A pre-recorded video of students in the Concert Strings Class from the Central Peel Secondary School Regional Strings Program performing "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" was shared. The students were to perform at the Annual Regional Program Orientation, but with school and worksite closures due to COVID-19 each student recorded their parts remotely. The video was featured on CBC News and can be viewed here.
Micki Bry delegated the board regarding hand washing in classrooms.
Peel board recognizes Peel IT Support Staff and Media Support Services Appreciation Day on May 13
The board will recognize May 13, 2020 as Peel IT Support Staff and Media Support Services Appreciation Day for their contributions to student success by providing quality service and support to students and staff every day.
Peel board celebrate Police Appreciation Week May 18 – 22, 2020
Peel students and staff will show their appreciation to local police officers for helping to keep schools, homes and communities safe during Police Appreciation Week from May 18 to 22.
Chair provides update on Minister of Education's Directives
Chair Brad MacDonald provided an update on the status of the board's work to address the Minister of Education's directives to the Peel District School Board.
Since the last Regular Meeting of the Board on April 15, 2020, mediation has started with an independent mediator and interviews with Trustees have begun. The mediator will submit an interim report by May 14, 2020, and a final report by June 19, 2020, to the Minister of Education, as directed.
The board has also retained the services of an external parliamentarian/governance expert who began her work April 20, 2020. Per directive 5, she will identify procedures and practices for effective, respectful and transparent governance, and provide a progress report to the Ministry of Education by June 1, 2020.
"It remains our intention to comply with each of the Minister's 27 directives. Since March 13, 2020, we have made progress on a number of directives, and met every deadline to date while supporting students, staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic," noted Chair MacDonald. "Last night, the Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced that he has appointed Arleen Huggins to conduct an investigation into the Peel Board's compliance with the directives. We look forward to sharing our progress on the directives' deliverables and timelines with the investigator, and believe this process will validate the work we're doing."
Continued Chair MacDonald, "We have much work to do as a team to rebuild our relationships with each other and the community to improve outcomes for students and staff. But we will not be able to do any of this necessary work if we do not work as a cohesive unit. Supported by the mediator, we hope to return to effective and respectful governance that is focused on students so that we can work to eliminate anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination. We have heard from many members of the community and staff who are ready to help us continue to move forward with this very important work. They are relying on us to take the Ministry of Education's report and the Minister's directives seriously, and we are doing just that. We remain committed to following through on each of the directives set out for us to help improve outcomes for students and staff."
Student trustees appointed for 2020-21 school year
Trustees approved the appointments of Pragyan Malhotra and Shivohum Nar as Peel District School Board student trustees for the 2020-21 school year. In accordance with Peel District School Board Policy #66, these two students were elected by their peers to sit on the Board as student trustees for the coming school year. Pragyan Malhorta from T. L. Kennedy Secondary School will represent Peel schools south of Highway 401 and Shivohum Nar from Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School will represent Peel schools north of Highway 401.
Trustees recognized the contributions and years of service of the following staff who have/are retiring:
Helen Baxter, Vice Principal, will retire June 30, 2020
Amy Cundari, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020
Yvonne Delahunt, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020
Pat Hare, Office Assistant, will retire August 31, 2020
Sheila Hunt Coates, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020
Gabriela Ionescu-Simionescu, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020
David Kosonic, Classroom Teacher, retired April 10, 2020
James Lajoie, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020
Pamela Lone, Principal, will retire June 30, 2020
John Maguire, Classroom Teacher, will retire September 30, 2020
Harry Nikoletos, Curriculum Head, will retire June 30, 2020
Margaret Patterson, Principal, will retire June 30, 2020
Margaret Pratter, Classroom Teacher, will retire May 31, 2020
Lori Schenk, Office Manager, retired March 31, 2020
Alan Shoesmith, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020
Anne Streit, Adult Language Instructor, will retire April 30, 2020
Paul Taylor, Classroom Teacher, will retire June 30, 2020