Board News updated May 15, 2013
Openings - Newcomer Reception and Assessment Center
Teachers required for summer operations. Read the details here.
Elementary Summer School Teaching Positions
Catholic Education Week
Catholic Education Week is from May 5th to May 10th, 2013. The theme for this year’s celebration is Catholic Education: Growing Together in Faith. This theme was deliberately chosen to coincide with the Churches’ celebration of the Year of Faith. The Catholic schools are faith communities comprised of the home, school and parish. We walk and grow together in faith. It is the ‘together’ that we grow. Growth in faith is a personal matter between us and God. We can nurture our faith through prayer and knowledge. We grow in our faith in the nurturing atmosphere of our Catholic community.
There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:
- Faith that is Rooted
- Faith that is Nurtured
- Faith that is Discerned
- Faith that is Witnessed
- Faith that is Celebrated
This week let us continue to celebrate a school system that defines itself on Faith in God.
International Instructors Required for September 2013
LTO Evaluation In-service
Under Ontario Regulation 274/12, there is a new Occasional Teacher Evaluation
template for Long Term Occasional Teachers. The LTO Evaluation In-service is open to occasional teachers. As a result, there is
a Board in-service for Occasional Teachers on May 13, 2013.
Registration by May 3rd is a must. Please register as instructed in the details below - LTO teachers on-line and daily OTs by email to the designated clerk (according to your surname). You will receive an email to confirm your registration.
Secondary eLearning Job Postings
Secondary Night and Summer School - Pob Jostings
Robert F. Hall 20th Anniversary
This year we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We would love to invite all former Robert F. Hall Staff both teaching and non teaching to take part in our celebrations. Your work at our school has helped to create the caring Catholic community which now exists here in our present day school. We hope that you can join us. The poster containing all of the pertinent information is attached.
February 2013 Director's Bulletin
Secondary Night School Teachers - Job Postings close Jan 31, 2013
Opportunity - "Power of an Hour" - connect to a school
Any occasional teacher wishing to get involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, please read the attached letter.
disregard this message if you will not be applying for employment insurance)
Click here to download the Service Canada employment insurance procedures.
More information here.
Reference Code for filing Regular Claims for EI Benefits if your last employment was with a School Related Employer Only. Please keep for your records. 3511012012201213
Records of employment (ROEs) will be issued in early January for most employees. We will file ROE's via the WEB (serial numbers starting with 'W') for all casual, 10 month and short-term employee's by January 18, 2013. To meet this timeline it is important that all paper timesheets for student monitors, supply teachers and temporary employee's be put in the courier on or before December 21 to reach the Board Office on December 21. Web timesheet and WebTRACS verifications must be completed by December 21st. We have been filing WEB ROE's since December 2003. You do not require a hardcopy to file your application after your last day of work. To save paper and distribution costs we will no longer mail them to employees. If you wish a paper copy you may reply to this email or request one in writing and we will mail it to you during the week of January 14 – 18th or you may visit the My Service Canada Account page on the Web. From My Service Canada Account, you can view and/or print copies of ROEs. To access My Service Canada Account, employees should visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/online/mysca.shtml.
Approximate dates for filing ROEs.
· CERTIFIED occasional teachers by January 11, 2013
Please have a safe and happy holiday.
Manager, Benefits and Payroll
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board approves revised 2012-13 budget estimates
Surplus from 2011-12 year-end to be re-invested in system/students
At the December 11 meeting of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, trustees approved a revised balanced Operating budget position for 2012-13 of $849.2 million. The board also approved a balanced Capital budget position, with capital expenditures of $105.1 million, for a total budget of $954.3 million. The board’s original 2012-13 budget was previously approved in June. Since that time, significant events have taken place, including the passage of Bill 115, the Putting Students First Act (PSFA). The PSFA uses the memoranda of understandings (MOUs) between the Government and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) and other partners as a template for collective agreements. The board is required to include the provisions contained in the PSFA in the Revised Estimates.
DPCDSB to open fifth Parenting and Family Literacy Centre
On December 17, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will open
its fifth Parenting and Family Literacy Centre at Christ the King Elementary
School in Mississauga. An official opening ceremony is set for January 16, 2013.
The Parenting and Family Literacy Centre will welcome all parents/caregivers in the school community who are caring for children ranging from newborns to age six. The goal of this program is to promote positive parent-child interaction, as well as to engage parents/caregivers and children in play-based early literacy and numeracy activities that will help prepare children for a successful start at school. The daily program will include free play, art activities that will build on children’s natural curiosity, circle-time with favourite songs, rhymes and stories, as well as snack time. The centre at Christ the King will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We look forward to welcoming families with young children and to providing a high quality early learning environment supportive of all families,” said Valerie Kenny, Manager of Parenting and Family Literacy Centres.
Dufferin-Peel’s Parenting and Family Literacy Centres are funded by the Ministry of Education and are staffed with a Parent Worker/Facilitator trained in Early Childhood Education and Family Support. Parent Worker Kay Lopes will coordinate the programming at the Christ the King centre, collaborating with local Ontario Early Years Centre program staff, under the direction of Mississauga Parent Child Resource Centres, to bring as many families with young children as possible into the joint programs.
The Board’s other four Parenting and Family Literacy Centres are located at Canadian Martyrs School and St. Teresa of Avila School in Mississauga, Holy Cross School in Malton and St. Monica School in Brampton.
2013-2014 French Immersion Program
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board to hold Public Information
Sessions for 2013-2014 French Immersion Program
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold a series of public information sessions in Mississauga and Brampton for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their children in the board’s French Immersion Program for the 2013-2014 school year. The information sessions are intended to provide parents and guardians with an overview of the French Immersion Program, the criteria for admittance, and changes that can be expected from the regular program.
Night School Secondary Teachers
The posting for winter Night School Secondary Teachers has been released.
Read the postings here.
Occasional Teachers' Professional Development Day
This year's O.T. Professional Development Day was held on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at Versailles Convention Centre.
Mass - Father Jim Roth
SHINING THREADS OF HOPE - Kathleen Gould Lundy
School Board Notice re: Privacy Breach
September 2012 -The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board investigated a privacy breach involving the personal information of its students and school staff. This Notification is to notify you of an unauthorized access to personal information, pursuant to Section 32 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, by a student of the system.
Robert F. Hall S.S. Celebrating 20 years
From: McMahon, Ed
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2012 10:43 AM
Subject: To All Former Hall Teachers......
We are very pleased to announce that this year we are celebrating 20 years of success here at Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School in Caledon. This week we mark the start of our Festivities with the kickoff of our Boys Football Season with a home game this Saturday September 22nd. Game time is 12:00 noon. We hope that you can join us. If you would like a schedule of our activities this year and to hopefully join us in our celebrations please contact Tara Ross (Reunion Chair) here at R. F. Hall. We hope that your year has started well and that you will join us here in Caledon sometime this year. Have a great week !! Remember…. Kickoff is 12:00noon….. hope to see you there……. Ed
Bill 115 passed
The board has released the following communications regarding the passage of this bill
School Board letters to all staff members
The Board Chair, Mario Pascucci, wrote to Board employees to clarify the
Board's position of not supporting the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
that OECTA signed with the government and its move to conciliation.
Click here to read the letter from the Board Trustees
A letter from the Board Executive Council to all employees was received on August 30th.
Click here to read the letter from the Board Executive Council.
Night School Teacher Postings
LTO Performance Appraisal
All teachers who are assigned a Long Term Occasional (LTO) Assignment should be appraised during the course of their placement (Letter of Intent #1). The Board has revised the former “LTO Evaluation” form to reflect the teacher appraisal form used for permanent teachers. The new LTO Performance Appraisal will become an important document to each occasional teacher as it will provide feedback for professional growth and may support the pursuit of a permanent position within the teaching profession. Click here to view the new LTO Performance Appraisal.
New Loyola Catholic Secondary SchoolThe new Loyola S.S. located at 4010 Sladeview Crescent in Mississauga will open its doors on September 4th. The school can accommodate 1,125 students and features a lecture hall, greenhouse, artificial soccer and football field, as well as a rubberized track (track and field facilities are part of a joint venture with the City of Mississauga). New programs being offered include: Cosmetology, Hospitality, Healthcare, along with Specialist High Skills Majors in Sports Management and Landscaping Technology.
The Dufferin-Peel Board's 3rd phase of the full-day Early Learning Program for September 2012 will be introduced in the following schools: Bishop Francis Allen, Blessed John XXIII, Father Daniel Zanon, Guardian Angels, Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sacred Heart, San Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Anne, St. Anthony, St. Cecilia, St. Cornelius, St. Dominic, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Faustina, St. Gerard, St. Joachim, St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph (Mississauga), St. Luke, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Monica, St. Raymond, St. Rita, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Timothy, St. Ursula, St. Vincent de Paul, Sts. Peter and Paul and Venerable Michael J. McGivney. This brings the total number of schools offering the ELK program to 55.
The 2nd phase of the full-day Early Learning Program (ELP) was introduced in September 2011at 8 more schools: Father Sullivan, Father Francis McSpiritt, St. Charles Garnier, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John of the Cross, St. Patrick, St. Raphael, and St. Thomas More.
In September 2010, the 1st phase was introduced at the following schools: Holy Cross, Queen of Heaven, St. Alfred, St.
Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Louis, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Valentine, Georges Vanier, Good Shepherd, St. Aidan, St. Brigid,
St. Leonard, St. Mary, Holy Family and St. Peter.
L.O.P. positions listed (Letter of Permission)
When the Board cannot fill a position with a teacher, they may hire an uncertified person and apply to the Ministry for a Letter of Permission. This LOP gives the uncertified person permission to teach for a time period of one year.
September 30, 2012 LOP report:
If you see a position you applied to, please contact the Dufferin-Peel OTBU office immediately.
If you applied for LTOs, hopefully you have recorded the job posting number, location, assignment description, start and end dates, and date you applied. Print the "Jobs Applied To" as your confirmation. You are asked to document and keep the data for all LTOs you apply to throughout the year!
The other “preferred to hire” list is made up of new graduates who received ranking of ‘outstanding’ or ‘excellent’ based on their Board interviews.
The Board encourages Principals to hire teachers on the “preferred to hire” lists for permanent, as well as for LTO positions.
Attendance Support Program (ASP):
The Attendance Support Program is designed to address attendance and absence issues and to support employees. The Board is hoping to reduce absenteeism.
Effective October 1st, all employee groups including permanent and LTO teachers, but NOT daily occasional teachers, will have the number of days absent and the reasons for the absences monitored by the Board. Specifically, the Board will be monitoring their absenteeism for personal and family illness (Code 01 and 03). The goal is not to exceed 7 absences. Remember, the Board is monitoring absences, and not the number of days absent.
There are 6 levels in the Attendance Support Program. For example, a teacher who is absent because of personal and/or family illness 7 times will receive a courtesy email. Should that teacher continue to be away for personal/family illness up to 12 times, that teacher will enter into Level 1 of the ASP. If after 6 months, the teacher has 0 to 4 absences, then they EXIT the ASP. But if after 6 months the teacher has 4 or more absences, the teacher will proceed to Level II of the ASP. The goal at each level is not to exceed 4 absences in a 6 month period. If the number of absences exceed, they proceed to the next level where meetings will be facilitated. At Level IV more Board personnel will get involved. At Level VI, termination is possible if the employee is not fulfilling their employment contract.The Attendance Support Program is designed to address attendance and absence issues and to support employees. The Board is hoping to reduce absenteeism.
GAP 542 - DO NOT use cellphones, PEDs during class time
It was brought to the Association's attention that occasional teachers are using their cell phones during instructional, class time thereby violating one of the Board's Procedures, GAP 542. Occasional teachers are NOT to use their Personal Electronic Device (PED) such as cell phones, blackberry, laptops, etc. during class time. If necessary, use your PED during recess, lunch or planning time when students are NOT present.
Our Story, Our Tradition, Our Journey
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board introduced its new
resource, Our Story, Our Tradition, Our Journey, a 252 page photo
illustrated history of the role of the Catholic Church in the
development of Catholic education and in the development and growth of
local communities in Peel Region and Dufferin County.
The book is a component of two Community Studies Units for Grade 7 and Grade 10, approved by the board of trustees and designed to help students better understand and appreciate the contribution and role of the Catholic Church from historical and contemporary perspectives in the development of Catholic education and in the development and growth of our local communities in Peel Region and Dufferin County.
Media Library (available to LTO teachers)
Over the summer the new Media Library was relocated to the portapak at St. Jude
and is now open for bookings.
All teachers with the board have existing accounts with the library. Attached are step-by-step instructions for booking materials. Read the Media Library booking instructions.
Should you encounter any difficulties or require additional information, please contact the Service Desk at ext. 25000 or submit a HEAT ticket.
ICT - Service Desk - Self Service: type http://help.dpcdsb.org in the browser's address bar
Tel: (905) 366-DESK or 1-866-376-5215 - Direct Extension: x-25000
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm and Friday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Urgent Plan Member Communication
Sun Life Identifies Fraud in Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto
We received the attached communication from Sun Life which we will be sending
shortly to all employees by email. We don’t have the identities of any Dufferin-Peel
employees who may have been affected by this, but have been informed by Sun Life
that each has been contacted directly.
This message is directed at any employees who might wish to shop at the identified facilities. We are aware that many employees may not be accessing their email through the summer but feel it is important to get the message out. We are not certain how any legitimate claims made at this group of providers might be processed after August 8th but I will be asking Sun Life that question.
Benefits newssletter - for OT's on the Board Plan
Board Benefit Plans
For OT's on the Board's Benefit Plans, below are updates from Sun Life:
Plan Member Online Registration
New address for paper claims submissions
Preferred provider network for vision and hearing care
Out of Province travel
Benefit bulletin: New Requirement When Submitting Claims for Orthotics
For those on the board medical plan, read the new requirements here.
DPCDSB receives Community Empowerment Award
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board receives Community Empowerment
Award for its cutting-edge desktop virtualization strategy
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that its Information and Communications Technology Department has received the Community Empowerment Award from the Info-Tech Research Group.
In January, Info-Tech Research Group launched a nationwide contest, The Quest for Canada’s Smartest IT, to recognize and reward both Canada’s smartest and greenest mid-market IT departments. The Info-Tech Research team travelled across Canada for four months looking for IT Departments that were doing some innovative things. They interviewed over 70 organizations, spanning a variety of industries.
Dufferin-Peel’s ICT Department was selected for the Community Empowerment Award for its work to increase access to Assistive Technology through application virtualization for special needs students.
“Our plan is to deliver special needs software to our students from any Windows desktop computer in the school using Virtual Desktops”, said John Steele, General Manager of ICT and Chief Information Officer. “Testing has gone extremely well and we will begin rolling this solution out to the secondary schools in the Fall.”
“This is a great achievement for our board to receive this sort of acknowledgement from a global leader in IT research,” added Steele
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
All Dufferin-Peel employees MUST participate in the Customer Service training to meet the Ministry mandated legal requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The purpose of this training is to help our Dufferin-Peel community better serve members of the general public who are living with a disability.
Dufferin-Peel opens Parenting and Family Literacy Centres
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board opened Parenting and Family Literacy Centres in four elementary schools. These centres are located at Canadian Martyrs School and St. Teresa of Avila School in Mississauga, Holy Cross School in Malton and St. Monica School in Brampton.
School Atlas - locate a school
The school atlas is now online. Use the 'School Directory link" at the lower right on this page to go there immediately, or browse to the Board OT webpages after you log into Webtracs, then:
first select 'Dufferin Peel Weblinks', then select 'Dufferin Peel Schools and Maps'
Board's Occasional Teacher Website
You can access the board information pages for Occasional teachers through the WebTracs site or directly at http://www.dpcdsb.org/CEC/About+Us/Departments/HRS/TPD/OECTA OT
Information on removal from the board list (article 13.10) is available on the front page.
Select 'General Information' for a list of pages, including pay schedules, school hours, and telephone numbers. Also listed are links to forms such as Tracs Profile, Name and Address change, Criminal Offence Declaration (COD), and LTO evaluation.
According to Article 13.03 b), occasional teachers may request in writing changes to their TRACS profile during September and February. Use the form available on the Board OT webpages under 'General Information' or click here.
The Board has separated the JK/SK from the Primary division. If you do NOT want to teach JK/SK, you are asked to email email@example.com and request that JK/SK be removed from your classification list of grades. Any changes should be done ASAP as it takes up to 10 working days to take effect.
Payroll Direct Deposit
All Dufferin-Peel employees, including occasional teachers, should be on Payroll Direct Deposit. If you have not completed and submitted this form to the Payroll Dept. at the Board office, please do so as soon as possible.
Regardless of medical coverage our primary concern is your safety, The Government of Canada maintains extensive information on travel destinations worldwide and precautions that should be followed when visiting foreign countries. We are attaching a link to the Government of Canada's Foreign Affairs Travel Information and Advisory Reports web page. If you click on the link "TRAVEL WARNINGS" there are reports outlining countries, or areas of countries that are deemed unsafe and not covered under the board plan by the Government of Canada at http://www.voyage.gc.ca
Teachers who establish private tutoring practices outside of normal school hours must not use Board facilities, or resources, or privileged information and must not charge fees to students or parents from their own school (Board Regulation 8.71).
French Immersion Schools:
Mississauga locations: St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Gertrude, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, St. Elizabeth Seton, and Divine Mercy Elementary Schools.
Brampton locations: St. Joachim, Our Lady of Providence, and St. Angela Merici Elementary Schools.
Extended French Schools:
Extended French program will be available to students in Mississauga at St. Christopher, St. Philip, St. Rose of Lima, St. Therese of the Child Jesus St. Thomas More, San LorenzoRuiz Elementary Schools, and Loyola S. S., Philip Pocock S.S., and St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary Schools; in Brampton at St. Anne, St. Monica, and St. Jean Brebeuf Elementary Schools, and Cardinal Leger S.S. and St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary Schools;and in Caledon/Dufferin at St. Andrew and St. Cornelius Elementary Schools, and Robert F. Hall Secondary School.
Balanced Day Schools:
The 3 Balanced day schools in Dufferin-Peel are St. Raymond, St. Maria Goretti and St. Patrick. Their school day consists of a 100-minute instructional period, followed by a nutrition/recess period (a 40 minute), a 100-minute instructional period, a nutrition/recess period (a 50 minute), and a 100-minute instructional period
Tracs morning call out from 5:30 a.m. for Sec. and 6:00 a.m. for Elem. OTs and an evening call out from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. to offer jobs to occasional teachers. The call out will be according to Article 13.05 that states unless an OT is specified/requested by a principal, OTs on the A List will be given the first opportunity to accept all daily assignments that are within their profile. If there are daily jobs still available, OTs on the B List will be given opportunity to accept those jobs.
If you have questions/concerns about your Pay Statement please contact Sonia Lindo-Diogo, Payroll Department at the C.E.C. telephone 905- 890- 0708 Ext. 24247.
Retired Teachers receiving CPP (Canada Pension Plan)
If you are in receipt of the CPP, forward a copy of your 'Notice of Entitlement' to the Payroll Department. Once received, the Board will stop deducting CPP contributions.
Transportation of Students
The Board has recently revised their General Administration Procedure (GAP) 801 on transporting students in one's own personal vehicle.
The OTBU strongly advises you to refrain from transporting students in your own vehicle. If you drive students in your own car, your personal insurance is accessed until it is exhausted. It would adversely impact on your insurance rates, threaten your career, and expose you to damaging litigation.
Both OECTA and the Ontario College of Teachers have issued professional advisories of the professional risks for teachers who transport students in any vehicle.
Medical and Dental Plans
Occasional Teachers will have an opportunity to enroll in the Board's Semi-Private, Major Medical and Dental plans. Applications must be received prior to enrolment in the plan. Enrolment is available on November 1st and March 1st of each school year provided that the occasional teacher is active and available for work. The occasional teacher MUST pay the full cost of the benefit premiums for the balance of the school year at the time of election. Payment of benefit premiums must be in the form of direct withdrawal from your bank account or a set of monthly cheques made payable to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.
According to Article 16.06 of the collective Agreement, LTO teachers are entitled to enroll to receive benefit coverage provided your LTO is four (4) months or longer in duration. For full time LTO teachers the board will assume a portion of the cost (currently 90%). If a part-time LTO teacher is eligible and elects to participate in a Plan or Plans, the Board will assume a portion of the premium as detailed in Article 16.06. The Board will assume "single" coverage unless indicated otherwise. Actual benefit coverage will commence on the date upon which the Benefits Department receives the complete and fully executed documentation package. It is the responsibility of Occasional Teachers to comply with the appropriate procedures for benefits enrolment. Failure to do so may result in a lack of benefits coverage.
The cost of enrolling in these benefits is detailed here. The application form is attached. (pdf format)
To enroll contact Francie Murray, the benefits department, at the C.E.C. telephone 905- 890-0708, Ext. 24205.
Teachers enrolled in the plans may contact the plan carrier, Sun Life, at 1 800 861-6212 or use the contact information.
Alternate Medical and Dental Plans for O.T.s
Ontario's Family Medical Leave
The Minister of Labour has recently published a Minister's Letter and short document regarding Family Medical Leave under the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
"The Ontario government has created a family medical leave that now allows employees in Ontario who are caring for a gravely ill family member to take up to eight weeks off work without worrying about losing their jobs."
The Safe Schools Act
The Safe Schools Act (Bill 81) implemented by the Ministry of Education (Part XIII, Education Act) in June 2000 required school boards to review and modify their code of student behaviour to bring it in line with the current legislation. Each school board is required to provide safe, healthy, and effective learning school environments for their students.
Note: Effective February 1st, 2008 Bill 212 will make changes to the Safe Schools Act. (see Educational News for more information)
The Catholic Code of Conduct
The Catholic Code of Conduct is part of "Safe Schools in Dufferin-Peel." It includes policies governing appropriate dress for students, opening and closing exercises in schools, access to school premises, a set of behavioural expectations, disciplinary procedures, suspension and expulsion of students as part of the consequences for various incidents, and a revised police and school response protocol. The standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but to all persons involved in the schools - parents/guardians, teachers, students, volunteers and visitors. All are expected to behave in a manner that is helpful, courteous, respectful and caring.
Health & Safety - Work Related Injury
If you are injured while on the job, no matter how minor the
injury appears, you are required to follow these steps:
Step 1 — Immediately notify the school administrators or office of the injury. According to Health & Safety procedures, they are required to complete an "Incident Report Form". You should receive a copy of this completed form. If there were any witnesses, please make sure you have their names and phone numbers where they can be reached.
Step 2 — You are also required to fax the "Incident Report Form" to the Benefits Department immediately after the injury.
Occasional Teachers and Copyright
Teachers may use only materials from the media catalogue that have PPR (public performance rights) in the classroom. The following qualify:
- all videos from Media Services (shipping tags on back)
- videos from the school library
- videos from the department if the tape or case has a PPR label or sticker
- videos taped from a Cable in the classroom source. This includes: Newsreal (from CBC Newsworld), CNN Newsroom, and A and E Classroom
These programs must have been taped within the previous year. The date of taping or the expiry date is indicated at the front of the program.
If the teacher has left a feature film to be used in class, the occasional teacher must check to see if it may be used. If it has a shipping sticker from Media Services, the tape may be used. Otherwise, the occasional teacher must check with the office to see if the school has purchased a copyright license to permit the showing of feature films in the school. If not, the material may not be used.
Some years ago, the Ministry sent out a memo pointing out that teachers were individually liable for any legal fees and expenses related to copyright infringement. Neither the board nor a teaching federation may provide any financial assistance. It is in the individual occasional teacher's best interest to adhere to copyright rules.
School Work Required During Suspension
The Code of Conduct, Board's policy, regarding students' behaviour and suspension states that a student who is suspended "may be provided with work". There has been a Human Rights Settlement which states "when students are suspended 10 or more days, they will be provided with work".
This settlement may have an impact on occasional teachers.
Note: Effective February 1st, 2008 Bill 212 revamps this requirement through the Safe Schools Act.
Employee Assistance Program
available at no cost to OTs and family members to assist with personal or work related concerns.
To help you deal with a wide range of personal and work-related problems, the DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD and Warren Shepell have made available the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). As an employee of DUFFERIN-PEEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD, you are eligible for EAP services and supports.
HAVE YOU MOVED?
If you have moved, please send your change of address and phone number in writing,
by completing this change of information form and sending it to:
Teacher Personnel Department
Attention: Lucie Baptista
Manager of Teacher Personnel
L.T.O. Teacher Evaluation
Question: I've been an occasional teacher with the Board for a few years waiting for a permanent teaching position. Since the Board has hired new graduates over occasional teachers already working for the Board, I've become discouraged and am very disappointed. What should I be doing to get a permanent teaching position?
Answer: You need to demonstrate your teaching ability and talents to the schools´ administrators by taking LTO positions. While doing your LTOs, you should invite the administrator(s) in to observe and evaluate you. Make sure you keep a copy of the signed evaluation. If the administrator's evaluation is positive, you should ask him/her to recommend you for permanent hire to the Board. Make sure you get a copy of this, too. The recommendation should occur by the middle of December at the latest as the Board's recruiting officers´ visit the faculties across Ontario interviewing and hiring new graduates for the Board's projected needs for the next school year. This procedure should be followed for each and every LTO you do!
LETTER OF INTENT #1
A Long Term Occasional Teacher employed on a Long Term Occasional Assignment will be evaluated by the administrator at the school after one (1) month in the classroom, upon request by the Occasional Teacher with a minimum of two (2) weeks notice. This does not preclude the administrator´ discretion to evaluate the Occasional Teacher at any other time. Should the evaluation not be positive, the administrator will endeavour, where possible, to re-evaluate the Long Term Occasional Teacher before the end of the assignment thereby giving him/her time for professional growth, and to improve his/her teaching and/or classroom management skills.
As an occasional teacher working in an LTO position you are entitled to emergency days, under article 17.01 of the contract.
These can be granted for a variety of reasons, including bereavement, weather (snow days), Family Illness, moving, graduation, religious holidays, and writing exams.
Board memorandum re: emergency days here. (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Board policy re: SNOW DAYS here. (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Harassment Of Teachers
The collective agreement refers to LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING #6 titled: Procedure Regarding The Harassment Of Teachers By Members Of The Community At Large" and GAP 305
BE AWARE - E-mail TO and FROM the board is not private
Any email you send to or from the board mail servers is subject to board policies. Board policy states that use of the system "does not carry with it a reasonable expectation of privacy". (GAP 316 VI D & Policy 4.75) Any inappropriate use may result in disciplinary action.
All use of the school board electronic communication equipment is subject to rules and regulations outlined in the board's GAP manual. (Procedure 316.00) It is up to you to know and follow these regulations.
"Violations will be processed by the appropriate Board authorities and/or law enforcement agencies. Inappropriate use of electronic communication and/or violation of the policy/procedures regarding same could result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment with the Board."