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Provincial board and teachers’ union settle

The union representing full-time and occasional elementary school teachers and the agency representing all school districts in Ontario have reached an accord. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (EFTO) has ratified the central agreement reached between it and the

call on both the EFTO and the OPSBA and the Education Ministry to designate representatives to develop recommenda- tions for better support of students with special needs. All three parties must also review the full-day kindergarten staffing and class-size situation. There will be a similar review for class sizes of the grades 4 to 8 levels. T h e

Ontario Public School Boards A s s o c i a t i o n (OPSBA). The central agree- ment terms deal with class size and other situational is- sues of concern for teachers and school districts. The agree- ment required

c e n t r a l agreement confirms the right of tea- chers to use their own professional j ud gme n t for assess- ment and evaluation of students’

Superintendent Valerie Allen discusses the 2015 Special Education Plan during a recent Upper Canada District School Board session.

Upper Canada district schools will have a new curriculum plan for their special education programs. The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) approved its 2015 Special Educa- tion Plan during the Sept. 9 board of trustees session.The 51-page document covers policy guidelines ranging from student placement to staffing levels suggested to meet the dis- trict goals. Valerie Allen, program superintendent, told trustees that the report also deals with the current drop in provincial government support funding for special education pro- grams.This termwill see «a slight decrease» in staff assigned to special education, noted Allen, but there should be «minimal impact» on service to students and their families. «The staffing reflected in the report,» sta- ted Allen, «shows minimal impact in the area of school and classroom special education teachers, and a consistent level of educa- tional assistant support within our schools. Schools are still supported by a number of

“double majority” approval under the EFTO’s voting process, which means there needed to be both a clear majority of EFTOmembers and also a clear majo- rity of EFTO locals which agreed to the terms through a province-wide vote.The EFTO ratification process resulted in 86 per cent of members, including both full- time and occasional teachers, agreeing to the terms and 98 per cent of EFTO locals supporting it. The terms of the central agreement

learning needs. School districts are requi- red to “make every effort” to avoid Full- Day Kindergarten/Grade 1 split classroom situations. Occasional teachers will now have keys to the classrooms to help ensure student and staff safety in school lockdown situa- tions. Also school districts will make sure key recommendations in the September 2014 Health and Safety Task Force report concerning student and staff safety issues are put in effect.

specialized professionals and paraprofes- sionals, such as psychologists and speech language pathologists.» The report noted that this term, the UCDSB will have the 580-full-time-equi- valent staff providing special education programming. That number includes 338 school-based educational assistants, 10 spe- cial education teachers for the Section 23 program, 92 elementary learning resource coaches, 57 secondary learning resource coaches, 10 speech language assistants, and eight itinerant student support workers, who will go from school to school on assignments. Also noted in the report is a district philo- sophy that promotes «early intervention» to help students who are struggling to succeed, along with information on types of student issues like learning disabilities or language impairment, which the special education program tries to address.There is also infor- mation on how students can make use of assistance technology.

Enbridge Gas line broken on Cameron

Séance d’information - 19 h 1 er décembre 2015 - 411, rue Stanley, Hawkesbury

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An excavation company conducting work on Cameron Street on November 17 hit an Enbridge Gas line causing a leak. “It’s not that serious,” explained Roger Champagne, Hawkesbury fire chief. “A lot of people get very concerned when they hear ‘gas leak’. But it is under control. Enbridge is on site, and they will be repairing it. As to how long it will take, I don’t know right now.” Fire crews were finished up and headed back to the station before 4 p.m. “Everything is under control and our crews are back at the station,” said Champagne.

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