Welcome to Rainy River District

Questions and Answers

Employment:

How do I apply for a position with the Rainy River District School Board?

Teaching Positions:

Applications for teaching positions must include all of the following documentation:

  • A cover letter indicating the type of teaching position for which you are applying.

  • A current resume.

  • The names of two professional references, one of which must be from a current or recent supervisor). Please complete the Board's 'Reference Authorization Form' and submit it with your application package. Click here to complete the Reference Authorization Form (Word / PDF).

  • Relevant supporting documentation, such as your practice teaching reports.

  • A current copy of your Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) qualification.

All Non-Teaching Positions:

Applications for non-teaching positions must include all of the following documentation:

  • Completed application form. Click here for Application Form (Word / PDF).

  • A cover letter indicating the type of position for which you are applying.

  • A current resume.

  • Documentation of credentials (e.g. copy of degree or diploma).

  • The names of two professional references, one of which must be a current or recent supervisor. Please complete the Board's Reference Authorization Form and submit it with your application package. Click here to complete the Reference Authorization Form (Word / PDF).

Teaching After Retirement from the Rainy River District School Board:

Please submit a letter of application and include the names of two professional references, one of which must be from your most recent Principal. Also complete the Board's 'Reference Authorization Form' and submit it with your letter of application. Click here to complete the Reference Authorization Form (Word / PDF).

Submit Your Application To:

Teaching and Non-Teaching application packages are to be submitted by mail, email, or in person to:

Human Resources Department
Rainy River District School Board
522 Second Street East
Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 1N4

fax: (807) 274-1950 (confidential fax in the Human Resources Department)
email: humanresources@mail.rrdsb.com

Please note:

  • All applications will be kept on file for six months.

  • We will advertise in local/regional newspapers and on our Board website when there are teacher vacancies. You are invited to apply for any vacancy of interest to you.

  • Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • Application packages must be submitted in full for each job posting number an applicant is interested in applying for.

Criminal Background Check (CBC):

Why do I have to submit a Criminal Background Check with vulnerable sector screening before working for the Rainy River District School Board?

Effective January 1, 2001, Regulation 521/01 of the Safe Schools Act came into effect. This Regulation requires all current employees and service providers who come into direct and regular contact with students to provide a Criminal Background Check with vulnerable sector screening.

For more information on the Criminal Background Check Policy 3.52, click here

Occupational Heath and Safety:

How do I report a workplace accident or illness?
Click here for Procedure 7.37

Health and Safety Incidents - Forms Flow Chart

How do I participate with a modified work plan?
Click here for the Employer and Worker Obligations with Return to Work or Modified Work Programs flyer - Click here for Procedure 7.37

Benefits:

This section is under construction during the benefits transition processes.

Inclement Weather:

What do I do if I cannot travel to the school because of a snowstorm?
You are expected to make every reasonable effort to travel to your school. If you cannot safely travel to your school, you are expected to contact your supervisor and then travel to the closest school for further instructions about the duties for your day.

For additional information, please click on the Inclement Weather Procedure. Procedure 3.20

Training

How can I complete the on-line training requested by the Board?
The training modules will be assigned to you through the Safe Schools Training software. You will receive an email upon activation.

Workplace Violence Prevention

Does the Board provide training on Workplace Violence Prevention?
The Rainy River District School Board provides training on Workplace Violence Prevention upon hire and when it is determined that refresher training is required for all staff. On-line training modules are used. As well, particular employee groups receive classroom training as deemed appropriate, for example Educational Assistants are provided with BMS training on an ongoing basis.

How can I complete the Workplace Violence Prevention training module? This training module is now available through Safe Schools (Scenario Learning) software package. This module will be assigned to you upon hire.

Maternity/Parental Leave:

REQUEST MATERNITY/PARENTAL LEAVE

When can I request maternity/parental leave from the Board?

You must give the Board at least two weeks written notice before beginning your maternity/parental leave.

How do I ask the Board about maternity /parental leave?

Please use the attached Form Letter to show the date for the start of your maternity and whether you choose sick leave or Employment Insurance “top up” for 8 weeks. Attach the doctor’s note showing the expected due date for delivery of your baby.

CUPE / ESP / ETFO / Non-Union / OSSTF

What happens if my dates to start maternity leave are earlier or later than my original request?

Please send a new written notice to the Board with the revised date to start maternity leave. If the date to start maternity leave is changed to a later date, please send a new written notice to the Board with this revised date.

What if I choose to return from parental leave earlier than indicated in writing to the Board?

You must provide written notice to the Board at least four (4) weeks before the new earlier return date.

RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT (ROE)

When will the Board electronically send my record of employment (ROE) to Service Canada so that I can start Employment Insurance?

The Record of Employment (ROE) is electronically sent by the Payroll office after your last day of pay by the Board prior to your maternity/parental leave. If you were on Board sick leave prior to the start of your maternity/parental leave, the ROE is issued after the Board pays your last sick day. Note: you will not receive a paper copy of this ROE.

SUPPLEMENTAL EMPLOYMENT BENEFIT (SEB)

What is Supplemental Employment Benefit (SEB)?

SEB is paid to eligible employees during the EI two week waiting period when an employee does not receive EI payments. The Board will pay 100% of normal weekly earnings for the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefit to eligible employees. Eligible employees shall provide evidence to the Board that a waiting period has been served (dates included) in order to receive payment from the Board for this waiting period.

If SEB occurs during the 8 weeks of EI top up immediately following the birth of your baby, the Board will pay 100% of the normal weekly earnings for the two week unpaid waiting period to eligible employees followed by 6 weeks of EI top up.

How will I receive payment from the Board for Supplemental Employment Benefit (SEB)?

Employees shall provide information to Payroll that a specific two week waiting period was served in order to receive 75% of normal weekly earnings for the two week waiting period. A screenshot of "My current claim" and "My Payments" from the EI website are required before top-up can be paid.

BENEFIT COVERAGE

How do I ensure that our new baby is covered by the Board benefit plan?

ETFO/OSSTF/ETFO-ESP/CUPE members need to contact OTIP as they are the provider @ 1-866-783-6847

Will I receive board paid benefits while on maternity/parental leave?

Yes, if you had Board paid benefits prior to your maternity/parental leave, the Board will continue to pay these benefits during your maternity/parental leave. You will be contacted by the business office to clarify and confirm the benefits and premiums required during your maternity/parental leave.

SICK LEAVE BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN

Can I use Board sick leave if my doctor advises me to leave work for medical reasons prior the start date of maternity leave?

Yes, you may use Board paid sick leave prior to the birth of your baby if you are sick prior to the birth of your baby. Your supervisor may ask for a medical note to support this request for sick leave prior to your maternity leave.

OTHER MATERNITY LEAVE/PARENTAL LEAVE QUESTIONS

To review your questions about pregnancy and parental leave or entitlement under the provincial Employment Standards, follow this LINK

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0

  • What is pregnancy leave?
  • What is parental leave?
  • Who is considered to be a parent?
  • Can a part time employee take pregnancy and parental leave?
  • Can I be fired or let go if I am eligible to take pregnancy or parental leave?
  • Do I get paid when I’m away on leave?
  • When do I qualify for pregnancy and parental leave?
  • When can I begin pregnancy leave?
  • When can I begin parental leave?
  • Do I have to notify my employer when I go on pregnancy or parental leave?
  • Can I still go on leave if I do not give my employer notice?
  • What if I don’t return to work after pregnancy or parental leave?
  • What rights will I have when I return from pregnancy or parental leave?
  • What do I earn in the way of credits during pregnancy and parental leave?
  • What if I think my employer is not following the Employment Standards Act?
  • Can I see the Employment Standards Act?

To review your entitlement for pregnancy and parental leave under the federal government, follow this LINK http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/pregnancy.php

Family Medical Leave:

Can I receive pay while I am away from work to care for a family member who has a serious medical condition where there is a significant risk of death occurring within twenty six (26) weeks?
You may apply for Family Medical Leave through Employment Insurance (EI) and, following approval, you would be paid by EI for up to twenty eight (28) weeks.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/family-medical-leave

Personal Emergency Leave:

I need to be away from my job with the Board for a family or personal emergency. Is there an emergency leave that I could request through Employment Insurance?

Yes, this is called a Personal Emergency Leave through Employment Standards . You have the right to take up to 10 days (2 days paid and 8 days unpaid) of job-protected leave each calendar year due to illness, injury and certain other emergencies and urgent matters.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/personal-emergency-leave

Family Caregiver Leave:

I have a family member that needs support and care due to a serious illness. Is there a leave available to allow for this support?

Family caregiver leave is unpaid, job-protected leave of up to eight weeks per calendar year per specified family member.

Family caregiver leave may be taken to provide care or support to certain family members for whom a qualified health practitioner has issued a certificate stating that they have a a serious medical condition.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/family-caregiver-leave

Critical Illness Leave:

I have a child that is critically ill. Is there a leave that I can access to support my child?

Critical illness leave is unpaid job-protected leave of absence of up to 37 weeks in relation to a critically ill minor child, or 17 weeks in relation to a critically ill adult within a 52-week period.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/critical-illness-leave

Crime-Related Child Disappearance Leave:

Crime-related child death or disappearance leave is an unpaid job-protected leave of absence. It provides up to 104 weeks with respect to the crime-related disappearance of a child.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/crime-related-child-disappearance-leave

Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave:

Domestic or sexual violence leave is a job-protected leave of absence. It provides up to 10 days and 15 weeks in a calendar year of time off to be taken for specific purposes when an employee or an employees child has experienced or been threatened with domestic or sexual violence. The first five days of leave taken in a calendar year are paid, and the rest are unpaid.

https://www.ontario.ca/document/your-guide-employment-standards-act-0/domestic-or-sexual-violence-leave

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

What is the EFAP Program?

How can I make an appointment to see an EFAP counsellor with this program?

As a Board employee, call the toll free phone number (1-888-423-5862) to arrange this free confidential appointment with the EFAP counsellor.

How can I talk with an EFAP counsellor from my home? - Click Here

For more information, click the RRDSB EFAP link below

https://www.rrdsb.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73704&pageId=4835597

Accessibility

How can I learn more about the Accessibility Feedback Form, Accessibility Policy/Procedures, Board Accessibility Plan and customer service standard training?

Follow this link

Accessible and Healthy Workplace Program

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