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Upper Grand DSB updates by-laws to adopt pregnancy/parental leave for trustees

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board becomes the first school board in the province to include a pregnancy and parental leave for school board trustees in the Board by-laws.

UGDSB trustees approved the revised by-laws at a Special Board Meeting held on July 23, 2018. The revised by-laws will come into force with the new Board of Trustees in December 1, 2018.

In May 2017, the government of Ontario passed legislation that made changes to municipal governance in the province. As part of Bill 68, school boards and municipalities are required to have a policy in place that provides pregnancy/parental leave for trustees by March 1, 2019.   

Under the new UGDSB by-laws, a trustee is not required to seek approval for a pregnancy/parental leave lasting 20 consecutive weeks or less. This includes leaves that are a result of the trustee’s pregnancy, the birth of the trustee’s child or the adoption of a child by the trustee.

Additional changes to the by-laws included revising terms so they are clear and consistent, the addition of gender neutral language and ensuring the by-laws reflect the current operations of the Board of Trustees.

As a next step, trustees will develop an official board policy on pregnancy/parental leave for school board trustees.


About the Upper Grand District School Board

The Upper Grand District School Board serves more than 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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