A revised equity policy was recently approved by the Board of Trustees. The policy underscores the Board’s commitment to the elimination of institutional discrimination and the promotion of fairness, equity, acceptance and inclusion.
The revision reflects the equity commitments made in the Board’s Integrated Equity Framework and sets a consistent direction for all of the Board’s policies and procedures to align in support of students’ achievement and well-being.
The revised policy was developed by the Equity Policy Advisory Committee following nearly a year of consultation with key stakeholders. The final document’s notable changes include:
- Compliance with new legislative requirements under the Education Act and Human Rights accommodations;
- Applying Katelynn’s Principle to all decision-making affecting children;
- Increased focus on the importance of creating positive school climates and integrating mental health and well-being and equity objectives and supports; and
- Enhanced prominence of student voice, engagement and leadership.
- The Equity Policy has not been updated since its original adoption in June 1999.
- Other affected TDSB policies will now be reviewed and revised to align with the Equity Policy principles.
- The comprehensive glossary of terms includes 113 definitions.
“The TDSB has demonstrated consistent leadership in supporting equity, which is strengthened by the updating of this policy. This Equity Policy will guide every decision we make, ensuring that students are at the centre of every decision and supported by our principles of equity.”
- Robin Pilkey, Chair, TDSB
“This equity work is critical and the revision of this policy lays the foundation for everything we do in the TDSB in support of our students. We have listened to our communities and I am proud of this policy and the message it sends about our continued commitment to helping all students succeed.”
- John Malloy, Director, TDSB