Secondary and elementary teachers in Ontario are currently taking part in a legal job action, meaning they are able to withdraw services, up to and including a full withdrawal—strike.
Current job action being taken by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation(OSSTF) will have an impact on the Kindergarten Communication of Learning, Report Cards and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)in school boards across the province.Here’s what you can expect in the Algoma District School Board:•Elementary Term One Report Cards (including students on modified expectations)While regular assessment practices continue,for this term, as per job sanctions, elementary teachers are providing marks, but are not inputting them electronically.
For students with IEPs outlining modified expectations in a subject area, the marks will be provided with an indication that the student has been assessed on modified expectations.The production of Elementary Report Cards relies on the electronic inputting of data by teachers.
Therefore, we are unable to provide parents/guardians with Term One Report Cards for elementary students at this time.Marks will also not be provided to families or students at this time.
Beyond the logistical challenges, providing marks without comments and context would not be considered thorough feedback on student achievement of curriculum expectations.
As always, parents/guardians can contact their child’s teachers to learn about their child’s progress. •Kindergarten Communication of Learning During this phase of work-to-rule, Kindergarten teachers will write, but not electronically input, a brief comment for each section of a student’s Kindergarten Communication of Learning. Given this challenge, families will not receive a Kindergarten Communication of Learning for their child at this time.
As always, families can contact their child’s Kindergarten teacher and/or designated early childhood educator to discuss their child’s growth in learning.
Elementary Alternative Report Cards During this phase of work-to-rule,teachers will write, but not electronically input, a brief comment for each alternative program area outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan that would normally be reported upon using the Alternative Report card. Given this challenge, families will not receive an alternative report card for their child at this time. As always, families can contact their child’s teacher to discuss their child’s progress