SCDSB Update 2 – September 25, 2019

SCDSB Update 2 – September 25, 2019
Posted on 09/26/2019

This update provides highlights of the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Board Meeting held Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Agendas and/or reports considered at this meeting are available at

Report from the Student Trustees
Student Trustee Mylan Nguyen reported on the success of the first Student Senate meeting. Mylan shared that over 30 students were in attendance at the meeting, which took place at Bear Creek Secondary School. Lisa Kenny from the Ontario Education Leadership Camp spoke to students about leadership and explored leadership styles through various activities. The next Student Senate meeting will take place on October 23, 2019 at Orillia Secondary School. 

Report from the Closed Session of the Board in Committee of the Whole
The Board ratified the following recommendation taken in the Closed Session meeting of the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, September 25, 2019:

  1. That the Board approve the School Administrator Appointment as set out in Report No. CL-B-2-a, School Administrator Appointment, dated September 25, 2019:

    Elementary Vice-principal Appointment effective September 26, 2019
    Bonnie Ha from External to Emma King E.S.

D-4-a Business and Facilities 
The Board approved the following original main motion introduced at the Board table:

  1. That the Board approve that a letter be written by the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Chairperson to the Minister of Education requesting that Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines (PARG) be released so that the SCDSB can revise its policies and procedures accordingly to conduct Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) processes as needed.

The Board approved the following motion:

  1. That the Board approve the list of capital priorities, as set out in Report No. BF-D-1, Capital Priorities Update, dated September 4, 2019.

D-4-b Program
The Board approved the following motion:

  1. That the Board approve the revisions to Policy 4116 – French Immersion, as set out in APPENDIX C of Report No. PRO-D-1, Revisions to Policy 4116 – French Immersion, dated September 11, 2019.

Other Reports Received as Information
D-6-a Human Resources – September 11, 2019
D-6-b SEAC – June 3, 2019
D-6-c PIC – May 21, 2019 

Reports/Updates from Staff
Director Blake noted that the SCDSB has received several policy directives from the Ministry of Education, including directives on the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Career Studies Curriculum, service animals in schools and cellphone use. 

Superintendent Halliday provided an update regarding the Ministry of Education’s memo on cellphone use in schools. Superintendent Halliday shared that the new requirements will come into effect on November 4, 2019 and that the SCDSB will update our Code of Conduct to reflect the Ministry of Education policy. Superintendent Halliday noted that this new requirement will have little effect on SCDSB schools, as the requirement aligns with the procedures already in place. 

Superintendent Samis provided an update on the revised Grade 10 Career Studies Curriculum that was released in July. Superintendent Samis shared that the SCDSB wrote and distributed lesson plans for teachers. The new curriculum includes a section related to financial literacy.

Superintended Samis also spoke about the requirement for the SCDSB to have an exemption procedure in place for parents/guardians who wish to exempt their child from the Growth and Development units of the Grade 1 to 8 Health and Physical Education Curriculum. He shared that the procedure will be implemented by the November 30 deadline and that there has always been an exemption option. 

Superintendent Samis shared the Ministry of Education requirement to have a policy in place with regards to service animals in schools. He noted that SCDSB has an existing policy that is currently being reviewed to ensure compliance. 

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Sarah Kekewich, Manager of Communications
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