Board Meeting Highlights - December 8, 2020 (Inaugural Meeting)
Trustees Elect New Chair and Vice Chair for 2021
The AMDSB Board of Trustees have elected Robert Hunking as Chair and Lynette Geddes as Vice Chair. Congratulations!!
Secondary Schools Launch Virtual Open Houses (Dec 10 to 17)
Normally at this time of year, schools host open houses for prospective grades 6 and 8 students who are moving on from their current school. Due to COVID-19 protocols, hosting a large in-person event is not possible, so AMDSB schools are hosting virtual events to showcase their school and the unique programs they have to offer.
Between December 10 and 17, schools will launch videos and other virtual events and resources to give families and students an overview of the school, and take the opportunity to highlight the exciting things happening in their building.
Student Trustee Update
Student trustees (Makenzie Hallam and Elizabeth Benoit) provided an update. Student Senate Vice President Rachel Rudy was featured in two media stories about the pen pal program between some of the secondary schools and local retirement and nursing homes.
They are also working on a video project that introduces the senate (what they are and what they do) and a Personal Protective Equipment recycling program (at the schools that are not already doing so).
Senior Staff Updates
Presentation of the Director's Work Plan for 2020-2021
Director Walsh, supported by the senior team, presented the Director's Work Plan (DWP) for this school year. The DWP highlights key work that contributes to the overall 4 year goals of the AMDSB Strategic Plan (click here to view details of the Strategic Plan, opens in a new tab).
Mental Health Day for Students and Staff - January 19, 2021
Superintendent Baker announced that "You Matter 2" will be hosted on Tuesday January 19, 2021. In November 2019, the You Matter event brought student mental health teams together for a day of learning, reflection and sharing. This year, the event will be hosted online and will include guest speakers and online break-out rooms for students to share successes and future plans. Details will be posted on amdsb.ca in the coming weeks (opens in a new tab).
Green Energy Act Reporting Requirements
Superintendent Carter reported that a new page on the Board's website has been created to provide details about the reporting requirements for the Green Energy Act. The report includes annual energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in designated facilities and is submitted every year by July 1. Details can be found in the footer of all AMDSB websites and by clicking here (opens in the same tab).
New Parent Information Portal
Superintendent Morris reported that a new portal will be available to parents in February 2021 to access report cards. Invitations will be emailed directly to parents/guardians in January and they will be required to self-register (with the ability to reset their own passwords at any time).
Future Board Meetings
- January 26, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Closed Session, 6:00 p.m. Regular Board Session
- February 9, 2021 – 4:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole, Open Session
Beginning in January 2021, meetings will be hosted online using Microsoft Teams. Links to join the meetings will be posted on the Board Meeting page (opens in a new tab).
Future Meetings/Events with Trustee Representation
- Pathways Advisory Committee – December 10, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.
- Supervised Alternative Learning – December 14, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.
- Special Education Advisory Committee – January 13, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.
- Finance Committee – January 19, 2021 – 3:00 p.m.
- Huron Perth Student Transportation Services – January 26, 2020 – 3:30 p.m.
Meetings hosted at the Education Centre unless otherwise noted