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Fujitsu Delivers Modern Student Information System to the Toronto Catholic District School Board

Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. / Toronto Catholic District School Board / Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace

News Facts:
  • Fujitsu selected for a ten-year period to deliver Follett’s Aspen Student Information System
  • This implementation is in line with a recommendation from the Auditor General of Ontario to roll out a single student information system and services platform
  • The rich functionality of the Aspen system enables better outcomes for school boards, schools, teachers, parents and students
Toronto, Ontario, March 09, 2020

Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. (“Fujitsu”) today announces it has been selected to implement Follett’s Aspen Student Information System1 (“Aspen”) to the Toronto Catholic District School Board (“TCDSB”) through the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (“OECM”) supplier agreement. The agreement between Fujitsu and TCDSB covers a ten-year period during which this system will deliver modern and secure online services to students, while streamlining work for teachers and administrators and helping inform parents about their child’s learning outcomes.

In line with the recommendation by the Auditor General of Ontario to implement a single Student Information System and Services (“SIS”) platform within the province, TCDSB is actively participating in laying the foundation for digital transformation in the classroom. With 38 school boards in Ontario already signed up to implement Aspen, there is enormous potential to drive efficiencies and economies of scale across the entire education system in Ontario.

Benefits of the Aspen System extend to school boards, schools, teachers, parents and students. The secure, web-based SIS can be accessed through browsers and mobile devices with support for both English and French to:

  • Maintain a single, integrated record for each student from kindergarten to high school graduation
  • Manage enrollment, grading, course, and teacher schedules
  • Monitor students’ progress and submit assignments online
  • Offer student access to individualized educational support
  • Enable communication between administrators, teachers, and families on an ongoing basis
  • Support government-mandated and ad hoc student reporting needs
  • Allow collaboration between Ontario school boards to share learning, tools and materials

The TCDSB went through an extensive evaluation process to select the vendor for this implementation and selected Fujitsu due to its track record of delivering services in other Canadian jurisdictions. The procurement was also done in collaboration with other school boards to drive maximum value for public dollars.

Steve Camacho, Chief Information Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board says, “The Aspen Student Information System is critical to our vision for the Digitally Enabled School. It will help us respond to, and prepare us, for the changing world of education, improve practices, drive efficiencies, and better connect with parents and students. We are delighted to be partnering with Fujitsu and encourage other school boards to take advantage of this unique opportunity to extend these modern capabilities across Ontario schools.”

Robert Lai, Head of Public Sector, Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc., says, “Fujitsu is proud to be a strategic partner for the Toronto Catholic District School Board to deliver a world-class Student Information System. With this agreement in place, our focus together is to improve student learning outcomes, enabling educators to spend more time enriching the student learning experience.”

John Sabo, President and CEO, Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace says, “OECM was thrilled to receive an upfront commitment from the Toronto Catholic District School Board; and that the Board of Trustees for TCDSB approved a motion for the investment of a new Student Information System with Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc. Fujitsu is a deeply valued and strong OECM supplier partner who is well-positioned to handle wide-scale district school board implementation. This investment echoes the Auditor General of Ontario’s 2018 Annual Report directive regarding the realization of potential efficiencies and cost savings through a centralized SIS offering – with 38 district school boards signing on to this agreement. OECM is proud to leverage our governance model to work collaboratively with Fujitsu, TCDSB and other district school boards to help modernize and transform staff, parent and student experiences.”

Notes to editors
1Aspen Student Information System: Follett’s centralized platform for hosting and managing student data. Aspen SIS safely and securely stores data like class schedules, school events, student performance, athletic eligibility, individual health records, and much more. Details: https://www.follettlearning.com/technology/products/student-information-system

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About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 132,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.0 trillion yen (US $36 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019. For more information, please see www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Americas

Fujitsu America, Inc. is the parent and/or management company of a group of Fujitsu-owned companies operating in North, Central and South America dedicated to delivering the full range of Fujitsu products, solutions and services in ICT to our customers in the Western Hemisphere. These companies are collectively referred to as Fujitsu Americas. Fujitsu enables clients to meet their business objectives through integrated offerings and solutions, including consulting, systems integration, managed services, outsourcing and cloud services for infrastructure, platforms and applications; data center and field services; and server, storage, software and mobile/tablet technologies. For more information, please visit:
http://fujitsu.com/us and http://twitter.com/fujitsuamerica

About Toronto Catholic District School Board

The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates approximately 90,000 students from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in 195 Catholic elementary and secondary schools, approximately half-a-million Catholic school supporters across the City of Toronto. As the world’s largest publicly funded Catholic school system, we educate students in an inclusive learning community uniting home, parish and school rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge to lead lives of faith, hope and charity. At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action.

About OECM

OECM is a trusted not-for-profit group collaborative sourcing partner for Ontario's education sector, broader public sector, and other not-for-profit organizations. OECM contracts with innovative, reputable suppliers to offer a comprehensive choice of quality products and services, to generate significant savings for our customers. For more information about OECM’s Student Information Systems and Related Services Agreement, go to: https://oecm.ca/student-information-system-and-related-services

Press Contact - FAI

Bryan Hollar

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Date: March 09, 2020
City: Toronto, Ontario
Company: Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc.