Labour Relations Update May 5-8:53am

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has provided notice of strike action in all Ontario elementary schools beginning Monday, May 11, 2015.  Based on the information available at this time, it is believed that ETFO will be implementing a partial withdrawal of service.  According to media reports elementary teachers will not participate in EQAO testing, will perform limited duties in relation to report card preparation, and will not participate in professional development.  This job action applies to all elementary schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, as well as other elementary schools in Ontario.
 
Based on the information received, parents can expect elementary schools to be open and all classes running as usual.  All extended day programs will operate as regularly scheduled.  The school district will provide more information about the specific services that the union is withdrawing in the coming days.  
 
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario strike action relates to ‘central bargaining’‎. The school district does not sit at the central bargaining table; all Ontario school districts are represented by the Ontario Public School Boards Association (OPSBA); and the government of Ontario also sits at the table.  At the local level, the school district is continuing to meet with our elementary teachers and Occasional teachers, however this is separate from the ‘central table’ negotiations. 
 
Secondary Teachers Legal Strike Position
Our secondary teachers and occasional teachers (OSSTF) remain in a legal strike position. The OCDSB is one of seven Ontario school districts which OSSTF has targeted for strike action. Currently strike action is underway by OSSTF at the Durham District School Board, Rainbow District School Board, and  the Peel District School Board. OSSTF must provide 5 days advance notice of any planned strike action to the OCDSB. To date, we have not received notice of strike action at the OCDSB.  The school district remains committed to negotiating fair and fully funded collective agreements for our employees.
 
We understand that the potential for labour disruption can create anxiety for our students, parents and staff.   We remain committed to communicating with parents and students to ensure that you have as much information as possible.  Regular updates are posted on the district website at www.ocdsb.ca.   ‎If you have questions, please feel free to contact your school principal or e-mail the school district at chat@ocdsb.ca.

 


 

Lunch with Mr. Lavergne on May 6th

Hi!  This is a message for students.  I’d like to offer an opportunity for students to meet with me for lunch to ask questions and talk about any and all this West Carleton.  If you are interested, please use the link below to submit your name for interest.   The form will stay open until end of day on Monday May 4.  Thank you!

 

I’ve invited you to fill out the form Lunch with Mr. Lavergne on May 6 (Wednesday). To fill it out, visit: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uAX-CCD913pVURqWfYCU97pVPdSsIJEJpH5mVqZS8nI/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link


 

Student Trustee for 2015/2016

CONGRATULATIONS to West Carleton’s own Ella Stewart!  Ella has just been elected to be one of two Student Trustees for the OCDSB representing over 70000 students!  This is a wonderful and well deserved honour.

 

We are so proud of you Ella!


 

Important Info for Graduating Students

In order to get ready for commencement, there are some things you must do:

Important Links Important Dates
  • April 27th – Gown Order Forms Due
  • May 8th – Commencement Awards Due
  • May 31st – Slide Editing Deadline
  • June 16th – Grad Breakfast
  • June 25th – Commencement

 

Labour Relations-Letter for Parents April 9, 2015

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Literacy / Numeracy Program

We are pleased to announce that Continuing Education has opened a new Literacy/Numeracy Program for students from Grade 7-12 to be held at Earl of March

Please click here to find the attached the flyer for the program.


 

OCDSB Speaker Series

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board Speaker Series is back! Please see the attached files for more information.


 

School Council Request March 2015

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OSTA Survey

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is seeking input from the school community regarding a proposed policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes.

Both homes must be within the attendance boundary and eligible for transportation. A formal application process requires that both parents and/or guardians sign the application and provide a schedule. Weekly or bi-weekly access schedules may be limited to ensure student safety. Other safety and operational risks will be assessed prior to approval or denial of each application.

Members of the school community are invited to complete an online survey (see link below). Please review the proposed policy and procedure, as well as Frequently Asked Questions on OSTA’s website (www.ottawaschoolbus.ca) prior to completing the survey. Public consultation closes March 13 2015. OSTA thanks you for your input.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/variabletransportation


 

Course Guide Now Available!

Please click here to find all available courses here at West!

Offering students and parents quick and easy access to:

  • Course descriptions and specific course offerings at all of our secondary schools;
  • Information about online courses;
  • Information about secondary pathways, programs and prerequisites;
  • Graduation requirements; and,
  • General information to help students and parents navigate through secondary school course selections.