The 2019-2020 school year was marked by much change and disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it was a year unlike any other, we are pleased to share highlights and progress on our multi-year strategic plan in the Limestone District School Board Director’s Annual Report.
As you know, following a provincial ministerial order, all public schools were closed indefinitely following the March Break. Board and school staff reverted to emergency remote learning to allow for continuity of learning where possible. In a very short period, the board provided more than 2,200 devices to students and staff to support learning and working from home during the extended school closure. Educational Services staff altered its delivery model during the closure to ensure students with mental health and special education needs continued to receive supports and services remotely.
The 2019-2020 school year in the Limestone District School Board was truly unlike any we have ever experienced. Despite labour disruptions and the extended school closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been another year of growth for students, staff and the Board of Trustees.
Our Strategic Priorities
School boards in Ontario are required to develop a Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP) that outlines the Board’s strategic goals, progress that has been made against these goals in the previous school year, and actions the Board is taking in those strategic priority areas where goals are not being met.
The Limestone District School Board Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is anchored by three pillars – Wellness, Innovation and Collaboration.
About Our District
The Limestone District School Board offers elementary and secondary students an education that is enriched with diverse program choices and activities to complement curriculum requirements while supporting achievement, well-being and the overall success of every student.
The Board’s district serves more than 19,000 students across 55 schools and 5 alternative education centres covering a geographic area of 7,719 square kilometres across the City of Kingston, the Townships of Central Frontenac, North Frontenac, South Frontenac, Addington Highlands, Loyalist, Stone Mills, the Frontenac Islands and the Town of Greater Napanee.
Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
The The Education Quality and Accountability Office, or EQAO, is an arm’s-length agency of the provincial government. Schools routinely consider EQAO data along with other information to support student success. Students in all publicly-funded schools in Ontario are required to write the provincial EQAO assessments of Reading, Writing and Mathematics in Grades 3 and 6, while students who take Grade 9 Applied or Academic Mathematics are required to write the provincial assessment at the end of their semester of study. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.
Due to the extraordinary circumstances facing the province, the Ministry of Education cancelled all EQAO assessments for the 2019–2020 school year. As a result, the successful completion of the Grade 10 Literacy Test, which is a requirement to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, was waived for students eligible for graduation in June 2020.