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Highlights from the Board Room – March 31

Board Meeting   | Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Presentations

Unique circumstances due to COVID-19COVID-19 Update

Due to the current closure of schools, the March 31 Regular Meeting of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) meeting was held via teleconference for trustees. This teleconference was broadcast through a live webcast on the TLDSB website.

On Tuesday, March 31, the Minister of Education announced an extension to the initial March 14 to April 5 school closures due to COVID-19. All TLDSB schools and buildings will continue to be closed until May 1 for staff and May 4 for students. 

With the expectation that there would likely be an extension to school
closures, staff at TLDSB have been Learning@Home OUr Dock imageusing the initial two-week shutdown to prepare a TLDSB Learning@Home framework. All staff were provided with an opportunity to give input into how to best support student learning at home. Teaching staff have since been asked to indicate their own access to technology devices and internet connectivity. Stage 1 of the framework has been shared with school staff and with school communities. This part of the plan is where teachers and schools are reaching out to families to determine the capacity for learning at home. This plan is intended to be ready for full implementation on Monday, April 6. 

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

Administrative reports

International travel

Superintendent of Learning Katherine MacIver shared with trustees an update on international travel for TLDSB schools. Educators work diligently to provide experiential learning for students. Some of these experiences involve excursions to various locations around the world. Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, all international trips and provincial trips scheduled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year were cancelled prior to March Break. It is part of TLDSB policy that trip insurance must be purchased for all international trips. 

We continue to explore the possibility of continuing the Learn, Experience, Achieve, Discover (LEAD) program scheduled to take place in the summer. This program had originally included international travel but would be adjusted to take place locally or virtually. There will be a decision made about this closer to the summer, dependent on the global COVID-19 situation.  

Celebrations

Staff recognition

The TLDSB Staff Recognition Committee met remotely to review nominations received for Impact Award selection. Winners of 2020 Impact Awards of Excellence are:

  • Administrative Leadership Impact Award – Dean Burke, King Albert Public School
  • Support Staff Impact Award – Jennifer MacDonald (DECE), Muskoka Beechgrove Public School
  • Teaching Impact Award – Pam Koekebakker, IE Weldon Secondary School

The annual Evening of Excellence and the TLDSB Retirement Dinner have both 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  April 14, 2020 6:30 p.m. Electronic meeting
Regular Board Meeting April 28, 2020 6:30 p.m. Electronic and webcast meeting
Committee of the Whole  May 12, 2020 6:30 p.m. Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge
Regular Board Meeting May 26, 2020 6:30 p.m. Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay
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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