Statement re: Health and Physical Education Curriculum

A recent announcement from the Minister of Education has indicated that the Ontario Ministry of Education intends to make changes to the current Health and Physical Education curriculum across the province. While any formal information regarding its implementation is upcoming, we at the Waterloo Region District School Board, would like remind our community that we remain committed to the well-being and success of each and every student.

We will continue to place a priority on ensuring that our students feel included, safe and cared for and that the diversity and the lived experiences of our students are validated, respected and celebrated. We will uphold our responsibility, guided by the Ontario Human Rights Code, to ensure that each and every student feels reflected in our schools and classrooms.

It is critical that the curriculum provided in the classroom reflects our current times and the identities of our students, families and community. As we deliver curriculum, approved and set out by the Ministry, our capable and compassionate educators are committed and able to meet curriculum expectations while creating safe and accepting environments where all students can learn and achieve.

We continue to hear a variety of concerns in our community and have received a number of inquiries as to the status of the changes. As the details of any upcoming curriculum changes unfold, we will provide this information back to our community.

The Waterloo Region District School Board would also welcome the opportunity to shape any proposed revisions. We invite parents, families, students, staff or any member of the community who wishes to inquire about how to offer input on this process, to contact their Member of Provincial Parliament or the Minister of Education and we thank everyone who has expressed an interest in this matter.

Sincerely,

Scott McMillan
Chair of the Board

 

John Bryant
Director of Education