Return of normal semesters and release of COVID-19 funding is great news for students and school boards
We are very pleased to see that secondary schools will be able to return to normal semester models with four courses per day, as of February 2022 and earlier where scheduling permits, subject to local public health approval. OPSBA and our member boards very much appreciate the release of the second half of the federal COVID-19 funding, for which we have strongly advocated. The decision to give all students five rapid antigen tests to take home over the Winter Break will be welcomed by school communities across the province.
Nominations are now open for the Ontario Public Student Trustee Leadership Scholarship! The intent of this award is to recognize outstanding achievement in a leadership role and provide financial support to a graduating public board student trustee to assist with their post-secondary education plans (University, College, or Apprenticeship).
The Fall Economic Statement released today by the government contained only a few new education-related initiatives.
As part of our support of the Calls to Action of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), school boards are recognizing Treaties Recognition Week, from November 1 to 5, 2021. The goal of this week is to promote public education and awareness about the history and importance of treaties and treaty relationships.
Local Government Week aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities. Please join OPSBA, our member trustees and our education partners in raising civic awareness and promoting the role of trustees among Ontario students.