1) WHEREAS: St. Simon Catholic School Elementary School is situated near Pearson International Airport, and deals with airport noise and its effect on student achievement;
WHEREAS: As part of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority’s (GTAA) noise management action plan, they have initiated a pilot to add air conditioning to local schools to mitigate the impact of airport noise;
WHEREAS: The GTAA determined arbitrarily that St. Simon did not qualify despite being in their designated pilot area;
WHEREAS: In fairness to equity between Boards, the Catholic School Board should not be discriminated against;
WHEREAS: The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) has many schools just outside of the pilot area that deal with the effect of noise on student achievement;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT: TCDSB Board send a communication to the GTAA (Greater Toronto Airport Authority) requesting them to include St. Simon Catholic School into their school air conditioning pilot, and complete the air conditioning at St. Simon Catholic School, and also request that the GTAA amend their criteria to allow Mother Cabrini Catholic School to join the pilot;
2) That we send a communication to the M;yor of Toronto requesting that, on behalf of children in the City of Toronto living with Autism, a letter be sent to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Education encouraging them to better support children with Autism by making enhancements to the Ontario Autism Plan; and
3) That a letter be sent on behalf of the Board to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Health and Long-term Care acknowledging that their announcement was a positive step towards making the necessary enhancements to the Ontario Autism Program.