Category Archives: Equity and Inclusivity

Human Rights Commissioner’s Office

York Region District School Board is committed to creating safe, equitable and inclusive learning and working environments. As part of this commitment, the Board established a Human Rights Commissioner’s Office (HRCO).

The HRCO was created in response to a growing awareness that a space was needed within the school board environment to effectively address issues of discrimination and harassment specific to the Human Rights Code.

The HRCO is an arms-length office for Human Rights Code compliance under the Board’s Human Rights Policy.

The HRCO website provides the YRDSB community access to important information related to human rights, a confidential complaint reporting process and contact information for the office.
The website can be found at www.yrdsb.ca/hrco.

Every Student Counts Survey Reminder

November 2018

Dear Families,

On November 12, York Region District School Board invited all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS). Thank you to all of the families who have completed the survey so far. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

This is a friendly reminder for families with child(ren) in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to please complete the online survey at home with your child by November 30.  Earlier this month, you should have received a school letter with a link to the online survey. Families with more than one child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 were asked to complete one survey per child.

The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

If you have misplaced your letter, please contact the school office.  If you have already completed the survey, please disregard this letter.

The ESCS is voluntary and confidential. Survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;
  • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,
  • Improve student achievement and well-being.

A summary of the results (grouped data only) will be available at schools and on the Board’s website in Spring 2019.

If you have any questions about the survey, please feel free to contact me. Additional information about the survey (i.e., FAQs and survey questions), is available at www.yrdsb.ca/escs.

This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments. Parents and guardians are our strongest partners in education and we thank you for your support.

Hallowe’en

To those families celebrating Hallowe’en on October 31st, we wish you all a safe and happy Hallowe’en.

Please note that on October 31st, the focus of the day remains on instruction, any Hallowe’en related activities are optional, and students will have a choice to participate in alternative activities. We also want to share that there is no expectation for students to bring a costume that day nor do we not want families to feel pressured to spend money on costumes. Students celebrating this occasion in costume at our school on October 31st must comply with the Caring and Safe School’s policy. Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, etc. are not in compliance with York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0. Should your child bring a costume to school on October 31st we would ask that no replica weapons (ex. Swords, guns) be brought to school if they are part of the costume. We also ask that students not wear masks to ensure they can see clearly. Costumes should be respectful of others. For example, if something is representative of a person’s culture or religious beliefs, then it should not be worn as another person’s costume. Further, in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, it is important that costumes do not trivialize and devalue the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  We also ask that no food be sent into the school from families (ex. cupcakes for a classroom to celebrate the day).

For some members of our community, Hallowe’en brings memories of dress -up parades, costume competitions, and classroom parties whereas for others it bears a very different meaning. As with each of our traditions and ways of doing things, it is valuable to revisit our practices to ensure that we, “demonstrate equity and inclusivity in all we do”. It is important for us to recognize that not all families celebrate and participate in Halloween. The reasons for not participating are varied, and they include cultural beliefs, faith, socioeconomic status, and personal reasons. As part of our ongoing work in demonstrating equity and inclusivity in all that we do as a school and as a school board, we have started to rethink our own tradition of a Hallowe’en parade at our school. We are seeking your feedback as well as we move forward. For this school year, we will continue our tradition of having families who wish to join us for our sharing parade at 2:00 p.m. We ask any families joining us who wish to take pictures to please only take pictures of your own child to ensure we do not violate privacy laws.

Many of our students will enjoy treats over the next few weeks. As always, we wish to promote healthy eating at our school, and discourage students from bringing candies that are in abundance around Halloween to school. Many candies and treats, especially the small chocolate bars that the children receive during Trick or Treating contain peanuts and other nuts. These are great to enjoy at home. Given the variety of allergies we have throughout our building, we would ask all families to continue to be vigilant when selecting which snacks to bring to school. It is also important that students don’t trade snacks with each other.

Your continued support of student safety is greatly appreciated.

Mr. Collins