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Inclusive Education

The OCDSB works to ensure equity of opportunity and equity of access to the full range of programs, services, and resources to foster successful educational achievement and social outcomes. To achieve an equitable and inclusive school climate, all schools in the OCDSB will strive to ensure that all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. The OCDSB has an Equity and Inclusive Education policy and procedure, which aligns with Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
Diversity refers to the presence of a wide range of human qualities and attributes within a group, organization, or society. The dimensions of diversity include, but are not limited to, ancestry, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, physical and intellectual ability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Equity
refers to a condition or state of fair, inclusive, and respectful treatment of all people. Equity does not mean treating people the same without regard for individual differences.

Inclusive Education
refers to education that is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students. Students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment in which diversity is honoured and all individuals are respected.
Inclusive, Safe and Caring Programs provides resources, training opportunities and support to schools to promote equity and inclusive education. Each school has an Inclusive, Safe and Caring Rep to help facilitate communication for all members of the greater school and district community. Inclusive, Safe and Caring Programs also liases with members of the community in order to support schools in the implementation of Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy. This includes the Spiritual Care Workgroup, Advisory Committee of Equity (ACE) and the Rainbow Services Providers Network (RSPN). Inclusive, Safe and Caring Programs maintains a relationship with the RSPN so that we can work to better understand the needs of diverse students, to liaise to provide resources and contacts to OCDSB schools. The RSPN supports events such as the Rainbow Youth Forum, and Rainbow Spring Fling.
 
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