The goal of a caring and safe school strategy is to encourage school practices that model and reinforce socially responsible and respectful behaviours so that learning and teaching can take place in a safe and caring environment. (Mather, 2001)
Caring and Safe Schools in Ontario (page 18)
Participating in and contributing to safe, respectful and positive learning environments is both the right and the responsibility of students, parents/guardians, school staff, and community members.
HWDSB schools need to create and maintain environments that foster a sense of belonging, enhance the joy of learning, and honour diversity.
HWDSB is committed to providing leadership at all levels that fosters an environment of respect and belonging for all persons regardless of their abilities or disabilities (HWDSB Equity Policy)