Ward 7

What is Ward 7 All About?

Runnymede Public School is one of 22 schools in Ward 7 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). A publicly elected Trustee represents each Ward. The Trustee holds Ward Council meetings to share and discuss relevant topics and issues facing the TDSB. Each school elects 1-2 parent representatives to attend these meetings and report back to Runnymede School Council.

Runnymede’s Ward 7 Rep is Kathleen Hyatt.  Get in touch any time about school issues of importance to you.

Join the Ward 7 Facebook group and stay in the know!!! 

Our Trustee Robin Pilkey invites all Ward 7 parents to join the ward’s facebook group…  TDSB Ward 7 Council

December 2019 Update

Hello parents and community members 🙂 Tons of very important information below!! Please take a quick look and have your opinion heard!!

Labour Update

Of important note, (taken from the TDSB website):

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) has announced that, should a tentative agreement not be reached, its members (teachers and education workers) will conduct a one-day walkout (full withdrawal of services) on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and return to work on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Follow the links below for the most up to date information on OSSTF/ETFO Labour Negotiations.

TDSB info available here:https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Labour-Negotiations

Visit the OPSBA website for the latest updates on central bargaining.

 Secondary School Review Update and Survey:

*This review will be rolled out over the next 10 years, so please have your say. Your young children now will be affected by any changes in the future!!!

This review will address both over and under utilized schools, and will affect programming, access and locations of facilities.

Find more information here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/High-School/Secondary-Program-Review

The review here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1342wqstnaChU4bo1atVRBhERDC6IX-Eh/view

And have your say here: https://surveys.tdsb.on.ca/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=392394&lang=en

The deadline is Jan. 31st 2020

 Policy Consultation- Optional Attendance

You can find the policy here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary/OptionalAttendance

And have your say here: https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Policies-Procedures-Forms/Policy-Consultations

That is all for now, but as always if you have any questions or feedback please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at kathleenjhyatt@gmail.com

Kathleen Hyatt
Ward 7 Rep for Runnymede PS

October 2019 Update

Hello neighbours,

Here is a brief summary of things happening around our Ward and the TDSB, please if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly at kathleenjhyatt@gmail.com and I can help you find the answers!

Budget Update:

On June 19, 2019, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) approved the Operating Budget Plan for the 2019-20 school year that required $67.8 million in staff reductions and changes to program/service delivery. For detailed information please click HERE.

Labour Update:

Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF) and The Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) are still in contract negotiations, for up to date information please see HERE.

Secondary School Review:

For information on this review (that effects class size changes, mandatory e-learning, and a plan/vision of how schools  could look in the years to come following cuts) please see HERE.

French as a Second Language Program Review Recommendations:

“At the June 2019 Board meeting, recommendations to change the Intensive French-as-a Second Language programs in the TDSB were passed. These changes include the phasing out of the Grade 7 Entry Extended French program, a transition from Junior Extended French (Grade 4 Entry) to Middle French Immersion (Grade 4 Entry) as well as a shift in entry point for the Early French Immersion from Senior Kindergarten to Junior Kindergarten entry.” They also include a Core French Strategy. For detailed information on this please click HERE.

And finally, Policy Consultations:

Optional Attendance- A Review of the TDSB’s Optional Attendance Policy will be reviewed with community input (this would include things like admittance to special programs at another school, students being able to attend a school in which they are registered for childcare but is not their home school, sibling given priority to programs like french immersion etc)

For information on the Optional Attendance Policy please click HERE.
For information on the review, please click HERE.

There will be a public meeting on the Optional Attendance Policy Consultation on November 14, 2019 at 7 PM at Western Technical-Commercial School (125 Evelyn Crescent, Toronto, M6P 3E3).

That’s all for now,


Fix Our Schools Campaign


Fix Our Schools is a grassroots, non-partisan, parent-led campaign that is building a large network of citizens across the province asking for the same thing: safe, well-maintained schools that provide environments conducive to learning.

This campaign has engaged thousands of Ontario citizens already and has been successful in convincing the provincial government to bring annual funding for school repairs up to an industry-accepted standard of $1.4-B per year. However, there is still the $15-B repair backlog that has accumulated over the past 20 years to address … so we need your help!

The more people engaged in this campaign, the more collective power we have … so please sign up at www.fixourschools.ca to receive informative emails and ideas for action; or follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Fix Our Schools makes political activism very easy!


Who is our Trustee and what does she do?

In October 2014, Ward 7 voters elected Robin Pilkey as our Trustee. In August, 2015, Robin was acclaimed as Chair of the TDSB.

Trustees govern the TDSB and serve as their Ward’s advocates for public education by:

  • promoting student achievement and wellbeing
  • playing a key role in setting the strategic direction of the TDSB
  • ensuring local accountability for student success and wellbeing
  • putting in place programs and policies that reflect the needs of students in their community
  • working with the TDSB’s Director of Education to provide direction for the achievement of key goals and priorities
  • ensuring the effective operation of the school board.

* Synopsis of information provided by Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA)

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