TDSB Chair's Newsletter
Volume 16 - March 2018
Multi-Year Strategic Plan Consultation

The TDSB is working on a Multi-Year Strategic Plan and wants to hear from you. The plan will act as a high level statement of intent for the TDSB for the next three or more school years, set direction and identify system goals to support its 246,000 students and 583 schools.

We value input from parents/guardians, families, students and staff and invite you to provide feedback on the draft Multi-Year Strategic Plan documents. To learn more and provide input online, please visit:
Acting Student Trustee
Board Welcomes New Acting Student Trustee  
Amin Ali was welcomed as the new Acting Student Trustee for the TDSB on March 21, 2018, at the regular board meeting. 
Amin is a Grade 11 student at Sir John A Macdonald Collegiate Institute in Scarborough. He became involved with the Student Senate (formerly SuperCouncil) in 2015 in order to advocate for youth and amplify the student voice.
TDSB French Review

Parents, students, staff, Trustees and community members are invited to public consultations regarding all TDSB French Programs. Consultations will happen this May. Click here for more information, including a list of dates, times and locations, and last year`s report. 
TDSB Celebrates Heritage and History 

The TDSB is proud to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin-America History Month and Sikh Heritage Month during the month of April.
Ready to Take on the World
The remarkable Walking Lead robotics team from Glen Ames Senior Public School were named one of three champions at the recent Ontario Innovation Celebration (OIC) .

This year, 18 teams were tasked with identifying and solving a water-based problem. The Walking Lead developed a device called The Royal Flush, which, based on temperature, automatically flushes tap water to ensure it remains virtually free of any lead that might otherwise accumulate.

They will head to the U.S. Open Championship in Carlsbad, California this May. 
Young Women on the Move
Earlier this month, 400 girls in Grades 7-12 gathered for a Young Women on the Move event for International Women’s Day. The event focused on the issue of accessibility, and how girls can overcome challenges, barriers and obstacles in their own lives.

Young Women on the Move is a powerful TDSB mentorship initiative for girls in Grades 3-12. 
2018-19 School Year Calendar

Trustees approved the 2018-19 School Year Calendar for elementary, secondary and year round alternative schools. The calendar is now with the Ontario Ministry of Education for final review and approval. Read the board decision.  
Financial Facts: Revenue and Expenditure Trends 

The Board received the report, Financial Facts: Revenue and Expenditure Trends. This document represents the TDSB’s financial information from 2013-14 to 2017-18. It focuses on the Board’s key expenditure areas and identifies major operating costs. Read the board decision. 
Toronto Lands Corporation

The Board approved the renewed focus and mandate for the Toronto Lands Corporation, as stated in the report. The expanded mandate and core principles will allow the organization to practice land use management and planning from a community-building perspective, while continuing to ensure that TDSB assets are being responsibly managed. Read the board decision.
School Bus Pilot Project: Cameras on Buses Status Update

Last September, bus operators were required for the first time to ensure that 2% of their fleet be equipped with “4 camera systems” to assist with safety challenges on and outside of buses, and to monitor the effectiveness in order to recommend whether or not to expand the program.

The Board decided that:
  • the Toronto Student Transportation Group develop key performance indicators related to the use of cameras both in and outside of buses; and 
  • a report be presented in November 2018, with supporting data on the effectiveness of the cameras on buses and a recommendation as to whether the use of cameras should be expanded.
     Read the report
School Vehicle Collision Data and Response Protocol in School Zones 

The Board requested that the Director presents a report to the Program and School Services Committee on May 2, 2018, on the following:
  • development of a central data repository to centrally track school collision statistics;
  • development of a protocol to work with the City of Toronto, Toronto Police and other community partners in the aftermath of a collision involving a student traveling to or from school;
  • an annual report; and
  • an interim report to the Board by no later than October 2018 
     For more information: Vision Zero; Presentation to City of Toronto.
Early Years Community Advisory Committee: Before- and After-School Program Workforce Survey Findings

A survey was conducted of all operators of Before- and After-School programs to measure the extent that split-shifts are impacting before- and after-school care. The Board decided that the findings be sent to relevant federal and provincial ministers and to the Mayor’s Office. 
Temperatures on School Buses and Adjusting Protocols Accordingly 

Last September, Toronto reached 26 degrees and above during five school days. Usually, food and drinks are not allowed on school busses due to reasons such as mess, harm or items being left behind.  The warm temperatures prompted a change to allow water during the days that the City of Toronto declared a heat warning – two days in row that reach 31 degrees or higher. Staff was asked to review the current Hot Weather Protocol and to provide recommended revisions.  

The Board decided that the recommended revisions proceed to the Transportation Governance Group Committee for review and approval. 

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