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May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
05/13/2021
On May 17th communities around the world recognize the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Everyone deserves to have an inclusive, supportive environment at work and at school, and stopping harrassment and discrimination is a shared responsibility.
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16th Annual Rainbow Youth Forum to be held on May 20, 2021
16th Annual Rainbow Youth Forum to be held on May 20, 2021
05/12/2021
The RYF is a celebration of OCDSB’s diversity and is a day for students and staff to learn together. For 2021, students of all ages can attend this virtual event.
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May 10 is Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin
May 10 is Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin
05/07/2021
On May 10th, we recognize Bear Witness Day / Journée de l’ourson témoin, which honours the memory of Jordan River Anderson and engages the community in ensuring the proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle.
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Complete the Survey - Police Involvement in Schools
Complete the Survey - Police Involvement in Schools
05/06/2021
The OCDSB is holding a policy and practice review of the Police Involvement in Schools Policy. This includes a review of the School Resource Officer role in schools as well as a review of all activities that involve police in school that are identified as legally discretionary.
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Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Jordyn Hendricks
Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Jordyn Hendricks
05/06/2021
Indigenous secondary students and families in the OCDSB are invited to join the next event in this year's Indigenous Youth Symposium, a speed painting session with Jordyn Hendricks, 2-Spirit Michif artist.
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OCDSB Speech and Language Open House
OCDSB Speech and Language Open House
05/06/2021
May is Speech and Hearing Month. OCDSB Speech-Language Pathologists offer assistance to develop your child's communication skills, including articulation, receptive and expressive language, social skills, fluency skills, voice and resonance, pre-literacy and literacy skills, executive functioning skills and augmentative and alternative communication.
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Youth Ottawa Active Citizenship Initiative
Youth Ottawa Active Citizenship Initiative
05/06/2021
The OCDSB is pleased to partner with Youth Ottawa on the Active Citizenship Initiative, which invites students to get involved and take action on local community issues.
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National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
05/05/2021
May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). Today, the OCDSB honours and remembers all missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.
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Asian and South Asian Heritage Month
Asian and South Asian Heritage Month
05/04/2021
Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month are an opportunity to reflect upon the long and rich history of Asian Canadians, their contributions to Canada, and their role in communities across the District.
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Jewish Heritage Month
Jewish Heritage Month
05/04/2021
Jewish Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate, and educate future generations about Jewish Canadians and the importance of their role in communities across the District.
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2020-2021 Director's Citation and Employee Recognition Awards
2020-2021 Director's Citation and Employee Recognition Awards
05/03/2021
As we approach the end of the 2020-2021 school year, we are pleased to recognize some of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's most exemplary staff members through this year’s Director’s Citation Awards and Employee Recognition Awards.
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Education Week: #StrongerTogether
Education Week: #StrongerTogether
05/03/2021
May 3-7 is Education Week in Ontario and the theme is #StrongerTogether. This week, we recognize and thank all OCDSB staff, students, families and partners. Together, we have navigated so many transitions and worked together to support student learning and well-being.
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May 5 is Support Staff Appreciation Day!
May 5 is Support Staff Appreciation Day!
05/03/2021
Wednesday, May 5 is Support Staff Appreciation Day, a day for special recognition of the amazing work of all the support staff in our schools and administrative offices.
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Summer Virtual International Language Classes (JK - Grade 8)
Summer Virtual International Language Classes (JK - Grade 8)
04/30/2021
The OCDSB is offering Virtual International Language Classes this summer for students in junior kindergarten to grade 8. These classes are free for Ontario residents and provide an opportunity for students to learn a new language or maintain the language of their home or heritage.
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National Principal’s Day - May 1, 2021
National Principal’s Day - May 1, 2021
04/30/2021
May 1 is National Principals’ Day! The OCDSB celebrates all of the outstanding Principals and Vice-Principals across our District who truly embody our OCDSB Culture of Caring, Innovation and Social Responsibility.
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OCDSB 2021 Summer School (Grade 6-8) - Registration Now Open
OCDSB 2021 Summer School (Grade 6-8) - Registration Now Open
04/30/2021
The OCDSB Grade 6-8 Summer School Program for 2021 is now open for registration. Two non credit programs are available for OCDSB students currently enrolled in Grades 6-8. More information, including details on how to register is available on our website.
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New Half Moon Bay Elementary School Consultation
New Half Moon Bay Elementary School Consultation
04/29/2021
The OCDSB is seeking feedback on plans for the opening of a New Half Moon Bay Elementary School, to be located at the south/west corner of Kilbirnie Drive and River Mist Road, with a tentative opening date of September 2022, pending approvals and construction timelines. We are gathering feedback through an online survey to inform the development of a final staff recommendation to be presented to the Board of Trustees in June 2021.
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Q&A on the Stay-at-Home Order in Ottawa
Q&A on the Stay-at-Home Order in Ottawa
04/29/2021
You may have had some questions about what kinds of activities are still available to families during the Stay-at-Home Order in Ottawa. Ottawa Public Health has helped provide answers for a few common questions below.
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Mid-School Year Check-In: Results and Next Steps
Mid-School Year Check-In: Results and Next Steps
04/28/2021
In February, we collected feedback from students, families and staff in our Winter Survey, where 12,365 participants shared 17,052 thoughts. We thank everyone who participated for sharing your comments with us. We have continued to review the feedback and work to address the comments and concerns that were voiced. Learn more about the work we are doing.
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OCDSB mental health team available to answer your questions
OCDSB mental health team available to answer your questions
04/28/2021
May 3-9 is Mental Health Week. It offers an opportunity to reflect on the steps we can all take to support our mental health, cope with these challenging times, and find the help we need.
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Carbon dioxide monitoring in schools
Carbon dioxide monitoring in schools
04/28/2021
We’ve received some questions about carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and monitoring in schools. We have connected with our HVAC experts and wanted to share some information with you.
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Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others
Black Excellence Discussion Series: Opening Doors for Others
04/27/2021
For session #2 of the OCDSB Black Excellence Discussion Series, we invite four professionals to share their experiences and offer career advice for students.
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Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Aalla
Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Aalla
04/26/2021
Indigenous students and families in the OCDSB are invited to join the next event in this year's Indigenous Youth Symposium, featuring special guest Aalla.
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Indigenous Speaker Series with Jaime Morse - April 27, 2021
Indigenous Speaker Series with Jaime Morse - April 27, 2021
04/21/2021
The OCDSB Indigenous Speaker Series proudly presents a virtual talk with Jaime Morse for OCDSB staff and students in grades 7-12.
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OCDSB to provide report cards via email
OCDSB to provide report cards via email
04/20/2021
To enable easy and secure access, OCDSB parents and guardians will now receive their child's report card directly in their email.
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IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning
IMPORTANT - Additional Information - OCDSB Shift to Remote Learning
04/18/2021
Following the orders of the Ontario government, effective Monday, April 19, 2021, all OCDSB elementary and secondary schools will close to in-person learning until further notice.
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National Volunteer Week - April 18-24, 2021
National Volunteer Week - April 18-24, 2021
04/16/2021
National Volunteer Week is April 18-24. The OCDSB thanks all volunteers who have contributed their time to support our students, schools and communities.
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International Day of Pink (April 14)
International Day of Pink - April 14, 2021
04/14/2021
Wednesday, April 14th is the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.
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Nominations Open for the 2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition Awards
Nominations Open for the 2020-2021 OCDSB Community Recognition Awards
04/13/2021
Annually, the OCDSB recognizes the valuable contributions of our community members, parents, and businesses through the OCDSB Community Recognition Awards. Nominations are now open for the 2020-2021 awards. Nominate a volunteer by Friday, April 16, 2021.
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Ramadan
Ramadan
04/12/2021
For all those observing, we wish OCDSB families a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims all over the world.
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Ontario Stay-at-Home Order - Translated Material
Ontario Stay-at-Home Order - Translated Material
04/12/2021
The Ottawa organization Refugee 613 has translated information from the Ontario Stay-at-Home order in multiple languages.
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Registration Open for Extended Day Programs for the 2021-2022 School Year
Registration Open for Extended Day Programs for the 2021-2022 School Year
04/12/2021
Registration is now open for OCDSB Extended Day Programs (EDP) for the 2021-2022 school year. EDP operates before and after the regular school day, providing children in Kindergarten to Grade 6 the opportunity to participate in activities that complement what happens during the school day.
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IMPORTANT - OCDSB Schools to Shift to Remote Learning on April 19th
IMPORTANT - OCDSB Schools to Shift to Remote Learning on April 19th
04/12/2021
All elementary and secondary schools will be closed for in-person learning after the April break. OCDSB in-person students will begin remote learning starting on Monday, April 19, 2021 until further notice.
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Letter to Families from Dr. Vera Etches
Letter to Families from Dr. Vera Etches
04/09/2021
Dear Parents and Guardians, With the school Spring Break and warmer weather right ahead, we wanted to take this opportunity to connect with you and share some important tips and reminders to help you continue to keep yourself, your family, and our community safe.
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Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 7-8)
Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 7-8)
04/07/2021
Alongside the Jewish community and others around the world, we observe Yom HaShoah and recognize those who lost their lives and loved ones in the Holocaust.
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Sikh Heritage Month
Sikh Heritage Month
04/07/2021
In Ontario, April is recognized as Sikh Heritage Month. This month is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Sikh Canadians.
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OCDSB 2021 Summer School (Grade 9-12)
OCDSB 2021 Summer School (Grade 9-12)
04/06/2021
The OCDSB Grade 9-12 Summer School Program for 2021 is now open for registration! Offerings include eLearning, Reach Ahead, Co-op and more (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
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Letter from Dr. Vera Etches to Ottawa school boards
Letter from Dr. Vera Etches to Ottawa school boards
04/06/2021
Today, the OCDSB and other Ottawa school boards received a letter from Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Medical Officer of Health.
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Autism Awareness Month 2021: Virtual Speaker Series
Autism Awareness Month 2021: Virtual Speaker Series
04/01/2021
The month of April is recognized as Autism Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to help in the building of stronger, more inclusive communities for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This month also includes World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Ontario’s Raise the Flag for Autism campaign on April 6. The OCDSB will celebrate autism awareness throughout the month of April.
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COVID Update - Ontario Announces Emergency Measures
COVID Update - Ontario Announces Emergency Measures
04/01/2021
Today, the Government of Ontario released new data showing a significant increase of COVID-19 across the province. Rapidly-spreading variants have the potential to overwhelm our hospitals with more younger adults now becoming infected.
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International Trans Day of Visibility (March 31)
International Trans Day of Visibility (March 31)
03/30/2021
March 31 is the International Trans Day of Visibility. We all have a role to play to ensure that trans and gender diverse students have a safe learning environment.
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School Earth Hour Challenge – March 26
School Earth Hour Challenge – March 26
03/22/2021
Starting out in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature.
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OCDSB Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Silla
OCDSB Indigenous Youth Symposium (Virtual Event Series) with Silla
03/22/2021
On March 31, Indigenous students and families in the OCDSB are invited to join the second event of this year's Indigenous Youth Symposium, where special guest Silla, from the musical group Silla and Rise, will share about their journey through music and the beauty of Inuit culture.
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Stronger Together: Black Parents Network Session
Stronger Together: Black Parents Network Session
03/19/2021
The Ottawa Black Educators Network will be hosting the first Black Parents Network session, Stronger Together: Building Relationships to Support Black Students. Black parents and parents of Black children are invited to join this interactive session on Saturday, March 27.
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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21)
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21)
03/19/2021
March 21st is recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The OCDSB benefits from and is enriched by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and lived realities of the students, staff and families that make up our community.
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Join the Discussion - Police Involvement in Schools
Join the Discussion - Police Involvement in Schools
03/17/2021
The OCDSB is holding a policy and practice review of the Police Involvement in Schools Policy. This includes a review of the School Resource Officer role in schools as well as a review of all activities that involve police in school that are identified as legally discretionary.
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Ontario Government Approves Construction of Stittsville Secondary School
Ontario Government Approves Construction of Stittsville Secondary School
03/11/2021
The Ontario government has given approval to the OCDSB to proceed to award the tender for construction of a new Stittsville Secondary School.
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National Day of Observance for COVID-19 in Canada
National Day of Observance for COVID-19 in Canada
03/11/2021
On Thursday, March 11th, flags will be lowered at OCDSB schools in recognition of the first National Day of Observance for COVID-19 in Canada.
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OCDSB International Certificate Program Virtual Information Session
OCDSB International Certificate Program Virtual Information Session
03/11/2021
The OCDSB’s International Certificate Program is designed to recognize and honour students in grade 9-12 who demonstrate a commitment to being motivated, engaged and active global citizens. On March 23, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the OCDSB will hold a virtual information session for students in grades 8-11 and parents/guardians
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Black Youth Virtual Sharing Circle
Black Youth Virtual Sharing Circle
03/11/2021
The OCDSB will host a Black Youth Virtual Sharing Circle on March 24, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Black OCDSB secondary students. Students are invited to share their voices and stories by joining this virtual discussion on the barriers around mental health services for Black youth.
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OCDSB Human Rights Policy Consultation
OCDSB Human Rights Policy Consultation
03/10/2021
The OCDSB is committed to promoting and protecting the human rights of students, families, staff and the wider community. There are a variety of policies and procedures that relate to some aspects of human rights, but we need a central human rights policy that sets the standards and clearly outlines how they will be enforced.
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Discussion Series: Cultivating Black Excellence at the OCDSB
Discussion Series: Cultivating Black Excellence at the OCDSB
03/09/2021
What does Black Excellence mean? How can we work together as a community so that African, Black, African-Caribbean (ABC) students can envision and feel empowered to reach their goals and achieve their full potential?
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International Women's Day
International Women's Day
03/08/2021
March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day of recognition celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls, and raising awareness of the work left to be done.
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Board Chair Letter: Vaccination for Education Workers
Board Chair Letter: Vaccination for Education Workers
03/05/2021
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, on February 16, 2021, Board Chair Lynn Scott wrote a letter to Health Minister Christine Elliott and Education Minister Stephen Lecce requesting the prioritization of education workers as part of the Ontario vaccination strategy.
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September 2021: We’re Ready to Welcome All Students Back to the Classroom
September 2021: We’re Ready to Welcome All Students Back to the Classroom
03/01/2021
The OCDSB is planning to welcome students and staff back to school in September 2021. We believe that student learning and well-being is best supported through in-person learning.
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Black Future Month and Our Role In It Webinar
Black Future Month and Our Role In It Webinar
03/01/2021
On March 1st, 2021 at 3:30 p.m., the OCDSB is pleased to present a webinar with Dr. Clyde Ledbetter Jr., Mentorship Program Manager at Jaku Konbit. This webinar will discuss ways in which Black youth (and their allies) can use Black Future Month to create effective strategies to enhance the well-being of their local and global community.
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Indigenous Speaker Series with Theland Kicknosway - March 2nd and 9th, 2021
Indigenous Speaker Series with Theland Kicknosway - March 2nd and 9th, 2021
02/19/2021
The OCDSB Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents two webinars with Theland Kicknosway for OCDSB staff and students. The first session will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd, for Grade 7 to 12 students. The second session will feature Theland and his mother Elaine talking about "Boys with Braids", and will take place on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021.
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Report Cards Now Available on Report Card Portal
Report Cards Now Available on Report Card Portal
02/18/2021
Report cards are now available to parents through the secure online Report Card Portal.
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5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trades: An Evening with Parents and Students
5 Great Reasons for a Career in the Trades: An Evening with Parents and Students
02/09/2021
Is your child exploring future career pathways or considering a career in the trades? On February 25th, 2021 the OCDSB hosted a virtual event for parents and students with Job Talks Executive Director Dr. Jon Callegher. Watch the recording now!
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2021 Pathways to Excellence Series
2021 Pathways to Excellence Series
02/02/2021
The Sankofa Centre of Excellent Graduation Coach Program is committed to advancing the academic success of African, Black and Caribbean students in the OCDSB.
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Black History Month
Black History Month
02/01/2021
Every February is recognized as Black History Month in Canada. It’s a time to celebrate Black culture and history and to applaud the achievements and significant contributions Black Canadians have made to build Canada and to make this country the diverse, welcoming and the strong nation it is today.
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Education Foundation Ottawa - Toonie Tuesday, February 23
Education Foundation Ottawa - Toonie Tuesday, February 23
02/01/2021
On February 23, 2021, the Education Foundation of Ottawa will be hosting their annual Toonie Tuesday event to raise critical funds for OCDSB families in need.
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OCDSB Information About the Safe Return to In-Person Learning
OCDSB Information About the Safe Return to In-Person Learning
01/29/2021
On Monday, February 1st in-person learning will resume for OCDSB elementary and secondary school students.
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Ontario announcement: In-person learning to resume for OCDSB schools
Ontario announcement: In-person learning to resume for OCDSB schools
01/28/2021
We have just been advised that OCDSB schools will re-open on Monday, February 1st. The information was included in a provincial media release. The District will provide a more detailed update on plans for a safe re-opening. Thank you for your continued support as we manage this transition.
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Key dates: Student Transfer Application
Key dates: Student Transfer Application
01/26/2021
Students attend a designated school based on geographic and programming considerations.
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Key dates: Middle French Immersion Registration
Key dates: Middle French Immersion Registration
01/26/2021
The Middle French Immersion Registration period takes place from Monday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
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Student-led ME Project to Provide Free Menstrual Products in OCDSB Schools
Student-led ME Project to Provide Free Menstrual Products in OCDSB Schools
01/26/2021
On January 26, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved a motion to provide students with free menstrual hygiene products in school washrooms across the district. This initiative was led thanks to the advocacy of students.
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Important: Remote Learning to Continue Next Week
Important: Remote Learning to Continue Next Week
01/20/2021
The Ontario government has announced that schools in some regions of the province will be able to resume in-person learning next week. Ottawa was not included on this list. Elementary and secondary OCDSB students will continue with remote learning. In-person learning will be maintained for students in specialized program classes.
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OCDSB Winter 2021 Virtual Night School Program
OCDSB Winter 2021 Virtual Night School Program
01/18/2021
The OCDSB Virtual Night School Program for 2021 is now open for registration! This program is open to students in all school boards and adult learners. The key dates are highlighted below, including the schedule for 2021. More information, including how to register and a list of our course offerings, is available on our website.
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Emergency child care support: Ontario expands list of eligibility
Emergency child care support: Ontario expands list of eligibility
01/09/2021
The Ontario government announced today it has expanded the list of individuals eligible for emergency child care services during the remote learning period
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Elementary Remote Learning to Continue to January 25th
Elementary Remote Learning to Continue to January 25th
01/08/2021
The province has announced that remote learning for elementary students will continue for the next two weeks. In-person learning is scheduled to resume for both elementary and secondary students on January 25, 2021.
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OCDSB Speaker Series on Screen Time with Dr. Michael Cheng - January 21, 2021
OCDSB Speaker Series on Screen Time with Dr. Michael Cheng - January 21, 2021
01/07/2021
We would like to thank everyone who joined us on January 21st for our Speaker Series session on Screen Time During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Information for Parents and Caregivers with Dr. Michael Cheng.
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OCDSB to host High School Virtual Information Sessions
OCDSB to host High School Virtual Information Sessions
01/07/2021
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is hosting Welcome to High School Virtual Information Sessions to help familiarise parents/guardians and students with the various personalized learning experiences available at OCDSB High Schools.
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It’s time to register for Kindergarten
It’s time to register for Kindergarten
01/06/2021
Registration is now open for Kindergarten starting in September 2021. If your child will be four years old by December 31, 2021, they are ready to begin their learning journey with the OCDSB.
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Province Wide Shutdown - OCDSB Schools Pivot to Remote Learning January 4th
Province Wide Shutdown - OCDSB Schools Pivot to Remote Learning January 4th
01/04/2021
Today, the Government of Ontario announced a province-wide shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19. This affects schools and students will not return to school in person on January 4th as planned.
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Disrupting Anti-Black Racism Discussion
Disrupting Anti-Black Racism Discussion
12/15/2020
On December 10, OCDSB Superintendent of Instruction Prince Duah participated in a discussion hosted by the Administrators’ Black Caucus of Ontario. The theme was "Black Men in Educational Leadership: Disrupting Anti-Black Racism."
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2019-2020 Director's Annual Report to the Community
2019-2020 Director's Annual Report to the Community
12/02/2020
I am proud to share with you our 2019-2020 Director's Annual Report to the Community. This year, the full report is available in a new digital format, which reflects on some of the highlights of a very unusual school year.
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Understanding the Impact Between Municipal Ward Boundaries and School Board Electoral Zones
Understanding the Impact Between Municipal Ward Boundaries and School Board Electoral Zones
12/01/2020
The City of Ottawa is currently reviewing the electoral boundaries of municipal wards. Many people have asked how this impacts the electoral boundaries for school board trustees. Municipal ward boundaries establish the framework for determining electoral zone boundaries for school boards.
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OCDSB statement on use of language to prevent harm
OCDSB statement on use of language to prevent harm
12/01/2020
The OCDSB is committed to delivering a curriculum that respects and promotes diversity and is culturally relevant and responsive. The delivery of education must honour the best interests of each child, and must ensure that no child experiences harm from the words or actions of instructional leaders or others.
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Ontario COVID-19 Voluntary Testing for Schools
Ontario COVID-19 Voluntary Testing for Schools
11/27/2020
On Thursday, November 26, the Ontario government announced it is launching targeted voluntary testing of asymptomatic students and staff in regions of the province which currently have a high number of active COVID-19 cases.
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OCDSB 2019-2020 Suspension Data
OCDSB 2019-2020 Suspension Data
11/25/2020
The review of suspension data is an essential step in the OCDSB’s commitment to creating a culture of caring and social responsibility.
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“Thank you, educators” from Ottawa Public Health
“Thank you, educators” from Ottawa Public Health
11/20/2020
Today, we received a letter from Dr. Vera Etches which we are delighted to share with you. The letter acknowledges the importance of public education in our community and most importantly, the work that each of our staff members do to keep our schools clean and safe.
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Rainbow Bridges Film Festival - November 19th
Rainbow Bridges Film Festival - November 19th
11/16/2020
Youth Ottawa and the OCDSB were proud to present the online Rainbow Bridges Film Festival on November 19th. We showcased the student films from last year’s Rainbow Bridges participants, and had a few surprises!
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OCDSB D. Aubrey Moodie Award for Highest Academic Average
OCDSB D. Aubrey Moodie Award for Highest Academic Average
10/28/2020
The top scholar at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for the 2019-2020 school year is Sheel Ayachi.
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Ontario government announces funding for new Riverside Secondary School
Ontario government announces funding for new Riverside Secondary School
10/20/2020
Today, the OCDSB is excited to share that the Government of Ontario has announced it will fund the construction of a new high school in Riverside South.
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OCDSB Statement: 'We will need to come together and find a path forward'
OCDSB Statement: 'We will need to come together and find a path forward'
10/20/2020
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Abdirahman Abdi and the Black community who continue to grieve the loss of a loved one following today’s court decision.
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OCDSB Responds to Allegations at Nepean High School
OCDSB Responds to Allegations at Nepean High School
10/16/2020
We have been informed of a series of allegations relating to the school climate at Nepean High School. The allegations span a period of several years and involve both current and former students and staff. The allegations address issues of racism and inappropriate conduct of staff involving students.
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
10/16/2020
We have been hearing your questions about COVID-19 and have assembled a list of questions and answers for you.
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Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Roadmap - 2020-2023
Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Roadmap - 2020-2023
10/13/2020
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is proud to announce the launch of our new Indigenous, Equity and Human Rights Roadmap - 2020-2023.
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Supporting Students During Self-Isolation or Closure
Supporting Students During Self-Isolation or Closure
10/08/2020
The rise in cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa is concerning. Right now, some students are already in 14-day self-isolation while others are at home awaiting test results. While we all must continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID into schools, more families will experience this in the weeks ahead.
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Ottawa Public Health Return to School Letter Following Student Illness
Ottawa Public Health Return to School Letter Following Student Illness
10/01/2020
We have received many questions about students with previous conditions like seasonal allergies or what to do if your child tests negative for COVID-19 and when they can return to school.
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Introducing OCV – Ottawa-Carleton Virtual School
Introducing OCV – Ottawa-Carleton Virtual School
09/17/2020
The OCDSB is excited to welcome 17,000 students to our new virtual schools – OCV Elementary and OCV Secondary to their first day of school on Friday, September 18th. Our secondary school will support approximately 4,000 students. OCV Elementary has been divided into six campuses, which allows us to better organize the 13,000 students according to their home school.
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An OCDSB Tribute to the Legacy of Dave Smith
An OCDSB Tribute to the Legacy of Dave Smith
09/04/2020
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board would like to extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dave Smith, who recently passed away at the age of 87.
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OCDSB 2020-21 Annual Budget Approved
OCDSB 2020-21 Annual Budget Approved
08/27/2020
At a Special Board meeting on Wednesday, August 26, Trustees approved the OCDSB 2020-21 operating budget of $1,008.3 million, capital budget of $97.9 million and the use of $5.4 million in recently announced Ministry grants to address incremental instruction and school operation costs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Government of Ontario Announces Funding for Two New OCDSB Schools
Government of Ontario Announces Funding for Two New OCDSB Schools
07/24/2020
The Government of Ontario has confirmed funding for the building of two new elementary schools in the Fernbank area and south Barrhaven.
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OCDSB Statement Regarding Charges Against Employee
OCDSB Statement Regarding Charges Against Employee
07/02/2020
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been advised by the Ottawa Police Service that Majed Turk, an individual employed by the OCDSB, has been charged with one count of sexual assault, one count of sexual interference and one count of criminal harassment.
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Board Finds Trustee in Breach of Code of Conduct
Board Finds Trustee in Breach of Code of Conduct
06/30/2020
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has censured Trustee Donna Blackburn under the Board Member Code of Conduct and strongly recommended she offer her resignation.
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Board Meeting to Consider Code of Conduct Complaint
Board Meeting to Consider Code of Conduct Complaint
06/26/2020
The Ottawa-Carleton District Board will hold a Special Board Meeting on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to deal with a Code of Conduct complaint.
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Responding to Anti-Black Racism: Resources to Support Parents and Students
Responding to Anti-Black Racism: Resources to Support Parents and Students
06/21/2020
We are a caring community and we must remember to reach out and support each other; we must acknowledge that what is happening is not okay; and we must remain committed to speaking out against racism in all its forms.
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Identity Matters! OCDSB releases summary results of identity-based data survey
Identity Matters! OCDSB releases summary results of identity-based data survey
06/19/2020
The OCDSB has released the first summary report of its Valuing Voices – Identity Matters! survey of students from kindergarten to grade 12. The results demonstrate the rich diversity of the OCDSB student population and provide data the school board will need to consider as it prepares its Indigenous, Human Rights and Equity and Indigenous Roadmap to be released in fall 2020.
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Ministry Extends School Closures for the Rest of This Year
Ministry Extends School Closures for the Rest of This Year
05/19/2020
All OCDSB schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year, per Ministerial order. This provincial decision was based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Staff, students and families will receive more information today.
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OCDSB Update on Code of Conduct Investigation
05/15/2020
An update on the formal investigation into a complaint regarding an alleged incident between a trustee and a young person in March 2020.
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Ontario School Closures Extended to May 31
Ontario School Closures Extended to May 31
04/26/2020
On Sunday, April 26, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed to students until at least May 31, 2020.
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Connecting with All OCDSB Families
Connecting with All OCDSB Families
04/20/2020
Over the past few weeks, we have been working to contact students to check in and make sure things are okay. However, we haven’t been able to reach all families. If you have not spoken with your teacher or principal, please email them as soon as you can. You can also contact our Family Reception Centre, which supports families whose primary language is not English: 613-239-2416 or familyreceptioncentre@ocdsb.ca
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Distributing Computers and Internet for Students
Distributing Computers and Internet for Students
04/14/2020
We are committed to a Culture of Caring. Everyone deserves an opportunity to learn. With school closures due to the COVID-19, we were suddenly forced to move learning online. Unfortunately, not all OCDSB students have access to a computer or wifi.
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Assessment and Evaluation
Assessment and Evaluation
04/14/2020
We have received many questions from students and parents about assessment, evaluation and reporting during this time.
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OCDSB Responds to Community Concerns
OCDSB Responds to Community Concerns
04/09/2020
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been made aware of reports of an incident in a community park that involved a Trustee and a resident. We are not aware of all of the details related to this specific incident, but we are very concerned about the allegations of racism and bias that this has generated.
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Learn at Home Phase 2 Information and Resources
Learn at Home Phase 2 Information and Resources
04/05/2020
OCDSB Learn At Home is the second phase of a province-wide learning strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. OCDSB Learn At Home is a way to focus student learning on key concepts so that students can finish their academic year and be supported to advance to the next year or graduate.
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OCDSB Learn at Home Phase 2 Information
OCDSB Learn at Home Phase 2 Information
04/03/2020
On April 6 th , all OCDSB schools will move to Phase 2 of Learn at Home. This is a period of transition for all of us. We are continuing to take a phased approach to our Learn At Home and will focus on teaching and learning in two week blocks. This will give us an opportunity to hear how it is working for our families and students and make any necessary adjustments. We are fortunate to have such caring educators who have been checking in with students and families over the past two weeks. We’ve encouraged our staff to work together and to be thoughtful and age appropriate about the number of points of contact for both students and families.
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Update on Extension of School Closures and Next Steps
Update on Extension of School Closures and Next Steps
04/01/2020
Dear OCDSB Families: Today, the Government of Ontario announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. As these dates come closer, this decision will be re-evaluated based on public health advice and the closure may be extended if necessary.
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Resources, Information and Looking Ahead
Resources, Information and Looking Ahead
03/30/2020
Dear OCDSB Families: As we kick-off a new week, I wanted to touch base and let you know about our progress to date. As you can appreciate, developing a plan to support learning for 75,000 students while schools are closed, is a challenging task. There are still many questions about next steps and we anticipate further direction from the Ministry of Education, but there is lots to report on.
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Additional Learning Resources and Looking Forward
Additional Learning Resources and Looking Forward
03/24/2020
Dear OCDSB Families: I wanted to provide an update of our current progress on supporting student learning during the COVID-19 closure and some information about possible next steps. I know that there are many different perspectives on this issue, and at the OCDSB, we are working to find a path forward that meets the many needs and perspectives.
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Letter from Minister of Education to Parents
Letter from Minister of Education to Parents
03/22/2020
Dear OCDSB Families, Please find attached a letter from the Minister of Education which contains information relating to the closure of schools in response to COVID-19.
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Update from OCDSB on Novel Coronavirus
Update from OCDSB on Novel Coronavirus
03/11/2020
As you know, the OCDSB has been closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We remain committed to keeping families informed about this situation and how it impacts our schools, families and staff.
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Our sincere condolences to those affected by the tragic plane crash in Iran
Our sincere condolences to those affected by the tragic plane crash in Iran
01/08/2020
Our sincere condolences to those affected by the tragic plane crash in Iran. To our community, locally, nationally & internationally, we offer our deepest sympathy and support to those whose family, friends, colleagues & loved ones were victims in this tragedy. Together we mourn.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - LEAD TESTING PROGRAM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - LEAD TESTING PROGRAM
12/13/2019
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board takes the health and safety of students and staff extremely seriously. In accordance with expanded provincial lead testing requirements in 2017, all designated drinking locations in OCDSB elementary schools were tested in 2017 and 2018 and we anticipate that the expanded testing in secondary schools will be completed in 2020.
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New Superintendents of Instruction Join the OCDSB
New Superintendents of Instruction Join the OCDSB
12/02/2019
The OCDSB is pleased to announce the appointment of two Superintendents of Instruction who will begin their new role with the school district effective, January 6, 2020.
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Free Access to French Online Homework Help and Practice
Free Access to French Online Homework Help and Practice
10/15/2019
Get free access to Voilà Live’s Virtual Immersion Campus. Every evening, from Monday to Thursday, OCDSB students have access to live teachers online to practice their French and get homework help in French, English and Math
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Ontario Ministry Releases Cellphone Restriction Guidelines
Ontario Ministry Releases Cellphone Restriction Guidelines
08/29/2019
New guidance regarding the restriction of cellphones in schools has been released today from the Ontario Ministry of Education.
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Revised Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum
08/21/2019
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Ontario Ministry of Education issued its revised elementary health and physical education (HPE) curriculum. This approach will take effect starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
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Stay Connected with your child's school with the OCDSB App
Stay Connected with your child's school with the OCDSB App
02/28/2019
Check out the new OCDSB mobile app It makes staying connected with your children’s school(s) easy and accessible.
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OCDSB Responds to Charges Against Employee
OCDSB Responds to Charges Against Employee
01/01/2019
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been advised by the Ottawa Police Service that an individual employed by the OCDSB has been charged with offences related to sexual assault between 2000 and 2018. These are in addition to similar charges against the same individual announced by the Ottawa Police Service in August 2019.
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Fire at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre
In the afternoon of Friday, January 29, an alarm alerted OCDSB staff to an issue at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre. A fire was detected and authorities were contacted. The Ottawa Fire Services responded immediately. No injuries were reported.
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