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Board Meeting Update: November 22, 2021

November 22, 2021—This update provides a summary of the public meeting of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board held November 22, 2021, livestreamed [1] (the recorded version will be available within 24 hours). It is an unofficial summary of the meeting; official minutes will be approved at the next regular meeting in October.

Land acknowledgement

Mike Brant, Trustee, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, recited the land acknowledgement: Let us bring our minds and hearts together as one to honour and celebrate these traditional lands as a gathering place of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee people. It is with deep humility that we acknowledge and offer our gratitude for their contributions to our community, having respect for all as we come together and walk side by side into the future to support our students of today.

Character Moment of Reflection

At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Growing with Character [2] is our intentional focus on creating safe, caring, respectful and inclusive learning environments where students develop the foundation for good character. 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   Jennifer Cobb, Trustee, North Prince Edward, asked all to reflect on Caring: We demonstrate concern for self and others. We show empathy and express genuine concerns. We consider the long term effect of our actions.

Presentation

Madoc Township Public School: Changing Our World, We Have a Dream

This presentation featured a video [3] (9 minutes) showing how the student voice was harnessed to make a difference at Madoc Township Public School. This project started with playground access being restricted and led to students participating in an inquiry process about making change, taking responsibility and being leaders. Through the inquiry, students educated one another, learned about media literacy, helped to write a script and participated in a video.

Thank you to students Holden, Morgan, Mida, Natalie and Bella, for sharing their experiences and answering trustee questions, and also to Tera Brough, Principal; and Angela Burr and Brian Long, Teachers, for leading and learning alongside the students.

Recommendations

Rise and Report from the Committee of the Whole, where Board members:

2020-2021 Consolidated Financial Statements

Board members approved the approve the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ending August 31, 2021. Find out more starting on page 10 of the November 22, 2021 agenda [4].

Information

Director of Education Report

Highlights of this report included the following:

JK-Grade 3 Suspension Review Initiative

In October 2021, school leaders engaged and were provided with school data sets, including students in JK to Grade 3 with suspensions in their discipline history, and asked to  consider each learner’s profile and work through a review process for each student including the following considerations:

Student Services learning support coordinators, system lead, and respective superintendents will continue to work collaboratively to support school teams as required to address complex student profiles in order to improve educational outcomes. This learner profile data will assist us in planning forward to access supports from various community partners, consider strategic classroom and program placements, as well as the allocation of various internal supports (Psychological Services, Behaviour Support Services, Mental Health supports, etc.). Find out more starting on page 50 of the November 22, 2021 agenda [4].

Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement update

This is the third and final year in the implementation of the current HPEDSB Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement. A revised plan will be created for the upcoming  school year, transitioning to a new Board Improvement and Equity Plan (BIEP) template as required by the Ministry of Education for implementation in 2022-2023. Find out more starting on page 52 of the November 22, 2021 agenda [4].

Student Achievement during Quadmester 1 (September to November 12, 2021)

Highlights from this report included the following:

Student re-engagement update

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, HPEDSB has experienced a higher number of families who are choosing to homeschool their children. During the 2020-2021 school year, site-based teams began efforts to re-engage students through phone calls and home visits to families. Through these initial efforts, we were able to re-engage 212 students who returned to  the register from homeschooling. This data included students who were not attending school for the purpose of instruction, but who were receiving regular check-ins from social workers, social services workers, and child and youth workers.

Re-engagement data indicates the following:

Ongoing personalized efforts and thoughtful communication with families to build relationships and re-engage students when they are ready to return to school are underway. Find out more starting on page 54 of the November 22, 2021 agenda [4].

Report from student trustees

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Special Education Advisory Committee, October 28, 2021 

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Audit Committee, November 10, 2021 

Highlights from this report included the following:

Report from the Parent Involvement Committee, November 15, 2021 

Highlights from this report included the following:

OPSBA Information Exchange

Highlights from this report included the following:

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