Regular Board Meeting
November 2, 2010
A. Danko asked that the motion be amended to substitute the policy with the version providedby J. Matters.
Moved by: A. Danko (amendment) Seconded by: J. Matters
, that the Halton Catholic District School Board approve the amended version circulated prior to the Board Meeting of Operating Policy II-45 Education and Inclusive Education in third reading.
Moved by: J. Matters Seconded by: P. Houlahan
, that page 4 of the policy:
… and that prevent full participatory school
- community relations
be deleted from the Policy.
A. Danko presented the following amendment to the Policy.
Moved by: A. Danko Seconded by: J. Matters
, a memo written by his Excellency Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher, Chair of the Education Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) was addressed to the HCDSB and all Catholic school boards in Ontario, dated January 19, 2010;
, the memos topic was regarding the issue of discipline in school but also discusses several issues related to issues of equity and inclusion;
, Bishop Durocher, speaking on behalf of the Bishops of Ontario, who are in agreement with promoting mutual understanding and equity, has asked Catholic school boards to carefully consider the appropriateness of several activities proposed by the ministry to support the equity and inclusion policy and whether they should be applied to Catholic schools;
, Bishop Durocher explains that the ministry-
straight alliances” or
clubs, imply a self-identification with sexual orientation that is often premature among high school students.
, in this memo the Bishops have asked Catholic school boards to refrain from establishing such alliances or clubs in particular as an activity to support the implementation of the equity policy, and to instead consider other types of dialogue groups that can achieve the objective of mutual understanding and healthy relationships;
Bishop Durocher has also requested that the equity policy development process take into account this and the other concerns contained in his memo; therefore
that, Policy II-45 be amended by adding the following text
“While the board iscommitted to equity and inclusion, some ministry proposed activities such as “gay
traight alliances” or clubs cannot be permitted. Other types of dialogue groups that
remain in conformity with Catholic teaching that could achieve the same objectives of promoting understanding are to be encouraged instead
” be added to
text after the sentence near the top of page 4 that ends with
“… free from all forms of unjust discriminationand harassment”
C. Schneider spoke against the proposed motion
on the basis that “gay
straight alliances” are
not necessarily about self identification but more about acceptance of those who might, oreventually might, be gay or homosexual and expressed concern with telling students that there