The Durham District School Board Equity and Inclusive Education Policy #4107 is a commitment to embracing diverse social realities; while maintaining positive, safe and inclusive environments for all students and staff. The policy is a reflection of Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, supporting all areas of Durham District School Board principles, practices, and guidelines. Duffin's Bay P.S. supports this policy through inclusive activities in our school and school community.
We value and respect all members of our school community and as such ensure that resources are provided that reflect the work being done to address anti-discrimination and inclusive education. These issues are discussed in the Ministry of Education's Curriculum documents to promote fairness, healthy relationships, and active, responsible citizenship. The Durham District School Board's school libraries and classroom resources reflect inclusivity and serve to foster sensitivity towards individuals and groups that have traditionally been and/or are currently being marginalized within the broader society. These resources serve to identify and remove barriers that may exist for various groups and families. They may touch on topics of ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, family status and marital status. Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to promote equity and social justice.
Our Guidelines and Procedures for the Accommodation of Religious Requirements, Practices, and Observances was produced in compliance with requirements of Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. The document is produced within the contexts of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. This document outlines how staff can create and maintain equitable and inclusive environments within schools. It also outlines the process for providing religious accommodations as the need arises. You may ask to review a copy here at the school or online at http://www.ddsb.ca/AboutUs/EquityInclusiveEducation/Pages/default.aspx. If you anticipate that your children may require religious accommodation at any point during the school year we ask that you inform the school as early as possible.
Our school community recognizes the various cultural dates of significance throughout the school year, which are published in our monthly newsletter.