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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Parent and Student Charter of Principles

 
In support of its vision of transforming the world through innovation, the Toronto Catholic District School Board is the first school board to formally adopt guiding sets of principles outlining parent and student rights. The TCDSB is taking the lead in establishing principles designed to address the basic rights elements of a sound Catholic education to which parents and students are entitled to as a member of the world’s largest publicly funded Catholic school board.

 

Parent Charter of Principles

A parent or guardian of a child who is a student of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (hereinafter, the “Board”), is assured that the Board adheres to the following principles:
 
1. The Board will provide a faith-based publicly funded school with education grounded in Catholic doctrine, traditions and teachings for your child.
 
2. A parent or guardian will have opportunities for involvement in his/her child’s education.
 
3. A parent or guardian is entitled to a reasonable expectation that his/her child is learning in a safe, healthy, caring and accessible school, free of discrimination, prejudice, bullying and harassment.
 
4. A parent or guardian is entitled to a reasonable expectation that his/her child’s spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, social and academic needs are met.
 
5. The Board will provide curriculum delivery consistent with our Catholic faith and provincial requirements.
 
6. The Board will provide your child appropriate materials, resources, and technologies consistent with the requirements of the curriculum.
 
7. A parent or guardian is entitled to communicate, to comment, to raise concern(s), or to register complaint(s) in a respectful manner to Board staff, and to the Board of Trustees, without fear of unjust repercussions and to have his/her question, concern or complaint acknowledged with a response within a reasonable time in a respectful manner.
 
8. The Board will keep confidential your child’s records in accordance with Board policies and applicable legislation.
 
9. A parent or guardian will have access to all of his/her child’s education records and is entitled to meet with Board staff to discuss his/her child’s progress, in accordance with applicable legislation.
 
10. A parent or guardian is entitled to have any special needs assessments addressed by Board-designated professionals within reasonable timelines.
 
11. A parent or guardian is entitled to available information about his/her child’s school, school board, teachers, administrators, facilities, policies, procedures, and programs within a reasonable time and consistent with privacy law and other applicable legislation.
 
12. The Board will apply Board rules, regulations, and individual school policies with transparency, consistency, fairness and compassion.
 

These principles are subject to such reasonable limits as prescribed by law and Toronto Catholic District School Board Policies and are subject to the financial resources provided by the Ministry of Education in Ontario to the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

 
 

Student Charter of Principles

A student of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (hereinafter, the “Board”) is assured that the Board adheres to the following principles:
 
1. A student is entitled to reasonably participate in decisions that affect his/her education and school life.
 
2. The Board will pursue equity and inclusion for all students of the Board.
3. A student is entitled to a spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically safe, and positive, school environment, where he/she is respected and treated in a manner consistent with our Catholic values and teachings.
 
4.  A student is entitled to yearly access to available extra-curricular activities.
 
5.  A student is entitled to effective and qualified instruction, including having reasonable access to the resources and adequate learning environment necessary for success.
 
6.  A student is entitled to elect student representation.
 
7.  A student is entitled to advocate for himself/herself or to choose another advocate without a fear of ageism or any other form of discrimination.
 
8.   A student is entitled to communicate by phone with his or her parent, designated guardian, or school staff in case of personal distress or emergency.
 
9.  A student is entitled to have school rules, regulations and policies applied with consistency, fairness, and compassion.
 
10.  A student is entitled to a respectful dialogue with the school Principal and staff, to raise concerns and to have them addressed.
 

These principles are subject to such reasonable limits as prescribed by law and Toronto Catholic District School Board Policies and are subject to the financial resources provided by the Ministry of Education in Ontario to the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

 
 
 
 
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