Highlights from the Board Room – April 28

Board Meeting   | Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Administrative report

TLDSB Learning@Home update

Schools in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB)  are well down the path of learning at home. The extension of school closure continuing until at least May 31 means a continuation of efforts to offer a program at home that focuses on literacy and numeracy for elementary students, and course work for secondary students. 

This coming week, we will be adding arts activities to a menu of offerings to parents at home. We are also going to be adding other resources including WE@Home from WE Schools Charity. This is in response to parents asking for morework focused on the arts and other topics. These additional resources are optional and only if manageable for parents at home. 

The Board has reengaged many support staff, including educational assistants and secretaries. A first wave of printed materials prepared by teachers has been delivered to homes today (April 28). Approximately 300 TLDSB families received deliveries by TLDSB maintenance staff. 

There has been some uncertainty about report card marks. The Ministry of Education has confirmed this week that March 13 is the cut off date for marks. The marks students had at this date will be the lowest grade they will obtain this school year. Student grades can go up, but they will not go down.

Principals will begin meeting with school councils over the coming weeks. A District School Council – Parent Involvement Committee meeting will take place this Thursday, April 30 to provide an update for all school council chairs. 

The Ministry of Education recently cancelled all professional development days for the rest of the school year. This means that the TLDSB PD day scheduled for this Friday, May 1 will be an instructional day for staff and students. All remaining PD Days will be used as instructional days to make the most use of teaching and learning.  

The Board is currently engaging in conversations about what graduations across the district will look like. Some larger boards have already cancelled graduations and we are probably only a day or two away from doing the same. While we know that celebrating this achievement is very important it is to students and families, the likelihood of being permitted to have large group gatherings is very slim. We have had preliminary  conversations with secondary school administrators, and will also be gathering ideas from students.

“The deployment of tools and the use of programs is astounding,” stated Director of Education Larry Hope. “With almost 7,000 devices deployed and being used in homes across the district, our central office staff and our school staff are all doing a tremendous job of supporting our students and families managing teaching and learning during this complex and challenging time.” 

The board is averaging about 4,000 Google Meet video conference meetings a week by TLDSB staff. This includes video meetings, classes, and one-on-one conversations. There are about 583 Google Classrooms operating, but many more staff using Google tools in different ways.

A recent satisfaction survey of parents provided us with the following feedback on the TLDSB Learning@Home implementation. The school board received approximately 3,200 responses, which included families representing 1,200 Grade 11 and 12 students, 770 Grade 7 and 8 students, 1,100 Grades 4,5, and 6 students, and 1,400 primary grade students. Levels of satisfaction indicated are as follows:

  • Online programs and tools – 68 percent satisfied or extremely satisfied; 20 percent neutral; 11 percent dissatisfied.
  • Communication – almost 80 percent satisfied or extremely satisfied; 13 percent neutral; 7 percent dissatisfied.
  • Quantity of Schoolwork – 65 percent satisfied or extremely satisfied; 20 percent neutral; 14 percent dissatisfied. 

There were 1,750 comments received from parents with top themes including: the role of the parent; access to technology; availability and communication with teachers; needs of students; and increased stress and anxiety during the pandemic. This information provides an opportunity to provide supports where they are needed to assist families. 

A series of videos developed by the Board’s student services and attendance counsellors will be posted on the TLDSB Learning@Home webpage over the next few weeks. These short videos provide tips and encouragement to parents who are facing the current challenges of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also a number of resources and contact information for support on this page. 

Updates to both the COVID-19 and TLDSB Learning@Home are being made regularly. 

Policies and Procedures

The following policies were approved by trustees:

  • BU-3525 Charitable Donations
  • HR-4019 Criminal Record Checks and Offence Declarations
  • HR-4200 Health and Safety

Appointments and celebrations

Administrator Hiring Pool Appointments

The following were appointed to administrative hiring pools effective April 28, 2020:

Principal pool appointments 

  • Kevin McMurray
  • Debbie Thompson 

Vice Principal appointments 

  • Peter Yungblut
  • Tania Steele
  • Charlene Chapman
  • Geoff Corbett

Impact Awards of Excellence

The TLDSB Staff Recognition Committee met again in April remotely to review additional nominations received for Impact Award selection. The complete list of winners of 2020 Impact Awards of Excellence are:

  • Administrative Leadership Impact Award: 
    • Dean Burke, Principal at King Albert Public School
    • Christa Bradburn, Vice Principal at Fenelon Falls Secondary School
  • Support Staff Impact Award:
    • Jennifer MacDonald, DECE at Muskoka Beechgrove Public School
    • Alice Sorensen, Custodian at Leslie Frost Public School
  • Teaching Impact Award:
    • Pam Koekebakker, Teacher at IE Weldon Secondary School
  • Co-Curricular Impact Award:
    • Iggi van Kooten, Teacher at Gravenhurst High School

The annual Evening of Excellence has been cancelled due to school closures related to COVID-19.

2020 Board and Committee of the Whole meetings schedule

Trustees approved the meeting dates for the upcoming calendar year.

Meeting Date Time Location
Committee of the Whole  May 12, 2020 6:30 p.m. Electronic meeting
Regular Board Meeting May 26, 2020 6:30 p.m. Electronic meeting
Committee of the Whole  June 9, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Regular Board Meeting August 25, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  September 8, 2020 6:30 p.m. Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden
Regular Board Meeting September 22, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  October 13, 2020 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge
Regular Board Meeting October 27, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Committee of the Whole  November 10, 2020 6:30 p.m. Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden
Regular Board Meeting November 24, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
Organizational Meeting December 8, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay


Video access to Committee of the Whole and Regular Meetings of the Board is available to the public at all TLDSB education centres. Please provide 24 hours notice to attend by emailing info@tldsb.ca or calling 1-888-526-5552. All Regular Meetings of the Board are webcast and may be accessed through the TLDSB website www.tldsb.ca.


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