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KFL&A Public Health Board members ‘fully endorse’ in-person learning

Members of the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health Board unanimously approved a motion “fully endorsing” students’ return to in-person learning as soon as possible. “We fully endorse (students) returning to school, in particular in our region where our incidence of disease is low,” said Dr. Kieran

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An open letter to Queen’s students from Kingston moms

The following is a submitted open letter, written on Friday, Apr. 9, 2021. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Dear Queen’s students, Hi, it’s nice to meet you. We’re the moms of Kingston. Or, at least, we’re speaking on behalf of a bunch

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Construction begins for new Francophone high school in Kingston

A groundbreaking ceremony was held today, Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021, at the corner of Wheathill and Demers Streets near the RioCan Centre. The new building under constructing will house École secondaire publique Mille-Îles, École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier, a child care center, an Early ON child and family center, and the

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Cereal drive in memory of Brady Faroldi enters fifth year

When Brady Faroldi was in his first placement as part of the Queen’s Consecutive Education program (teacher’s college), he noticed something that would change his life, and his legacy. There, in the school, before classes began, he noticed that students would enter the classroom and drop off their backpacks, before

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ETFO President says teachers nervous about school reopening

The President of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) local branch says teachers are apprehensive heading into the school year during a pandemic. She also called Premier Doug Ford’s message to teachers unions yesterday ’insulting.’ “It’s time for teachers to step up,” Ford told the media on Thursday, Aug.

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ALCDSB extends mandatory mask requirements to include grades K-3

The Board of Trustees for the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) approved two motions at a special meeting, held Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The motions were released in a statement dated Friday, Aug. 28, 2020: Whereas unity with coterminous boards has been a guiding principle for the ALCDSB

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Ontario Liberals reveal $3.2 billion back-to-school plan

Steven Del Duca, leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, has released a $3.2 billion plan to return students to classrooms in the fall, in groups no larger than 15 students. Del Duca said his ‘Students in Schools Action Plan’ calls for 120 new classroom locations, the hiring of 270 additional

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How Bayridge Secondary School made a socially distanced graduation more personal

Every Bayridge Secondary student to enter the doors of the school since 2012 has participated in the ceremony of touching a polished wooden tiger paw on their first day of Grade 9 and touching the paw once more, on their way across the stage of their Grade 12 graduation, to

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ALCDSB releases statement on report cards and upcoming school year

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) released information on how report cards are going to work and an update on the upcoming school year in statements made on Thursday, Jun 25, and Friday, Jun. 26, 2020.  According to a letter addressed to parents, they will be receiving

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Loving Spoonful’s GROW Project offering home-based programming for kids

Loving Spoonful’s GROW Project offers a year-round school garden-based food education program for nearly 900 students in and around Kingston, grades four through eight. “Our focus is on good food, community, collaboration, and environmental stewardship,” said Anne Munier, the coordinator at GROW Project. “We have workshops on things like food

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Councillor Neill won’t run again, calls for greater diversity

City Councillor Jim Neill announced via Twitter and Facebook on Monday, June 15, 2020 that he will not run again in the Williamsville District, hoping to make way for greater diversity on Kingston City Council.  “We need greater gender balance! I’ll support any progressive woman who runs in Williamsville!” his

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