OCDSB Statement: All students have the right to feel safe

OCDSB Statement: All students have the right to feel safe
Posted on 10/19/2021
OCDSB Statement: All students have the right to feel safe

Students, families, and staff of all gender identities and expressions have the right to feel physically and emotionally safe, welcomed and accepted at school and in the wider community. 

In all of our schools, our focus is to foster inclusive environments where all members of the school community feel safe and comfortable to explore and express their gender identity and gender expression. This also means ensuring students and staff are safe from overt forms of discrimination. We are committed to recognizing and valuing the identities of our students through the representation of gender diversity in our classrooms and curricula.

For students to feel safe and free to be who they are, to love who they love, we must work together as a community. If you see or experience hate or discrimination we encourage you to report it to a trusted staff member, your principal or vice principal or to the Office of the Human Rights and Equity Advisor

We would like to thank families and community for extending this welcoming environment beyond the school and standing up against hate and discrimination. Your messages of care and support are essential to let students, families and staff know they are valued.

Additional resources

The OCDSB 2SLGBTQ+ Supports page includes a variety of resources for students, families and staff. This includes:

  • Guidance on how to support trans and gender diverse students (available in English, French and Arabic)
  • Background on the rights of trans, gender diverse or questioning students (available in English, French and Arabic)
  • Links to school supports and community organizations
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