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January 15, 2014 - Education/Human Resources Committee Minutes

LIMESTONE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD                                                                                                                       January 15, 2014

A meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee was held in Committee Room A at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

Present:        Trustees:       H. Brown, Chair
G. Beavis
H. Chadwick
A. Goodfellow
D. Jackson
M. McCormac (Student Trustee)
S. Ruttan       

Staff:          K. Burra, Supervisor of Safe & Caring Schools and
                        Assistant to the Director
B. Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
D. Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary

Chair Brown called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the meeting.  

Approval of Agenda                                                                              

        Chair Brown reported that the delegation scheduled for this afternoon’s meeting was cancelled, and that they had indicated that they would like to attend at a future meeting.

MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, that the agenda, as amended, be approved.–Carried

Public Health Overview of School Programs (Strategic Plan Reference: Item 2.2)

        Mr. Burra introduced Janine Monahan, Manager of School Health, and Susan Stewart, Director of Chronic Disease, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, indicating that they are present to provide an overview of some of the different partnerships and initiatives that KFL&A Public Health has with the Limestone District School Board.  He said that KFL&APublic Health is a valuable local partner for us.

        Ms. Monahan thanked the Committee for inviting them to the meeting to provide information about some of the programs in Limestone District School Board schools.  She said that KFL&A Public Health values its partnership with Limestone DSB.

        Ms. Monahan commented on the Supporting Healthy Schools Newsletter (formerly “Raise a Little Health”), noting that it is the foundation for the healthy schools framework Public Health does.  It helps them to enable schools to achieve healthy goals with some distinct components.  The framework addresses students’ health and well-being in a holistically healthy way.  She indicated that the focus is to reinforce key concepts through curriculum.

        Ms. Monahan stated that Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health offers curriculum-based programs and services for schools and educators.  She said that these programs help schools promote safe and healthy lifestyles for students, and create healthy, safe environments at school.  She indicated that KFL&A Public Health provides information through a number of newsletters that support healthy schools, and they also have newsletters for parents. She commented on the Supporting Healthy Schools Newsletter inserts that will be available soon.  She said that they are also involved in the LDSB Parent Involvement Committee.  She said that they also provide information to schools that can be posted on their bulletin boards.

        Ms. Monahan commented on the LDSB Family Lending Library, noting that it is an example of one of the excellent partnerships KFL&A Public Health has with the Limestone DSB. She said that the purpose of the library is to provide a wide range of resources to support parents and to support student learning at school.  She advised that the library is a product of a regional Parents Reaching Out Grant that we received.  She said that another resource they have is the “Ready for Kindergarten” book.

        Ms. Monahan reported that healthy eating is one of the priorities for KFL&A Public Health.  She said that the Limestone DSB has created a gold standard policy that exceeded the requirements of P/PM 150.  She said that KFL&A Public Health supported the development and implementation of the policy through training.  She said that KFL&A Public Health partnered with Limestone DSB to do healthy nutrition training.  Ms. Monahan stated that their programming targets both elementary and secondary schools.  She commented that KFL&A promotes healthy body image too.

        Ms. Monahan commented on some of the physical activity programs that KFL&A Public Health promotes, such as the Daily Physical Activity Peer Leader Program, the Playground Activity Leaders in Schools program.  She commented on the Celebration of Dance event, which is being held at the Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada on May 14, 2014 (rain date May 15, 2014).  She commented on the Activity Pass for Grade 5 to Grade 9 students, wherein they have free access to public skates and swims at area recreation centres.  She also commented on the Grade 3 Swim to Survive program supported by the Life Saving Society.  She commented on the “Walk When You Can” initiative in support of active transportation.  She advised that in

Public Health Overview of School Programs (Strategic Plan Reference: Item 2.2) (continued)

June 2013, Fairfield Elementary School was one of 10 Ontario schools to achieve Outstanding Participation Role for their participation in and commitment to increase walking and physical activity for their students.

        Ms. Monahan commented on the Injury Prevention Partnerships, such as the Cycling Skills Workshop, Bicycle Safety Presentation, Concussion Awareness workshop, and the Take Charge workshop.  

        Ms. Monahan provided information about the School Age Dental Program and the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.  She indicated that KFL&A also has Sexual Health Clinics and School-Based Immunization Clinics.

        Ms. Monahan indicated that her presentation highlighted a few of the programs KFL&A Public Health has, noting that they have many more programs that support schools.  She said that further information could be obtained by calling KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232, ext. 1102.

        Chair Brown thanked Ms. Monahan for her informative presentation.

Early Years Update (Strategic Plan Reference:  Item 1.2)

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff reported that the province of Ontario has a multi-faceted plan and vision to support children in the Early Years (0-6) and their families.  She said that the most recent step has been to provide measures to support a seamless integration of education and childcare.  She indicated that she will speak to the work Limestone and its community partners have been doing to support the Early Years.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff provided a history of where we have been, outlining where we were and where we are today.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff reported that as part of a coordinated approach, responsibility for child care began to transfer to the Ministry of Education, noting that the goal is to have an integrated approach to supporting children from birth to graduation.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff advised that the Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs) are responsible for planning and managing child care services at the municipal level.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff said that the Ministry of Education released the “Ontario Early Years Policy Framework” which includes more of Dr. Pascal’s recommendations.  The framework sets out vision, guiding principles, and key areas for action to build a cohesive and coordinated system of early years and family supports for children 0-6 years.  She indicated that by September 2014, the Ministry of Education wants to establish “Best Start Child and Family Centres” in municipalities.  She advised that the Ministry has indicated that they expect to lay out the strategy by September 2014.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff reviewed the following four priority areas for action:

1.      Continue with the implementation of full-day kindergarten;
2.      Create an effective approach to implementing Best Start Child and Family Centres;
3.      Improve the delivery of speech and language services; and
4.      Stabilize and transform the child care system.
        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff indicated that the name “The Early Learning Division” was changed to “The Early Years Division” in the fall of 2013.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff advised of the members of the Limestone’s Early Years Team, noting that together they co-plan and will co-facilitate the professional learning for the childcare/Full-Day Kindergarten teams.  She said that we have received funding to go forth and work together collaboratively to make integration a more seamless approach for families.  She said that the funding we received through the Board is to be jointly managed with our CMSMs for professional learning sessions.

        Superintendent Fraser-Stiff provided the following information:

Full-Day Kindergarten

2013-14:        35 elementary schools
                70 FDK classes
                1,847 students
                70 teachers
                65 early childhood educators

2014-15:        48 elementary schools (100%)

Early Years Update (Strategic Plan Reference:  Item 1.2)

Extended-Day Program

2012-13:                8 schools
                        5 childcare providers

2013-14:                12 schools
                        5 childcare providers
2014-15:                26 schools
(anticipated)   7 childcare providers

Parenting and Family Literacy Centres

Limestone District School Board – Frontenac PS, Polson Park PS, Rideau Heights PS

Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board – Holy Family Catholic School

        Chair Brown thanked Superintendent Fraser-Stiff for providing the above-noted information.

School Year Calendar Update (Strategic Plan Reference:  Item 3.7 and 3.8)

        Mr. Burra reviewed an administrative report outlining the school year calendar process for 2014-2015.  He stated that the issues for discussion will likely focus on:

1.      The location of Professional Development Days;

2.      Perhaps there will be a request to move the current location of the March break (March 16-20) because of the location of Easter (April 3 [Good Friday] and April 6 [Easter Monday]); and

3.      The Municipality of Greater Napanee requested that Election Day (October 27th) be a Professional Activity Day.

Mr. Burra stated that given the number of schools that are used as polling stations, and the extra costs municipalities incur to have security and control access are likely the reasons for the request.

Trustee Chadwick stated that the PA Day before March break does not necessarily work for parents.

Chair Brown thanked Mr. Burra for providing the above-noted information.

Future Topics

        The tentative topics for future meetings include:

February 19, 2014               School Year Calendar
                                Update on Provincial Bargaining Legislation
                                Dual Credit/OYAP

March 19, 2013          Integrated Accessibility Standards
                                Creating Pathways to Success (Individual Pathway Plan)

April 16, 2014          Information Technology Plans

May 28, 1014                    Climate Surveys
                                34 Credit Threshold

        The following topics are also to be included at future meetings, with the timing to be determined:

Math Strategies
Tell-Them-From-Me (requested by Trustee Chadwick at January 8, 2014 Board Meeting)
Presentation on Daily Physical Activity

Next Meeting Date

The next meeting of the Education/Human Resources Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston.


MOVED BY Trustee Jackson, that the meeting adjourn at 6:15 p.m.–Carried