Message from the Director
January 25, 2023
I hope all families were able to enjoy some time to recharge over the December/January break and were able to connect with friends and family. During the past two weeks, it has been great to see students, staff, and school communities jump right back into the school routine, engaging in valuable learning experiences and extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperative in allowing safe transportation to/from school on a handful of days which has created some disruption. There are a number of updates I would like to share with you as we transition into the second half of the school year:
Inclement Weather Protocol and A Reminder for Bus Riders to Subscribe to Tri-Board’s Alert System
As a reminder to families on inclement weather days, when Tri-Board transportation is cancelled due to poor weather and/or road conditions, Limestone schools remain open. When buses are cancelled in the morning, they are cancelled for the entire day. Families who choose to walk or drive their student(s) to school that day, must ensure they pick them up at dismissal time.
Families that have a student or students who take a bus to and from school should know their route number, subscribe to Tri-Board’s alert system to receive up to date information on delays and cancellations, and follow @BusDelayNCancel on Twitter.
More information on LDSB’s inclement weather protocol is available on our website.
Initial Meeting of the Board and Historic Addition of an Indigenous Trustee
In November, Limestone welcomed the new Board of Trustees who will serve from November 2022 to November 2026 at the Initial Meeting of the Board. Three new trustees joined the seven incumbents on the Board of Trustees for the four-year term, including the historic addition of the first Indigenous Trustee, Kelly Maracle, appointed by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Additional information on the Board of Trustees and their area schools is available on our website.
Kindergarten Registration for Future Students
If you have a student that is four or five by the end of December 2023, now is the time to register them to start Kindergarten in September 2023. Schools typically welcome new families and students to orientation events in May of each school year. Individual schools will share more about these opportunities directly with you once your student is registered. Starting Kindergarten is a very exciting time for everyone, and we are ready to welcome your next student to a wonderful new world of learning and growing. If you have any questions about registration, please do not hesitate to contact your school directly.
Student Human Rights Incidents and Complaints
Students, parents, families, staff, and community members are encouraged to speak up when they experience or witness a human rights incident or have a complaint that involves a Limestone student. Students and families can access the Student Human Rights Incident and Complaint form online.
To learn more about the human rights investigation process, students and families are welcome to contact your student’s teacher, principal, vice-principal, superintendent, or the Human Rights and Equity Officer, Yusuf Abdulkareem by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-544-6920, ext. 256.
Good luck to all secondary students as they approach the end of the first semester and are finishing their summative assignments and/or studying for their upcoming examinations. I continue to be grateful for Limestone students, families, and staff for the continued efforts, collaboration, and advocacy for student wellness, innovation, and collaboration across our school communities. It is because of everyone’s commitment that we are able to successfully support our system and provide a great learning environment for Limestone students and school communities.
Director of Education