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Reglious Accommodations
The Durham District School Board and Southwood Park Public School are pleased to announce the release of our new document Guidelines and Procedures for the Accommodation of Religious Requirements Practices and Observances. This document has been produced in compliance with requirements of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy within the contexts of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code. This document will assist us to create and maintain equitable and inclusive environments within our schools and facilities, and guide the process of providing religious accommodations as the need arises. The document is available for viewing at http://ddsb.durham.edu.on.ca/DDSBmain.htm or you may ask to review a copy at your child’s school.
 
If you anticipate that you or your family might require religious accommodation at any point during the school year we ask that you inform the administration at your child’s school as early as possible, preferably at the start of the school year. Areas that you might consider include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Observation of major religious holy days and celebrations
  • Accommodation in, or exemption from, specific areas of the curriculum or other school activities
  • Religious attire
  • Modesty requirements in physical education
  • School opening and closing exercises
  • Prayer
  • Dietary requirements
You are also welcome to speak to your school administration about unanticipated religious accommodation needs as they arise.