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UGDSB looks to extend deadline for decision on police presence in schools

The board seeks to extend the deadline by three months to give it more time to gather student input
Upper Grand District School Board. GuelphToday file photo

The Upper Grand District School Board committee reviewing police presence in schools needs more time before it makes recommendations to the board.

In a report to be presented at Monday's board meeting, director of education Martha Rogers said the committee needs more time and seeks to extend the deadline until the end of March because there is a student voice lacking in the report. 

Rogers states that the Police Presence in Schools Task Force Review has gathered information from all five police services in the UGDSB, researchers, other school boards, past and current administrators, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) and equity-seeking groups, board staff and community members since it's been meeting regularly since July 2020. It held a virtual town hall meeting in October.

“Despite these efforts, student voice has found to be lacking from the data gathered. The committee requires additional time to survey all secondary students and analyze all data and information gathered in order to offer recommendations to the Board of Trustees,” said Rogers in her report. 

The board is seeking to extend the deadline for the Police Presence in Schools Task Force Review Report from Dec. 31 to March 31, 2021.