President's message week of October of Oct 18, 2021

In this issue...

New Collective Agreement SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS Did You Know...?

New Collective Agreement

Our new collective Agreement has been posted on UG share! We will also post the Collective Agreement document to our Bargaining Unit website. This may take a day or two so please be patient. Did you know….?

  • Members (permanent/casual/emergency) must be properly trained on all aspects of lifting/transferring/specialized equipment (e.g. bicycles, walkers, standers, etc.) BEFORE using the equipment. If you are not comfortable using the equipment –ASK the principal for additional training.

  • Members (permanent/casual/emergency) must be trained by a physiotherapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) BEFORE performing exercises on a student. Prescribed exercises must be available in written form. No written description = no exercises.

Casual/Emergency Staff should not:

  • be placing students in specialized equipment (e.g. walker, stander, Hoyer lifts, bicycles, etc.):

A. that they are not familiar with B. on which they have not been professionally trained C. without support of trained colleagues

  • be administering medication (without appropriate training)

  • be counting funds (money) for schools/classrooms

  • be supporting at-risk students that may have violent outbursts (if possible)

Health and Safety Concerns? Contact: Julie Wagner Health and Safety Officer Email: Phone: 226-962-7508


Many, many members of the D18 larger community don’t have warm, dry socks to keep them warm over the fall, winter, spring months. From now to June 1st, D18 is collecting donations of clean or new adult socks to be distributed to those in need in our communities. Please send socks to TRACEY MACKIE VLIETSTRA at the D18 OFFICE-ELORA through the interoffice mail.

Maybe requests in lieu of gifts, class projects, school-wide participation…. Or just you!

Thank you in advance for your support.

Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program

If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The board is not given the names of members who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765 |

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