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FREE Mental Health 1st Aid for Parents/Community/School Staffhttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/112FREE Mental Health 1st Aid for Parents/Community/School Staff<p>​SGBCHC, in partnership with CGMH & CCI,  These workshops teach you how to ask better questions, recognize warning signs earlier, and builds your confidence to have better conversations with our youth.  This 2 day training course covers suicide, panic attacks, self-injury, eating disorders, psychosis, overdose and other crisis situations.</p><p>- What to do if I'm concerned about suicide and how to ask?</p><p>- How do I support someone through a panic attack?</p><p>- Self-injury, eating disorder, psychosis... what do these mean?</p><p>- What can I do in an overdose or crisis situation?</p><p>To learn these answers and more, attend</p><p>Saturday, May 6th & May 13th from 9am-4:30pm</p><p>Collingwood Collegiate Institute</p><p>This training is FREE to Collingwood area hish school staff, parents and volunteers who connect with youth aged 12-24.​</p><p>​</p>
Awards & Bursaries Applicationhttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/110Awards & Bursaries Application<p>​​<a href="/PublishingImages/Lists/LocalNews/AllItems/CCI%20Awards%20and%20Bursaries%20Application%20Instructions.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />CCI Awards and Bursaries Application Instructions.pdf</a></p><p><span style="color:#595959;font-family:arial, sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;">  2017 Graduates should submit their application for Awards and Bursaries. Intructions and the link to the online form are above.</span>​</p>
Information about Elections Ontariohttp://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/107Information about Elections Ontario<p><a href="http://elections.on.ca">http://info@elections.on.ca</a>​</p>
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOP FOR PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S)http://cci.scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news/school-news/108UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP) WORKSHOP FOR PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S)<p>​<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="line-height:107%;">In collaboration with the Simcoe County District School Boards (SCDSB) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), the SCDSB’s Special Education Department is offering a series of informational workshops for parent(s)/guardian(s) to enhance collaboration between parents and schools in the development of the IEP. School administrators and SERTs are welcomed and encouraged to attend.   </span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="line-height:107%;">The Workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on April 20th, 2017 at Admiral Collingwood Elementary School.<br></span></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>