SCDSB Update 16 – June 17, 2020

SCDSB Update 16 – June 17, 2020
Posted on 06/18/2020

In response to COVID-19, the Simcoe County District School Board Education Centre is currently closed. The June 17 Board Meeting was held virtually via Zoom meeting. The recorded version of the meeting is available at

This update provides highlights of the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) Board Meeting held Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Agendas and/or reports considered at this meeting are available at

Student Trustee Presentation
Trustee Beacock thanked the out-going student trustees for their contributions as representatives of students from across the SCDSB. Trustee Beacock noted the efforts of the student trustees in successfully increasing attendance at Student Senate meetings and passing a motion to ensure feminine hygiene products are available in secondary schools free of charge. Trustee Beacock congratulated the student trustees and wished them well in the next phase of their educational journey. 

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, June 17, 2020:

  1. That the Board ratify the collective agreement reached with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 17 (Simcoe) (Occasional Teachers’ Bargaining Unit) for the term of September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2022, as set out in Report No. CL-B-2-a, Board Ratification of Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) District 17 (Simcoe) (Occasional Teachers’ Bargaining Unit) and Its Local Agreement, dated June 17, 2020.

D-5-a Appointment of Student Trustee Mentor
The Board approved the following motion:

  1. That the Board appoint Trustee Peter Beacock to serve as the student trustee mentor from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021, as set out in Report No. D-5-a, Appointment of Student Trustee Mentor, dated June 17, 2020.

D-5-b Clearview Meadows Elementary School Name Review
The Board approved the following motion:

  1. That the Board of Trustees of the Simcoe County District School Board approve the name Clearview Meadows Elementary School remain, subsequent to the closure of Byng Public School, June 2020 and the consolidation of students effective September 1, 2020, as set out in Report No. D-5-b, Clearview Meadows Elementary School Name Review, dated June 17, 2020.

D-7 Staff Reports
Steve Blake, Director of Education, recognized all SCDSB staff, the Board of Trustees, students, parents/guardians and the community for their efforts and support during the school closure period. 

Director Blake commented on the SCDSB’s continued focus on the Strategic Priorities that have guided the work of the SCDSB during this unprecedented time. Director Blake noted that the SCDSB is conducting a survey of students, staff and parents/guardians in order to gather information to assist with planning and preparation for the fall. Director Blake indicated that staff are planning for the reopening of schools and are awaiting further information from the Ministry regarding the 2020-2021 school year. Director Blake noted that information and updates will be provided as they become available. 

Chris Samis, Superintendent of Program and Special Education, and Dawn Stephens, Superintendent of Education, provided an update on the remainder of the school year. Superintendent Samis noted that systems have been redeveloped to allow for the safe, secure and efficient electronic distribution of student timetables, transportation information and report cards. Superintendent Samis indicated that report cards will be distributed electronically to over 50,000 students in early July. Superintendent Stephens noted that SCDSB staff coordinated the retrieval of student belongings following safety guidelines provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Superintendent Stephens acknowledged the accomplishments of the 2020 graduates and commended staff for their efforts in developing celebratory videos to be shared digitally with all Grade 8 and Grade 12 graduates and their families. 

Brian Jeffs, Superintendent of Business and Facility Services, provided an update with regards to the contracts that were awarded within the approved budget for the month of June. Superintendent Jeffs shared information regarding the average secondary school class size for the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent Jeffs provided an update regarding the reopening of child care centres and day camps and noted that SCDSB staff are accepting applications from child care providers to expand child care operations. Superintendent Jeffs noted that outdoor permits are being considered based on public health guidelines and all indoor summer permits have been cancelled.

Superintendent Jeffs reported that the SCDSB has not received the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) or technical papers required to finalize the 2020-2021 budget.

Questions and Proposals from Trustees
Chair Lloyd thanked all staff and the Board of Trustees for their work this school year and recognized them for their efforts and contributions during very challenging circumstances. 

Trustee Beacock congratulated the SCDSB for receiving the Ontario Music Education Association Administrators of Excellence award in recognition of the music in elementary schools program.

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Sarah Kekewich, Manager of Communications
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