Upcoming Meeting of the Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees (Committee of the Whole Board) is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. — Monday, October 3, 2022, at the Waterloo Region Catholic Education Centre.

Agenda:

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September 29th, 2022|

WCDSB Board Meeting Bulletin — September 2022

Meetings

Committee of the Whole Board Meeting

Monday, September 12, 2022 – Meeting Agenda Package

Public Board Meeting

Monday, September 26, 2022 — Meeting Agenda Package

Highlights

Summer Equity Update

As a Catholic educational institution, we are guided by the Gospel in our pursuit of equity and justice as a value rooted in our faith. In our Catholic tradition, we have a moral imperative to act intentionally to ensure those we serve – staff, students, and communities – are treated with respect and dignity as brothers and sisters in Christ.

There was extensive equity and faith work done throughout the board during the 2021 and 2022 academic year. In March 2021, WCDSB hired an Equity Officer. This past spring, the Equity Officer position was converted to a Senior Manager of Equity Services position. Additionally, two additional positions were added to build the foundation of an Equity Services Department. These positions are the Equity Systems Navigator and the Human Resources and Equity Officer.

The Equity Systems Navigator seeks to bridge the gap between equity-seeking communities, students, families, and the school system to prevent, address, and resolve real or perceived issues of bias, discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

The Navigator provides support to students and families from equity-deserving communities to help them navigate a complex school system and have access to the programs and services intended to support them — working with students and families from Indigenous, Black, racialized, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, acting as a liaison, advocating for them, and serving as guides through the school system.

The Human Resource and Equity Officer supports the implementation of the Equity Action Plan, including supporting equity, diversity and inclusion through recruitment and selection strategies, auditing of job postings, retention, policy review and development, wellness, training and support for managers and administrators, and consultation on complaints and investigations.

A key function of the role is to identify the need for (and to develop and implement) policies and
guidelines on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion that will bring best practices into the organization, while ensuring compliance with legislation such as the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Equity Update report also provides detailed information about a number of other initiatives in the following key areas:

  • Building Equity Capacity: Leadership
  • Building Capacity Across the Board: Internal Websites and Resources
  • Multimedia Projects

For more information about WCDSB’s ongoing work in equity, diversity and inclusion, please visit:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/wellbeing/equity-diversity-and-inclusion/

The report is available beginning on page 13 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Update on Summer Boost/ Summer Programming

Similar to last year, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) provided school boards with funding to deliver Summer Learning Programs (SLP) with the intent to meet the needs of our most vulnerable students, parents, and communities. Key focus areas included Numeracy and Literacy.

The funding directly supported the WCDSB Summer Boost Program that has run each summer for the past several years. After two summers of online learning, WCDSB was excited to return to an in-person mode of instruction and offered the program at three elementary schools: St. Peter in Cambridge, St. John in Kitchener, and Sir Edgar Bauer in Waterloo. In total, 320
students participated in the program this summer – a significant increase from last year.

The 2022 Summer Boost program consisted of 16 classes and ran from July 5th – July 23rd inclusively for 3 hrs/day for a total of 45 hrs for the duration of the program.

Overall Academic Outcomes

Literacy pre and post-test assessment of the Rosner tool measuring phonemic awareness increased by 10% in kindergarten and in Grade 1.

Grades 2-6 literacy assessment focused on vocabulary development targeting “Tier 2” words, using a scale of “not yet,” “getting there,” and “got it.” Post assessment data showed an increase in the “got it” column of 22%, along with decreases in “getting there” and “not yet.”

In Numeracy we witnessed an increase in all classes between pre and post-test assessments. Increases were between 13%-31% based on questions targeting the Number strand.

The report is available beginning on page 23 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

2022-2023 Re-Opening Update

Director of Education Tyrone Dowling provided the Board of Trustees with a brief re-opening update.

The return of students and staff to fully in-person learning in a context similar to that pre-pandemic is a positive sign. While the board may encounter some continuing COVID-19 related challenges, we will continue to rely on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and guidance from Region of Waterloo Public Health.

As a community, we will continue to rely on each student, family and staff member, to assist us to maintain a safe environment that continues to allow our students to reach their full potential – heart of the community, success for each and a place for all.

The update provided information in the following areas:

  • In Person Learning
  • Masking
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Daily Screening
  • Lockers, Lunches and Recess
  • Sports

For more COVID-19 information, please visit:

https://www.wcdsb.ca/living-learning-looking-forward/

The report is available beginning on page 31 via this link: Meeting Agenda Package

Summer Transition Programs

This past summer, WCDSB provided a variety of resources and programs to support the needs of students across the system.

In July, additional Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers and Educational Assistants were hired to support the Summer Boost program which prioritized student registration by giving priority to student registrants who had an individual education plan. Additionally, for the first time, WCDSB was able to offer a transition to school program for students with special needs who were transitioning to kindergarten (Ready, Set, Kindergarten).

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