Much like the previous year, 2020-2021 was again punctuated by the COVID-19 pandemic and additional school lockdowns. Despite these ongoing challenges, staff and students remained focused on learning and supporting each other’s well-being. The Limestone District School Board Director’s Annual Report provides a brief snapshot of continued progress on our multi-year strategic plan anchored by the pillars of Wellness, Innovation and Collaboration.
While the school year began with a return to in-person learning, everyone – students, staff, families and partners – all had to adjust to a very different environment including new routines and safety protocols. While Limestone also experienced its first cases of COVID-19 in schools, staff worked diligently along KFL&A Public Health to contain and track cases to limit spread to broader school communities.
It continues to be my privilege to serve as Chair of the Limestone District School Board of Trustees. School boards across Ontario faced ongoing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-2021 school year. Despite this, the Board of Trustees continued to move ahead with its governance and advocacy work.
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. Typically, 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 Mathematics are required to write the provincial assessment near the end of the course. The Grade 10 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 EQAO assessments at the Grade 3 and 6 level for the 2020–2021 school year. EQAO introduced a new adaptive online testing feature during 2020-2021, and as a result, the Grade 9 math assessment and the OSSLT were offered as an optional field-test option for schools. 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 2021.