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Supply teachers will not be confined to just one school when students return in fall

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Octoblocks: Trustees hear pros and cons of 22 days of only one class
“Staff and student safety are paramount, but folks have to make an income," says Hahn.

Moving from school to school is something supply teachers (or occasional teachers) have always done, as they work to fill in the gaps in the system. It will continue to be an expectation of supply teachers, even during the pandemic – a reality that so far, the province seems willing to ignore.

The initial investigations of deaths at long-term care homes in Ontario pointed strongly to part time staff working at multiple facilities as a key part of the problem with virus spread.

Staff members acted as vectors for the novel coronavirus, carrying it from one facility to the next.

In an interview with Trillium Lakelands District School Board director of education, Wes Hahn, he said the board was “just starting to look at this issue.”

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Board re-opening plan faces trustee scrutiny

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Wes Hahn, the newly minted director of education for Trillium Lakelands School Board, presented to trustees an update on the board’s re-opening plan for Sept. 8 but faced a multitude of questions from the trustees who were present.

This included questions about bus safety, cafeteria protocols, upgrading HVAC systems, social distancing plans, and much more.

“We are living in unprecedented times,” Hahn began, “and we will try to present to you the most current information that we have.”

Hahn said they met for two hours with the deputy minister of education last week and believe a good foundation is in place. Keep Reading

All students must re-register for school as TLDSB gauges interest from parents

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Following closely on the heels of the provincial announcement that Trillium Lakelands District School Board buildings will be able to re-open Sept. 8 with few restrictions, the local board is trying to assess how many children will actually be returning to school in the fall.

“Next week all TLDSB families will receive an email with a link to a form asking to re-register each child for in-person and at-home learning,” a press release on the board websites shares.

“Once this information is received a program will be developed with enhanced public health protocols in place.”

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Most schools re-opening in the fall: TLDSB to announce more details soon

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Where is our local voice? School board should speak out about Ford’s classroom plans
Students will be cohorted into small learning groups to reduce contacts with others.

Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced in Whitby today the re-opening of most Ontario schools for a five day a week, five hour a day of regular learning commencing Sept. 8.

The event, held at a Catholic secondary school, was a who’s who of the provincial Conservative Party with local MPP Laurie Scott joining in for the announcement. Durham Catholic trustees were invited and were in attendance, but no teaching staff or support staff were present for this crucial announcement.

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education

Many board of education watchers were pleasantly surprised when Trillium Lakelands District School Board trustees chose Wes Hahn as the new director of education.

Hahn hails from the District School Board of Niagara, a progressive board where he was known for his hands-on approach and frequent visits to schools.

Niagara board chair, Sue Barnett, says Trillium Lakelands will be fortunate to have him.

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New director of education chosen to replace Hope

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Trustees opt for ‘fresh face and new ideas’ with incoming director of education

Trustees approved the appointment of Wesley Hahn as the new director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) this afternoon at a special meeting of the board.

Hahn began his career in education in the Toronto District School Board. He moved to the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board as a teacher, and then an administrator before being appointed as a superintendent in 2012 at the District School Board of Niagara.

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Public school board in search for new director of education

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The Trillium Lakelands District School Board has begun to interview candidates to replace the outgoing director of education, Larry Hope, who retires on July 31.

The board is hoping to have a candidate in place by the end of June, who will be ready to take over as Hope ends his decade-long tenure with the board.

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Students can begin retrieving personal belongings from schools

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Students will get one last look at their schools, if needed, as Trillium Lakelands District School Board moved to give limited access to schools for staff and students starting today.

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Fleming College moves online; landlord worries about vacant rentals

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Beginning Sept. 8, Fleming College in Lindsay and Peterborough will start its fall semester using online and alternative delivery methods.

The college hopes that through the implementation of its Fleming Safe plan the school will be able to ensure that students can complete their programs while maintaining the highest possible safety standards in compliance with all government and public health directives.

A Lindsay landlord who rents regularly to Fleming students and who didn’t want to be identified was contacted for background on the story. He is concerned since he is normally fully rented for the fall by now.

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Uncertain future? IB program changing lives and communities for the better

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The program is known for its rigorous academics and internationally standardized tests but also for developing the whole student. Photo: Erin Burrell.

Cost-cutting by the province is pushing Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) to consider dropping one of the very programs that gives the Lindsay area an edge — the coveted International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

Because the board receives no provincial funding to administer the IB program (which runs at I.E. Weldon Secondary School), it was the focus of a recent review by the board. That review has some students and parents concerned for the very future of the popular program, even though it will reexamined again in 2020-21.

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