Schools Closed to Students for Remainder of School Year

The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed to students and staff for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Students will continue virtual learning during this time.


Anti-Black Racism - Mental Health Supports

Anti-Black Racism - Mental Health Supports

Resources for parents to speak with their children about anti-Black racism

Please visit Anti-Black Racism Resources for Parents, compiled by York Region District School Board’s Inclusive School and Community Services team.

Culturally Relevant Mental Health Supports

Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650 

Taibu Community Health Centre416-644-3536 

Tropicana Community Services: 416-439-9009 

Crisis Mental Health Supports for Students

310-COPE: 905-310-COPE (2673) or 1-855-310-COPE (2673) - Available 24/7 

KidsHelpPhone: 1-800-668-6868, text 686868 - Available 24/7 

York Hills Help Phone Line: 905-503-9561 - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-4:00 p.m. for children and youth (0-18 years) and their parents, caregivers or adult supporters. 

Community Agencies

To learn more about Black community agencies that provide supports in your area, please explore the hyperlinks below: 

Understanding the Reality o​f the Black Student Learner

YRDSB acknowledges that communities and therefore schools and classrooms are not neutral spaces. Such forces as conflicting ideologies, competing oppressions, and a lack of understanding of sociopolitical, sociohistorical and sociocultural contexts, affect the reality of the Black students and their families and staff. This will need to be coupled with our own personal interrogation of power, privilege, and understanding of race, racism and anti-Black racism.

The following links provide examples of the experiences of Black Student Learners in education: