Policies and Procedures

4107 - Policy - Equity And Inclusive Education Policy

1.0 The Durham District School Board upholds equity and inclusivity as essential to ensure educational excellence. In accordance with the principles enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Constitution Act (1982) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, and as outlined in PPM No. 119, (June 24, 2009), the Board and its staff are committed to the elimination of discrimination and discriminatory barriers that may exist whether because of commission or omission. These principles include, but are not limited to, the following dimensions of diversity and their intersections: ancestry, culture, dis/ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. These considerations are critical to ensuring equitable access and educational outcomes for all students, and equity of opportunity and access for their families, and our staff who serve them.

    The principles of equity and inclusive education will be reflected in the board’s policies, programs, operations and practices, and this policy will address the following areas of focus:
        1. Shared and committed leadership
        2. School community relationships
        3. Inclusive curriculum and assessment practices
        4. Religious accommodation
        5. School and workplace climate and the prevention of discrimination and harassment
        6. Professional learning
        7. Accountability and transparency


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