Ontario’s students have returned to their classrooms this month after a long period of remote learning. As they make their way off school buses or cross the threshold of school foyers, few may pause to consider how their school got its name.
Undergraduate application statistics provided via e-mail by Deanna Underwood, manager of communications and events, at the Ontario Universities Application Centre show that 2021 could be a very busy year for universities right across the province.
Vaccine clinics will be available at schools
There will be no mandatory vaccinations for staff or students for COVID-19 at the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
The local board takes direction on vaccination policy from the Ministry of Health – and the Ontario government has been steadfast in its opposition to mandatory vaccines or vaccine passports.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s director of education, Wes Hahn, hopes to see students return to schools with recess, music and choir programs, open cafeterias and libraries and a full range of extracurriculars when school starts again this fall.
The new secondary school union head says the nearly 300 students that are staying home this fall for online learning may end up affecting class choice for the majority who are going back.
A deal has been made.
After months of difficult negotiations and the intervention of a provincial conciliator, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and District 15 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) have reached and ratified a three-year collective agreement that will guarantee labour peace until Aug. 31, 2024.
Kim Williams, a long-term secondary school principal, will be a new superintendent at Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB). Williams will replace Katherine MacIver who recently left TLDSB to become the director of education at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.