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Transportation for March 30, OSSLThttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/106Transportation for March 30, OSSLT<p>​Students writing the test should be waiting at their bus stops for their regularly scheduled pick-up.</p><p>An <strong>additional (later)</strong> bus run has been added for students not writing the test.  These students should be waiting at their bus stops <strong>41/4 hours after</strong> their regularly scheduled pick-up time.</p><p>Buses will follow their normal routes during the morning and afternoon runs.  All bused students will be transported home at their regular time at the end of the day.</p>
Attention College & University Studentshttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/104Attention College & University Students<p>​On March 29th we have 6 Colleges coming to CCI to do presentations and talks with grade 11 College and University bound students (George Brown, Georgian, Centennial, Humber, Sheridan, Seneca).  The event will go from 1:45-3:00 pm.  Vanier will be included as well.</p>
School Bus Evacuation Traininghttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/105School Bus Evacuation Training<p>​April 3-7, 2017, School Bus drivers will be educating students how to evaculate a school bus safely in the event of an emergency situation.</p>
Parent Portal http://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/102Parent Portal <p>​</p><span><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">The SCDSB Parent Portal is a secure online tool that provides parents/guardians (of students less than 18 years of age) with quick access to their children's attendance and, in secondary school, grades. Parents and guardians can set up daily, weekly or monthly email alerts for attendance information.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">To access the Parent Portal, parents/guardians will need their child's Student Number, which can be found on the Student Information Verification Form sent home at the start of every school year, as well as an Access ID.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">The Access ID will be/has been provided in a sealed letter. If you lose the Access ID, you can visit us in the school office and we'll provide it to you after verifying your identity.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Each student has a unique Access ID and Student Number. Once a Parent/Guardian has created a Parent Portal account, all students can be linked to that single account.</p><p style="font:13px/1.6 arial,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;color:#595959;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Go to <a href="http://ps.scdsb.on.ca/" target="_blank" style="color:#0072b9;text-decoration:none;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://ps.scdsb.on.ca</span></a> to create a Parent Portal account or login.</p></span>
You could be eligible for free college or university tuitionhttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/64You could be eligible for free college or university tuition<p>​The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is changing for the 2017-18 school year. Under the revised program, students with a family income under $50,000 are eligible for free tuition. Students with higher family incomces are still eligible for support.</p><p>Use the OSAP calculator and find out more at <a href="https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program">ontario.ca/osap​</a>.</p>
SCDSB​ Chair and Director ‘thankful’ for EQAO decision to score literacy testshttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/63SCDSB​ Chair and Director ‘thankful’ for EQAO decision to score literacy tests<p>​Ontario’s Education, Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) announced today that it plans to score completed Ontario Secondary School Literacy Tests (OSSLT) and tests that had a significant portion complete. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has provided this information to staff, students and parents.<br><br>Read <a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/News%20Documents/Letter%20-%20Students%20and%20Parents.pdf" target="_blank">EQAO’s letter to parents</a>.<br><br>"We recognize the significance of this important graduation requirement," says Peter Beacock, Chair, SCDSB. "We are very pleased for our students that this decision has been made."<br><br>“I’m thankful for the response EQAO is giving to our students,” says Kathi Wallace, Director of Education. “I'm appreciative of their work to investigate whether the OSSLT could be scored and their consideration of the feedback from school boards and the education community. We're pleased many of our students will have their OSSLT marked and, if successful, will have completed their graduation requirement.”<br><br>EQAO has said the results will be available to schools in January. Schools can then identify students who will need to write the OSSLT again on March 30, 2017, or who may complete the literacy course in place of the OSSLT.<br><br><em>Information: </em><br><em>Kathi Wallace, Director of Education</em><br><em>705-734-6363 x11204</em></p>
Questions and answers from EQAO about issues with literacy test http://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/62Questions and answers from EQAO about issues with literacy test <p>​​EQAO has posted <a href="http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/eqao-online/Pages/questions-answers-oct20-cancellation-osslt-trial.aspx" target="_blank" title="Q&A EQAO">questions and answers​</a> about the technical issues with the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test last week. </p>
Statement from Director of Education Kathi Wallace on cancellation of OSSLThttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/60Statement from Director of Education Kathi Wallace on cancellation of OSSLT<p>​At about 11:30 a.m., school boards received<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.eqao.com/en/assessments/eqao-online/Pages/urgent-message-oct20-online-osslt.aspx" target="_blank" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">a notice</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>from<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.eqao.com/en" target="_blank" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)</a><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span>that the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) taking place today was cancelled.</p><p>Schools had been coping with technical issues since they began the test this morning. Students had difficulty accessing the test in many cases. This was not a technical issue at our school board level—it was at EQAO. This was not something we could fix ourselves.</p><p>We are waiting for more information from EQAO about what this issue will mean for students. Obviously this situation is frustrating—we are all very disappointed.</p><p>Our staff and students worked very hard to prepare for the test. They showed incredible resilience as they persevered through the challenges today.</p><p>Our schools will share information with students and parents once we know more.</p><p>More information about the test and our original plans for the day is available in our<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><a href="http://www.scdsb.on.ca/About%20Us/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsId=1524" style="background:none;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px currentcolor;color:#0072bc;text-decoration:none;">media release</a>.</p>
Letter to students and parents from EQAO re: OSSLThttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/61Letter to students and parents from EQAO re: OSSLT<p>​<strong><font size="2">​Online Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Trial Cancellation </font></strong></p><strong><font size="2"> </font></strong><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><p>Dear student or parent, </p> <p>It is with great disappointment that we acknowledge that the October 20 trial of the online OSSLT was unsuccessful. Unfortunately, we experienced widespread technical issues with the network and, as a result, we had to cancel the trial assessment. We do not yet exactly know the root cause of the issue, but we are undertaking a thorough investigation. </p> <p>We recognize that students spent considerable time and energy preparing for the trial assessment and that they had hoped to be able to complete their literacy requirement. The outcome was not what we hoped for, and for this, we are truly sorry. Because of the widespread nature of the issue, we do not yet know the implications on scoring and reporting. </p> <p>As you know, this was a trial. This means students will still be considered first -time eligible for the regularly scheduled OSSLT in March 2017 to satisfy their literacy requirement. We can also confirm that the March OSSLT administration will include a pen-and-paper version of the assessment as originally planned. </p> <p>Again we are very sorry and promise to keep working with you to get this right. </p> <p>Sincerely, <br>Richard M. Jones, Ph.D. <br>Director, Assessment and Reporting <br>EQAO </p></font></font>
Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test moves online for 2016-17http://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/board-news/51Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test moves online for 2016-17<p>​The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) will be completed online in 2016-17. The test will be administered twice because of the move to the online format. Students will write the test at school on school computers. <br><br>Simcoe County District School Board students who started Grade 9 in September 2015 may be eligible to write the test next school year. <br><br>The first test date is Oct. 20, 2016. Students who are successful on the Oct. 20 test will have met the graduation requirement. Students who are not successful in October can write the test again on March 30, 2017. The October test will not count as a failed attempt.<br><br>In October 2016, the test will be the online format only. In March 2017, the test will be available both online and in paper format. <br><br>A sample test is available for students to preview and practice. Further details about the October test day will be shared in the fall.<br><br>The OSSLT is a graduation requirement managed by Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). Test dates are set by EQAO. <br><br>More information about the OSSLT is available on EQAO’s website: <a href="http://www.eqao.com/">www.eqao.com</a>. </p>