Upper Canada District School Board report

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Director’s Work Plan Update on the Student Ambassador Program:

Executive Director of the Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Training, Matthew Raby, and Principal of Equity and Inclusion Dan McRae, updated trustees on the progress of the UCDSB Student Ambassador Program. This program launched approximately 12 weeks ago and provides supports for student ambassadors to feel both valued and encouraged as schools continue to welcome international students. 

Principal McRae explained that it is a three-tier program – bronze, silver and gold – which acts as entry points for schools to launch the Ambassador Program. Raby reported that the momentum in the UCDSB has been strong, with 13 out of 21 secondary schools participating – three at the bronze level, six who upgraded to silver and four gold level schools. 

Update on Feasibility of UCDSB Operated Before & After Programming: 

In January 2024, trustees passed a motion to look at the possibility of expanding after school programming in our elementary schools at the lowest cost possible to families. Executive Superintendent Hobbs provided an update on the status of before and after programs in the UCDSB, a preliminary financial analysis and pricing, risks and further considerations. 

Superintendent Hobbs explained that with the lack of funding to support this sort of program, the UCDSB would have to operate it on either a cost recovery basis or divert funding from day school operations to support it fully or partially. The UCDSB will continue to assess demand at sites that don’t have before and after programs, seeking private partners to provide services at reasonable prices as a first step. 

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