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What’s the SCDSB Difference? We need to hear from you!’s the SCDSB Difference? We need to hear from you! <p>​We need your help developing the new strategic plan for the Simcoe County District School Board. The purpose of a strategic plan is to set goals and directions that will guide the work of our organization and help us realize our vision of a community of learners achieving full potential.  </p><p>We want to know:</p><ul><li>What does the SCDSB do already to help us realize our vision of a community of learners achieving full potential? (What are we doing well?) </li><li>What is the most important thing that we can begin to do to help us realize our vision? (What else can we do to improve?)</li><li>What role do you think SCDSB schools play or should play in your community? </li></ul><p>Get involved:</p><ul><li>Visit <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> to take our survey and complete the <em>Where should we invest?</em> sorting activity to help identify priority areas.</li><li>Follow our @scdsb_schools Twitter account and join our #SCDSBDifference Twitter chat to share your ideas on Thurs., Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. </li></ul><p>Other consultation activities:      </p><ul><li>We had community outreach booths at Collingwood Downtown Farmers' Market (Sept. 17), Orillia Downtown Farmers' Market (Sept. 24) and Alliston Downtown Farmers' Market (Oct. 1).</li><li>We are conducting on-the-spot interviews with parents and students at select schools across Simcoe County. </li><li>We've invited randomly selected representatives from various stakeholder groups to workshops on Oct. 4 at the Education Centre. </li></ul><p>We'll use the input to identify the key areas stakeholders think the SCDSB should focus on. We will also review research on effective practices in education, our own data and the expectations we receive from the Ministry of Education. This information will help the Board of Trustees set our priorities. The strategic plan will outline how—together—we inspire and empower learning for life. Ultimately, our strategic priorities should move us toward our vision of a community of learners achieving full potential. </p>
Student accident insurance available for extra-curricular activities and trips accident insurance available for extra-curricular activities and trips<p>​<span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"arial",sans-serif;font-size:10pt;"><font color="#000000">Student injuries at school, during school events, and extra-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, and out-of-province/out-of-country trips) are not covered by the school board or its insurance company. While every precaution is taken to provide a safe learning environment, accidents can happen. It is essential that all students participating in extra-curricular activities have adequate insurance coverage. The SCDSB has selected <em>Insure My Kids </em>as an option for parents to consider. The coverage is for 24 hours a day and offers a variety of plans at reasonable prices. Coverage can be purchased online at </font></span><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"><a href=""><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"arial",sans-serif;font-size:10pt;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0000ff"></font></span></span></a></span><span style="line-height:115%;font-family:"arial",sans-serif;font-size:10pt;"><font color="#000000">.</font></span></p>
High School information nights coming to a school near you! School information nights coming to a school near you!<p>​Is your child starting Grade 9 next year? High school information nights happen this fall and winter. This event gives an overview of what's new, what to expect, as well as a chance to check out the school and ask questions. Attend our local high school information night to find out what's offered: Orillia Secondary School, 2 Borland Street, Orillia @ 6-7:30pm<em>.</em> Check out the full schedule of info nights and more information at <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. </p>
Message from the Health Unit: Ensure your child’s immunization record is up-to-date from the Health Unit: Ensure your child’s immunization record is up-to-date<p>​</p><p>The Ontario Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires the health unit to have up-to-date immunization records for all students attending school. According to ISPA (2014), students are required to be vaccinated against the following diseases: </p><ul><li>Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Pertussis (whooping cough) </li><li>Measles, Mumps and Rubella (must have two doses after the first birthday)</li><li>Meningococcal Disease (must have one dose after the first birthday & Men-C-ACYW in Grade 7)</li><li>Varicella (chickenpox) - only for those born 2010 and after</li></ul><p>The health unit <strong>does not </strong>receive immunization information directly from doctor's offices. Please contact the health unit each time your child receives a vaccine from their health care provider.</p><p> </p><p>What you can do:</p><ul><li>check your child's yellow immunization card</li><li>contact your child's health-care provider to obtain records or get missing vaccinations</li><li>go to <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> to enter the complete record, or fax a completed record to 705-726-3962</li></ul><p><strong>Message from the Health Unit: Smoke-free movies support healthy choices for our kids</strong><br><strong> </strong>Parents are always doing their best to protect their kids from harm. Have you ever wondered how movies influence our children? Research shows that seeing smoking in movies has a direct impact on youth smoking. In fact, the more often kids see smoking in the movies, the more likely they are to smoke. So why is smoking allowed in children and youth-rated movies? Movies influence kids. Make them smoke free. For more info visit the health unit website: <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a> or <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>. </p>
Giving back to the school community - volunteer in our school back to the school community - volunteer in our school<p>​Volunteers are an important part of what makes our school a great place to learn and grow. We value and appreciate the support of our volunteers. There are many opportunities available, including school council, breakfast clubs, reading help, assisting in the classroom or library and much more. Everyone who volunteers in a school must have a criminal record check which includes a Vulnerable Sector Screening. Please call or visit the school office for more information about opportunities available or if you'd like to volunteer!</p>



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