TDSB Trustee Anu Sriskandarajah
Temporary COVID-19 Funding for 2021-22
To support the continued safe operation of schools in 2021-22, the Ministry announced that it will provide another year of temporary COVID-19 funding to school boards, totalling $1.6 billion across the province. This funding is to support areas such as personal protective equipment and supplies, staffing to meet local needs, technology and operating costs related to ventilation systems.
Letters to the Education Minister
Chair of the Board Alexander Brown wrote letters to Education Minister Stephen Lecce to:
1. object to the Government of Ontario’s draft proposal for remote learning. This proposal would make remote learning a full-time, permanent option for all grades by September 2021.
2. request that the Government of Ontario provide funding for free menstrual products in all schools across the province.
3. advocate for the Parents Reaching Out Grant to be provided annually and restored to the funding levels provided prior to 2019-2020.
Tentative Local Agreement
The Toronto District School Board has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation District 12, which represents approximately 5,000 secondary teachers at the school board. The tentative agreement must still be ratified by both the TDSB and OSSTF with a vote expected on or before May 26.
Safe Drinking Water Test Results
The health and well-being of TDSB students, staff and families is our top priority. Given the unpredictability of what the status of the pandemic will be in the summer, and the need to begin planning well before that time, the decision has been made to offer all Summer Programs fully remote (online) for this summer.
TCDSB Trustee Garry Tanuan
June has always been my favourite time of the year! It’s the kind of month that has us breathing a sigh of relief for surviving the long winter days and the fickle days of spring.
To our 2021 graduates, I commend you for your efforts and wish you well in the next phase of your lives. To all the administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, volunteers, pastors and parish staff; a heartfelt Thank You is simply not enough to express our appreciation and gratitude for your enduring strength, support, faith and grace under fire.
Catholic Education Week
This year’s theme, “Nurturing Hope” could not have been more suitable for our times. As we continue to work together to address the challenges of the pandemic, our Catholic school communities nurtured hope through their prayers, learning activities and acts of Christian service.
Celebrations also included recognition of the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father’s encyclical on the environment entitled, “On Caring for our Common Home.” A special resource booklet containing Catholic school board environmental practices has been developed with the input of every CDSB in Ontario. See here: ocsta.on.ca/resources/together-in-faith-home-school-parish-booklet/
Summer School Online Credit Courses
For information on summer school registration, students and families must consult with their day school guidance counsellor regarding course selections, prerequisite courses, and diploma requirements.
TCDSB Awards Night 2021
Recognizing the accomplishments of our alumni, students, staff and friends of Catholic education as we celebrate Catholic Education Week. tcdsb.org/board/nurturingourcatholiccommunity/catholiceducationweek/awards-night/pages/default.aspx
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Questions? Contact Trustee Garry Tanuan 416-512-3408 or 416-222-8282 ext. 2659 (Constituency Officer Ida Serpe).