The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is providing information on plans developed to address high school marks for the 2019-20 school year. This follows today’s announcement by the Provincial Government that public exams have been cancelled as a result of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19.
“We understand and appreciate that students and families have been concerned about options available for high school students, given the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves,” said Goronwy Price, Chair of the District’s Board of Trustees. “Today’s announcement allows the District to move forward with enacting its plans, and to have further discussions with post-secondary institutions and other partners to give people some peace of mind moving forward.”
The District announced today:
- There will be no final exams for any intermediate or high school courses this year;
- All high school teachers will review students' performance up to and including March 13, 2020 and, using their professional judgement, arrive at a current grade for each student enrolled in their courses. This will be shared with the school Principal and then communicated to students and families no later than April 22;
- The Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) has online learning resources and course materials available to senior high school students who are able to access them here: https://www.cdli.ca/; and
- Teachers are expected to make daily contact with students, and to provide feedback, guidance and encouragement to support students as required.
Further details on the information provided today by the District can be found in the attachment linked below.
The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District held a virtual public meeting on March 28, 2020, live-streamed through the District website, where decisions were made relevant to current school system reviews.
The Board agreed to withdraw Notices of Motion that were given at the December 7, 2019 meeting pertaining to the Marystown Central High (Motion #1), Stephenville High, and Phoenix Academy (Carmanville) school systems. A second motion pertaining to the Marystown Central High school system was withdrawn at the February 1, 2020 public Board meeting.
This means these school systems will remain status quo for the 2020-21 school year.
More decisions were made at the meeting. For further details, please see the link below or the picture above.
In-school class instruction will be suspended at all schools under the jurisdiction of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, effective Tuesday, March 17 and continuing for an indefinite period. The Provincial Government made the announcement today, in consultation with the Board and the Chief Medical Officer of Health, as part of province-wide efforts to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus.
School buildings will be open for teachers tomorrow (Tuesday) for instructional planning purposes. Students will have access both Wednesday and Thursday to gather books and other instructional materials they will need to continue their learning at home. But all students will not access the schools at once. The District will be advising schools and families when individual students can access their schools as soon as possible.
More more details, please view the complete release at the link below or the picture above.
Effective Friday, March 13, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) has suspended all extra-curricular activities involving interaction between different school populations until further notice.
This includes regional and provincial sports tournaments, heritage fairs, science fairs, drama festivals, or any activity that sees multiple school populations gathered for showcase events or competition.
Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education of the NLESD, said the decision is in the best interest of student health and public safety, and follows the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, who has asked agencies to consider the potential public health implications of large gatherings.
“This is an unfortunate measure but a prudent step the District is taking in an effort to contain the potential community spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Mr. Stack.
For the full release and access to resources, please see the link below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) is taking action to limit large gatherings in schools and the potential community spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“The purpose of these measures is to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and school communities,” said Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education. “Ultimately, we are cancelling all remaining international student travel scheduled up until April 30, 2020, and suspending discretionary activity which would result in non-essential access to schools by outside groups.”
For complete information, please see the attached file or picture above.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is cancelling District-approved travel to European countries, booked to the end of April 2020, due to safety concerns associated with the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The District can cancel a trip within 24 hours of departure if students are travelling to (or through), a country determined to be a risk. If a country has not been determined a risk, there is no guarantee travel insurance purchased by parents will be honoured - regardless of whether the District cancels the trip.
Further information can be found in the release linked below and pictured above.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is aware that many families have concerns about their child’s upcoming international school trip, in light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 (‘Novel Coronavirus’). The safety and security of Newfoundland and Labrador students, wherever they may be, is of the utmost concern for the District and we have been working with health care experts authorities as part of our own decision-making process.
As of today (Friday, March 6), the District cancelled a total of two trips, which included Northern Italy as a destination. These cancellations involved about 40 students and chaperones from a total of five (5) schools in the province. These actions were taken due to a Government of Canada travel advisory related to Northern Italy and the fact the travel provider was unable to change the itinerary.
Complete information can be found in the file attached below or the release pictured above.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board held its regular public meeting today (Saturday, February 1) in St. John’s, where trustees discussed a number of issues and made decisions relative to the business of the Board.
The Board of Trustees gave notice that a motion to reconfigure Sacred Heart Academy in Marystown to Grades K-4 and Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Burin to Grades 5-7 will no longer be put forward for a vote at the March 28, 2020 public meeting of the Board. Both schools currently serve Grades K-7 and, with the Board’s decision today, those schools will remain status quo.
Further details and information can be found in the news release attached below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is providing the following update regarding the reopening of schools in the St. John’s metro region (including Mount Pearl, Paradise, C.B.S., Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, Torbay, Pouch Cove, Flatrock, Bauline and Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove).
Reopening of Schools
- All K-12 schools in the St. John’s metro region will be open Tuesday (January 28) for all students and staff.
- This decision was made in consultation with municipalities.
- Please see the information regarding school bus routes adjustments in areas where ongoing snow clearing/removal is occurring on side streets.
- Meanwhile, there can be unforeseen circumstances which impact on the reopening of any given school, at any time. Families are therefore encouraged to check their school’s status on the main District website for more information.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is providing the following update regarding the reopening of schools in the St. John’s metro region (including Mount Pearl, Paradise, C.B.S., Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, Torbay, Pouch Cove, Flatrock, Bauline and Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove), and temporary adjustments made to the majority of school bus routes. Please see the release in its entirety below.
Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, today provided an update on efforts to reopen schools serving the St. John's and metro region (Mount Pearl,Paradise, Conception Bay South, Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Torbay, Pouch Cove, Flatrock, Bauline, and Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove).
Further information on this update can be found in the release attached below.
Goronwy Price, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, today congratulated Gerard Lowe for being named School Counsellor of the Year by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has issued six Notices of Motion related to five school system reviews previously announced at its October 26, 2019 meeting. These Notices of Motion indicate proposal(s) being considered in the coming months, and take into account meetings already held with school councils and initial consultations with the school communities. A vote on each motion is expected to be held at the March 28, 2020 regular public meeting of the Board.
In a continued effort to provide an inclusive learning environment for all students, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) and the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) are partnering to offer a number of unique educational opportunities to students and staff this month.
Further information is attached below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board held its regular public meeting Saturday, October 26, 2019 in St. John’s, where trustees discussed a number of issues and made decisions relative to the business of the Board.
Further information can be found in the New Release attached below.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District Board of Trustees, held in St. John's on Saturday, October 26, 2019, a new Executive was put in place.
Please see the results of today's AGM, outlined in the media release attached below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is introducing a new hazing prevention education program in schools throughout the province. Hazing Prevention NLESD was developed in partnership with the provincial Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development, School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador, and Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. It was piloted in select schools last year.
More information is available in the attached news release below. Information and resources are available at https://www.nlesd.ca/families/hazing.jsp.
The NL Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) has partnered with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD), as well as the Conseil Scolaire Francophone Provincial (CSFP), private and Indigenous schools, to provide all Grade 7-12 students in the province with much needed information on the use of e-cigarettes/vaping. Over the next two weeks, every Grade 7-12 student in the province will be given the opportunity to learn about vaping, with the hope that it will generate serious thought and discussion on an issue that has become a real threat to our youth.
For more information, please see the attached news release.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board welcomed a new trustee to the table during its regular weekly meeting held Saturday, September 7, 2019 in St. John’s. Steve Tessier of Conception Bay South was appointed to the Board, as per the Schools Act, 1997, to fill the vacant Zone 17 seat. The seat was vacated in June 2019 with the resignation of John Smith, who has moved out of province.
More information on the September Board meeting can be found at the link below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is joining its Provincial Government partners, with support from law enforcement agencies and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association, in launching a school bus safety social media campaign this week. For more information, please see the news release linked below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will join educational and community partners this weekend to march in the St. John's Pride Parade, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 14th.
“Our students and staff have the right to a safe and inclusive teaching, learning and working environment that welcomes and celebrates diversity,” said Tony Stack, CEO/Director of Education. “We are marching, along with the NLTA, to show our support for the 2SLGBTQ community and our shared commitment to acceptance and inclusion within our schools and workplaces.”
For more information, please see the news released linked below.
Students from four Avalon region schools switched roles with educators today (Friday, June 14), providing an opportunity to show teachers how young learners are grasping educational concepts, from the latest advances in technology, like 3D printers, to more traditional skills, such as knitting and sewing. CEO/Director of Education Tony Stack dropped by to learn from student-experts how they have spent their year learning through Maker Education.
For more information, please see the attached release.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board received an update on fraud risk management efforts; directed school system reviews necessitated by enrolment pressures and programming needs, and approved a number of new and updated policies when trustees met June 8-9 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. It was the first time the province-wide Board had met in the Labrador region since the English School Board was constituted in 2013.
In a working session, trustees were updated on District efforts to mitigate the risk of fraudulent behaviour in response to a recommendation in the September 2018 Auditor General’s Report on the Management of the Procurement of Goods and Services. (See attached below for more)
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District today responded to an NLTA news release which claimed the NLESD is seeking to “silence” school principals because it chose not to participate in a CBC Sunday Edition panel discussion. See attached for more.
Grade 5 students at St. Bernard’s Elementary in Witless Bay will join their Grade 6 schoolmates and move to the newly-extended Mobile Central High School in September, 2019. The decision was made by the Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador School District during its regular public meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the District Conference Centre in St. John’s.
More information on the April meeting can be viewed in the attachment below.
In marking Volunteer Week 2019, Trustees of the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) were recognized for their volunteer services during a ceremony and reception at Government House today (April 12, 2019), hosted by Her Honour the Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and His Honour Howard Foote.
Further details are available from the media release attached below.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Education Foundation Inc., a registered charity funded through the voluntary payroll contributions of Newfoundland and Labrador English School District employees, is contributing $10,000 to the Community Food Sharing Association. The contribution follows the devastating fire on Wednesday, January 30, which destroyed the organization’s main warehouse in Mount Pearl and its entire stock of food and supplies. More details in attachment below.
Goronwy Price, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, today congratulated Gerald Morgan, principal of Stephenville Primary School, for being named among Canada's Outstanding Principals for 2019 by The Learning Partnership. See attachment below for more information.
The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District approved or updated six key policies during its regular public meeting, held Saturday, January 26 at the District Conference Centre in St. John’s, and broadcast live on the District website. See attachment below for more information.
A media release regarding discussions at the November 3, 2018 meeting of the Board of Trustees can be found at the link below or through the picture linked to this story.
The next public meeting of the Board of Trustees takes place Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
The meeting will be held at District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John's.
The meeting agenda can be found below.
The Annual General Meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District was held at the District Conference Centre, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, on Sunday October 21, 2018. As required by the Board bylaws, trustees voted for the role of Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board, as well as the Executive Committee of the Board.
More information is available in the news release attached below.
Please see attached a media release regarding a working session of the Board held Saturday, October 20, 2018 which focused on the recent Auditor General's Report.
The Board of Trustees for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District will hold their Public Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 21, 2018. The meeting will get underway at 9:00 a.m. at the District Conference Center, 40 Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John's.
Please find the meeting agenda attached. For those interested, the meeting will be live broadcast via the District's webpage Sunday.
The Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board of Trustee responded today to information being shared by the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) on the subject of the allocation of student assistant hours.
"While we appreciate the NLTA’s advocacy role in seeking additional classroom supports, it is important to note that the District is fully funded by the Provincial Government and deploys available student assistant resources, according to its budget, on a priority basis throughout more than 250 schools in the province," said Chair Goronwy Price. "Furthermore, students with identified needs also avail of multiple supports within the school environment - including support from the classroom teacher, administration, Instructional Resource Teachers, educational psychologists, guidance counsellors, speech-language pathologists, itinerant teachers with specialized training and expertise in a wide range of exceptionalities, and more."
The full text of the new release can be found in the document attached.
Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board, Goronwy Price, and Director of Education/CEO Tony Stack will hold a media availability Wednesday, September 12 to respond to the Auditor General’s report into purchasing activities at the District.
More information can be found in the advisory attached.