and to provide feedback on draft policies, visit www.ugdsb.ca/policy.
The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Tues. December 18, 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.
Learn, Lead, Inspire…Together
Heather Loney, Communications and Community Engagement Officer
Upper Grand District School Board
Megan Sicoli, Administrative Officer, Communications
Upper Grand District School Board