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WRDSB Position on Fraser Institute Ranking Reports

The Waterloo Region District School Board believes that the recently released Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary and Elementary Schools provides an incomplete and inaccurate view of our schools. EQAO results are not intended to be used to rank schools. Instead, they assist school and board staff to identify areas of improvement for student […]

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Public Health Parent-Child Communication Survey

Talking to your children about growth and development, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and sexual health can be hard. Please complete a survey to help Public Health and other community agencies determine what parents/guardians need to make it easier to talk to your children about these topics. The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes, and will ask […]

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Conestogo PS makes a difference for World Cancer Day

Students at Conestogo Public School wanted to celebrate World Cancer Day in a big way. With the leadership of their Colts4Change team, students raised $1,000 for the Hospice of Waterloo Region through cancer ribbon awareness sales. In addition to this fundraiser, a Grade 8 student had his hair cut in front of the school and donated it […]

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Southwood SS spreads the love

For the month of February, staff and students at Southwood Secondary School have been putting on various events as part of their Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools wellness project, “Spread the Love.” The first week was designed to “Spread the Love” through a variety of different daily activities, such as Hold the Door Day, Give someone a […]

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Bluevale CI grad wins Oscar for Big Hero 6

We are so excited to share that Bluevale Collegiate Institute grad, Chris Williams, took home the most prestigious movie award in Los Angeles Sunday night. As a director, Williams won his first Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film with the film ‘”Big Hero 6,” but received his first Oscar nomination for the film “Bolt” in 2008. […]

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New Superintendent of Business & Treasurer of the Board

We are pleased to welcome Matthew Gerard as the new superintendent of business and treasurer of the board. Matthew comes to us with over 12 years of experience in public service, including five years with the Ministry of Finance. For the past year, Matthew has served as the regional internal audit manager for ten school […]

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New Physical Education & Health Curriculum

Today, the Ministry of Education launched the new Physical Education and Health curriculum for Grades 1 to 12. Please read more about this anticipated curriculum in the attached documents: Revised Physical and Health Education Curriculum – Letter from Deputy Minister of Education Myths vs. Facts for the new curriculum Key Messages about the new curriculum A […]

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February 23 – All schools open & buses are running

Transportation is running and schools are open today.

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Open House: New Riverside PS

The Waterloo Region District School Board and Kingsland+ Architects have completed the site plan and design for the new Riverside Public School, to be located at 250 William Street in Elmira, and are ready to share the design with the school community. We invite you to attend the open house, and view the completed design […]

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Why were our schools closed Friday?

The WRDSB has put in place a frigid temperature threshold in our severe weather procedure primarily for three reasons related to the safety of our students:

1. According to Environment Canada, at -35C exposed skin can freeze within 10 minutes. Environment Canada indicates that in temperatures between -28 to -39 there is a high risk of exposed skin freezing (frostnip or frostbite). This temperature is very unusual for our region and some students may not have the appropriate clothing to protect themselves.

2. Most students will take longer than 10 minutes to walk to school and the bused students may wait for an extended period of time should any bus be delayed.

3. We are unable to guarantee crossing guard service to our students as individual crossing guards have a right to maintain their safety given that they are exposed for extended periods of time in frigid temperatures.

The Education Centre remains open and is fully operational.

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