Bill 212 – Progressive Discipline and School Safety Act 2007 Bill 212 was designed to re-balance the zero tolerance approach taken by many boards in response to the  Safe Schools Act (2000), which resulted in high numbers of suspensions and expulsions  To increase consistency and accountability, it shifted the authority to expel students from principals […]

Progressive Discipline

The Waterloo Region District School Board is committed to encouraging positive school climates for staff and students.  Students cannot reach their full potential if they do not feel safe, respected and cared for in the classroom, in the school and on the playground. The Education Act requires school boards to ensure appropriate consequences are applied to inappropriate […]

Choices for Youth – Expulsion Program

WRDSB’s Choices for Youth Program has been designed using a restorative practices-based approach to meet the needs of students who have been fully-expelled from this school Board and every other school in the Province of Ontario. It is a voluntary program. Students and their families must enter into a contract to participate. The program is delivered through […]

Alternative Suspension Program

…marginalized youth cannot be punished/suspended into becoming engaged. Falconer Report, TDSB, 2008 When things go wrong in our schools, often the immediate response is to consequence the student who has made a poor choice. We know from research that punishment alone does not change behaviour and often makes matters worse. When students are only suspended […]

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices are based on a set of values.  These values provide a basis for responding to incidents in a way that meets the needs of individual students, but is centred around a core set of values and beliefs: Mutual respect Skill development Capacity to change Problems can be resolved when given time, support and […]

Safe Caring Inclusive Schools (SCIS)

The Waterloo Region District School Board recognizes that providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe, caring and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which the Board and schools play an important role. Schools that have a variety of prevention and intervention strategies foster a positive learning and teaching environment […]