News & Announcements

Daily School Absence Report

The UGDSB is reporting daily on school absence rates, allowing us to monitor absenteeism rates and transparently share this information with the public. To view the dashboard, click here

Exam Schedule

Revised exam schedule due to bus cancellations on Thursday, January 26:

Friday, January 27 – Period 1 Exam

Monday, January30 – Period 2 Exam

Tuesday, January 31 – Period 3 Exam

Wednesday, February 1 – Period 4 Exam

Thursday, February 2 – Conflict Exam Day (most students do not attend)

Friday, February 3 – PD Day

Monday, February 6 – Semester 2 classes begin

Grad Photo Retakes

Grad photos and photo retakes will be on February 22-24.
Please sign up at the following link – enter the Province, City (of the school), and then your names.  If your name is not showing up, you can contact our Prestige Appointment specialist to book a session at 1-888-850-7780.
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Procedure for high school exams if buses are cancelled

There are 5 days of exams set aside for secondary schools, Semester 1. Should an inclement weather day (with cancelled buses) occur during Days 1 to 4, the entire exam schedule and professional activity day, and start date for semester 2 will move forward by the number of snow days for the affected area(s) of the District only.

When buses are cancelled on an exam day, staff are expected to be on-site and follow the inclement weather guidelines where appropriate.

In addition to the procedures above, please note the following:

  • If buses are cancelled in Division 2 on exam days 1 to 4, John F. Ross will move their exams forward one day in order to accommodate students coming from the Rockwood/Eramosa area.
  • If buses are cancelled in Division 2 on exam days 1 to 4, CHSS and GCVI will move their exams forward one day in order to accommodate students coming from various areas of Division 2.
  • If buses are cancelled in Division 4 on exam days 1 to 4, EDHS will move their exams forward one day in order to accommodate FI students coming from Dufferin.

In all cases, if buses are cancelled on Day 5, the exam schedule, PA Day and start of semester 2 do not change. Should an inclement weather day occur on the Professional Activity Day, no adjustment will be made in the schedule for the commencement of semester 2.

Inclement weather procedures for UGDSB schools

With winter weather here, now is a great time to review the Upper Grand District School Board’s procedures for Inclement Weather Days.

Updated information has been posted on the UGDSB website outlining the different procedures for bus cancellations, school closures due to inclement weather, and more.

LINK: UGDSB INCLEMENT WEATHER PROCEDURES

**A reminder to please follow our Transportation Consortium, STWDSTS, for all bus cancellation alerts and information – the UGDSB does NOT communicate to families bus cancellations.

UGDSB Inclement Weather Infographic

Upper Grand collaborates with organizations to provide tutoring supports

The Upper Grand District School Board in association with The Grove, TVOLearn, Streams Community Hub, Tutor Bright, and Reading Rocks is providing students at both the elementary and secondary levels with additional tutoring support and resources. These additional support and resources were made possible through funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education.

The Grove

  • Offers free tutoring services for youth ages 12 to 26 in the Guelph-Wellington county.

TVO Learn Mathify

  • Offers virtual school-to-home math learning with an interactive classroom tool, and free 1:1, online math tutoring with certified Ontario teachers.

TVOLearn MPower

  • Offers free and creative online games to support the development of foundational math and STEM skills from kindergarten through grade 6.

TutorBright

  • Offers up to 10 hrs of free virtual 1 on 1 tutoring that focuses on a holistic approach to each student’s needs.

Check back regularly for additional tutoring support and resources.

Parents/Guardians invited to free webinar: Post-pandemic Mental Health

Parents/guardians are invited to join a free webinar in November on post-pandemic mental health.

Join Kevin Cameron as he shares information and strategies relating to post-pandemic mental health for adults and children.

A survey by CMHA Ontario showed that nearly half (48 per cent) of Ontarians say their mental health has worsened over the past two years. Juggling work, home and caregiving responsibilities resulted in moderate to high levels of stress for parents during the course of the pandemic and stress levels continue to be pushed.

How can we focus on our mental health to improve the wellbeing of our children and ourselves? Following the presentation, there will be opportunities to ask questions.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • DATE: November 8, 2022
  • TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Online webinar
  • REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oCIObjwZSb6p3qc-ioYriA

Kevin Cameron, M.Sc., R.S.W., B.C.E.T.S., B.C.S.C.R., is the Executive Director at the Centre for Trauma Informed Practices. He is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Download school ventilation reports from the UGDSB website

The Upper Grand District School Board continues to make board and school-based ventilation reports available in the 2022-23 school year.

The board report and each school report is available for download on the UGDSB website at www.ugdsb.ca/ventilationreport.

To access a specific school report:

  • Download the full report (Microsoft Excel document)
  • Click on the tab titled “School Dashboard”
  • Select the school from the drop-down menu at the top of the page

If families have questions about the ventilation report, they are to contact UGDSB Facility Services at [email protected].

Help the UGDSB make positive change – Complete the Student Census today!

Everyone counts. Complete the Student Census today!

The “UGDSB Counts Student Census” launches today for all Upper Grand District School Board students in grades Kindergarten-12.

Participation in the Student Census will help the UGDSB make systemic changes that will create more equitable outcomes for all students.

The census is a confidential, voluntary survey for all students (K-12) in the Upper Grand District School Board. The goal of the census is to better understand the cultural, social and demographic diversity of our students.

The UGDSB recognizes the disproportionate impact on students who are racialized and have identities connected to the margins. The school board will use the results of the survey to better understand these impacts, to make positive change.

What is UGDSB Counts?

UGDSB Counts is a confidential and voluntary online survey that will ask questions about:

  • first languages
  • Indigenous status
  • ethnicity/cultural origins
  • racial background
  • religious/spiritual affiliation
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • disabilities
  • citizenship
  • socio-economic status

How is UGDSB Collecting this Data?

In Kindergarten to grade 8, parents/caregivers will complete the survey on behalf of, or with, their child. A survey link will be sent to parents’/legal guardians’ email addresses. In grades 9-12, students will complete the survey. A survey link will be sent to each student’s UGDSB email address. Time will be provided in class for completion.

The Student Census will be open until October 9, 2022.

For more detailed information about the Student Census, please visit www.ugdsb.ca/census

Wellness Works: Welcome Back!

September 14, 2022


The Upper Grand District School Board is continuing with the Wellness Works monthly themes across all grades in the 2022-2023 school year.  For September we are once again bringing our collective focus to the theme of:  WELCOME, CONNECTION and BELONGING.

We remain committed, in partnership with you, to ensuring a mentally healthy return to school and an on-going emphasis on wellness throughout the year.  Every month, you will receive our newsletter outlining the theme that we are focusing on, as well as some activities and conversation starters that you may choose to use to engage in with your child/ren outside of school time around the theme of the month.

The start-up of school can be a stressful time for students and their families. Routines are once again shifting, expectations are changing and there are many “firsts.” Here are some things you can do this month with your child/ren:

  • Stick to routines as much as possible, like regular bedtime and wake up times
  • Find out what your child is excited about for the year but also what they might be nervous about with the new year
  • Help your child/ren identify some strategies for times when they are feeling anxious (e.g. deep breathing) so they have it ready in their minds when/if they should need it
  • Share each evening about something that was positive during the day, something that was difficult (bonus for adding how they got through the difficult time), and also something they are looking forward to tomorrow
  • Help your child/ren identify adults in the school building that are their “go to” adults (e.g. teacher and Child and Youth Counsellor)

Returning to school in the fall can result in mixed emotions including excitement, anticipation, nervousness, and worry.  As we work to build and strengthen wellness skills, we are essentially building a strong foundation, a toolbox of strategies, to help your child/ren as they move through this school year in their own, unique and individual way.

We look forward to the year ahead!

~ The Wellness Works Team @ UGDSB

A special thanks to Edge Mutual for their support of Wellness Works

New School and Child Care Screening Tool is available online

September 1, 2022


The Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health have provided a new “School and Child Care” screening tool.

It is recommended that students/children and visitors continue to self-screen for illness every day before attending school or child care using this updated Screening Tool: School and Child Care Screening Tool.

Students/children and visitors who do not pass the screening should follow the advice provided upon completion of the screening tool.

To use the Screening Tool, click here.

The 2022 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was approved

The 2022 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was approved at the Board Meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on May 24, 2022.

This purpose of this report is to review updated data and any other changes affecting accommodation. It is necessary for staff to monitor the relevance of the Board’s work plan priorities. The LTAP review report also provides the status of the 5-year work plan priorities identified for 2018-2022.

Please visit www.ugdsb.ca/ltap to see a copy of this report as well as previous reports under the List of Documents heading.

Bussing info for 2022-2023 School

Good afternoon!

STWDST has provided us with some information and quick links regarding bussing for the school year.

 

Newsletter https://stwdsts.ca/newsletter/

First Rider Program https://stwdsts.ca/first-rider-program/

Opt Out https://stwdsts.ca/opt-out-of-busing/

Parent Portal Subscription https://stwdsts.ca/bus-subscription/

How to subscribe to Parent Portal https://stwdsts.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/How-to-Subscribe-for-Bus-Delays-Cancellations-no-OEN.pdf

Eligible for the Bus? https://www.findmyschool.ca/Eligibility.aspx?Page=Transportation

 

 

 

 

Exam Schedule

Posted January 31, 2023

Revised exam schedule due to bus cancellations on Thursday, January 26:

Friday, January 27 – Period 1 Exam

Monday, January30 – Period 2 Exam

Tuesday, January 31 – Period 3 Exam

Wednesday, February 1 – Period 4 Exam

Read more about Exam Schedule »

Grad Photo Retakes

Posted January 27, 2023

Grad photos and photo retakes will be on February 22-24.
Please sign up at the following link – enter the Province, City (of the school), and then your names.  If your name is not showing up, you can …

Read more about Grad Photo Retakes »

Procedure for high school exams if buses are cancelled

Posted January 25, 2023

There are 5 days of exams set aside for secondary schools, Semester 1. Should an inclement weather day (with cancelled buses) occur during Days 1 to 4, the entire exam schedule and professional activity day, and start date for …

Read more about Procedure for high school exams if buses are cancelled »

Inclement weather procedures for UGDSB schools

Posted November 18, 2022

With winter weather here, now is a great time to review the Upper Grand District School Board’s procedures for Inclement Weather Days.

Updated information has been posted on the UGDSB website outlining the different procedures for bus cancellations, school closures …

Read more about Inclement weather procedures for UGDSB schools »

Upper Grand collaborates with organizations to provide tutoring supports

Posted November 9, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board in association with The Grove, TVOLearn, Streams Community Hub, Tutor Bright, and Reading Rocks is providing students at both the elementary and secondary levels with additional tutoring support and resources. These additional support …

Read more about Upper Grand collaborates with organizations to provide tutoring supports »

Parents/Guardians invited to free webinar: Post-pandemic Mental Health

Posted October 17, 2022

Parents/guardians are invited to join a free webinar in November on post-pandemic mental health.

Join Kevin Cameron as he shares information and strategies relating to post-pandemic mental health for adults and children.

A survey by CMHA Ontario showed that nearly half …

Read more about Parents/Guardians invited to free webinar: Post-pandemic Mental Health »

Download school ventilation reports from the UGDSB website

Posted October 14, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board continues to make board and school-based ventilation reports available in the 2022-23 school year.

The board report and each school report is available for download on the UGDSB website at www.ugdsb.ca/ventilationreport.

To access a specific …

Read more about Download school ventilation reports from the UGDSB website »

Help the UGDSB make positive change – Complete the Student Census today!

Posted September 19, 2022

Everyone counts. Complete the Student Census today!

The “UGDSB Counts Student Census” launches today for all Upper Grand District School Board students in grades Kindergarten-12.

Participation in the Student Census will help the UGDSB make systemic changes that will create more …

Read more about Help the UGDSB make positive change – Complete the Student Census today! »

Wellness Works: Welcome Back!

Posted September 15, 2022

The Upper Grand District School Board is continuing with the Wellness Works monthly themes across all grades in the 2022-2023 school year.  For September we are once again bringing our collective focus to the theme of:  WELCOME, CONNECTION and BELONGING. 

Read more about Wellness Works: Welcome Back! »

New School and Child Care Screening Tool is available online

Posted September 1, 2022

The Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health have provided a new “School and Child Care” screening tool. It is recommended that students/children and visitors continue to self-screen for illness every day before attending school or child care using this updated Screening Tool.

Read more about New School and Child Care Screening Tool is available online »

The 2022 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was approved

Posted May 25, 2022

The 2022 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was approved at the Board Meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board on May 24, 2022. This purpose of this report is to review updated data and any other changes affecting accommodation. It is necessary for staff to monitor the relevance of the Board’s work plan priorities. The LTAP review report also provides the status of the 5-year work plan priorities identified for 2018-2022.

Read more about The 2022 Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP) Annual Review Report was approved »

Bussing info for 2022-2023 School

Posted May 13, 2022

Good afternoon!

STWDST has provided us with some information and quick links regarding bussing for the school year.

 

Newsletter https://stwdsts.ca/newsletter/

First Rider Program https://stwdsts.ca/first-rider-program/

Opt Out https://stwdsts.ca/opt-out-of-busing/

Parent Portal …

Read more about Bussing info for 2022-2023 School »