Safe and Inclusive Schools
Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
Ontario is taking important steps forward to reduce discrimination and embrace diversity in our schools to improve overall student achievement and reduce achievement gaps. The Ministry of Education’s Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act (Bill 157) came into effect on February 1, 2010. It is the latest step in our strategy to help make Ontario’s schools safer.
The new legislation requires that all school staff report serious incidents (that could lead to suspension or expulsion) to their principal, and that principals notify parents/guardians of victims when a student has been harmed. In addition, all staff who work directly with students, for example teachers or educational assistants, must respond not only to serious incidents but also to inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour among students. This could include racist or sexist comments, graffiti or vandalism, behaviours and activities that are unacceptable in Ontario schools.
Students need a safe and positive learning and teaching environment to succeed at school. But it isn’t just the school’s responsibility to make that happen. All of us have a part to play in making and keeping schools safe.
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Education's website for full details on the
Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy >>
Ontario's Equity & Inclusive Education Strategy - Realizing the Promise of Diversity >>
Quick Facts about Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy >>
Keeping our Kids Safe at School - Reporting and Responding to Incidents >>
Ministry of Education's Policy/Program Memorandum (PPM) No. 119 - Equity and Inclusive Education >>
Ministry of Education's PPM No. 145 - Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour >>
Presentations from the Equity and Inclusive Education Network Conference
Eric Roher - Managing Religious Accommodations >>
Chris D'Souza - Inclusive Education >>
Rachel Olivero - Equity and Inclusion - Key to Student Success >>
Rachel Olivero - Using Equity and Inclusive Education to Promote Student Achievement >>
Milanetti and Storey - Equitable and Inclusive Human Resources Practices >>
Milanetti and Storey - Dufferin Peel Catholic Equity and Inclusive Education Practices >>
Trevor Ludski - Policy Review through an Equity Lens >>
Trevor Ludski - Inclusive Policies and HR Practices >>
Last Updated: 2010-08-09