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Equity and Inclusive Education and Safe Schools

 

The DSBN is committed to student success by working together to inspire, empower, and support all learners to achieve their full potential by providing safe learning environments that respect all students and staff. 

Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy defines Inclusive Education as “Education that is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students.  Students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, in which diversity is honoured and all individuals are respected. 

You are invited to view our DSBN Equity Policy which reflects the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. 

To speak to a DSBN staff member about Equity and Inclusive Education and/or Safe Schools initiatives, please contact: 

Brandie Lancione, Consultant of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, (905) 227-5551 ext. 52343, Brandie.Lancione@dsbn.org  

or  

Susie Palumbo, Student Achievement Leader - Well-Being (K - 12), (905) 227-5551 ext. 52402, Susie.Palumbo@dsbn.org 

Recognizing and Respecting Faith Diversity 

The DSBN recognizes and values the religious diversity within its community and is committed to providing a safe, respectful and equitable environment for all, free from all forms of discriminatory or harassing behaviours based on religion.   

While the Board and its staff will take all reasonable steps to ensure freedom of religion and religious practices consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code, it is expected that students and their families will help the Board to understand their religious needs and will work with the Board and its schools to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations.   

Areas of accommodation include, but are not limited to: 

  • School opening and closing exercises; 
  • Leave of Absence for Religious Holy Days; 
  • Prayer; 
  • Dietary requirements; 
  • Fasting; 
  • Religious dress; 
  • Modesty requirements in physical education; and 
  • Participation in daily activities and curriculum. 

To make a request for religious accommodation, staff, students, and parents/guardians may provide a written or verbal request to the school principal or staff administrator. 

To Learn More 

Ontario’s Safe Schools Strategy and Action Plan- Ontario.ca/acceptingschools 

Ontario’s Policy on Bullying Prevention and Intervention- http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/144.pdf 

Provincial Code of Conduct- Safe Schools: Code of Conduct 

Parent Tool Kit Teen Edition:  What Parents Can Do to Help Their Teens Succeed.  This toolkit is a collection of tips, suggestions and resources for parents to help them support and encourage their teens in school.  www.ontariodirectors.ca/Parent_Engagement/Parent_Engagement.html  

Safe@School.  This website provides resources about bullying prevention and equity and inclusive education.  www.safeatschool.ca  

Resources 

District School Board of Niagara
191 Carlton Street, St. Catharines
Ontario L2R 7P4
P: 905-641-1550