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TDSB School Board Trustee's Report - Anu Sriskandarajah

The Beginning of the New School Year

Bicycle Safety

The beginning of the school year means more students will be riding their bikes to school. The Toronto District School Board and Toronto Public Health want kids to be safe. Parents and caregivers can "stay a step ahead" by protecting children when they ride.

Here's how: 


  • An adult should always supervise children 10 years of age or younger when they are using a bicycle or other wheeled sports equipment. Even older children may need on-going supervision when riding near the road. 

  • Make sure children wear the correct helmet properly when they ride. Ontario's bike helmet law requires all children and youth under age 18 to wear an approved bike helmet when riding a bicycle. 

  • Keep children away from traffic when they use wheeled sports equipment. Make sure they ride in a safe place. 

  • Teach children how to: 

    • steer, brake and ride in a straight line, 

    • wear the right safety gear, and 

    • do a safety check every time they ride a bicycle, scooter or skateboard, use in-line skates or wear shoes with wheels.

  • Be within arm's reach when your children are learning to ride any wheeled equipment. 

  • Always walk a bicycle, scooter or skateboard across a street intersection, instead of riding across. 

  • Tell children that you are happy when you see them riding safely.

  • Remind children of the safety rules when they forget. 

  • Be a good role model - wear a helmet and safety gear yourself. Children copy what adults do.

Introducing the 2019-20 Student Trustees

For the first time, students from across the Toronto District School Board were able to vote online to elect their Student Trustees and Student Senate Executives. Students were also able to learn more about the candidates via online campaign speeches before casting their votes. This new, modern way of electronic voting resulted in more than 4,200 votes from across the system, which is about 4,000 more than any previous year when the elections were held in-person.


We are pleased to announce the results of the vote. Please welcome the new Student Trustees for the 2019-20 school year: Ivy Deng and Adnan Habib.


Donate to Fire Relief for York Memorial CI and Jones Avenue Adult Learning Centre

On May 7, 2019, York Memorial Collegiate Institute experienced a devastating fire, which resulted in significant damage to the building. This came a day after fire broke out at the TDSB’s Jones Avenue Adult Learning Centre, which also caused significant damage. Assessments will evaluate the damages resulting from the fires. However, it will take some time to complete these preliminary assessments and to determine how much can be recovered through insurance.

To learn more about how you can donate to support all those impacted by the incidents, including staff and students of the two schools, a number of Continuing Education and Safe and Caring Schools programs, and administrative staff located in the two buildings, visit https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/TDSB-Charity-Page.

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