The Upper Canada District School Board has updated its student code of conduct and policies regarding non-medical use of cannabis on school board property. The move reflects recent changes in federal cannabis laws, and resulting changes to the Ministry of Education’s own rules.
The changes make clear that the non-medical use of cannabis and its possession is prohibited on school property, inside all schools and on buses; that cannabis cannot be given to a minor; and no individuals can be under its influence at school or a school board workplace. The updates also ensure accommodations can be made for individuals who must use cannabis for medical reasons. A review of other policies related to nonmedical cannabis use is ongoing.
The board is aiming to improve its students’ marks by one to three per cent next year. The Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness strategy sets out ways to improve student achievement in math and literacy. Under the plan, schools are being asked to “focus on engaging learning experiences and improve assessment and feedback practices for students.”
“The goal is to see more of our students reach the provincial achievement standard, where students obtain a score of Level 3 or higher on the assessments administered by the Education, Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).”
ACADEMIC ACHIEVERS: Glengarry District High School held its academic awards ceremony last week, honouring last year’s winners in grades 9, 10, and 11. (From left) Vice-principal Erin O'Rourke, Taylor Hambleton, Ella Campbell, Caileigh Kyle, Rachel Campbell, Emma Malcolm-Todd, Megan Roman and Principal Jennifer MacLachlan. Having the highest averages in grade 9 were Ella Campbell, gold medal, Caileigh Kyle, silver, Taylor Hambleton, bronze. In grade 10 the top three averages were held by Megan Roman, Kady Jeaurond, and Rachel Campbell. In grade 11, the top three were Emma Malcolm-Todd, Hannah Fitzpatrick and Kaylyn Goddard.
SAVE THE GROTTO: The “Save the Grotto” Committee donated $5,000 to the Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation. The contribution is the result of the generosity of community members who made the summer concert series a success and the restoration of the Alexandria monument possible. Left to right: Dane Lanken, Robin Flockton, Pamela Andre, Pierre Vaillancourt, Elizabeth Caddell, Brian Caddell, Nicole Nadeau, Jeff Manley and Terry Dube.