Kitchener-Waterloo

Elementary school progress reports postponed in Waterloo Region

The Waterloo Region District School board has announced that it will be suspending elementary progress reports due to the ongoing labour dispute between the province and elementary school teachers and support staff.
The approximately 300 Catholic elementary school teachers in Thunder Bay will vote Thursday evening (Feb 16,2017) on their tentative deal. (Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty)

The Waterloo Region District School board has announced that it will be suspending elementary progress reports due to the ongoing labour dispute between the province and elementary school teachers and support staff.

In a letter that will be sent home to parents, the school board says the progress reports will be provided "if time allows," but if the job action continues, staff will focus on term report cards instead.

Progress reports are intended to give parents a quick snapshot on student progress in all subjects and on six key learning skills and work habits, from self-regulation to initiative-taking. But the reports don't provide letter grades or marks. 

According to a frequently-asked questions page provided by the WRDSB, the progress cards are "heavily dependent" on comments from teachers.

The WRDSB says it is joining most other public school boards in Ontario in postponing the reports. 

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