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The OCSB has submitted proposed school calendar dates for the 2018-2019 school year to the Ministry of Education. These dates are not to be considered final until the Ministry approves the proposed calendar sometime in May 2018.

The Ministry of Education stipulates that the school year calendar shall include a minimum of 194 school days, of which school boards are required to designate three mandatory Professional Activity (PA) days for provincial education priorities and may dedicate up to four additional PA days per school year, for a maximum total of seven PA days. The remaining school days shall be instructional days and a total of ten instructional days may be designated as examination days.

The development of the calendar was the result of deliberations by the Executive Committee, in consultation with the superintendent responsible for the school year calendar at our co-terminus board, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) was kept apprised of our process. Input on the proposal was received from the school year calendar committee, comprised of representatives from the Catholic School Parents’ Association (CSPA), the Parent Involvement Committee (PIC), the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), the Catholic Principals’ Council–Ottawa, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Locals 2357 and 3689, the Ontario Public Service Employee Union, UNITE Here, and non-affiliated groups, as well as the Board’s Student Trustees.

System-wide health and safety training

Cindy Owens, Superintendent of Human Resources

Cindy Boszormeny, Training Officer, provides in-house training to OCSB staff across the system in the areas of First Aid, CPR, Health & Safety, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. Cindy presented various initiatives to the Board of Trustees, outlining how the Board is meeting all of the legislative requirements under a variety of Acts and Regulations. View the presentation.

Reviewing data for students with special needs

Manon Seguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

Data remains an important tool in ensuring we serve all students with special needs in the best way possible. An overview of statistical data and insight regarding students with special needs was presented to the Board by Dr. Lauren Figueredo, Research Officer and Pamela McCulloch, Special Educator Coordinator. The presentation provided the Board with a much better picture of our students with special needs, representing even small clusters of students in a statistically relevant and helpful way. View the presentation.


Social Workers at the Ottawa Catholic School Board

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Social Workers supporting students

Manon Seguin, Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services

Wayne Ng and Sharon Reynolds are two of the social workers in the Special Education and Student Services Department who are in OCSB schools daily supporting the needs of our students. On their own initiative, they created a short video for the purpose of:

  • supporting and promoting social work services at the OCSB;
  • using technologies in the social work discipline to support understanding of this profession; and
  • supporting the Professional Learning Networks they have engaged in with other school boards province-wide, and the work of Dr. Michael Kelly, to ensure standardized and best practices in social work in school boards across Ontario.

“Social and emotional intelligence learning is a large part of social work, it remains a cornerstone of the types of skills we endeavour to pass on to our students.”

Wayne Ng

Social Worker, OCSB

News from the Boardroom Summary (February 27, 2018)

This blog post covers the following topics:

  • Proposed School Year Calendar 2018-2019
  • System-wide health and safety training
  • Reviewing data for students with special needs
  • Social Workers supporting students
  • Drawdown of accumulated surplus
  • OSTA update
  • Legal fees

Briefs from the Boardroom


OSTA update

David Leach, Superintendent of Finance and Administration, presented an update on the progress of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) towards its goals and objectives.


Legal fees

The Board received a report regarding legal fees incurred by the Board for the period of September 1 to October 31, 2017.

Drawdown of accumulated surplus

Thomas D’Amico, Associate Director of Education

As a result of prudent fiscal management, including the implementation of expenditure reductions and efficiencies in the last several years, the Board currently has $12.2 million in unappropriated accumulated surplus funds. The Board approved the drawdown of $3 million from the unappropriated accumulated surplus to be allocated this school year to a variety of one-time spending allocations, such as outdoor play structures, technology upgrades, and literacy and numeracy resources.

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