Every student has a right to learn in a safe, caring and supportive environment. YRDSB promotes safe, caring and supportive school and work environments to optimize student and staff learning, safety and effectiveness. Our Board is committed to creating and maintaining caring and safe environments where students, staff, parents/guardians and others feel safe at school and at all school-related events and activities.
In reinforcing appropriate behaviour, staff use a progressive disciplinary approach and a continuum of positive practices that strive to teach, promote and reinforce positive and productive behaviours while providing predictable and supportive consequences to behaviours that are identified as being inappropriate. Clear behavioural expectations support student engagement and are based on meaningful communication between students, parents/guardians or adult students and the school. It is the intent in all situations involving inappropriate behaviour to achieve fairness in consequences for the wrongdoer/aggressor and support for the victim. Information will be shared with the victim and parents of the victim to the extent that legislation allows.
We embrace a progressive approach to discipline in schools. In partnership with parents and the community, the development of good character, cultural proficiency, and appropriate social skills that build healthy relationships is the priority.