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Local school bus operators run drive-by protest

Local school bus operators in Kingston held a drive-by demonstration outside Limestone District School Board (LDSB) headquarters on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. They were protesting a provincially mandated Request for Proposal (RFP) process initiated the night before by Tri-Board Transportation Services, who award school bus contracts in the area. Approximately

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ALCDSB funding approved for new build at Our Lady of Mount Carmel site

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) has announced that the Ministry of Education has approved funding to support the re-build of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School in Amherstview. According to a release from ALCDSB, the Board has been approved for a $12.1 million build, which

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ALCDSB Student Trustees take Oath of Office at October Board Meeting

For the first time ever, the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) welcomes two Student Trustees for the 2020/2021 school year. According to ALCDSB, this is the first year that there will be two Student Trustees to represent the student population at the Board level. In 2019, the

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Province drops ‘runny nose’ COVID-19 test requirement for students

The Ontario government announced updated guidelines for screening children and students for COVID-19 on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Notably, the requirement for students with runny noses to go home, and seek a negative COVID-19 test result before returning, has been removed. With runny noses a common affliction among children during

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Four major Ontario teachers’ unions taking legal action against provincial government

The four largest teacher and education worker unions in the province is filing formal appeals with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), the unions announced on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), the Ontario English Catholic

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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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LDSB to require masks for all students, grades K-12

The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has passed a unanimous motion to require face masks for all students, from kindergarten to grade 12. This is an additional measure beyond the provincial masking requirement for students in grades four and up. Brought forward by Trustee Garrett Elliott, the motion passed at

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Ministry of Education orders last-minute change to high school calendar

Local school boards have learned of a last-minute, major change to the secondary school calendar. According to a communication from the Ministry of Education sent Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, the province has revoked approval for quadmestering in high schools in non-designated boards.  The Ministry is now asking boards to implement

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Low COVID-19 prevalence key for back-to-school safety, docs say

Three local doctors are offering COVID-19 safety advice to families as school reopening approaches. In a 25-minute YouTube video from Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, Kingston’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore, Dr. Michael Dernyck and Dr. Kirk Leifso answer parents’ questions on coronavirus prevention in

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Local boards readying as majority of students opt for in-class learning

Kingston’s two largest school boards report that 90 per cent of their students will return for in-class learning this fall. Combined, Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) serve more than 30,0000 students in the Kingston area. Both boards issued online surveys to

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Details from the LDSB on the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year

Following a special meeting of the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, The Kingstonist interviewed Board Director Krishna Burra. The interview took place on a packed news day, with two other major developments in Ontario education on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. In the early afternoon, Ontario’s

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Questions remain as schools prepare for fall reopening

Limestone District School Board, the largest of four Kingston-area boards, is finalizing its reopening plans as September draws near. “We anticipate additional information coming our way next week from our medical health partners,” said Jane Douglas-Charanduk, Communications Specialist for LDSB. “By then, we may be able to provide an update

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