Happy New Year and welcome back to school as we kick off 2023! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and found time to relax, recharge and spend time with loved ones.
As we enter the December holidays, we want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you for your partnership and support, and to wish you a happy, healthy and safe winter break. We truly value the relationship we have with families and know that it is by working in partnership with you that we can best support the learning, well-being and achievement of your children, our students. They continue to inspire us every day with their creativity, passion and perseverance.
Dear families,As we near the end of the calendar year, this is a time to reflect on the year to date and plan for the year ahead.
We have learned that yesterday, a bus driver, hired by Landmark Bus Lines was charged with over 80 mGs of Alcohol per 100 mLs of blood following a commercial vehicle investigation. This is unacceptable.
On November 9, the Ministry of Education announced a series of reforms for Ontario schools to combat rising antisemitism, including the introduction of mandatory Holocaust learning in elementary schools. On behalf of the York Region District School Board, we welcome this announcement to strengthen Holocaust education. Incidents of antisemitism are occurring in our schools and are causing hurt and harm to students, staff and families.
The week of November 2-9, 2022 marks Holocaust Education Week. This year’s theme is The Future is Here. During the Holocaust, six million Jews were murdered by the Nazi regime and its allies. YRDSB recognizes that people of colour, the Romas, people with physical disabilities, and those who identified as 2SLGBTQ+ were also targeted and murdered by the Nazis.YRDSB is making classroom resources available to schools to support Holocaust Education Week, including announcements in French and English that centre on the lives and lived experiences of survivors.
After retiring from York Region District School Board in 2020, I am honoured to return to serve the students, staff and families in YRDSB as your Interim Director.
This message is also available in other languages (please see below). Dear Families,Preparing for winter inclement weatherIn recent years, we have experienced an increase in extreme winter weather. As a result, we have reviewed how we respond on inclement weather days. There may be rare occasions where unprecedented winter weather events occur and we need to close all schools and Board locations.