A Letter from the Board about Report Cards

Dear Families:

We hope this correspondence finds you, your family and loved ones healthy and safe. We know these are uncertain times and we wish to provide clarifying information about your child’s report card.

The Ministry of Education provided direction that all students will receive a report card in June. York Region District School Board will be providing electronic report cards for our students.  Our goal is to have all electronic copies of report cards distributed to families by June 26.  Families will be notified when their child’s electronic report card is ready and instructions for access to the report will be provided in that communication.

For students in Grades 1 to 8, grades will be determined based on their learning from the beginning of Term 2, February 3 to March 13, 2020. Students’ grades/marks should not be negatively affected by performance during online learning from home after the start of school closures due to COVID-19. Therefore, end of year grades/marks can only remain the same or increase based on units of study continued after April 6.

The code “I” is used on report cards in place of a grade/mark due to extenuating circumstances such as the current school closure, when there is insufficient evidence to determine a fair and valid grade/mark for report card purposes. It is important to note that this is not a penalty to the student, nor is it a statement about the student’s competence or capacity to learn.

Where instruction in a particular strand/subject began after the school closure, a grade/mark will not be provided. The teacher will use code “I” and may include the statement, “Due to the school closure period, there is insufficient information to determine a grade/mark.”

Note: In Grades 7 and 8, please disregard the Median column in this report card as the use of the “I” may result in some inaccuracies in calculations.

Comments may accompany a strand/subject that was reported as an “I.” Your child’s teacher will use their professional judgement to determine which aspects of learning to include in the comments related to what your child has learned, and possible strengths and next steps.

As always, the code NA is used when a subject or strand is addressed in another term.

We remain committed to supporting our students and families as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19 on education. If your school can support your family in any way, we encourage you to connect directly with your child’s teacher or school principal.  

School Council Meeting

There will be a School Council Meeting on Wednesday June 10th, at 7:00 p.m. online.  We welcome everyone’s involvement and encourage those interested to attend. 

Given some of the security, logistical and technological needs of the system, we will be using a platform for the meeting called GoToMeeting.  You will be able to join the meeting via computer (preferable), tablet, smartphone, or phone.  There is a browser-based version that can be run on many computers, however for greater compatibility and functionality you are encouraged to download and install the software at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/579092429.  GoToMeeting apps can also be found on the app stores for your tablets or smartphones.  Please complete this step prior to the School Council meeting.  

If you are interested in attending, please register using this link: https://forms.gle/cNNxL7PAL6iu3Dvw9.

The registration link will close on Monday June 8th, at 4:00 p.m. All registered participants will receive the meeting link prior to the meeting.  Thank you for your continued support of our school.

The Agenda for the School Council Meeting can be found below:

A Message from the Ministry of Education

Ontario’s new COVID-19 testing plan, includes the availability of free testing for any Ontarian who would like it.

Tests are free and do not require an OHIP card. Referrals are no longer required to visit an assessment centre and no Ontarian will be declined a test. To learn more about this plan, including when you should get tested and the process, please visit our website to see a message from the Ministry of Education regarding COVID-19 testing

A Message from Trustee David Sherman

Dear families, 

I hope that you and your loved ones are keeping well and healthy. The past few months have been full of change and uncertainty as we respond to the global pandemic and try to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As your Trustee, I know that the pandemic and school closures are challenging for everyone. We are all in this together.

Since the beginning of this crisis, I have continually advocated for the rapid introduction of distance education to support student well-being and provide continuation of learning for more than 127,000 students. A program that would meet each family’s unique needs and maintain a caring, safe and inclusive learning environment. To date over 20,000 pieces of technology were distributed to ensure that all of our students could access the learning opportunities available to them, and I will to continue to advocate that our resources and plans support all of our learners, including students with special education needs and English language learners. 

More information about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan  as well as tips, resources and supports for students and families to support well-being and online learning can be found at www.yrdsb.ca/covid19

We are all part of a larger community and I am inspired to see the many different ways schools, families and students maintained their connections with one another. It was also moving to see the many inspiring ways our school board, students, staff and families acknowledged our frontline workers and made contributions to the fight against COVID-19. As a school board, for example, we donated over 145,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including gloves, masks and more. 

Each and every one of us has made a difference – in staying home as much as possible and following public health guidelines. I know that this has meant making sacrifices. 

To our graduating class of 2020, I know this is not the graduating year you had hoped for. I appreciate that the school closures will not affect your ability to graduate, however this unique situation and the need to postpone graduations has been disappointing. I remain tremendously proud of all of our graduates and look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you as soon as we are able to reschedule the graduation ceremonies.

In addition, I know that you have missed out on field trips, awards events, athletic banquets, spirit days, assemblies, our annual Celebrating Student Success awards and the many other ways we extend learning, connect as a community and celebrate the achievements of our students. 

We have also been unable to gather together as we normally would in our schools and communities to celebrate or recognize important dates, including Sikh Heritage Month, Pesach, Good Friday, Easter (Western), Vaisakhi, Holy Friday, Orthodox Easter (Eastern), Ridvan, Jewish Heritage Month, Asian/South Asian Heritage Month, Ramadan, Pride, National Indigenous History Month, Italian Heritage Month and Portuguese Heritage Month. As a Board, these dates of significance are important for us to acknowledge and we will continue to celebrate and value the wealth of diversity in our community.

As the school year comes to a close, I want to wish you and your families a safe, healthy and happy summer. I look forward to a time when we can welcome your children back into our schools again. We know that families have questions about what the return to school will look like. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue following public health guidelines and to stay connected. 

A message from the Chair of the Board of Trustees is also available on the Board website at www.yrdsb.ca.

David Sherman,

Trustee, Markham Ward 1/Vaughan Ward 5