You provide the student, we’ll provide the rest!

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Posted on: August 29, 2018


As parents and students pick up last minute items in preparation of the 2018-2019 school year, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) wants to remind UCDSB families that they don’t need to buy pencils, erasers or other such common classroom items.

All UCDSB schools provide students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with the necessary regular classroom supplies, such as pencils/pens, erasers, glue, paper, etc.

This policy was adopted by the Board in March 2012 to help ease the financial burden on parents and ensure that all students have what they need to succeed. In addition to providing classroom supplies, each student is also given an agenda.

“The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. It can also place an additional financial burden on families. To ensure that all students have the basic materials that they will require for learning and to help alleviate financial stress on families, the UCDSB is pleased to be able to provide basic learning materials for all our students,” said Superintendent Deanna Perry. “We prepare all students for a successful life, beginning with equitable access to learning materials during the school year.”

The only items parents are asked to supply are backpacks and indoor shoes. Students in Grades 7 to 12 need to have gym shorts and t-shirts for physical education classes. A change of clothing is also suggested for students in Kindergarten.

“A focus on resources is part of the Board of Trustees’ strategic plan. We believe that parents and students alike appreciate knowing that the school board addresses the cost of basic school supplies in our schools,” added Chair Jeff McMillan.

If parents wish to purchase personal or enhanced supplies for specific programming, for
example their own instrument or a high quality of wood for shop class, they can do so,
but it is not necessary.

One thought on “You provide the student, we’ll provide the rest!

  1. Elaine DeLisle

    You can provide pencils and erasers, but you can’t provide transportation for a four year old too and from school. Our good tax dollars at work. This is ludicrous to expect a little one to walk four to five blocks across two busy streets and two blocks with no sidewalks to and from school. You talk about budgets but what about parents who are on budgets and have to work not 9 to 3 jobs to provide for their families, or would you like all families to be on social assistance so they can walk their kids to school. You haven’t heard the last from this angry grandparent. We will be taking our story to the media.

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