Board Meeting | Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Superintendent of Learning Dave Golden and District Manager of Mental Health Services Sonya Vellenga shared with trustees the Board’s approach to addressing student attendance.
Students that are absent for 10 percent or more of the instructional day each year are considered persistently absent. According to 2016-2017 data from the Ministry of Education, in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) one in five elementary students are considered persistently absent. The provincial average for persistent absence for that same time period is one in seven elementary students. According to research, attendance is a critical foundation for student success. The goal for TLDSB is to reduce persistent absences which will lead to a reduced level of early school leaving in secondary school and enhance student achievement and well-being.
The response to this concern for the Board includes three key ingredients. The first is directed to leadership in schools, where a school wide culture of attendance and support is implemented to help parents and students understand how late arrivals and absences can lead to falling behind. The second ingredient is the implementation of a tiered attendance response where school administration work collaboratively with attendance counsellors to set goals and monitor student attendance progress. And the third is a school attendance campaign called “I’m Here” where parents and community partners are engaged as partners in student attendance.
A list of intentional work already taking place this school year included: distribution of an attendance management guidebook, active Twitter shares from key elementary schools, I’m Here campaign showcased at school open houses, discussion at principals meetings, the development of an online database dashboard to help guide attendance plans, school staff adopting a triage approach to attendance, competitions between and within schools, and presentations at community agencies and planning tables.
Summer Learning Report
Superintendent of Learning Katherine MacIver provided a report on the success of the Summer Learning Program for primary division students. For a sixth year in a row the Board has offered a program in the summer for students who would benefit from reinforcement of academic skills learned during the school year and an opportunity to maintain these skills for the upcoming school year.
Every year TLDSB is funded by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) through the Ministry of Education to provide summer learning classes. This year the Board was able to offer eight classrooms in schools in each area of the Board. A total of 164 students were identified and participated in the program. Mathematics and literacy skills were the key focus for the summer program, where 68 per cent of the students moved to their target areas in literacy skills and 66 percent of the programs were able to move to their target area in at least one area of a math assessment with many students making gains in several areas.
2018-2019 Program Enhancement Report
Last year trustees allocated $250,000 for Program Enhancement projects. Additional funds were added to this from the previous year’s surplus. 211 applications were received and 103 approved for full or partial funding totalling $259,800. Trustees were provided a summary report for each of the 103 projects, and will be reviewing 138 applications for this year’s program enhancement fund allocation in October.
|Committee of the Whole||October 8||6:30 p.m.||Haliburton County Education Centre, Minden|
|Regular Meeting of the Board||October 22||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Committee of the Whole||November 12||6:30 p.m.||Muskoka Education Centre, Bracebridge|
|Regular Meeting of the Board||November 26||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
|Organizational Meeting of the Board||December 10||6:30 p.m.||Lindsay Education Centre, Lindsay|
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