Thank you for visiting my Trustee Website.
For those of you who have not met me yet, let me introduce myself. I am your local school trustee. I am your link with the Toronto District School Board, which governs Toronto’s public schools. As your elected representative, I make decisions with the rest of the trustees on the Board and act as your advocate and ‘sounding board,’ should the need arise. I believe we all have a role to play to help our public schools thrive.
What does a trustee do? Read more about it here and enjoy this short video - TDSB Trustees.
As we re-open our schools, the TDSB is doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members, while also providing the best academic experience possible for students, supporting mental health and well-being and considering the needs of families and staff. This year will be like no other as students and staff adjust to new health and safety procedures, physical distancing requirements, the wearing of masks and face coverings and so on. I want to thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and partnership as we work together to overcome these challenges.
To help support you and your child this school year, I encourage you to visit www.tdsb.on.ca/returntoschool for all the latest updates, information and supports related to safely re-opening schools, including: health and safety measures, well-being supports, operations, daily requirements for health screening. For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing and translated health screening posters, please visit www.toronto.ca/COVID19.
We are, more than ever, in spite of challenges, focused on equity and ensuring that all students have access to the programs, opportunities and supports needed to reach high levels of achievement and well-being. This priority is driven by our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, which outlines our mission, values and goals in support of student success. To read the full plan, visit www.tdsb.on.ca/mysp.
This website is intended to support and encourage your direct participation in our public school system. Here you can learn about items of interest, opportunities to be involved such as Ward Forums, access up-to-date information or learn about school councils or read my weekly updates (via the links on the left-hand side of this page).
If you are unable to find the information you need, please feel free to contact Araz Hasserjian – TDSB Administrative Liaison who will be supporting me and will answer the Trustees shared line during office hours. Araz can also be reached directly at 416-397-3061 or via e-mail at Araz.Hasserjian@tdsb.on.ca.
If you would like to stay regularly informed on what is happening at the Board, including meeting agendas, policies under review, program updates, and discussions around new initiatives to improve student success and well-being, you can read my weekly e-update; to receive it, click on the link at the top right of this page. You can also follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/shelleylaskin and visit my webpage at www.tdsb.on.ca/ward8.
For system-wide news about the Board, subscribe to TDSB Update at www.tdsb.on.ca/TDSBupdate and follow the TDSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You will also continue to receive important information and updates from your school and the system via email.
I am always looking to learn more about your local school successes, issues and priorities. If you have something to share or wish to speak with me directly, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at Shelley.Laskin@tdsb.on.ca or call and leave a message at 416 395-TRUS (8787).
We may be the largest school board in the country, but it’s the relationships that make our schools feel like family. By getting involved, you’re supporting public education, and I look forward to working in partnership with you and your child’s school this year.
Check "Other Items of Interest" for current issues.
The official school year calendar for the Toronto District School Board runs from September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, inclusive. Click on "School Year Calendar 2020-21" for the complete listing.
Information in Student Agendas
Students in the TDSB are provided with Agenda/Planners that contain common board policy information and are customized for individual schools. Student planners also contain TDSB common pages with information about the Board’s calendar, student dress policy, code of online conduct, and more:
TDSB Common Pages 2020-21