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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 [1] 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:


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:

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.

*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


Calendar of events

A number of district and school events (Pdf) [2] are scheduled for March 2020.

Mental health and social/emotional supports for students

Highlights from this staff report included the following:

Child and youth worker update

boy in a cardboard car2020 Kindergarten promotion

Highlights from this report included the following:

OPSBA Information exchange

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

Parent Involvement Committee update

Highlights from this report included the following:

Ontario Student Trustees’ Association Conference update

Highlights from this report included the following:

Upcoming meetings

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

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