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February 19, 2019

Committee of the Whole Recommends Policies

During the Committee of the Whole Meeting on February 19, trustees recommended eight policies be considered for approval.

Transportation and School Operations for Inclement Weather Policy (500.1), Employee Attendance During Inclement Weather and Workplace Closure Policy (201.9), Student Senate – Secondary Policy (100.6.1), Student Senate – Elementary Policy (100.6.2), Supporting Children and Students with Prevalent Medical Conditions Policy (500.2), Fundraising Policy (301.4) and Prior Learning and Assessment (PLAR) Policy (400.4) will be considered at the February 25 Board Meeting.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Committee of the Whole has recommended that the Board approve the 2019-2020 school year calendar.

The consultation process for the 201-2020 school year calendar took place between December 20, 2018 and February 8, 2019. The committee included superintendents of education, elementary and secondary principals, the Coordinator of Staff Development, the president of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), and representatives from the Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (NCPIC) and the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

The draft calendar includes 194 school days between September 3, 2019 and June 26, 2020, with seven Professional Development Days, and 10 examination days, as required by the Ministry of Education. Key dates in the draft calendar include:

  • Christmas Break: December 23, 2019-January 3, 2020
  • March Break: March 16-20, 2020
  • Secondary semester one exams: January 24-30, 2020
  • Secondary semester two exams: June 18-24, 2020

Once approved by the Board, the draft calendar will be submitted to the Ministry of Education for approval.

Capital Projects Report Update

Design work continues for the two Niagara Catholic schools scheduled for construction.

The design and construction of three child care classrooms at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School is scheduled to be completed in time for occupancy in Fall 2019.

A project to consolidate St. Charles and Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary Schools at the Monsignor Clancy site is also in the design stage. Occupancy for the consolidated school, which will also include 49 new child care spaces, is Fall 2020.

 Student Support Services at Niagara Catholic

During the February 19 Committee of the Whole Meeting, trustees received an information report regarding student supports available at Niagara Catholic.

Niagara Catholic is committed to including students with special needs in their home schools and in age-appropriate classes, to foster a feeling of equality, equality, diversity and spiritual respect.

The model of special education program and service delivery is rooted in a seamless approach to serving students with special education needs from entry in Kindergarten through graduation. All students are provided with the opportunity to access programs, supports and services that will maximize their potential and receive an education that fits their unique needs. Students are prepared for independence from their first day of school through a support plan that puts the student’s needs first. Programming decisions for special needs students are made from a Christ-centered perspective, with the students and student success as the primary focus for all decisions.

Please review the entire report in section C2 of the February 19 Committee of the Whole agenda.

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