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Status of possible school closures resulting from weather event

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and staff affected by yesterday’s weather event. Please refer back to this homepage on Sunday, September 23, 2018 after 4:00 pm for updates on possible OCSB school closures. An emergency page has been set up at with resources for residents.

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at the OCSB

All OCSB schools are now open to welcome you and your child into our vibrant community. Find out what you need to register, and visit us today. Photo: @OLMCarmelOCSB #ocsbFirstDay

Introducing St. Isabel Catholic School in Kanata North

Our newest JK-6 school has opened in the Marchwood Lakeside Community of Kanata North, offering French immersion, before and after school care, and a pre-school childcare centre. Photo: @StIsabelOCSB

A new turf and track for the Immaculata Saints

The Immaculata High School Saints are enjoying the use of their new modernized outdoor athletic facilities, including an new artificial turf field and updated synthetic running track. Photo: @ImmaculataOCSB #whymac

A welcome addition for St. Patrick's High School

A 7.5 million dollar school addition, funded by the government of Ontario, opened its new wing doors this year to welcome over 250 Grade 7 & 8 St. Patrick's High School students. Photo: @StPatricksOCSB #IamStPats

Family Welcome Centre for Newcomers to Canada

If you’re new to Ottawa, or Canada, and English is not your first language, we can help you register your child for school. Make and appointment today to visit with our friendly staff.

OCSB Notices
Open the tabs below to stay connected with important notices and alerts related to how our Board operates as a school district.
Notice: Volunteers in OCSB schools

The OCSB is responsible for providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for its students and staff.  The Board of Trustees has adopted a revised policy regarding volunteers in OCSB schools. Volunteer applicants must obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) from a police service; in our Board area, a VSC can be obtained online at Visit for more information.

Notice: Have your say. Vote for your OCSB Trustee.
Ensuring you have a voice in in the upcoming municipal election means ensuring you are on the voter’s list so that you can vote for an OCSB Trustee. By default, everyone’s school support is automatically directed to the “English Public” school. This means that you may need to proactively change your direction of school support (taxes) to “English Separate” in order to vote for an OCSB Trustee. Update your status quickly and easily at Learn more.
Notice: 2018 Municipal election process for Trustees
The next regular municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. This includes election for the office of school board Trustee. A candidate for school board trustee must be eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election under Section 219 of the Education Act. View supporting resources, election key dates, and the live listing of 2018 nominated municipal candidates.
Notice: Cannabis: What Parents Need to Know
Browse this fact sheet on recreational cannabis. It provides information about legalization, risks, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support. Read more.
Notice: Specialized programs for high performance athletes & artists
Some of our high school students are high performing athletes and artists with demanding training and competition schedules. We recognize the need to provide flexibility to our elite athletes and artists so that they may continue to train at the provincial, national, and international level in their disciplines, while continuing with their academic studies. Our secondary schools provide a variety of supports for our high performing athletes and artists which may include:


  • personalized timetabling
  • flexible attendance expectations to suit training and competition schedules
  • later school start times
  • access to e-learning
  • access to our Achievement Centres (flexible learning environment)
  • a staff mentor/advocate
  • assignment completion accommodations
  • support in accessing summer school learning opportunities

Please contact your community OCSB school to find out more about the supports that may be available for your child.

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Catch a glimpse of what’s buzzing in the OCSB community. Do you have news, an idea or story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it. Email your story or idea to

Back-to-school-tips for parents and students

Back-to-school-tips for parents and students

It’s that time of year again when we welcome back over 42,000 students into our OCSB classrooms. While there are many children who look forward to the start of school, others may be experiencing anxiety from those back-to-school butterflies. Keeping an open dialogue with your child will go a long way in helping your child feel great about their upcoming school year. Remember that your child’s teacher and school principal are also incredibly valuable resources in creating proactive solutions for your child’s success. The school-home partnership is key. We’ve assembled some tips to help you and your child prepare for the start of another school year.

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12 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

12 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

Heading to kindergarten for the first time can be pretty overwhelming. Many parents of a four year old experience excitement but apprehension about enrolling their child in kindergarten for the first time. With good reason; there are many decisions that have to be made when preparing a child for their first year of school. What about before and after school care? What types of French language programs are offered? Is their child ready to spend that length of time away from home?

For these and many other questions, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is here to help put your mind at east about your child’s upcoming journey. Check out our 12 ways to help prepare your child for kindergarten and give your child the best possible start.

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