TDSB Chair's Newsletter
Volume 38 - Nov. 19, 2020
Alexander Brown Acclaimed Chair of the Toronto District School Board
Trustee Alexander Brown was acclaimed Chair of the Toronto District School Board on Monday, Nov. 16, during the Board’s annual Organizational Meeting. Chair Brown was first elected in 2014 as the Trustee for Ward 12 (Willowdale) and as Chair of the Board in August 2020 during a Special Board Meeting. Trustee Christopher Mammoliti was elected as Vice Chair.
For more information, please read the news release
TDSB Opposes Government’s Decision to Revoke Ranked Ballots
On behalf of the Toronto District School Board, Chair Alexander Brown wrote to Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark to express the Board’s deep concerns about the recent amendment to the Municipal Elections Act, which revokes the power to hold ranked ballot votes for municipal elections. This includes the election of public school board trustees.
For more information, please read the full letter
TDSB to Expunge Suspension Records for Young Students
Trustees with the Toronto District School Board have unanimously voted to expunge discretionary suspensions from the Ontario Student Record and Caring and Safe Schools Database of students who were suspended in Kindergarten to Grade 3.
Trustees also directed staff to identify systemic work that can be done to continue the Board’s commitment to addressing and interrupting bias and discrimination which may place certain groups of students at a disadvantage based on student discipline records in student Ontario Student Records.
For more information, please read the news release
Health and Safety Measures
The health and safety of students, staff and school communities continues to be the main priority of the Toronto District School Board. Read more about the TDSB’s health and safety measures, including daily health screening, mask and face covering requirements and the response plan. Please also note the revised screening guidelines for students.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit
COVID-19 Advisories
The Toronto District School Board provides up to date information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools (students and staff). This information is easily accessible by clicking on the COVID-19 Advisories banner on the main webpage of
Please note that all schools where there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 will receive a letter from Toronto Public Health to inform them about the possible exposure.
Heritage and History Months
The Toronto District School Board is proud to celebrate the following during the month of November:
The following items were approved or received by the Board of Trustees at the October and November Regular Board Meeting:
For more information, including a full list of Board decisions, please read the Summary of Decisions for Nov. 11, 2020 and Oct. 21, 2020.
The Board also held its annual Organizational Meeting on Nov. 16, 2020. For an updated list of committees and other Board decisions, please read the Summary of Decisions
Upcoming Meetings
The next Regular Board Meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. For a list of upcoming meetings, please click on the calendar on the main webpage of

TDSB Trustees

Harpreet Gill
Ward 1 - Etobicoke North

Dan MacLean
Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre

Patrick Nunziata
Ward 3 - Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Christopher Mammoliti
Ward 4 - Humber River-Black Creek

Alexandra Lulka

Ward 5 - York Centre

Chris Tonks
Ward 6 - York South-Weston

Robin Pilkey
Ward 7 - Parkdale-High Park

Shelley Laskin
Ward 8 - Eglinton-Lawrence and Toronto-St. Paul's

Stephanie Donaldson
Ward 9 - Davenport and Spadina-Fort York

Chris Moise
Ward 10 - University-Rosedale and Toronto Centre

Rachel Chernos Lin
Ward 11 - Don Valley West

Alexander Brown
Ward 12 - Willowdale

James Li
Ward 13 - Don Valley North

Trixie Doyle
Ward 14 - Don Valley East

Jennifer Story
Ward 15 - Toronto-Danforth

Michelle Aarts
Ward 16 - Beaches-East York

David Smith
Ward 17 - Scarborough Centre

Parthi Kandavel
Ward 18 - Scarborough Southwest

Zakir Patel
Ward 19 - Scarborough-Guildwood

Manna Wong
Ward 20 - Scarborough-Agincourt

Yalini Rajakulasingam
Ward 21 - Scarborough North

Anu Sriskandarajah
Ward 22 - Scarborough-Rouge Park

Interim Director of Education

Dr. Kathy Witherow

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