Week of November 11, 2019
Lest We Forget
On Monday, November 11, students and staff at our schools and across the city invite the community to mark Remembrance Day with classroom activities and school assemblies. During Remembrance Day, our teachers make connections between global events and students' lives by promoting peace within our school community. On this solemn occasion, our staff, students, parents, and the wider community all join together in a call for peace. This year's Remembrance Day marks the date and time when fighting stopped on November 11th at 11am in 1918 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) which makes this the 101st anniversary for the end of the First World War. This year is also the 74th year since the end of World War II. To watch the TDSB Remembrance Day Ceremony click here on Monday morning at 11 - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/stream/livewebcast.html.
Labour Negotiations Update
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) -
Update: November 8, 2019 ETFO Receives No-Board Report - The Ministry of Labour has released a no-board report for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). ETFO will be in a legal strike position as of Thursday, November 25, 2019 if an agreement is not reached. Negotiations between ETFO, OPSBA and the Ontario government continue.
Previous Updates - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Labour-Negotiations/ETFO
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) -
Update: November 1, 2019
The Ministry of Labour has released a no-board report for OSSTF Teachers and for OSSTF Education Workers. This means that OSSTF Teachers and OSSTF Education Workers will be in a legal strike position in 17 days, which is November 18, 2019. At this time, OSSTF has not indicated that strike action (partial withdrawal or full withdrawal of services) will begin. Negotiations between the OSSTF, OPSBA and the Ontario government continue.
Previous Updates - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Labour-Negotiations/OSSTF
A tentative agreement on a new contract was reached with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and we are hopeful that a new contract can be negotiated with ETFO, OSSTF and all other school board employee groups.
The TDSB is currently bargaining locally with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). We anticipate local bargaining with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) in the near future and with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) in the next two weeks.
No Changes to French or Gifted Transportation or Staffing Recommended for 2020-21
Staff are reviewing the year two budget reductions approved by Board in June 2019 to determine any implementation challenges or issues. During staff’s analysis of the year two options to balance, potential issues have been identified in the following areas: Supplementary French Teachers, Supplementary Gifted Teachers, and Transportation. At a Special Committee of the Whole last Thursday, staff reported they have conducted further analysis of these recommendations considering the following factors: Multi-Year Strategy plan commitments, policy issues, staffing concerns, available resources and timing. Their analysis identified recommendations that staff felt, and the trustees agreed, need additional time to implement.
Staff will report back in January on the achievability of savings and the impact of collective agreements and associated funding changes. As a result, the Committee recommended that:
- French and Gifted bussing reductions in the amount of $1.9M in 2020-21 be delayed until the Learning Opportunities Index (LOI) review and French redistribution of program sites are completed; and
- That staff present a report in January 2020 on the achievable savings in 2020-21 and future years on supplementary French and Gifted teachers.
That means that there will be no service changes to grades 4 to 5 in Gifted and grades JK to 6 in French Immersion. The same bussing that exists for 2019-20 will continue for 2020-21. During budget discussions for 2020-21, we'll have a better understanding of future years.
Committee Meetings This Week
All committee and board meetings are at 5050 Yonge St and are open to the public
November 13 - Committee of the Whole - 4:30 p.m.
- 6.1 Secondary Program Review: Update #2 -
- 6.2 Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy 2019-2028 -
The LTPAS is one of the action plans that are part of the Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2018. An extensive review of the drivers in the LTPAS was done this year to ensure alignment with the goals of the MYSP and consideration of the TDSB’s commitment to human rights, equity, accessibility and inclusion. The drivers, now referred to as guiding principles, are grouped under two main two themes: “Equity of Access” and “Efficient and Flexible Learning Space”. The theme of equity of access makes a direct connection to one of the goals of the MYSP and provides guidance on how this will be achieved. The LTPAS document identifies all program and accommodation studies that could lead to new programs, program relocations, school closures, boundary changes, and grade reorganizations that will be conducted over the next ten years. Information about future program and accommodation studies is presented by type of study and by ward. A total of 23 studies have been completed during this past year. Since the Ministry of Education has imposed a moratorium on schools, only one Pupil
Accommodation Review is planned for 2019-2020. Once the moratorium has been lifted, new reviews will be initiated. We have identified 10 emerging capital priorities for which we have requested provincial funding. Once approved by the Board of Trustees, the LTPAS document will be posted on the TDSB’s public website.
- 6.3 Exemption From Human Development and Sexual Health Instruction, Grades 1 to 8: New Procedure -
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) acknowledges the importance of a student’s understanding of human development and sexual health and remains committed to building positive school cultures that support the mental health and overall well-being (physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual) of all students. Staff will continue to create
inclusive environments where all students’ identities and lived experiences are respected. The TDSB has developed an Exemption from Human Development and Sexual Health Instruction, Grades 1 to 8 Procedure (the “Procedure”) (see Appendix A) to comply with the direction set out in the Ministry of Education’s Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No. 162 (Appendix B). This PPM requires school boards to develop a policy or procedure that allows for students to be exempted, at the request of their parents/guardians, from instructions
related to the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations found in strand D of the Ontario Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, Grades 1-8, 2019.
- 6.4 Digital Learning Tools and Student Data Privacy -
As the use of online learning and digital resources in the TDSB have increased so has the district’s emphasis on ensuring technology enabled learning is done safely and securely. In recent years, a particular emphasis has been placed on protecting student data when teaching and learning has leveraged digital tools and resources. This report outlines the laws that govern TDSB’s use of student information, our practices of keeping student data
safe in an online environment and our future plans in these areas.
- 6.5 Proposal for a Modified Pupil Accommodation Review for York Memorial Collegiate Institute and George Harvey Collegiate Institute -
It is recommended that the proposal for a Modified Pupil Accommodation Review for York Memorial Collegiate Institute and George Harvey Collegiate Institute contained in Appendix A be approved and submitted to the Ministry of Education.
- 6.6 Accommodation of Students From Residential Developments at 2-44 Sonic Way -
It is recommended that, effective immediately, Rippleton Public School be the designated elementary school for students residing in the new residential development located at 2-44 Sonic Way, as shown in Appendix A of this report.
- 6.7 Accommodation of Students From Residential Developments in the Eglinton Junior Public School Area -
It is recommended that, effective immediately, Whitney Junior Public School be the designated elementary school for students residing in the new residential development located at 11 Lillian Street, and Rippleton Public School be the designated elementary school for students residing in the new residential developments located at 200-214 Keewatin Avenue, 85 Broadway Avenue, 14-16 Elvina Gardens, and 71 Redpath Avenue as shown in Appendix A of this report.
- 6.8 Canadian School Boards Association Congress and Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education, 2020: Expense Approval -
It is RECOMMENDED that the request from Trustee Christopher Mammoliti (and Trustee Shelley Laskin) to attend the Canadian School Boards Association Congress 2020 and the Trustees Gathering on Indigenous Education July 2 - 5, 2020 in Banff, Alberta be approved.
LTPAS in Ward 8
Within the report referenced above, the following studies are currently underway in our Ward -
- Non-Operating School Site Study - Explore a review of the non-operating school site, DB Hood CS, located at 2327 Dufferin Street and currently leased to a French international School, to determine if it is a candidate for potential surplus declaration and sale.
- New Program Study - Explore a review of existing and projected accommodation pressure in the Yonge-Eglinton community. This review will examine a range of accommodation solutions that consider the availability of physical space within local elementary and secondary schools as well as leased properties such as the Bannockburn building.
Note that the Program Area Review Team (PART) process that was established and later paused in the spring of 2019 will not be re-engaged. The scope of the Yonge-Eglinton review will be expanded to explore a broader and more diverse range of options for the accommodation of students over the long term. This work will proceed at the staff level through the 2019-20 school year which will be followed by a new Program Area Review Team at the appropriate time.
- Program Relocation Study - Explore the relocation of the existing Extended French program operating at Eglinton Jr. PS (4-5) and Hodgson MS (6-8).
- Emerging Capital Priority - Submit a business case to support the construction of additional pupil places (5 classrooms) at Davisville Jr. PS. This is a previously-approved replacement school that requires additional pupil places.
- Development Redirection Study - Explore the redirection of new residential development proposed within the Eglinton Jr. PS catchment area to Whitney Jr. PS and to Rippleton PS. Note that given the density proposed within the Eglinton Jr. PS area, other schools may have to be explored as redirection sites through ongoing study.
- Development Redirection Study (slated for this year) - Explore the redirection of proposed new residential development within the Oriole Park Jr. PS attendance area into North Preparatory Jr. PS, including a study of intermediate school pathways.
For the rest of the studies in the LTPAS for the following years, please click on the link above. In addition, there are the following Program Priorities that affect our Ward.
- In light of the increasing enrolment in French Programs combined with the concerns from many stakeholders about transportation, entry points, location of programs, staffing and equity, a review of all French programs was conducted. This review was conducted in 2018 and reached a milestone in June 2019 when Trustees approved a number of transformative changes to entry points and program models. During the 2019-20 school year, staff will continue to support the work associated with the implementation of these changes, specifically working toward a redistribution plan for French programs to improve equity of access.
- Continue with the Secondary Program Review to develop a vision of secondary schools and programs aligned with the Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy that will benefit all students across the TDSB. Staff will continue to work strategically at a system level to examine the distribution and viability of secondary schools and programs. This work will include a review of related policies, procedures and practices.
We Want to Hear From You
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is committed to open and inclusive policy decision-making and values community input and participation through consultation. Consultation is a two-way communication process between the Board and external participants, including students and their parents/guardians, school councils, advisory committees, community members, different levels of government, service agencies, professional organizations and union partners. The objective of consultation is to gather public input regarding options, alternative courses of action, as well as to identify unintended effects for various participants and to find solutions.
Current Policy Review Schedule
Attendance at Schools Outside of Designated Attendance Area (formerly Optional Attendance) (P013)
As per the Secondary Programs Review and the TDSB Policy Review Schedule, the Optional Attendance Policy is currently being reviewed. We are asking all members of the TDSB community for feedback on the proposed draft.
Closes - February 03, 2020
Draft Policy - https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Portals/0/docs/Draft%20-%20P013%20-%20Post%20for%20Consultation.docx
Survey - https://surveys.tdsb.on.ca/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=556612&lang=en
To provide policy direction about access to schools outside a student’s designated attendance area. The Optional Attendance policy allows students to apply to schools other than their designated school by home address. This is possible because there is excess capacity at some schools across the system. This has afforded students choice of school and program as well as enabled students to remain with cohorts if a family changes residence. However, optional attendance has prevented equity of access and has created an imbalance of enrolment in our secondary schools (under and over-utilized schools). It has also created an environment where schools are forced to compete with each other to attract more students in hopes of increasing their enrolment.
Note: Please note that in the Review Work Plan that was approved in June 2019, it was recommended to separate and clarify provisions related to requests for Regular Schools vs. Specialized Schools/Programs. This working draft Policy would only apply to Regular Schools and schools with French programs. A separate draft Policy on Specialized Programs will be developed and posted in the coming months for feedback and comment.
Priorities in new Draft Policy -
6.1.7. If sufficient space is available at the requested school, spaces will be filled by grade according to the admission priorities below. For each of the admission priorities (in priority order), the school principal will conduct a lottery if the number of applications exceeds available spaces:
- Priority 1: Students who are attending another school as an Out-of-Area student at and who wish to return to their designated school by address.
- Priority 2: Secondary students whose child/children is/are enrolled in a child care centre in the designated attendance area of the secondary school.
- Priority 3: Students who have siblings currently attending the requested school and the siblings are expected to be at the requested school for the next school year.
- Priority 4: Students currently attending a feeder school of the requested school.
- Priority 5: Children enrolled after January 1 in the school-based child care pre-school program of the requested school (see 6.1.6).
- Priority 6: Children attending child care programs in the designated attendance area of the requested school.
- Priority 7: Current TDSB students.
- Priority 8: Other students residing in the City of Toronto.
- Priority 9: Students residing outside the City of Toronto.
PIAC Conference - November 16
School Councils. Ready. Set. Engage.
Saturday, November 16th 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Earl Haig Secondary School
100 Princess Avenue
School council members and families please join the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee for a day of knowledge exchange, council capacity building and networking. Workshop descriptions.
Bussing, Child-minding and Interpretations are available when registering. Bussing Routes
Breakfast and lunch is provided.
Continuing Education - Community Programs
Register at www.learn4life.ca. Facebook.com/TDSBLearn4Life @TDSB_ConEd
2020-2021 Optional Attendance
Please note that not all programs/schools are open to Optional Attendance if you do not live in the school's catchment area. Acceptance at these schools is subject to space availability and program suitability. The procedures, conditions and timelines relating to optional attendance are described in the Optional Attendance Policy and the Optional Attendance Operational Procedure.
Each year in December, schools are classified as limited or closed to optional attendance based on the space they have available for the upcoming school year.
Note: It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to deliver this application (no faxed or scanned copies) to the school or schools of choice.
High School Information Nights
To help you make an informed decision when choosing a school, TDSB schools host open houses and information nights for parents and students each year between October and January. Learn everything you need to know about our incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Please click here for the schedule https://www.tdsb.on.ca/OpenHouse. If you have questions about a specific school or open house, please contact the school directly for more information.
Early French Immersion Parent/Guardian Information Sessions
For families interested in the Toronto District School Board's French Immersion or Extended French programs, we offer an online process at this time, we guarantee an offer of placement in the program (not a specific school) to all on-time applicants. The timelines for applying for these programs for September 2020 are
- Applications for Early French Immersion which begins in SK (for a Junior Kindergarten aged child), must be completed online between November 4, 2019 and November 29, 2019.
- Applications for Junior Extended French which begins in Grade 4 must be completed online between January 6, 2020 and January 31, 2020. Please note that this will be the last entry class for this program as it will be transitioning out - Grade 4 Immersion Program will continue.
Offers of placement within your chosen program will be made to all on-time applicants in the weeks following the close of the application window.
Secondary Program Review
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is undertaking a review of secondary schools to ensure all students have equitable access to programs and opportunities, as close to home as possible. As part of this review, modifications and updates to current policies and procedures will be required. This includes the Optional Attendance policy (P013) and its procedures (PR545 and PR612). Please note, however, there are no changes to the Optional Attendance Policy for September 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Secondary-Program-Review
Consultations on Optional Attendance P013 - Public Meetings:
- November 14, 7 p.m. at Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, Cafeteria
- November 20, 7 p.m. at East Education Office, 140 Borough Drive, Committee Room 3/4
- November 26, 7 p.m. at C W Jefferys Collegiate Institute, 340 Sentinel Road, Cafeteria
- November 28, 7 p.m. at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, 640 Lawrence Avenue West, Cafeteria
Hold the Dates for Ward Forums
Please hold the following dates - A Ward Forum is a meeting of parents, school community, Trustee and Board staff of schools in a ward
Ward Forums -
- November 26, 2019 - Long-Term Program & Accommodation Strategy with Dan Castaldo, Senior Manager, Planning - 6:30-8:30 at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute
- February 6, 2020 - Joint Ward Forum with neighbour Ward 11, Trustee Rachel Chernos Lin with Director John Malloy
- April 28, 2020 - TBC
- June 2, 2020 - TBC
School Year Calendar 2019-2020
The 2019-2020 school year at the TDSB begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 following the Labour Day long weekend. For more information about important dates and holidays for the upcoming school year, please refer to the 2019-20 School Year Calendar
The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, inclusive.
- The last day of class for elementary students is June 25, 2020
- The last day of class for secondary (full year) students is June 23, 2020
- The last day of class for secondary (semestered) students is June 23, 2020
PA Days & Statutory Holidays
- Board-wide PA Day November 15, 2019
- Board-wide PA Day December 6, 2019
- Winter Break December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020 (inclusive)
- Last day of school is December 20, 2019
- School resumes January 6, 2020
- Elementary PA Day January 17, 2020
- Secondary PA Day (Semestered Schools only) January 30, 2020
- Board-wide PA Day February 14, 2020
- Family Day February 17, 2020
- March Break March 16 to 20, 2020
- Good Friday April 10, 2020
- Easter Monday April 13, 2020
- Victoria Day May 18, 2020
- Elementary School PA Day June 5, 2020
- Secondary School PA Day (Full Year Schools only) June 24, 2020
- Secondary School PA Day June 25, 2020
- Board-wide PA Day June 26, 2020
Also please note -
- Hanukkah begins sunset of Sunday, December 22, 2019 and ends nightfall of Monday, December 30, 2019
- Passover begins sunset of Wednesday, April 8, 2020 and ends nightfall of Thursday, April 16, 2020
- Ramadan 2020 will begin in the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2020 and ends in the evening of Saturday, May 23, 2020 (dates may vary)
- Eid al-Fitr 2020 will begin in the evening of Saturday, May 23, 2020
Gr. 9 Math: 1st Semester: January 13-24, 2020
Gr. 9 Math: 2nd Semester: June 2-15, 2020
OSSLT: March 31, 2020
Primary/Junior EQAO: May 19-June 1, 2020