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Labour updates

This page is your source for information and updates about labour issues facing the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB). Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613.966.1170, extension 62354, [email protected], or your child’s principal.


February 26, 2020

ETFO has announced Phase 6 of job action for its members.

Effective today, the following applies to elementary teachers.

Effective Wednesday, February 26, 2020, ETFO teacher and occasional teacher members will:

  • do only their scheduled teaching and supervision assignments during their regular instructional time. Teacher and occasional teacher members will not agree to, or participate in, any additions/modifications to their schedule, with the exception of attending meetings to support students with special needs or to discuss student safety.
  • not do any coverage for absent members, regardless of the reason for the absence (except in the case of an occasional teacher hired to replace an absent teacher).
  • not accept/disperse students from/to other classrooms when a member is absent, regardless of the reason for the absence. (Note: If a member requires coverage for any reason, it is the responsibility of the school administration to arrange that coverage.)
  • not miss their regularly scheduled planning or preparation time.
  • not spend personal funds to purchase instructional materials or resources for students, the classroom, the school or the board.
  • not upload data related to assessments on board systems. Teacher and occasional teacher members will continue to do assessments using their professional judgement. Members may complete assessments for supports and/or funding for students with special needs or ELL students.

Read more at the link below.

PHASE 6 STRIKE PROTOCOL


February 12, 2020

No school for all students due to province-wide strike on Friday, February 21, 2020

This afternoon school boards were informed that ETFO and OSSTF members will take part in a province-wide strike on Friday, February 21, 2020. All students in JK-Grade 12 should not go to school that day.

Families will receive a voicemail message about this over the next two days, on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14, 2020.


February 5, 2020

No school for elementary students due to strikes

JK-Grade 8 students should not go to school on the following days:

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 (all elementary teachers in Ontario on strike)
  • Monday, February 10, 2020 (HPEDSB elementary teachers on strike)
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (all elementary teachers in Ontario on strike)

These strikes are being directed by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).

Families of elementary students will receive a voicemail message about this on February 5, 2020.


January 28, 2020

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that its members will engage in a one-day strike on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and also Thursday, February 6, 2020. As a result, students in JK-Grade 8 should not go to school either day. Please note that if the provincial government and union come to an agreement prior to either day, the strikes will not happen. Updates will be posted here, on social media and through local media.

This strike does not affect students in Grades 9-12.

In addition, effective February 3, 2020, ETFO members will not participate in extracurricular activities at any time, as per the Phase 5 Work-to-Rule Protocols.


January 27, 2020

The provincial government released a document to support parents during job action. Support for Parents Program Frequently Asked Questions (Pdf).


January 23, 2020

Today the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that its members will engage in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. As a result, students in JK-Grade 8 should not go to school on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Parent letter from Sean Monteith, Director of Education (Pdf)

This strike does not affect students in Grades 9-12.


January 21, 2020

Letter to families about the OSSTF one-day strike and elementary report cards

Parents, guardians and caregivers: please see the letter from Sean Monteith, Director of Education (Pdf) about the one-day strike by OSSTF members scheduled for January 21, 2020 and also an update about report cards. If you have questions about how the strike will affect your child going to school, please contact the school principal.

Secondary

To confirm, the one-day strike on January 21, 2020 affects students in Grades 9-12 only; they will be redirected home if they show up at school.

Elementary

It is a normal school day on January 21, 2020 for all students in JK-Grade 8.


January 20, 2020

Childcare and before/after school programs in the event of an ETFO strike

In the event of a strike at HPEDSB elementary schools, childcare and before/after school programs may still operate at existing sites in schools. Parents/guardians should contact their provider to find out the status of the program (if it will be open or not) if a strike occurs.


January 17, 2020

Voicemail message to families this weekend

Families should listen for a voicemail message this weekend with information about the one-day strike by OSSTF members on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. A parent letter will be available on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Secondary

Schools will be closed to students in Grades 9-12 on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Any who show up at school will be redirected home.

Elementary

Schools will be open, as usual, on Tuesday, January 20, 2020 for elementary students, including for Grade 7s and 8s who attend classes at a high school.


January 15, 2020

OSSTF to hold a one-day strike at HPEDSB on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Today the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (OSSTF) announced that its members will engage in a one-day strike on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. As a result, students in Grades 9-12 should not go to school on Tuesday, January 21, 2020read more about the OSSTF job action

Secondary

To confirm, the one-day strike on January 21, 2020 affects students in Grades 9-12 only; they will be redirected home if they show up at school.

Elementary

It is a normal school day for all students in JK-Grade 8, regardless of where they go to school.


January 9, 2020

ETFO to escalate job action to Phase 3 on Monday, January 13, 2020; Phase 4 to follow on January 20

Today the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that its members will escalate job action to Phase 3 starting Monday, January 13, 2020.

As of that date, ETFO members will:

  • not plan or participate in any assemblies, except to provide supervision to students;
  • not participate in extracurricular activities except for those that are scheduled within the regular school day;
  • not participate in field trips;
  • not arrive at work any earlier than 30 minutes before the start of the instructional day for students (or for hourly paid ETFO members, not arrive any more than 30 minutes before the start of the scheduled work day); and
  • not remain at the worksite later than 15 minutes after the end of the instructional day for students (or for hourly paid ETFO members, not remain later than 15 minutes after the end of the scheduled work day).

In addition, job action will escalate to Phase 4 Strike Protocol on Monday, January 20, 2020 at which time ETFO members will not participate in any school board or Ministry of Education professional learning.

ETFO has further stated that if no agreement is reached at the Teacher/Occasional Teacher and Education Worker Central Tables by January 17, 2020, ETFO locals will begin full-withdrawal of services strikes on a rotating basis effective January 20, 2020.


December 9, 2019

Letter to families (Pdf) about the one-day strike at HPEDSB on December 11, 2019. Parents/guardians and caregivers, if you have questions about how this will affect your child going to school, please contact the school principal.


December 6, 2019

OSSTF one-day rotating strikes on December 11, 2019

Today the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced that it will be holding rotating one-day strikes throughout the province on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

HPEDSB is one of the affected school boards.

The strike will include all OSSTF members, who are secondary school teachers and education workers (professional and para-professional support personnel, such as child and youth workers, social workers and speech and language pathologists, to name a few).

Secondary

As a necessary consequence, all secondary classes will be cancelled and our secondary schools will be closed to students in Grades 9-12 on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Families of secondary school students will receive a voicemail message on Sunday, December 8, 2019. A letter will be available on this page and through schools on Monday, December 9, 2019.

Elementary

This strike does not involve the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) therefore all elementary schools will be open to students on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 and students should go to school as usual that day. 

Families of elementary school students will receive a voicemail message on Monday, December 9, 2019. A letter will be available on this page and through schools that same day.


December 3, 2019

Letter to families about the OSSTF one-day strike

Parents, guardians and caregivers: please see the letter from Sean Monteith, Director of Education (Pdf), about the one-day strike by OSSTF members scheduled for December 4, 2019.

Secondary

To confirm, it affects students in Grades 9-12 only; they will be redirected home if they show up at school.

Elementary

It is a normal school day for all students in JK-Grade 8.


December 2, 2019

Voicemail message to families this afternoon/evening

Families should listen for a voicemail message this afternoon/evening with information about the one-day provincial strike by OSSTF members on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Secondary

Schools will be closed to students in Grades 9-12 that day. Any who show up at school will be redirected home.

Elementary

Schools will be open, as usual, that day for elementary students, including for Grade 7s and 8s who attend classes at a high school.


November 29, 2019

OSSTF one-day strike on December 4, 2019

Yesterday the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced that it will be holding a one-day strike throughout the province on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Secondary school students should not go to school that day.

The strike will include all OSSTF members, which are secondary school teachers and professional and para-professional support personnel, such as child and youth workers, social workers and speech and language pathologists, to name a few.

OSSTF has stated that negotiations at the provincial negotiating table will continue and if an agreement is reached before December 4, the strike will not happen. This one day strike will follow six days of information pickets and a limited withdrawal of administrative services that began November 26.

Secondary

All HPEDSB secondary schools, 7-12 schools and our K-12 school will be affected for Grades 9-12 only.

Elementary

All elementary schools, 7-12 schools and our K-12 school will be open, as usual, for elementary students on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Communications from schools to families will be available on Monday, December 2, 2019.


November 22, 2019

Important information for families regarding OSSTF job action

On November 21, 2019 the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) announced that job action will begin across the province on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

HPEDSB schools will remain open, as usual, during this job action. HPEDSB has approximately 4,600 secondary students at one K-12, four 7-12 schools and two 9-12 schools.

We will monitor the situation and keep you updated as information becomes available. Job action specifics posted on the OSSTF Provincial website


November 15, 2019

Important information for families regarding ETFO job action

Yesterday the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced that job action will begin across the province on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

HPEDSB elementary schools will remain open, as usual, during this job action. HPEDSB has approximately 10,340 elementary students at 33 elementary, one K-12 and four 7-12 schools.

We will monitor the situation and keep you updated as information becomes available. Job action specifics posted on the ETFO Provincial website

Board Meeting Update #175

February 24, 2020—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in March 2020.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: Caring, Cooperation, Honesty, Humour, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Trustworthiness.

This evening Kristen Parks, Trustee, Sidney and Frankford, asked all to reflect on Integrity: We do what is right for ourselves and others. We demonstrate values and ethics that are good for all. We speak directly, clearly, and respectfully.

Celebrating students

Centre Hastings Secondary School: Showcasing the skilled trades and Specialist High Skills Majors

group photo of the Centre Hastings Secondary School presentation team
Thank you to the CHSS presentation team pictured with Darren McFarlane, Experiential Learning and Safe Schools Lead (back row left); Mitch Darby, Automotive Teacher (back row second from left); Nicholas McFadden, Student Success Lead Teacher (back row second from right); Thomas Kirk, Communications Technology Teacher (far right); Dayna Scaletta, Principal (second from left); Jessica Davies, Grade 12 (front centre) and Sarah Wannamaker, Guidance Department Head (second from right). .
Centre Hastings Secondary School team doing their presentation
A different view of the Centre Hastings Secondary School team doing their presentation

The presentation showcased the skilled trades and Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) programs at Centre Hastings Secondary School.

SHSMs are Ministry of Education-approved specialized programs where students focus their learning in a specific economic sector. SHSMs assist students transition to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace after graduation. As part of the Construction SHSM, students have done work in the community, including building a bridge at O’Hara Mill and constructing buildings at the H.R. Frink Outdoor Education Centre. 

Student Jessica Davies, Grade 12, shared how the Construction SHSM changed her school experience for the better: she got excited to go to school, to do homework, to do the training and certifications. She will be going to Loyalist College for a 3-year architecture program after graduation.

In Jessica’s words: “I would 100% recommend SHSMs to other students. I tell people that if they’re interested in hands-on work and want to pursue a career in construction or mechanics, for example, the SHSM will give you a really good idea of what the work will be. If something breaks down, you’ll have an idea of what’s wrong or how to fix it before calling someone else.”

Another student, Nat, was featured in a video and said this about his SHSM learning: “If you want to get out of high school with enough knowledge to get to where you want to go, you will have the experience to get there.” 

Thank you to the CHSS presentation team:

  • Jessica Davies, Grade 12
  • Mitch Darby, Automotive Teacher
  • Thomas Kirk, Communications Technology Teacher
  • Nicholas McFadden, Student Success Lead Teacher
  • Sarah Wannamaker, Guidance Department Head
  • Dayna Scaletta, Principal

Recommendations

Fire alarm renewal at multiple sites

Board members approved a tender for fire alarm system renewal, including emergency lighting, at several schools totalling $1,948,145, as follows:

  • Ferguson Electric Company Ltd. for fire alarm system upgrades at:
    • Foxboro Public School in the amount of $129,000
    • Frankford Public School in the amount of $151,000
    • North Hasting High School in the amount of $539,000
    • Park Dale School in the amount of $164,000
    • Trenton High School in the amount of $269,000
    • V.P. Carswell Elementary School in the amount of $68,000
  • McClement Electric Ltd. for fire alarm system upgrades at:
    • Bayside Secondary School in the amount of $246,960
    • Harry J. Clarke Public School in the amount of $213,260
    • Prince Charles School (Belleville) in the amount of $167,925

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Each spring, school boards are required to establish a school year calendar for the next school year in accordance with Regulation 304 School Year Calendar. This regulation sets the beginning and end dates for the school year, stipulates school holidays, and prescribes the minimum number of instructional days (194) and the maximum number of professional activity days (7), examinations days (10) and board designated holidays (2).

A consultation process occurred with employee groups, parents, school councils and community members. An online survey was also available for public input.

Board members approved the following dates for the 2020-2021 school year calendar. These dates are subject to Ministry of Education approval, which is expected by the late spring of 2020.

  • First day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Winter Break will be be from Monday, December 21, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Semester 2 will begin Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Mid-winter Break will be from Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19, 2021
  • Last day of school for students be Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • Seven professional activity days:
    • Monday, August 31, 2020
    • Friday, September 25, 2020
    • Friday, November 20, 2020
    • Friday, January 29, 2021
    • Friday, April 30, 2021
    • Friday, June 4, 2021
    • Friday, June 25, 2021
  • 10 examination days be approved for secondary schools*
    • Thursday, January 21, 2021 through to Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    • Wednesday, June 16, 2021 through to Tuesday, June 22, 2021

*Actual dates may vary, please confirm with each secondary school

The following dates are included for reference.

Statutory, Ministry of Education and School Board Holidays
Statutory Holidays Ministry of Education proposed dates for the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar HPEDSB dates for the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar
Labour Day Monday, September 7, 2020 Same
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 12, 2020 Same
Winter Break (inclusive) Monday, December 21, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021 Same
Family Day Monday, February 15, 2021 Same
Mid-winter Break (inclusive) Monday, March 15 to Friday, March 19, 2021 Same
Good Friday Friday, April 2, 2021 Same
Easter Monday Monday, April 5, 2021 Same
Victoria Day Monday, May 24, 2021 Same

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for March 2020.

  • March 2: Lacrosse Clinic K-8, Athol-South Marysburgh Public School
  • First week of March: Dr. Seuss Week at various elementary schools
  • Various dates in early March: PAWS Reading Program, Bayside Public School
  • March 11 & 12, 2020: Basketball Tournament, Bayside Secondary School
  • March 28: OPSBA Eastern Regional Meeting, Sophiasburgh Central School

Mental health and social/emotional supports for students

Highlights from this staff report included the following:

  • Use of a tiered approach to support mental health and well-being for all students:
    • Tier 1 is mental health promotion: universal class-wide mental health promotion initiatives (good for all); welcoming, inclusive, understanding environments using resources and supports that reinforce every day mental health practices in classrooms
    • Tier 2 is mental health prevention: supports for students who might be at greater risk for mental health problems (good for some)
    • Tier 3 is mental health intervention: services for students who experience mental health problems (good for few); interventions
  • Student Services is in the process of hiring an additional permanent full-time social worker for Centre Hastings Secondary School. Each secondary school will have one social worker
    • Social workers provide Tier 3 therapeutic support to students in secondary schools; in addition to providing therapy, they respond to crisis, trauma and suicide intervention situations
  • There were 149 Tier 3 files open in December, 86 crisis, trauma, and suicide intervention responses in December, with the primary reasons for referrals being anxiety, grief, and depression

Child and youth worker update

  • Child and youth workers have been redistributed in Belleville enabling service at Prince Charles School, Prince of Wales Public School, Queen Elizabeth School and Queen Victoria School
  • Supports have also been redistributed in the Centre Hastings and North Hastings school groups
  • CYWs continue to support Tier 1 and Tier 2 initiatives using evidence-based classroom programs, small groups, targeted intervention, crisis response and community connections in support of social skills, emotional regulation, improved attendance and positive mental health

boy in a cardboard car2020 Kindergarten promotion

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Welcoming Kindergarten students and families into HPEDSB schools is one of the first steps in developing a long term partnership with parents, guardians and students and creating a sense of belonging
  • Kindergarten Orientation at schools will take place in the spring, between March 23 and May 29
  • Elementary schools will invite Kindergarten students and families to visit the school to:
    • learn about the Kindergarten program
    • interact with educators and others within the school community
    • interact with community partners who may be a part of their child’s early years and who can support in accessing services within the community
  • Promotions for Kindergarten were re-visioned through the Communications team, introducing a new theme of “Welcome to Our Family,” a new look and branding
  • Each family registering their child for Kindergarten will receive a book with a welcome message from the Director of Education printed inside the cover
  • Updated promotional materials have been created with a more comprehensive and family-friendly approach
    • tips on how families can be prepared for the first day of school
    • sample questions parents/guardians can ask during Kindergarten orientations
    • overview of the Kindergarten learning program, play-based inquiry, and communication with families

OPSBA Information exchange

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation in a meeting of directors of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA)
  • An upcoming promotional campaign called “Take Your MPP to Work Day”
  • An OPSBA scholarship award for a student
  • A form letter circulating to trustees asking the OPSBA to take a stance on provincial negotiations

Report from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • A proposal for the Board of Trustees to write a letter to the provincial government about e-Learning courses
  • The next Trustee Retreat is April 17 and 18, 2020 at Wesley Acres in Prince Edward County

Parent Involvement Committee update

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • A written summary of public Board meetings from October 2019 to January 2020 and from the October 2019 Parent Involvement Committee meeting
  • Planning is underway for an event in the spring hosted by the Parent Involvement Committee and student trustees

Ontario Student Trustees’ Association Conference update

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Participation in the above-noted conference in Ottawa this past weekend; more will be shared at a next meeting

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, March 2: Executive Committee, 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 9: Public Committee of the Whole, 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

How can we improve HPEDSB? We invite you to share your thoughts

January 6, 2020—With the start of the new year comes an opportunity to be part of shaping the future of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

We are creating a new strategic plan and are committed to getting better at serving students. An important part of our planning involves hearing from our families, students, employees and community members about how we can improve and build confidence with you. letter to parents/guardians, community and elders (Pdf)

We want to hear from you about how we can improve Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in our Thoughtexchange. It’s an online crowdsourcing forum where you can share your ideas, and read about and rate the thoughts of others. The premise is to seek and accept everyone’s thoughts about what we want HPEDSB to be, how we can improve and be the public education choice in our communities.

Using Thoughtexchange, you can share your thoughts and suggestions, building on the ideas of others. Thoughtexchange is anonymous and includes thousands of voices in the conversation, not just a handful. All thoughts and ratings are public but your identity remains private.

The brief  introductory video (.mov) includes stories from our students and a message from Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, so be sure to watch it.

As you reflect on your interactions with HPEDSB, please consider this question: What are the most important things we can do as a public education system to improve and build confidence with you? when you input ideas.

We invite employees, students, families and the community to be part of this movement and opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences to improve Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

 

 

Teachers, interested in taking the Principal’s Qualification Program?

event flyerFebruary 10, 2020—The spring offering of the Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP), Part 1, is being hosted at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

The PQP is organized into 12 modules, six in part one and six in part two. The modules incorporate the five domains of the Ontario Leadership Framework and Personal Leadership Resources. This Additional Qualification (AQ) course is developed based on the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) PQP guidelines. The expectations are met through eLearning and face-to-face interaction between the candidates, instructors and guest presenters.

Find out more at the Ontario Principals’ Council.

 

 

Information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19)

Updated February 12, 2020 to include another reference document.

January 30, 2020—Information about the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus is being shared through school boards on behalf of local, provincial and national public health agencies.

Outside Canada, a new virus (2019-Novel Coronavirus) not previously seen in humans, has been reported as the cause of several cases of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China. This virus has spread from animals to humans and also between humans. Symptoms of this illness have ranged from mild cold-like symptoms to severe illness with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and pneumonia. Cases of the new virus have now been reported in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and the United States.

The risk to Canadians is deemed to be low at this time; however, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is in continuous contact with Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health to monitor the situation. We are working proactively with local health care providers, hospitals, and schools to prepare for any potential cases, and to protect our community.

Preventing the spread of illness
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health provides these reminders of some key ways to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze into the bend of your arm, not into your hand
  • If you use a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands
  • Clean objects/surfaces that a lot of people touch (door handles, phones, light switches, desks)
  • Get plenty of rest, eat healthy and stay physically active to keep your immune system strong
  • Get your influenza vaccine
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people until your symptoms are gone
  • If you suspect you are sick, avoid visiting people in long term care, or individuals with health concerns

Reference documents 

More information

Or contact the Communicable and Infectious Disease Program at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, 613-966-5500, extension 349

Board Meeting Update #174

January 27, 2020—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Education Centre. It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next meeting in February 2020.

Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board, acknowledged the First Peoples of the territory. This evening we acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge the land to show respect and recognize the First Peoples of the territory; their history, culture and perspectives and as a step towards reconciliation.

Character Moment of Reflection

Each Board meeting opens with a Character Moment of Reflection. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. Growing with Character is the foundation of the school board strategic plan. Through Growing with Character, we model, teach and expect demonstrations of our eight character traits which are: Caring, Cooperation, Honesty, Humour, Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Trustworthiness.

This evening Krista McConnell, Trustee, Belleville/Thurlow, asked all to reflect on Humour: We celebrate the fun in life. We lighten the emotions of others by interacting in a joyful manner.

photo of presenters
Thank you to Stephanie Taylor-Harvey, Principal and Tera Brough, Vice-principal, Prince Charles School (Belleville) and guest presenters Aaron denEngelsen, Grade 6 student who has participated in many of the initiatives; Mark Hymus, Community Partner; and Marg Werkhoven, Community Partner.

Celebrating students: Leveraging Community to Support Student Achievement, Prince Charles School (Belleville)

The Prince Charles School (Belleville) community works closely with the community to engage and support students. The adults care about students and go the extra mile to help students achieve success. The education and care of children in the school is a shared responsibility and opportunity to be difference makers for all.

Thank you to Stephanie Taylor-Harvey, Principal and Tera Brough, Vice-principal, Prince Charles School (Belleville) and guest presenters:

  • Aaron denEngelsen, Grade 6 student who has participated in many of the initiatives
  • Mark Hymus, Community Partner
  • Marg Werkhoven, Community Partner

Marg and other volunteers connect with the school through the One 2 One Readers program. Mark connects with the school through the Game On program and Kids Connect. Additional community partners include Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, City of Belleville, Belleville Police, Good Live Fitness, Canadian Tire, Belleville Dodge Chrysler, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girls Incorporated, Giant Tiger, Loyalist College, Queen’s University and Centennial Secondary School, to name a few.

In the words of student Aaron, “Participating in the programs gives me a chance to be a role model.”

Information

Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) are scheduled for February 2020.

group photo of presenters
Thank you to school administrators for being part of a BIPSA sub-committee: Louise Gunning, Principal, Madoc Township Public School; Ian Press, Principal, Bayside Secondary School; Stephanie Taylor-Harvey, Principal, Prince Charles School (Belleville); and Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal, Eastside Secondary School.

New process for developing the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement

Promoting increased student achievement needs to begin in a context closest to the students served in HPEDSB. This required a change to the process to develop the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement (BIPSA) (Pdf). In keeping with the HPEDSB approach of putting all students first, BIPSA development was flipped to be based on trends and themes that emerged from school improvement plans. This change represents a commitment to intentionally reflect the student and staff learning needs in the development of the BIPSA as a responsive plan versus a system direction that potentially drives improvement practices in areas that are not indicative of student and staff needs.

Educators in all schools engaged collaboratively in a process led by school administrators to:

  • collect and analyze school specific student data;
  • set goals related to student needs;
  • identify actions to implement to support increased student achievement; and
  • establish relevant measures to monitor impact and growth.

Thank you to school administrators for being part of a BIPSA sub-committee: Louise Gunning, Principal, Madoc Township Public School; Ian Press, Principal, Bayside Secondary School; Stephanie Taylor-Harvey, Principal, Prince Charles School (Belleville); and Eric Fetterley, Vice-principal, Eastside Secondary School.

2019 Director’s Annual Report

Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, presented this interactive, online annual report. It showcases student and employee learning and leadership during the 2019 calendar year, celebrates community engagement and well-being initiatives, while also describing progress made on building renewal and information technology projects.

Report from Trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

  • Presentation to a provincial government committee for pre-budget consultations
  • Fundraising by student groups to support secondary school initiatives
  • Student Senate work on advocacy and media

Upcoming meetings

All meetings take place at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, February 3: Executive Committee, 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 10: Public Committee of the Whole, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 20: Parent Involvement Committee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 24: Public Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 27: Special Education Advisory Committee, 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, extension 62354, [email protected]

HPEDSB and CUPE heading to conciliation

January 15, 2020—Today the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1022 announced that the parties will be moving to conciliation.

To date, five days of local bargaining have occurred since late November 2019.

“We value CUPE employees who support and engage with students every day. Our focus through these negotiations has been all students first and that focus  will continue. We believe in collective bargaining and going to conciliation is a next step in the process. We will continue to have discussions in good faith with the intention on coming to a settlement that is agreeable to both parties and supports student achievement.” – Sean Monteith, Director of Education.

Meeting dates will be set once the two sides agree on a conciliator. This is a normal process of collective bargaining.

Nothing further will be released at this time.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Invitation to provide input to the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board

January 13, 2020—Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is creating a new five-year strategic plan. An important part of the planning involves hearing from families, students, employees and community members about how we can improve and build confidence with them.

We want to hear about how we can improve HPEDSB. That’s why we’re inviting stakeholders to participate in our Thoughtexchange, an online crowdsourcing platform where people can share their ideas, then read about and rate the thoughts of others. The purpose is to seek everyone’s thoughts about what they want HPEDSB to be, how we can improve and be the public education choice in our communities.

“Our unwavering belief is all students first and we are committed to getting better at serving students. Creating a new five-year strategic plan is important work for the Board of Trustees and staff. We’re looking forward to getting input from our families and communities because it will help us understand what to focus on as we plan for the future of education at HPEDSB. I invite everyone to participate.” – Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board.

Using Thoughtexchange, you can share your thoughts and suggestions, building on the ideas of others at this link: http://bit.ly/howcanweimproveHPE. Thoughtexchange is anonymous and includes thousands of voices in the conversation, not just a handful. All thoughts and ratings are public but your identity remains private.

A brief introductory video includes stories from our students and a message from Lucille Kyle, Chair of the Board.

As you reflect on your interactions with HPEDSB, consider this question: What are the most important things we can do as a public education system to improve and build confidence with you? then add your thoughts.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications & Public Relations Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

HPEDSB honoured to receive Commendation Certificate from National Cadets organization

Group photo
Sean Monteith, Director of Education (third from left) was presented with the Commendation Certificate by Barry Leonard, Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit. Spencer Hutchinson, Trustee for Trenton/CFB Trenton (third from right) was also at the presentation.

Commendation Certificate
This Commendation Certificate is signed by Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane, Commander, National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group and is in recognition of the 35+ year partnership between that organization and HPEDSB.

January 10, 2020—It’s not every day that a Commendation Certificate is awarded by the Canadian Armed Forces. This recognition was given to Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board by Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane, Commander, National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group.

Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Leonard, Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit travelled from Base Borden to present Director of Education Sean Monteith with the certificate at CFB Trenton.

“It is truly an honour to receive this Commendation Certificate. Being a Cadet helps youth develop citizenship and leadership skills, and be active in their communities. Partnerships like this mean so much because they help to keep kids engaged in school. We truly value the long-standing relationship with the Trenton Cadet Training Centre.” – Sean Monteith, Director of Education.

The certificate reads as follows:

“For over 35 years, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has demonstrated professionalism, community spirit, and inter-organizational friendship with the Canadian Cadets Organizations. This outstanding support and cooperation has allowed countless local cadet unit activities to be conducted within Southeastern Ontario and at the Trenton Cadet Training Centre. The Board’s continued and distinguished support of Canadian Youth is sincerely appreciated by both the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) and the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group.”

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

HPEDSB not administering the Grade 9 Math EQAO assessment

January 8, 2020—School boards have received information from the Ministry of Education indicating that the administration of the Grade 9 EQAO Math assessment, scheduled for January 2020, will be a board-based decision.

At HPEDSB, the assessment will not be administered, meaning that students will not be required to complete it at this time.

This is in light of the current labour situation with members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF). Under the terms of the job action, OSSTF members may not participate in EQAO preparation or testing.

If students or parents/guardians have questions, please contact the school principal.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Manager, 613.966.1170 or 1.800.267.4350, extension 62354, [email protected]

Last updated: February 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm