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HCDSB News Release
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Board Rescinds Its Equity and Inclusive Education Policy
 
 



​At the January 18, 2011 Regular Meeting of the Halton Catholic District School Board, Trustees voted to rescind the Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Policy II-45, and replace it with the Ontario Education Services Corporation’s (OESC) Catholic template policy.

“The Trustees of our Board have decided to adopt the OESC’s Catholic template policy as an interim measure, because it better reflects the intent and objectives of the newly elected Board. The Equity and Inclusive Education Policy, as written and approved in November, 2010, was too restrictive and narrow in focus, and the Board’s decision to rescind the policy, which included a ban on Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs), is based on this acknowledgement,” explains Chair of the Board Alice Anne LeMay. “As a Catholic school system that teaches the respect, dignity and love of all people, we take seriously our faith-directed and legislated responsibilities to provide safe, equitable and inclusive school environments."

The OESC’s Catholic template policy statement was developed in 2010 in consultation with the Catholic community, educators and equity and inclusion policy specialists. The template is designed to assist Catholic school boards in developing policy that meets Ministry requirements and is aligned to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

“The most compelling voices on this issue have come from some of the students in our care, who have expressed to us that they don’t always feel included and they have not always felt safe, and we need to listen to the voices of our students. Those voices are for us the most significant, and we are responding to that articulated need for support,” states Michael Pautler, Director of Education. “We will create safe and supportive forums for all of our students, including our youth who are gay, straight or questioning their sexual orientation. In these gatherings, students can safely discuss issues and concerns and examine ways to address homophobia, bullying, discrimination and harassment of any kind.”

The Halton Catholic District School Board will operate under the template Equity and Inclusive Education for Catholic Boards provided by OESC until such time as the Equity and Inclusive Education Policy is reviewed and amended.

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The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Alice Anne LeMay
Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 150

Michael Pautler
Director of Education
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 115
Alternate Media Contact:
Lisa Stocco
Communications Services
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 126
 

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