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CUPE reaches tentative agreement; suspends work-to-rule action reaches tentative agreement; suspends work-to-rule action <p>The collective bargaining agreement between the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) expired on August 31, 2014. In the SCDSB, CUPE represents our custodial and maintenance staff. Since September 10, 2015, CUPE members have been engaged in provincial job action in the form of a work-to-rule campaign.   </p><p><strong>On November 2, CUPE reached a tentative agreement at the central bargaining table with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA).  </strong>The tentative deal must be endorsed by CUPE's local leaders before it is presented to all CUPE members for ratification. CUPE has agreed to suspend central job action while ratification takes place.  Terms of the tentative agreement have not yet been made public. </p><p> To learn more about the labour situation, visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Labour Situation page</a> on the SCDSB's website.</p>
Applying to College or University for September 2016? to College or University for September 2016?<p>​​If you are considering post-secondary education for next year, Guidance will be making homeroom visits next week to provide students with some preliminary information.</p><p>​Representatives start arriving at Central on <strong class="ms-rteForeColor-1">Tuesday, September 15th, with the University of Toronto</strong>.  If students are interested in meeting with the representatives, they must sign up in Guidance.<br></p><p>Check the BCC website for future updates on post-secondary options.</p>
Need Help Preparing for Exams? Sleep matters! Help Preparing for Exams? Sleep matters!<p>​​​Dr. Marcia Benjamin suggests the following:</p><ul><li>Naps are useful if they don't interphere with night sleep</li><li>Getting enough sleep avoids stress, irritability, nervousness, anxiety and depression</li><li>Light before and during sleep affects serotonin levels which lead to more difficulty falling asleep and lighter, less restful sleep</li><li>Caffeine decreases slow wave sleep and REM; it also  increases the number of awakenings in a night</li><li>Nothing with a screen should be in a bedroom; your environment should be quiet, dark and cool</li><li>No screen time one hour before bedtime</li><li>Wake up at the same time daily</li><li>Eat a light supper several hours before bedtime</li><li>Exercise daily</li></ul><p>See <em>Study Tips</em> in "Useful Links" for further help with exam prep!<br></p>
BCC Contingency Plan Contingency Plan<p><strong>Contingency plans in place in case of heating system failure at Barrie Central </strong></p><p>The heating system at Barrie Central Collegiate Institute has surpassed its expected life span. The decision has already been made to close the school as of June 2016. This decision was made in May 2011 at the end of a Pupil Accommodation Review that involved all secondary schools in Barrie. The condition of the facility was a major factor in the decision.</p><p>It is possible that the heating system in the school could fail before the closure date. Plans are being developed to deal with the main scenarios that could occur. </p><p><strong>Scenario 1: the system fails and repair is possible </strong></p><p>In this case, if the repairs are minimal, the school may be closed for a short period of time. If the repairs are major, students and staff will be relocated to Barrie North Collegiate Institute while the repairs take place. The school day will be split. Barrie North students and staff will use the building in the morning and Barrie Central students and staff will use the building the afternoon. As much as possible, sports and extra-curricular activities will continue to run on modified schedules. </p><p><strong>Scenario 2: The system fails and repair isn’t possible </strong></p><p>If this occurs, the plan is to relocate students and staff to Barrie North Collegiate Institute until the outcome of the attendance area review that is taking place this school year can be implemented. A plan for the schedule at Barrie North is still being developed.</p><p><strong>Ongoing maintenance at Barrie Central </strong></p><p>There are two boilers at Barrie Central. The boilers cannot be operated at the same time. If there is a failure with one of the boilers, the system can be switched to use the other boiler. This solution is expected to keep the boilers operational. If both boilers fail, it may be possible to use a portable boiler, which would likely be located in the school’s courtyard. </p><p>The other major component of the heating system is the pipes that transport heat through the building. If there is an issue with the pipes, the failure could lead to the need for either extensive repairs or to close the building indefinitely. </p><p><strong>What happens now? </strong></p><p>It is important students, staff and parents are aware of the potential issues that could occur at Barrie Central and the impact they would have on both Barrie Central and Barrie North students and staff. We are hopeful these scenarios will not occur—the plans are being developed to make sure we are prepared in advance. Students, staff and parents will be notified a quickly as possible if an issue does occur. </p><p>The details of the building condition and contingency plans are outlined in a report in the November 2014 Business and Facilities Steering Committee Meeting package. You can find the package at by clicking on ‘Board’ and ‘Meetings and events’. <strong></strong></p><p><strong>Direct link: </strong><br><a href=""></a> </p>
Attendance Area Review Area Review <p><font size="3">November 2014 </font></p><font size="3"></font><font size="3"></font><font size="3"><p>Dear Barrie Central Families, </p><p>The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will be changing attendance areas for some Barrie secondary schools. The new attendance areas will take effect in September 2016. </p><p>This attendance area review is taking place because of the closure of Barrie Central Collegiate Institute in June 2016 and to determine the attendance area for the new secondary school that is being built in south Barrie. It will also help to balance enrolment at secondary schools in Barrie. </p><p>The proposed changes include the attendance areas for Barrie North Collegiate Institute and Innisdale Secondary School. The regular attendance areas and elementary feeder schools for Eastview and Bear Creek secondary schools are not expected to be impacted by the review. The map on the back of this letter shows the proposed changes. </p><p>Recommendations for the relocation of the Extended French program that is currently located at Barrie Central will also be determined as part of the review. </p></font><strong><b><font face="Times New Roman,Times New Roman" size="3"><font face="Times New Roman,Times New Roman" size="3"><p>An information meeting about the attendance area review will take place on Thursday, November 27 at 7 p.m. in the library at Barrie Central Collegiate Institute, 125 Dunlop St. W in Barrie. </p></font></font></b></strong><font size="3"><p>I encourage you to attend this meeting to learn more about the proposed plan and to share your thoughts on the attendance area review with the team. If you’re not able to attend this meeting and have questions about the proposed plan, please contact your principal. </p><p>You may have also heard that we are working on contingency plans in case the heating system at Barrie Central fails before the school closes in June 2016. The contingency plans include the potential of relocating students and staff to Barrie North. Some additional information is attached. We are hopeful the heating system continues to operate and Barrie Central students and staff can stay in their school until it closes on June 30, 2016. These contingency plans are being developed to make sure we’re prepared in advance if an issue does happen. </p><p>Sincerely, </p><p>Chris Samis </p><p>Superintendent of Education</p></font><p>​​</p>
Attendance Area Review Map Area Review Map<p>​<a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/Attendance%20Area%20Review%20Map.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Attendance Area Review Map.pdf</a></p>



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