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Message from Kathi Wallace, Director of Education about tragedy in La Lochehttp://cen.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/45Message from Kathi Wallace, Director of Education about tragedy in La Loche<p>​We were all shocked to hear the news of the school shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan on Friday. </p><p>When these rare and tragic events happen, I think many of us feel a similar ache in our hearts. An ache of sadness, helplessness and sometimes anger. </p><p>Devastating events can help remind us of what's most important in life. Our relationships. Our love. Our kindness. How we treat each other matters.  </p><p>Our mental health team has provided tips for staff to help them deal with questions they may receive about what happened on Friday. While we don't encourage class-wide discussions, we know children do hear about major events and may have questions. It's important our staff members are prepared to deal with those situations. </p><p>Our mental health team has also provided tips for parents on how to help children cope: <a href="http://sharingsimcoe.com/?s=helping+children+cope" target="_blank">http://sharingsimcoe.com/?s=helping+children+cope</a>. </p><p>The team also recommends the following resource from the Mayo Clinic: <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/childrens-health/in-depth/helping-children-cope/art-20047029" target="_blank">http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/childrens-health/in-depth/helping-children-cope/art-20047029</a></p><p>As always, our priority is the safety and well-being of each of our students. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. It's important for parents to know help is available through our schools and community agencies. Parents who are concerned about their children can always contact their principal or vice-principal.   </p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Kathi Wallace</p>
Provide input on the proposed 2016-17 school year calendarhttp://cen.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/43Provide input on the proposed 2016-17 school year calendar<p>​</p><p style="border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:18px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#000000;background:#ffffff;">​The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) invites public school communities to submit input regarding the proposed school year calendars for next year (September 2016 to June 2017). The regular school year calendar and the modified school year calendar (for Ernest Cumberland ES) are available for the public to provide input.</p><p style="border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:18px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#000000;background:#ffffff;">Provide input on the regular or modified calendars by selecting one of the links below, or by visiting www.scdsb.on.ca and clicking the link on the ‘School Year Calendars’ page under the ‘Schools’ menu.</p><p style="border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:18px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#000000;background:#ffffff;"><a href="https://www1.scdsb.on.ca/portal/page/portal/PUBLIC/inquires/CalendarSCDSB" style="border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#0072bc;background:transparent;">Regular School Year Calendar Input 2016 - 2017</a></p><p style="border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:18px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#000000;background:#ffffff;"><a href="https://www1.scdsb.on.ca/portal/page/portal/PUBLIC/inquires/Calendar" style="border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;color:#0072bc;background:transparent;">Modified School Year Calendar Input 2016 - 2017</a> (Ernest Cumberland ONLY)</p><p style="border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:18px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#000000;background:#ffffff;">All stakeholders including staff, school council members, parents/guardians, students and members of the school community are invited to provide feedback.</p><p style="border:0px;margin-bottom:0px;padding:10px 0px 8px;font-stretch:normal;line-height:18px;font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;color:#000000;background:#ffffff;">The deadline to provide feedback is January 15, 2016 to ensure the SCDSB meets school year calendar development timelines set by the Ministry of Education.<br><br><em style="border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;background:transparent;">Information: </em><br><em style="border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;background:transparent;">Jackie Kavanagh, Superintendent of Education, SCDSB</em><br><em style="border:0px;margin:0px;padding:0px;background:transparent;">705-734-6363 x11638​</em></p><p>​</p>
CUPE reaches tentative agreement; suspends work-to-rule actionhttp://cen.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/40CUPE 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="http://scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/Labour-Situation.aspx" target="_blank">Labour Situation page</a> on the SCDSB's website.</p>
Applying to College or University for September 2016?http://cen.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/13Applying 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!http://cen.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/19Need 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 Planhttp://cen.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/14BCC 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 www.scdsb.on.ca by clicking on ‘Board’ and ‘Meetings and events’. <strong></strong></p><p><strong>Direct link: </strong><br><a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=468&m=November&y=2014">http://www.scdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/MeetingDetails.aspx?EventId=468&m=November&y=2014</a> </p>

 

 

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