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On Monday April 12, 2021, the provincial government announced that all Ontario schools would participate in remote learning following the April Break.
The UGDSB has been notified by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health that Public Health’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nicola Mercer, will issue an Order, directing all schools within the WDG region to shift to remote learning effective Wednesday April 7, 2021.
April’s Umbrella Project theme is “Intrinsic Motivation.” For those who are unsure exactly what that means, intrinsic motivation is the act of doing something without an external reward.
Due to on-going COVID-19 restrictions around large gatherings and physical distancing, UGDSB elementary schools will not be able to hold traditional in-person graduation ceremonies this spring. This includes both indoor and outdoor ceremonies.
This year, Upper Grand DSB board and school staff groups have continued organizing and participating in book studies, focusing on furthering learning in anti-racism and anti-oppression. Here are some ideas for recommended reading in Indigenous education and knowledge.
The following new draft policy has been released for public consultation, and feedback from the public is welcome on the draft documents: Policy 519 – Indigenous Education (First Nations, Métis, Inuit).
The Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington has prepared resources for educational staff, students and families, which focus on acknowledging the losses experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while making space for gratitude and hope.
April 8, 2021 – Navigating Special Education. This event features five breakout session topics, with participants given the option to select two sessions to attend.
This month, the Upper Grand District School Board’s Equity Team shared with staff a resource on addressing anti-Asian racism. We all have a role to play in learning, unlearning and working to dismantle racism and oppression in our communities.
This month, the Upper Grand District School Board recognized and celebrated Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month.
This month for the Umbrella Project we are focusing on mindfulness. Mindfulness is being aware of what’s happening right now without wishing it was different.
Throughout Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures Month, many schools have been celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black individuals in Canada and beyond.
The Ministry of Education has revised the self-screening requirements for all students in Ontario, effective immediately. Please review the following information for important updates.
The Ministry of Education has instructed school boards to implement a targeted COVID-19 testing program in schools. The testing will be voluntary and consent will be required. Testing will be for asymptomatic students and staff only. The UGDSB is currently in the process of developing a targeted testing plan.
On Feb. 11, 2021, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that the Ministry has postponed March Break in Ontario schools until April 12-16, 2021.
Following the success of the January event, the board and PIC are pleased to announce the March 4, 2021 event. This event will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.