We are in the midst of our summer break. I don’t normally blog during this time as I believe it should be a period of refresh and relaxation for our Grand Erie students and staff. However, given the recent developments from the Ministry of Education regarding the Health and Physical Education curriculum, I felt it was important to comment on what’s happening.
At this time, we don’t have a lot of details from the Ministry, other than change is coming. As we await next steps, I want to assure our community that Grand Erie is fully committed to the well-being and achievement of all of our students by providing sound instruction and a learning environment that aligns with the realities of the world in which we live.
Grand Erie is fiercely committed to the ideals of equity and inclusion for all students and staff. This is why Equity is a key indicator in our Multi-Year Plan and its focus on Success for Every Student. It is why we promote diversity and lived experiences in our classrooms, why we celebrate our differences, and why we embrace events and activities that promote acceptance, safety and a sense of belonging.
When the revised Health and Physical Education curriculum was released in 2015, I was a vocal advocate of the changes that I saw as they reflected the reality for our students around inclusion, the internet and social media.
I feel passionately about equity and inclusion in our schools, as do all of our Trustees. As we await further details from the Ministry of Education regarding the Health and Physical Education curriculum, we will not lose sight of our commitment to Equity at Grand Erie and our promotion of practices that help students, families and staff feel safe, welcomed and included in our schools. As a board, we will also do everything we can to be part of any consultation on the Health and Physical Education curriculum moving forward.
Finally, I know that our Grand Erie staff will continue to create safe and accepting environments for all students as we focus on our goal of Success for Every Student.