Since March of 2020, we have all experienced unprecedented change and witnessed unbelievable adaptability and resilience. As part of our preparations to return to learning in September 2021, we have been working closely with Region of Waterloo Public Health, the Ministry of Education, subject matter experts from throughout the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB), our union partners, community members, and our Board of Trustees to develop plans that honour human rights and equity, promote health and safety, and encourage the well-being of our students, staff and the broader community. Every facet of our system has been examined and re-imagined to prioritize the safety of all those who enter our buildings and to ensure that Human Rights and Equity are at the forefront of everything we do.
Our staff will prioritize the creation of safe, caring and inclusive classrooms and school communities where students are honoured and experience a strong sense of belonging. We are committed to supporting our most vulnerable students and staff while they transition back to the classroom, while providing high-quality learning to help students rise to their highest potential.
We continue to be led by our Guiding Principles, which we developed to direct our efforts toward a return to teaching and learning. Importantly, Human Rights and Equity are foundational to our decisions.