Parent/Caregiver Update: February 21

Parent/Caregiver Update: February 21
Posted on 02/21/2024

April 8, 2024 - Solar Eclipse: Schools will be closed

On Monday, April 8, 2024, there will be a total solar eclipse. Ottawa, located in the Northern Region, will experience a partial solar eclipse. During a total or partial solar eclipse, it is not safe to look directly at the sun without appropriate protective eyewear. Doing so may result in permanent eye damage. The eclipse occurring on April 8th will last for 2 hours 23 minutes, beginning at 2:11 p.m. and ending at 4:35 p.m. with the maximum point of the eclipse at 3:25 p.m. Virtually all school and program dismissal times occur during that window. To ensure student safety, many school districts, including those in Ottawa, have rescheduled a Professional Activity (PA) day to April 8, allowing students to stay home. Regrettably, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) does not have a PA day that can be moved.


After exploring several options and consulting with the Ministry and key stakeholders, a decision has been made to close all OCDSB schools on April 8th. Transportation will also be cancelled. In addition, OCDSB-operated Extended Day Programs will not operate.


Engage OCDSB

Have you joined the conversation at Engage OCDSB? This new online tool gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on initiatives you care about. You can register or participate anonymously. We are currently seeking feedback on a new pregnancy and parental leave policy for Board Trustees, proposed changes to the student transfer appeal process, and proposed changes to our policy on commencement ceremonies and awards. We’ve also added a new opportunity to learn about the 2024-2025 Budget process. Visit to learn more and stay informed about future ways to share your input.


Post-Secondary Scholarships 

If your child will be attending college or university next year, there are a number of scholarships and bursaries that can help. Explore local and national scholarship opportunities


February 27: Resource Fair - Transition Planning for Youth with Developmental Disabilities

Join us on Tuesday, February 27th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Confederation Education Center to learn about the services and supports offered by organizations in Ottawa. OCDSB staff will be on-site to help guide families to connect with the type of services they need. Learn more


February 24: Black History Showcase: Honouring Black Excellence

Join us Saturday, February 24th, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School as we host the Black History Showcase: Honouring Black Excellence. This event is sponsored by the OCDSB’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team, in collaboration with Future Paths Network, V2V Project, and the Somali Centre for Family Services. Register Now!


February 28: OCDSB Speaker Series: Combating Human Trafficking 

There's still time to register for this virtual session taking place on Wednesday, February 28th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Join us to learn the warning signs and grooming behaviours to look for. We also have compiled an extensive list of resources and helpful links to help raise awareness and share vital information about this topic. 


Toonie Tuesday is February 27, 2024

A donation of $2 can be the difference between nothing and something. This Toonie Tuesday, February 27th, we can all come together to support students in need within the OCDSB. But you don’t have to wait until then. You can donate right here, right now! Let your toonie be the stepping stone to student success. 

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