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School board notes: A $3 million deficit, students’ resilience, and a 100 day report from director

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education
Director of Education for TLDSB, Wes Hahn.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board recently met, covering their recent audit, staff reporting on some of the upsides seen during the pandemic, and the director of education’s 100-day report.

2019-2020 board financial audit reports $3 million deficit 

Superintendent of Finance Tim Ellis presented the auditors report to trustees.

Ellis pointed out that some numbers will look different this year because of pandemic affected accounting. For example, with property taxes deferred until later in 2020 by Kawartha Lakes, the province had to step in with TLDSB and front the board the money that would have normally been transferred by the municipality.

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Advocate team member to emcee federal government webinar on financial literacy for students

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Advocate team member to emcee federal government webinar on financial literacy for students

A Dunsford-area resident and Advocate team member has been recruited by The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) to host a free national webinar on financial literacy November 19.

“It’s your money: Make it Count” is a one-hour, interactive event geared to high school and post-secondary students, presented by the federal agency as part of Financial Literacy Month.

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Worries about octoblocks grow as students, teachers deal with relentless pace

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Despite the mostly positive reports coming from senior Trillium Lakelands District School Board staff regarding octoblocks, a different narrative is emerging powered by student and teacher experiences.

Octoblocks, according to a school trustee, a union representative, and three teachers are affecting students and staff in a number of negative ways.

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Parents push for school photos; more money coming for tech, infrastructure

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Bobcaygeon area trustee John Byrne told fellow trustees at the recent Trillium Lakelands District School Board meeting that parents are pushing schools to carry on with school photos this year.

Outsiders, like photographers, have been restricted from school property to help contain the COVID virus.

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Remember good old snow days? Say hello to online learning instead

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Remember good old snow days? Say hello to online learning instead

On snow days bused students generally stay home when the harshest winter days mean bus cancellations, something that seems to be a common, positive memory for rural kids.

Town kids are often expected to trudge on into class or get dropped off to school by parents.

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Pinnguaq celebrates one year anniversary of Lindsay Makerspace

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With a complete year since its grand opening, Pinnguaq is celebrating the Lindsay Makerspace.

On Oct. 3, 2019, Pinnguaq’s Lindsay Makerspace opened its doors for the first time, welcoming young innovators and creators to explore the endless possibilities in the world of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

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Octoblocks: Trustees hear pros, cons of 22 days of only one class

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Octoblocks: Trustees hear pros and cons of 22 days of only one class

Trillium Lakelands District School Board staff and trustees spent much of their recent board meeting looking at statistical and anecdotal evidence about the first high school octoblock that ended Oct. 16.

For readers unfamiliar with an octoblock, the board decided as a public health measure to limit student contacts to one class and have students take one subject only for five hours a day for 22 straight days.

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At-home learning by workbook starting five weeks later than planned: TLDSB

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It’s been back to school for a while now — but not for everyone.

Staff and trustees of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board were caught off guard by the number of families choosing at-home learning with work booklets, rather than online at home. Only now, the week of Oct. 19, are students finally starting school for those who chose this learning option.

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Board says parents may need to take their kids to school as bus driver shortage intensifies

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has posted to social media that due to the ongoing bus driver shortage parents should be prepared to handle their own transportation needs to and from school if needed.

“Due to our current shortage of qualified school bus drivers,” the board’s social media message began, “any day we (TLDSB) could be without a driver for your child’s route. It is important to make alternative transportation arrangements to get your child to and from school in the event of a cancellation.”

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Health unit talks protocols if school closure needed

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Octoblocks: Trustees hear pros and cons of 22 days of only one class

With the second wave of COVID-19 confirmed by Premier Doug Ford and with record numbers of new cases being diagnosed every day, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit has clearly laid out their protocols regarding school closures.

Chandra Tremblay, manager of corporate services, communication and IT for the health unit, was asked via e-mail how many cases of COVID would need to be present to close any of the 68 schools schools that the health unit was responsible for?

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