OUR SCHOOL-School Climate Survey

Soon the OCDSB will be sending all parents an invitation to participate in a School Climate survey, conducted every two years. This survey has approximately 80 short questions around bullying, school safety and student engagement in your school. These reports are made available to the school and school council and will provide insight into the kind of school environment students are experiencing, as told by parents. You will receive a letter home with your child with the code to access the survey. If you do not receive it, contact your child’s teacher right away. The survey will only be open from June 1 to June 15. For more information visit the information page on the OCDSB website.

Proposed variable transportation policy

OSTA (Ottawa Student Transportation Authority) is seeking your feedback regarding a new proposed policy that recognizes some students have two homes due to a joint custody/access arrangement between their parents/guardians. The proposed policy and draft procedure outline the requirements and responsibilities for all parties while ensuring that safety of the student is at the forefront.

OSTA asks you to review the policy and procedure and submit your comments through the electronic survey. Deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015. The survey can be found here.

Queen’s Park Seeks Input on Lower Speed Limits Across Ontario

Ontario’s Transportation Minister has announced consultation on several options for changes to Ontario’s default speed for built-up areas, including a reduction of the default speed limit from 50km/h to 40km/h.

Local and international research continues to affirm that the safety of all road users is improved when vehicle speed is reduced below 50km/h. The World Health Organization summarizes the relationship between speed and road safety, emphasizing the relationship between the speed of an impact, and the fatality risk for a pedestrian struck by a car. More recently, the Chief Coroner for Ontario in its Pedestrian Death Review, recommended that speed limits be reduced to 30km/h in residential neighbourhoods, and to 40km/h on other streets. Toronto Public Health’s Road to Health: Improving Walking and Cycling in Toronto acknowledges the success other cities have found in reducing vehicle speeds, as a way to make active transportation safer throughout Toronto.

The Province will consult with municipalities on the proposal this spring. To provide your input, complete the Ministry of Transportation’s online survey by February 27, 2015.

Jennifer McGowan
School Travel Advisor
Smart Commute, Planning & Policy

REMINDER: Don’t forget to complete the TELL THEM FROM ME Survey

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is offering the opportunity for parents to complete this survey about our school. It is your chance to express your opinions (anonymously) on important school issues such as – levels of homework, communications between parents & teachers, the safety of the school environment, and it also has a blank section for your specific comments.
It is easy to complete – just log-in at: www.tellthemfromme.com.
The user name is: LPS10870 and the password is: parent.
The parent survey will be available until: Friday, March 28, 2014.

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